20 fun things to do in Birmingham! Parks, museums, music and more!

Now is the perfect time to get out and explore the Birmingham area. We’ve put our heads together and compiled a list of 20 things to do in Birmingham and around the Magic City. The list includes a number of free and educational activities perfect for the whole family!


Things to do in Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown city skyline.

20 Things to do in Birmingham


1. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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The Alabama Sports Hall of fame opened on Aug. 14, 1967. There is over 5,000 sports artifacts displayed in the 33,000 square foot building!

Fun fact: Within ESPN’s list of the “Top 100 Athletes of the Century,” 5 of the top 15 are in the ASHOF. That includes Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays and Carl Lewis.

  • Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ticket information:
    • Adults $5
    • Senior Citizens (60+) $4
    • Students $3
    • Family $14
    • Groups of 10 or more get $1 off each admission ticket.
  • Websitehttp://ashof.org/

2. Alabama Theatre

Things to do in Birmingham

The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million Birmingham area citizens.

3. Barber Motorsports

Things to do in Birmingham

The Barber Motorsports Park is an 880 acre, multi-purpose racing facility that opened in 2003. They are home to the world’s largest motorcycle museum.

  • Hours:
    • April 1st – Sept. 30th
      • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.
    • Oct. 1st – March 31st
      • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: $15
    • Children ages 4-12 $10
    • Children 3 and under free
  • Websitehttps://barberracingevents.com/

4. Birmingham Museum of Art

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The Birmingham Museum of Art houses a diverse collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times.

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • General Museum admission is free.
  • Websitehttps://artsbma.org/

5. Birmingham Zoo

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The Birmingham Zoo has approximately 900 animals of 230 species on 122 acres.  To see their daily activities, click here.

  • Hours:
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
  • Tickets:
    • Adults $17
    • Children ages 2 – 12 $12
    • Senior Citizens (65+) $14
    • Military $14
    • Admission is half price every Tuesday
  • Websitehttps://www.birminghamzoo.com/

6. Botanical Gardens

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To see some of their upcoming events, click here.

7. Birmingham Civil Right Institute

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute hopes to enlighten each generation about civil and human rights

  • Hours:
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tickets: 
    • Adults $15
    • Senior Citizens (65+) $5
    • College students (with ID) $6
    • Youth (grades 4-12 living in Jefferson Co.) Free
    • Youth (grades 4-12 living outside Jefferson Co.) $5
    • Children (grade 3 and younger) Free
  • Sundays are first-come, first served for everyone. Individuals and small groups (25 or less) are donation only.
  • Websitehttps://www.bcri.org/

8. Do It Yourself Crafts

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Paint your own pottery and more, with no studio fees and no reservations required! For more information, click here.

9. Iron City

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Iron City is a general admission standing room venue with the option to upgrade your viewing experience by reserving a table in the mezzanine. Their schedule of events is constantly changing and ticket prices depend on which artist is playing. To check out upcoming events and purchase tickets, click here.

10. Lyric Theatre

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The Lyric Theatre is one of few theatres still existing today that was specifically designed to maximize the acoustics and close seating needed for vaudeville shows. Events and constantly being added and ticket price depends on your event. To see upcoming performances and check on ticket information, click here.

11. McWane Science Center

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The McWane Science Center gives you a chance to learn science hands on!

  • Hours:
    • Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Admission:
    • Adventure Hall Only
      • Adults $13
      • Kids ages 2-12 $9
      • Senior Citizens (65+) $12
    • IMAX Only
      • Adults $9
      • Kids ages 2-12 $8
      • Senior Citizens (65+) $8
    • Combo Ticket
      • Adults $18
      • Kids age 2-12 $13
      • Senior Citizens (65+) $16
  • Websitehttps://www.mcwane.org/

12. Birmingham Negro Southern League Museum

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The Negro Southern League was created in 1920 by a group of African-American businessmen and baseball enthusiasts

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Tour Tuesday)
    • Wednesday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Admission is free
  • Websitehttps://www.birminghamnslm.org/

13. Oak Mountain State Park

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(Source: Oak Mountain State Park Facebook)

If you love camping, mountain biking and hiking then Oak Mountain State Park is the place for you!

  • Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • To book a reservation online, click here.

14. Railroad Park

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Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of Birmingham. To learn about each event going on at the park, click here.

15. Red Mountain Park

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  • If you are looking for adventure, head over to Red Mountain Park! They offer guided treetop courses, 15 miles of hiking trails, a dog park and more!
  • The park is open daily from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The adventure area does require payment and reservations are required.
  • To learn more about RMP’s Adventure Area, click here.

16. Ruffner Mountain Park

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Ruffner Mountain is a 1,040 acre urban nature preserve. To learn more about Ruffner Mountain or for trail maps, click here.

17. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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(Source: Mike Moore/WBRC)

Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world and still looks just like it did in the late 19th century. They also offer guided school tours where students can take home their own piece of cast iron art. For more information on their field trips, click here.

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Sunday Noon – 4 p.m.
  • The museum is free to enter during normal business hours.
  • Website: https://www.slossfurnaces.com/

18. Southern Museum of Flight

 Things to do in Birmingham

The Southern Museum of Flight is a 75,000 square foot  facility with over 100 aircraft. They also have engines, models, artifacts, photographs and paintings! Its the perfect place for any future aviator or someone who just loves planes! To learn more about the museum, click here.

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission:
    • Adults $7
    • Student/Senior Citizen $6
    • Active military & families are free
    • Annual museum family memberships are &65
    • Discounted group rates are available.
  • Websitehttp://www.southernmuseumofflight.org/

19. Topgolf

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Topgolf is one of Birmingham’s newest attractions! You can eat, drink and play with all of your friends!

  • Hours:
    • Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
    • Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
    • Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Prices:
    • Open – Noon: $25 per hour per bay
    • Noon – 5 p.m. $35 per hour per bay
    • 5 p.m. – close $45 per hour per bay
  • Up to 6 players are allowed per bay.
  • Websitehttps://topgolf.com/us/birmingham/

20. Vulcan Park & Museum

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Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, watches over all of Birmingham as a symbol of the city’s iron origins.

  • Hours:
    • Museum: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Observation Tower: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Daily Admission Rates 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (plus tax)
    • Adult $6
    • Seniors (65+)/ Military $5
    • Children ages 5 – 12 $4
    • Children under 4 are free
  • Evening admission rates 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (plus tax)
    • All ages 5 and up $4
    • Children under 4 are free
  • Websitehttp://visitvulcan.com/

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