Enjoy the rich history, exciting culture and Southern comfort food on your next Alabama getaway. Birmingham is the perfect place to explore the world of art, history, nature and food.
Re-Live Early Life in Alabama
Whether you're a history buff or a social politics enthusiast, a trip in your city's Civil Rights Institute is a must-see. The museum is dedicated to preserving information surrounding the inequality between the African-American and white residents of Birmingham during the early to mid-20th century.
Make sure you visit the Movement Gallery during your trip to the museum. The powerful, lifelike statues provide insight to daily life in Birmingham regarding the 1955-1963 Civil Rights Movement.
Explore The Arts Scene
Get ready to enjoy a mix of contemporary and traditional arts and entertainment during your vacation. Check out the amazing arts scene Alabama has to offer. The Birmingham Museum of Art has an array of exhibits from works around the world. Traveling and permanent displays include traditional works of art such as:
After exploring the museum, stop by Oscar's Cafe and enjoy a beautiful brunch or delicious lunch options. Every first Thursday of the month, the Museum serves specialty Tapas for diners to enjoy.
Fill 'er Up
When we say fill 'er up, we don't mean your Alabama rental car gas tank, but rather your stomach. Enjoy a delectable dish at one of the fine restaurants in Birmingham. Some of the suggested restaurants come from the 2012-2013 "50 Favorites" list curated by B-Metro magazine and Birmingham Restaurants' website food writer, Jan Walsh.
For a seafood dish, try the grit cake from Another Broken Egg. The grit-based cake is packed with crawfish, baked then served with a dose of seafood-based dressing. Enjoy classic, Southern comfort foods when you order the vegetable plate from Café Dupont. The entree comes with fried green tomatoes, baby okra and brussel sprouts.
Get Out of Your Rental Car and Stretch Your Legs
If you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Birmingham, you'll need to park your Alabama rental car and take a walk. One of the most beautiful places to visit in the city is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. If you can, plan on staying for at least one hour, if not two, so you can explore the wildflower gardens, make your way through the rose mazes and take a stroll along the Vulcan Trail, which has been carved out from the old L&N Birmingham Mineral Railroad.