08 May The Best of Birmingham: 10 ‘Must Do’ Activities
Riley’s Recommendations: A Local’s Guide to the Best of Birmingham
2. Visit the Civil Rights District
This historic area saw its share of tragedy but was also instrumental in propelling the Civil Rights movement forward. Stroll through Kelly Ingram Park’s powerful monuments, then step across the street to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next door.
4. Take in a Barons baseball game at Regions Field.
6. See the city from Vulcan Park
Vulcan, a cast iron Roman god, has overlooked the city of Birmingham from the top of Red Mountain since the 1930’s. Today, it is the centerpiece of Vulcan Park and Museum where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from its observation deck.
7. See a live concert at The Bottletree
According to Riley, this place gets some cool bands. They also host movie nights and the occasional disco night, and apparently they have a great vegetarian lunch menu.
8. See a live concert or watch a classic movie at the Alabama Theatre
Enjoy this beautiful and historic building while taking in first-rate entertainment- or just schedule a tour.
9. Check out Gip’s Place
On a Saturday night, this is the place to be for live Blues and Rock and Roll. Mr. Gipson has been hosting a backyard concert in Bessemer since 1952.
10. Get into an argument about college football
Bonus: Pick up a T-shirt or poster at YellowHammer Creative, a quintessentially-Birmingham studio where classically old-school meets hip and happening.
Have you ever been to Birmingham? Do you agree with this “must do” list – or do you have something to add?
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