in Birmingham, AL (showing 1 - 10 out of 10)

The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.

Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!

Alabama Splash Adventure

4599 Splash Adventure Pkwy
Bessmer, AL 35022   Directions

(205) 481-4750


Go on an unforgettable adventure when you visit the appropriately-named Alabama Adventure! This is the summer park where great memories are made. Beat the summer heat when you take the plunge at Splash City that features rides and attractions in the Magic City section while Marvel City offers amusements for the smaller kids to enjoy. And mom and dad will appreciate the dining options and shopping destinations that are available on Celebration Street. Plus, there's a summer concert series that features the popular American Idol finalists, so make sure to include Alabama Adventure in your vacation plans.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Rd
Birmingham, AL 35223   Directions

(205) 414-3950


Birmingham's natural beauty, as well as the natural beauty provided by some of the most beautiful plants and flowers, shines brightly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. You will be breathlessly enchanted by the gardens of roses, camellias, wildflowers, ferns that flourish in this truly serene and calming setting. Other highlights include a Japanese garden and teahouse as well as the largest greenhouse in the Southeast. Forget the stress of your day and come and breathe in the beauty of the floral attractions in bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

520 16th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203   Directions

(205) 328-9696


The stories, the struggles and the triumphs of the people who lived through the era of segregation in Birmingham are all respectfully remembered at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The galleries in this impressive facility are filled with multimedia exhibits and attractions that vividly tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement both in Birmingham and other cities. This museum is also a research facility that focuses on human rights issues and presents various programs and seminars on a regular basis.

Birmingham Museum of Fine Art

2000 Rev Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203   Directions

(205) 254-2565


The sweeping brush strokes that adorn some of the world's most amazing paintings and the details that give a deep dimension to the mesmerizing sculptures on display are just two fine examples of the incredible work that is housed at the Birmingham Museum of Fine Art. The facility proudly features one of the most extensive collections in the southeast. When you walk in, you'll be struck by the incredible range of artistic expression that is represented by the more than 24,000 objects. Learn about Asian, European, African, pre-Columbian and Native American traditions by taking in each group's respective artistic expressions rendered in a variety of mediums.

Birmingham Zoo

2630 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham, AL 35223   Directions

(205) 879-0409


If the idea of going on an actual safari doesn't quite fit into your schedule or your budget, then a trip to the Birmingham Zoo is the next best thing. This incredible zoo features over 1,000 animals and birds all presented in their meticulously recreated habitats and attractions. In addition to giraffes, lions, monkeys and hippos, the facility features a variety of special exhibitions as well as special presentations designed especially for the kids.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

1530 6th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203   Directions

(205) 251-9402


The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is one of the most historically significant sites from the Civil Rights Movement. This is where four young girls lost their lives when the church was the subject of a bomb attack. That horrific event was a pivotal occurrence in the quest for equal rights for all citizens. The fact that it occurred in this particular church only underscores the importance of forgiveness and love despite overwhelming adversities. The congregation is one of the most spirited you will ever encounter, and the sanctuary is a true work of art. If you would like a tour of this historic attraction, please call ahead to make the necessary arrangements.

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

12632 Confederate Pkwy
McCalla, AL 35111   Directions

(205) 477-5411


History and nature intertwine at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The park is of particular interest to history buffs as it was where the Confederate Army replenished its iron supply during the Civil War. The attraction is also significant because of the attack of the Confederate forces on March 31, 1865 that destroyed the workers' cabins when they were all set on fire. Today, the park is a drastically calmer place that offers hiking trails, horseback riding, picnic areas, and various camping sites that feature log cabins.

Trussville Playstation

411 Watterson Ln
Trussville, AL 35173   Directions

(205) 655-1800


If the kids get easily bored with just one activity, go to a place where there are several fun attractions for them to choose from. That place is the Trussville Playstation. This incredibly diverse facility is a family-fun dream come true. Featuring activities like go-karting, miniature golf, video games, skating, a two level laser tag facility, and a large batting cage – the kids won't know where to start their afternoon of fun. There is a dress code that is enforced for kids 7 years of age and older as well as for non-participating adults.

Vestavia Bowl Family Fun Center

1429 Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham, AL 35216   Directions

(205) 979-4420


The whole family will enjoy visiting "the friendliest house in the south" when you bring them to Birmingham's Vestavia Bowl Family Fun Center. This is a state-of-the-art bowling facility that takes great pride in being an excellent family-friendly attraction. In addition to being smoke-free, it also features electronic scoring, a surprisingly large arcade, concessions and much more. There are also league nights, a pro shop on site, and leagues for younger bowlers. The facility is also available for parties and corporate functions.


1701 Valley View Dr
Birmingham, AL 35209   Directions

(205) 933-1409


While the name may echo the classic television show Star Trek, there's nothing otherworldly about the Vulcan, the world's largest cast-iron sculpture. This visually compelling structure was created to pay tribute to the city's early iron industry. It weighs over 60 tons, stands over 55-feet-tall and was originally constructed for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Today the attraction stands next to an observation tower in the center of Vulcan Park that allows a somewhat closer look at this fascinating piece of history.

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