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Best things to do in Birmingham

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Scenic Viewpoint
“It’s the largest cast iron statue in the world, offers some of the best views of Birmingham, and the museum offers a historical glimpse of Birmingham’s industrial past.”
41 locals recommend
Museum
“Well-curated art museum, featuring one of the finest and most diverse collections in the Southeastern US. If you go on a Sunday afternoon, they have a fantastic brunch. ”
15 locals recommend
Museum
“Great museum that documents the struggle for Civil Rights. Includes MLK's letter from a Birmingham jail and the original jail cell, as well as many other mementos and exhibits, film.”
25 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).”
29 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Our nearest brewer in a cool neighborhood with a few food trucks and restaurants.”
29 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Across the street from the Baron’s baseball stadium and Good People Brewing Co.”
24 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Fun rainy day activity for the whole family: hands-on science museum with Alabama’s largest aquarium and an IMAX theater.”
18 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is 67.5 acres of botanical gardens located adjacent to Lane Park at the southern foot of Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. Wikipedia Address: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223 Area: 67 acres Hours: Monday6AM–6PM. Tuesday (4th of July) 6AM–6PM, Hours might differ, Wednesday6AM–6PM, Thursday6AM–6PM, Friday6AM–6PM, Saturday6AM–6PM, Sunday6AM–6PM, Phone: (205) 414-3900, Number of visitors: 350,000”
18 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Wonderful place to hike. See old mines and get great vantages of the city. ”
20 locals recommend
Theatre
“Check out a classic film, or attend an awesome concert, in this historic gorgeous space. If there is a show there you are remotely interested in, go... The theater is beautiful. https://alabamatheatre.com/”
18 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Awesome small band venue with shows all the time- check here for their calendar. http://www.saturnbirmingham.com/calendar/ At night, the coffee shop next door 'Satellite' turns into a great bar filled with space themed objects you just have to see to understand. ”
21 locals recommend
Zoo
“Watch sea lions being trained and fed, zip around on the Zoo Train, hop on the carousel, check out the alligator swamp and tropical rain forest: all this and more are offered at this educational and entertaining zoo housing 170 animals from around the world, including endangered species.”
13 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for a hike. There's so much history here as you wind your way up and down the mountain. You will pass old mines and see the remains of the buildings when this was an active mining location and the company had an entire "village" in place on the mountain.”
23 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. ”
23 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our top spots. AMAZING food and fun atmosphere. Their grapefruit sangria is killer. They don't take reservations, so we recommend getting there early or hanging out at the bar while you wait for a table. ”
22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Southern fine dining. Recipients of 2018 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant and Outstanding Pastry Chef. Reservations required, but not at their sister restaurant next door, Chez Fonfon.”
23 locals recommend