Face it. Birmingham and the civil rights movement go hand and hand. But, often overlooked by tourists is A.G. Gaston Gardens, Birmingham's first African-American owned hotel. Built in the 1960s by African-American businessman A.G. Gaston (arguably the richest black man in America at the time), the former hotel housed black guests and civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, and served as a meeting place to plan and organize activities. But, don't be fooled by the current facade of pale pink, the A.G. Gaston motel provided first class accommodations of master suites with air conditioning and private bathrooms, something unheard of during that time. Not to be missed.
2021 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 326 4460
Located in downtown Birmingham, at first glance this rare bookstore/antique store/museum resembles a room in your grandmother's house. Bursting at the seams and boasting an inventory of over 45,000 books, magazines, and other periodicals, if Reed Books doesn't have what you're looking for, it probably doesn't exist. But, its vast inventory is not what makes Reed Books special. The randomness (a display of plastic Santa statues) and odd finds (post office mailboxes chocked full of letters) are what makes Reed Books special. That and owner Jim Reed, author, humorist, columnist, and all-around good guy who encourages people to "become your own book." Worth a trip on a lazy Saturday.
Between 22nd Street and 11th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 458 8000
Welcome to Downtown Birmingham where you can find hospitality mixed with a long tradition. Here you can find a number of dining places, bars, shopping malls and experience true Birmingham. There is a wide array of activities held here. There is always something new for every visitor to experience. A number of events are held here regularly from time to time. Downtown Birmingham is also very safe for people to visit.So Come to this place for a whole new experience.
2800 Metropolitan Way Birmingham, AL 35243 +1 205 795 4448
The Metro Church of God has various ministries that try and help people around them and touch their lives. The church, armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, conducts several programs that help individuals live life that is practically enriching and far from addictions of all sorts. Also, the Metro Church of God regularly conducts fellowship events that bring the people together for an evening filled with fun, worship and sharing.
18th Street & 1st Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 458 8000
Located in Downtown Birmingham, the warehouse district is a venue for various shows and concerts. With well-known restaurants, cafes and other attractions close to the venue this place is nice to spend quality time. You will be able to enjoy a concert or a show of a renowned artist here.
710 20th Street North Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 254 2391
Located in Downtown Birmingham, Linn Park and its environ is known for its promenade beauty. This well-manicured park is a great place to spend some quality time with family. It also hosts a number of festivals and stage performances year-round. Call the park in advance for specific listings.
600 North 18th Street Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 967 7000
Step back in time to the era when the word "wireless" referred to radio. Founded by and named after a retired General Electric engineer, the Don Kresge Memorial Museum features antique radios, photos and other memorabilia. Displays allow visitors to trace the development of radio technology and the history of broadcasting. Serious radio buffs may enjoy participating in swap meets or attending educational programs about refurbishing old radios, vacuum tubes and cabinets.
2016 Morris Avenue Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 251 3314
Since 1907, this historic building's ovens have been roasting thousands of pounds of peanuts for sports stadiums across the South, grocery stores and hungry passersby. Try a bag of hot, freshly roasted goober peas. You can purchase 30-pound boxes or even a whole truckload.
2150 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35203 +1 205 323 6665
Alabama's sons and daughters who made their marks in sports history are honored here. Boxing great Joe Louis, baseball hero Willie Mays, track star Jessie Owens and Crimson Tide coach Paul Bear Bryant are just a few of those featured at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Sports memorabilia and vintage equipment are also on display in the museum. The gleaming modern Hall of Fame structure is adjacent to the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.
22975 Eastern Valley Road McCalla, AL 35111 +1 205 478 9024
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head to the Tannehill Stables where you'll be up on a horse in 30 minutes. Located in Tannehill Historical State Park, the stables offer over 200 acres (80 hectares) of horseback riding trails, tangled in shaded and small creeks. All rides are accompanied by an experienced trail guide, but trails are marked, and the horses are friendly. Come ready to ride in long jeans and comfortable shoes. In cool weather, a jacket or heavy sweatshirt is recommended. Western horseback riding lessons are available. For the true cowboy experience, try your hand at roping. Great experience for families or large groups.
Located at 1st Avenue North and 32nd Street, Sloss Furnaces
is literally the birthplace of the city of Birmingham. The furnaces, restored in 1983, were constructed in 1882 and produced steel for more than 90 years. In addition to ...
Alabama Historical Radio Society/Don Kresge Memorial Museum
Step back in time to the era when the word
"wireless" referred to radio. Founded by and named after a retired General Electric engineer, the Don Kresge Memorial Museum features antique radios, photos and other memorabilia. Displays allow visitors ...
Located in the historic Carver Theatre in the Civil Rights
District, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame started in 1978 as a tribute to the truly American music form. Many beloved jazz musicians of all time got their start ...