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Birmingham – Things to do

Birmingham Attractions

You’ll be spoiled for choice of things to do in Birmingham. Alabama’s largest city is brimming with attractions to suite all interests. Spend some time exploring the great outdoors, with more green spaces than any other urban area in the country, you find a host of activities in the Birmingham area. Discover the hiking and biking trails at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s the largest in the state. Enjoy the view as wiz past on the canopy zip line course at Ref Mountain Park. Kayak or canoe along the Cahaba River or fish for Bass along the Alabama Bass Tail. If you have worked up an appetite after all that activity you are in for a treat. Birmingham’s thriving food scene offers some truly amazing local independent restaurants. Whether you are looking for upscale dining or down home dishes you’ll not be short of options. Be sure to try the fantastic street eats available at the city’s many food trucks too. You’ll be glad you did. Explore the city’s rich heritage and learn more about America’s turbulent past at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park. Other fantastic attractions such as the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, American Village and Alabama Wine Trail.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

One of Birmingham's most popular attractions the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute provides insight into a slice of life in Alabama from the late 1800's to present. The richly detailed exhibits and a series of galleries tell the stories of daily life for African-Americans in the state and nation and how dramatically different this was from the lives the white populace of that era took for granted. Including the impactful Movement Gallery which portrays the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1963.

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The impressive collection at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is now home to over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars. The museum also includes the largest collection of Lotus cars in the USA. Adjacent to the museum you will find Barber Motorsports Park, this world-class racetrack is home to the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

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16th Street Baptist Church

16th Street Baptist Church

This National Historic Landmark is one of Birmingham’s most famous Civil Rights landmarks. In September of 1963 four, 11 - 14 year old, African-American schoolgirls were in the basement of the church just prior to the worship service when a bomb set by the Ku Klux Klansmen destroyed that part of the church, killing Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. The bombing was a turning point in the status of race relations both locally and nationally. Still an active church, the 16th Street Baptist church is a reminder of man’s inhumanity and capacity for love and forgiveness.

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