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Birmingham
It has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America, where a friendly "How y'all doin'," a hearty meal of country-fried steak with butter beans and a true taste of Southern hospitality await visitors. Whether you're into the history of the Civil Rights movement, a fan of jazz music or just looking for culture and a few fun activities for the family, Sweet Birmingham is the place for you. Spend the morning at the Birmingham Museum of Art, then have lunch at a traditional Southern tea room. Outdoor enthusiasts can tee off at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail or pack a lunch and spend the day hiking and enjoying the vistas at Ruffner Mountain. A world-class zoo, the innovative McWane Center... more It has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America, where a friendly "How y'all doin'," a hearty meal of country-fried steak with butter beans and a true taste of Southern hospitality await visitors. Whether you're into the history of the Civil Rights movement, a fan of jazz music or just looking for culture and a few fun activities for the family, Sweet Birmingham is the place for you. Spend the morning at the Birmingham Museum of Art, then have lunch at a traditional Southern tea room. Outdoor enthusiasts can tee off at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail or pack a lunch and spend the day hiking and enjoying the vistas at Ruffner Mountain. A world-class zoo, the innovative McWane Center and VisionLand, Alabama's first amusement park, are sure to keep families entertained and on the go. In the evening, listen to a blues show at an outdoor cafe and then spend the night at a small cozy inn or splurge for an elegant hotel. less

All things to do » Things to do

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Owner description: A motorcyclist's dream, this museum has 750 vintage and modern motorcycles displayed on walls, two-tiered platforms and just about everywhere you look. The bikes are displayed... more Owner description: A motorcyclist's dream, this museum has 750 vintage and modern motorcycles displayed on walls, two-tiered platforms and just about everywhere you look. The bikes are displayed randomly, rather than by date and year, adding an element of unpredictability to the viewer's experience. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black... more Owner description: This historic museum traces the journey of the civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, who changed the course of American history. The struggle for equality for Black Americans is chronicled here, from the Jim Crow laws in the 1800s to the freedom rides, sit-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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McWane Science Center
McWane Science Center
Owner description: Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder - from... more Owner description: Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder - from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by talented educators. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX(R) Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers. less
Attraction type: Science Museums
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Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham Museum of Art
Owner description: This three-story museum houses an eclectic selection of art, including Wedgewood pottery, the largest collection of Asian art in the Southeast, Native American and African art... more Owner description: This three-story museum houses an eclectic selection of art, including Wedgewood pottery, the largest collection of Asian art in the Southeast, Native American and African art, impressionism, contemporary art and American landscapes. less
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan Park and Museum
The largest cast-iron statue in the world was created for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues; Parks; Lookouts
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Highlands Bar & Grill
Highlands Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price:
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
El Barrio
El Barrio
Ranked #2 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Saw’s Soul Kitchen
Saw’s Soul Kitchen
Ranked #3 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Chez FON FON
Chez FON FON
Ranked #4 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price:
Cuisines: French
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bottega Restaurant
Bottega Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 904 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price: $31 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, American, International
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Red Roof Inn Birmingham East - Irondale
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Birmingham East - Irondale
$74 - $88
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Irondale
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Comfort Inn & Suites
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites
$86 - $135
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Trussville
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Candlewood Suites Alabaster
2.0 of 5
Candlewood Suites Alabaster
$94 - $122
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alabaster
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham SE
3.0 of 5
Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham SE
$108 - $169
Ranked #2 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham/280 East-Eagle Point
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham/280 East-Eagle Point
$94 - $168
Ranked #3 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham SE/Liberty Park
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham SE/Liberty Park
$103 - $201
Ranked #5 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
$223 - $350
Ranked #11 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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The Westin Birmingham
4.0 of 5
The Westin Birmingham
$194 - $308
Ranked #15 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection
$244 - $373
Ranked #22 of 80 Hotels in Birmingham
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