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Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular not-for-profit attraction, drawing more than 450,000 visitors annually. Approximately 750 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, cheetahs and endangered species from six continents.

McWane Science Center

At the McWane Center, science becomes an adventure for all ages and on a grand scale. The museum offers a hands-on, creative examination of the worlds around us, and is located in a renovated department store housing 150,000 square feet of educational science equipment and a 42,000 square-foot IMAX theater. McWane Center offers education, exploration and entertainment for visitors of all ages. For the very young, there is “Just Mice Size”, where everything is oversized. For the older children, there is a “Challenger Learning Center”. The McWane Center offers something for everyone. Admission Charged.

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years. Now a museum of history and industry, the site preserves an extraordinary collection of buildings, industrial structures and machinery. Sloss is the only 20th century blast furnace in the country that is being preserved and interpreted as a museum. Sloss hosts a wide variety of concerts, festivals and conferences. Closed on Mondays. Free Admission.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Jazz Hall of Fame exhibits memorabilia in the historic, art deco Carver Theatre. Within the Carver, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame displays numerous exhibits of musicians with Alabama ties, such as Erskine Hawkins and Sun Ra, who made international contributions to the world of jazz. Admission is free.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Located in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the Sports Hall of Fame pays tribute to sports heroes with ties to the state of Alabama. This beautifully designed exhibit gives visitors a look at the careers of Alabama sports legends such as Paul “Bear” Bryant to Jesse Owens to Willie Mays. Renowned throughout the country as one of the most attractive state showcases of its type, this three-story, 30,000 square-foot structure features a 75-seat Bryant-Jordan Theater, and more than 4,000 pieces of spectacular memorabilia. Admission charged.

Alabama Splash Adventure Waterpark

Formerly Visionland, the park features a theme park and water park. There is a wave pool that generates four-foot-high waves and has a real sand beach. In addition to new rides in the existing theme and water park, the plan calls for an indoor water park, a sports complex, interactive water play area and more exciting attractions.

Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Aldridge Gardens features hydrangeas and other native plants and attracts interest worldwide to the central Alabama area. The 30-acre botanical garden has a seven-acre lake in the middle of the property with a walking trail around it, and its first garden is laden with many different varieties of hydrangeas. The signature flower of Aldridge Gardens is the Snowflake Hydrangea, a lush white flower developed and propagated by noted nurseryman, Eddie Aldridge. Free Admission.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses a collection of more than 850 motorcycles and 45 cars making it the largest in the United States and possibly the world. There are bikes from 17 nations with 125 manufacturers represented. The Barber Motorsports Park is a world-class racing facility located in Birmingham. Hosts to exciting events such as the AMA Superbike Championship Series and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Admission charged.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens feature 67 acres of glorious nature including the spectacular Southern Living Gardens. The Botanical Gardens offer everything from beautiful Southern wildflowers to a Japanese Garden, complete with a bonsai collection and an authentic Japanese Teahouse. Free Admission.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a “living institution” that offers a self-guided tour through the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s, and the human rights struggles of today. This institute captures the drama of the countless individuals- both well known and unknown, who dared to confront racial discriminations. The Institute chronicles the roles that Birmingham and the South played in the civil rights movement and serves as a forum for understanding the universal problems of racism. Self guided audio tours of historic Kelly Ingram Park, just across the street, are available through the institute. Admission Charged.

Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest municipal museum in the Southeast and one of the finest regional museums in the country. It houses a permanent collection of more the 21,000 works of art from many cultures, especially European, American, Asian and African. The museum is also home to the largest museum collection of Wedgwood china. In 1993 the Museum completed a major expansion/renovation by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes of New York. One particular area of interest is the “Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden”. Free Admission.

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

The Hoover Met is a great venue to host a wide variety of events. “The Met” is a baseball stadium that has been transformed for sporting events such as football, soccer, and beach volleyball. The field can also be set-up for concerts, clinics, and more.

Regions Field

Regions Field is located in downtown Birmingham, 20 minutes from Shelby County. The Birmingham Barons Baseball Club played their first game in their new ballpark in 2013. The state-of-the-art 8,500 seat facility in the heart of downtown replaced Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the Barons since 1988. The crown jewel of Birmingham's newly developed Parkside District, features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and offering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children's Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain.

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Retreat to the beautiful rolling hills of a hotel secluded from everyday cares, yet close to a vibrant city at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel embodies comfortable sophistication and the casual elegance of a royal retreat. The plush guest rooms at this hotel include balconies overlooking stunning grounds and a signature pool featuring enchanting waterfalls and fountains.

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway is the biggest, fastest, most competitive motorsports facility in the world. Records for both speed and competition have been established at Talladega.