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Things to do in Birmingham

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“The Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world, and is the city symbol of Birmingham, Alabama, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Museum
“Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, Alabama that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“One of the finest museums in the Southeast- extensive collection, thousands of works of art, in a beautiful museum.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Railroad Park is a 19-acre park in Birmingham, Alabama, that opened in the fall of 2010. It was designed by landscape architect Tom Leader and built by Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie. The park lies immediately south of the Norfolk Southern and CSX rail lines through downtown Birmingham.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The McWane Science Center is a science museum and research archive located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The state-of-the-art science center, aquarium, and 280-seat IMAX Dome Theater is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. It opened to the public on July 11, 1998.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Red Mountain Park is a 1,500-acre public urban park that encloses a 4.5-mile-long section of Red Mountain, a prominent ridge that passes through Birmingham, Alabama. The woodland park contains closed mines and other artifacts of the city's industrial history.”
  • 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. ”
  • 21 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. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Theater
“Take in one of the many on screen or live events they have in one of the most beautiful theaters in the south. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Only a 10 min walk or a 3 min car ride to enjoy some delicious food and drinks for lunch or a nice night out”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Arguably the best in Birmingham. James Beard Award-winning restaurant serving French-inspired southern food. Very expensive and will likely need a reservation.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Birmingham's first craft brewery. This is my favorite spot to watch sports or hang with friends on a Saturday. Outside food is welcome and there are always food trucks parked outside. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“Upscale French restaurant. Wonderful food (try the coconut cake) and wine selection. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Old warehouse turned bar on Historic Morris Avenue with a rooftop patio and cool views of Vulcan and sloss furnace. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Stadium
“Home of the Birmingham Barons, this is a new facility recently built downtown in an area that is seeing a nice resurgence. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing 70s themed bar. Incredible detail and a fun environment. Be sure to ask the bartender for a Brad Green. It isn't always on the menu, but it's one of the best cocktails in the city. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“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. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“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. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Only a 10 min walk or a 3 min car ride to enjoy some delicious food and drinks for lunch or a nice night out”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Arguably the best in Birmingham. James Beard Award-winning restaurant serving French-inspired southern food. Very expensive and will likely need a reservation.”
  • 24 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Upscale French restaurant. Wonderful food (try the coconut cake) and wine selection. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Old warehouse turned bar on Historic Morris Avenue with a rooftop patio and cool views of Vulcan and sloss furnace. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“This is one of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat. Sushi is amazing!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Great place for live music. Also has large screen tv for all the games and great food.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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