25 Fun Things To Do In Alabama
Alabama Sporting Events
Sports in Alabama
Barber MotorSports Park: Leeds, Alabama is the location of this park that has 740 acres of racing park. The Alabama Indy Car and the Grand Am Race happens yearly. The track is 2.38 miles long and it features 15 curvy turns. A museum with racing memorabilia ison the grounds as well.
Talledega Superspeedway: Nascar holds many annual events at this great racetrack with the odd start and finish line positions. 80,000 fans fill the stands and it's almost like a Woodstock of Racing with camping, music and more happening before,during and after the races. Located in Lincoln, Alabama.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame: Located in Birmingham, Alabama and built in 1967, the museum showcases memorabilia, pictures and other items relating to athletes born in Alabama with great achievements in sports. Joe Louis, Jesse Owens and Evender Holyfield were born in Alabama and excelled in their sport.
Alabama and Auburn College Football: The Crimson Tide is in Tuscaloosa,mAlabama and it's home to the best team in college football history. The pre game tailgate parties outside the stadium are awesome. The Tigers are in Auburn, Alabama and they also have great parties before, during and after wins or losses.
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Animals and Gardens in Alabama
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: The Red Mountain area of Biringham, Alabama houses a 67+ acre botanical garden that is offers free admission which is outstanding. Their are 25 gardens with over 12,000 different types of plants. Pictures and paintings also adorn the gardens and the gift shop. The garden center, as it is called, has a library, kid's area and a nice restaurant. Man made lakes, forestry and beautiful bridges are at this plant lover's dream.
Birmingham Zoo: Over 800 animals are spread out over 122 acres in this Zoo that opened in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955. Gorillas, alligators, snakes, bears, giraffes, monkeys and sea lions are just a few of the animals in the Zoo park. Several cafés and a carousel are at this zoo along with a water area that sprays everyone and a train ride around the park.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: This zoo is sitting on 17 acres and it has more than 300 animals. The Gulf Coast Zoo has a petting zoo area, aviary and it was founded in 1989 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Animal Planet aired a series about this zoo and it's survival from hurricane damage. The show was called "The Little Zoo That Could".
Location of Vulcan Park (Birmingham, Alabama)
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Alabama State and Historic Parks
Vulcan Park and Museum: The 56 feet tall iron statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan and it's the 7th tallest free standing statue in the U.S. The park, museum and statue sits in Birmingham, Alabama atop of Red Mountain overlooking Alabama's largest city.
Oak Mountain State Park: Located in Pelham, Alabama Oak Mountain is Alabama's biggest park with almost 10,000 acres of land for fishing, hiking, camping, picnics, swimming, frisbee golf and more. I go a couple of times a year and the atmosphere and scenery are perfect for couples or family.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park: 2,000 acres of land in Alexander City, Alabama sits Horseshoe Bend Park. The park was established in 1814 and it's the site of the Creek War and The Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Reenactments of these wars occur annually.
WaterParks and Amusement Parks in Alabama
Waterville USA: Waterville is located in Gulf Shores, Alabama and it's situated on thirty acres. The park has 22 rides including 17 water rides, mostly slides, a rollercoaster and four children's rides. Mini golf, go karts and restaurants and deli's are also located here.
Splash Adventure Water Park: Splash Adventure is in Bessemer, Alabama and it sits on over 200 acres. The park used to be an amusement and water park but itsnow just a water park. It's Alabama's largest water park and it has a wave pool and several huge slides.
Spring Valley Beach Water Park: Blountsville, Alabama is the location of this entertaining water park. The park has seven water slides, some are small and some are very deep, and its home to the largest swimming pool in the south.
Southern Museum of Flight
Alabama's Top Museums
The Southern Museum of Flight: This museum was established in 1966 and it can be found in Birmingham, Alabama next to the airport. Aircraft from the military and for private use is on display at this aviation headquarters if you will. If you love flying this is the museum for you. More than thirty aircraft models are at the museum.
The Birmingham Museum of Art: Located in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951 this museum has almost 25,000 pieces of artwork, paintings, and other artistic works from around the globe. Whether your a fan of art or not this museum is worth at least one visit. A library dedicated to Art and artists is in the building as well.
The Huntsville Museum of Art: In 1970 the museum was established in Huntsville, Alabama. Over 3,000 pieces of artwork are permantl displayed in this huge museum in Big Spring Park. Art lovers or someone just wanting to try something new this is the place to go. It's beautiful and unique with artwork from America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Gulf Shores, Alabama: Gulf Shoes, Alabama is full of sandy white beaches and miles of ocean water. Swim, fish and have a great time.
Orange Beach, Alabama: Orange Beach is next door to Gulf Shores and it is a perfect place for a sunny vacation.
Top Music Destinations in Alabama
The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame: The Jazz Hall of Fame was formed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1978. This museum is dedicated to jazz greats from Alabama and it honors greats such as: W.C. Handy, Nat King Cole and Ivory Williams. Instruments, photos and other musical items highlight this music heaven.
The Alabama Theatre: In 1927 The Alabama Theatre began it's Historic run in Birmingham, Alabama. The seating fits 2,500 people and the theatre has music concerts, plays and multiple stage shows every month. In 1979 the theatre was named to The National Register of Historic Places. As a child I watched a play of "The Diary of Ann Frank" at the theatre and it was amazing.
The Hank Williams Museum: This country legend's museum is in Montgomery, Alabama and it opened it's doors to the public in 1999. Thousands of Hank Williams artifacts are in this museum but it's his baby blue 1952 Cadillac that stands out the most.
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Learning in Alabama
The McWane Center: This science museum and learning complex is in Birmingham, Alabama. An I Max Theatre and humongous aquarium are at this facility along with hundreds of hands on exhibits, videos and other items for learning.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center: This NASA museum can be found in Huntsville, Alabama and it first opened it's doors in 1970. This center allows people to learn by watching, reading and doing interactive exhibits. Nearly 2,000 artifacts and other space related items are housed here including: rockets, parts of space craft and space suits and helmets.
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center: This science learning center began in Mobile, Alabama in 1983. Over 200 hands on exhibits are in the center for kids and adults alike to learn and be entertained by. Each year a new traveling exhibit is shown for weeks at a time.
Splash Adventure Waterpark (Bessemer, Alabama)
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Religious Sites in Alabama
Ava Maria Grotto: This religious site sits in Cullman, Alabama and its four acres in total size. The park has miniature reproductions of major religious events, people and places. In 1984 the park was named to The National Register of Historic Places. The displays are made from iron, metal, marbles, plastic and even costume jewelry.
The Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament: This Roman Catholic Shrine and Church is open to all people and religions and it's free admission. The Shrine is in Hanceville, Alabama and its located on over 400 beautiful acres of land. In one area you can go into a large room that has a recreation of the birth of Jesus Christ which is set up using plastic life size figurines.
The Birmingham Zoo
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