Birmingham, Alabama is in the very heart of the South, a lovely city in Jones Valley. This metropolitan area became the focus of national and even international attention when the civil rights struggle for African-Americans began. Now you can experience the feel of days gone by, as well as take part in great family activities when you come here on an RV getaway. There are spots for RV camping near Birmingham where you can settle in before beginning your adventures.
A must-see, of course, is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where the special events and numerous children’s activities make it a great place to go. This museum expresses the truth of the civil rights movement in a way that is healing and educational. Every American should visit this facility which memorializes our civil rights history.
Getting outdoors and soaking up the sun is an important part of a visit to Birmingham. Be sure to stop at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and stroll through acres of unique gardens and original sculptures. There is free admission! Look up all those hard-to-find facts about your garden at home in the largest horticultural library in the United States. See the traditional tea house in the Japanese Gardens.
If anyone in your family is a science buff, the McWane Science Center is a must to put on your itinerary. Even if you aren’t a true fan of science, you will be by the time you finish touring here. There are numerous interactive exhibits as well as an aquarium, playgrounds for the kids and dinosaur fossils to examine. Don’t neglect to see a film at the IMAX theater.
At Birmingham Museum of Art you will discover one of the finest collections of art around. See a diverse representation from many different cultures, including African, Asian, American, European and Native American. For a change of pace, make your way to the Vulcan Park and Museum. This is the home of the world’s largest cast iron statue and Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti created it from local iron way back in 1904.
For an animal encounter, nothing can beat the Birmingham Zoo! See the sea lions put on a famous show, explore the Trails of Africa to see giraffes, zebras and bull elephants. Do you love those crazy ole rhinos? Experience their antics at the Rhino Encounter. Young and old love to visit the zoo, and the animals will love it if you do!
Tour downtown to make some lasting memories of your trip to Birmingham. Buy some hot peanuts, just like residents did over 100 years ago on these very streets. You will visit sites on your walking tour that hold a place in the hearts of all those who fought for civil rights. The next place to go is the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. More history of a different kind awaits you here. Learn more about Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. Find out how boogie woogie began.
Before heading home, stop in Railroad Park and celebrate your visit to this city by attending one of the great events or concerts happening here. When you leave Birmingham, you know you will have enjoyed the best of what this southern city has to offer.