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Things to do in Birmingham

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Museum
“Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the finest museums in the Southeast- extensive collection, thousands of works of art, in a beautiful museum.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The newest mall around town. Stores are located in a village like set up, with a sprawling parking lot in between. Mildly walkable, and a decent movie theater. Lots of stores, and a few fun places to eat (ShakeShack, Flip Burger, California Pizza Kitchen, Zoes).”
  • 26 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Good beers, love their hard seltzer, an amazing outdoor space to watch football games and an incredible concert venue! ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Railroad Park is a 19-acre park in Birmingham, Alabama, that opened in the fall of 2010. It was designed by landscape architect Tom Leader and built by Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie. The park lies immediately south of the Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines through downtown Birmingham.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is 67.5-acre of botanical gardens located adjacent to Lane Park at the southern foot of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. The gardens are home to over 12,000 different types of plants, 25 unique gardens, more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture, and several miles of walking paths. With more than 350,000 annual visitors, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens qualify as one of Alabama's top free-admittance tourist attractions.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Fantastic science center for the young in the family. Any exhibits are hands on. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Red Mountain Park is a 1,500-acre public urban park that encloses a 4.5-mile-long section of Red Mountain, a prominent ridge that passes through Birmingham, Alabama. The woodland park contains closed mines and other artifacts of the city's industrial history.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Ruffner Mountain is a historic area central to Birmingham’s iron-production heritage. The 1,000 acre nature preserve offers hiking & educational opportunities and relics of the mining era”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best Mexican food and margs anywhere, hands-down! Go early, they do not take reservations.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Paper airplane themed, with craft cocktails that stand up. This place has great booths if you have 4 or 6 people and get there early. A periodic table of birmingham elements is on behind the bar, and the bartenders make custom drinks based on flavors you suggest. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Zoo
“The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama. It is the largest zoo in Alabama. The 122-acre zoo is home to almost 800 animals representing over 200 species, including many endangered species from six continents. The zoo is managed by a private non-profit corporation.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Theatre
“Take in one of the many on screen or live events they have in one of the most beautiful theaters in the south. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Only a 10 min walk or a 3 min car ride to enjoy some delicious food and drinks for lunch or a nice night out”
  • 21 locals recommend
Place to eat
“This is a great live music venue that is very close, in Avondale. Check the schedule to see who is playing. The book some fantastic talent. They also have a fantastic coffee shop and cafe. It's definitely a hipster hang.”
  • 20 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Best Mexican food and margs anywhere, hands-down! Go early, they do not take reservations.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Paper airplane themed, with craft cocktails that stand up. This place has great booths if you have 4 or 6 people and get there early. A periodic table of birmingham elements is on behind the bar, and the bartenders make custom drinks based on flavors you suggest. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Birmingham’s best barbecue in my humble opinion! Hole in the wall delicious food right next to Avondale Brewery”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Only a 10 min walk or a 3 min car ride to enjoy some delicious food and drinks for lunch or a nice night out”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Arguably the best in Birmingham. James Beard Award-winning restaurant serving French-inspired southern food. Very expensive and will likely need a reservation.”
  • 25 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Upscale French restaurant. Wonderful food (try the coconut cake) and wine selection. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Old warehouse turned bar on Historic Morris Avenue with a rooftop patio and cool views of Vulcan and sloss furnace. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Try the frozen wine slushie. You won't regret it. And for all of you healthy eaters, get one of their seansonal salads. They are awesome. ”
  • 12 locals recommend

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