Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city, a city that is steeped in history. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham epitomizes southern charm and hospitality. Whether you are a history buff, or a foodie or someone who enjoy the outdoors, you will be pleased with what this city has to offer. Here are some free things to do in Birmingham:
Birmingham Botanical Garden
2612 Lane Park Road
There are many beautiful gardens in the deep South. One of them is the Birmingham Botanical Garden. Spend a relaxing day strolling the paths and walkways that meander around the 67.5-acres garden to admire the beautiful plants, shrubs and flowers. Not only will you get a good workout, you will also come away with some new ideas for your own garden. Admission is free.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st Street South
Located a mere ten minutes away from downtown Birmingham is the 1,011 acre Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Miles of trails await the explorer in you. Along the way, you will find wildlife, remnants of mining history and spectacular views. Admission to the park is free. You can learn about nature and the environment by attending a program or workshop, which are also free.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St N
In the early 1960s, Birmingham was at the center of the civil rights movement. The African-American’s struggle for civil rights through protest and demonstrations on the streets of Birmingham ultimately brought racial segregation and racial discrimination to an end. Take a journey through the past and experience the drama of those tumultuous times through the exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Admission is free on Sundays and on Martin Luther King Day.
2817 Second Ave S
Pepper Place has evolved over the years. At one time it was the home of Dr Pepper Syrup Plant and Bottling Company. Today, Pepper Place is a unique retail and entertainment center, complete with shops, restaurants and a theater. From May to October, a farmer’s market is held here every Saturday.
Several restaurants in Birmingham have been written up in various national newspapers and food magazines. NYC mega-restaurateur Danny Meyer named Birmingham as an up-and-coming food city. So be sure to sample some Southern dishes like grits, hush puppies, dumplings, barbeque, and everything fried – green tomatoes, catfish and even pickles. With all that money saved, you can afford to splurge.
Y’all enjoy your stay in Birmingham!