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What to see in Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham Alabama Attractions


Birmingham is unique in that it has transformed its role in American civil rights history into a celebration of diversity. Its nickname, the 'DiverseCity', is manifested through literally hundreds of festivals marking different movements in music, art, drama, film, food and culture. For tourists, the civil rights history of the city is one of its most fascinating attributes. The Civil Rights District, a six-block section of the city in which major civil rights events took place, is the prime sightseeing section of Birmingham. Here visitors can tour the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of a bombing that killed four African American girls. The church was rebuilt and today continues to serve the community as an open-door institution. Also worth a visit is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which tells the story of African-American life and the struggle for equality through arresting multimedia exhibitions.

The city is watched over by the enormous statue of Vulcan, perched on the Red Mountain, and visiting this landmark is a great way to appreciate views over Birmingham. Other fun excursions out of the city include a trip to Oak Mountain State Park, or a fascinating foray into Russell Cave. Those travelling to Birmingham with kids should definitely pay a visit to the zoo.


Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

A visit to this stately plantation house is a great way to get a taste of real Southern heritage. Situated on six acres…

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a homage to the spirit of both well-known and unsung civil rights heroes. Visitors…

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Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo, Alabama's most popular non-profit attraction, houses more than 800 wild animals from about 200 species…

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Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park is a great place for outdoor activities on any holiday in Birmingham. The park is equipped with…

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Russell Cave National Monument

Located in northeastern Alabama, Russell Cave National Monument is one of the longest cave systems in Alabama at 7.2…

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Talladega Superspeedway

The South is the home of NASCAR, and about 30 minutes from Birmingham lies the legendary Talladega Superspeedway, one…

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Vulcan Park

Located atop Red Mountain, Vulcan Park is home to the world's largest cast-iron statue, the second-tallest statue in…

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