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“...and a parking spot in the shade!”

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Ranked #10 of 92 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Historic iron manufacturing facility
Opp, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“...and a parking spot in the shade!”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Our group was an adult couple with 8-year-old boy and even though it was hot, sticky, mid-afternoon when we visited on 6/10/13, we definitely enjoyed visiting.

For a free exhibit, this one rocks, literally. The office was not open the day we visited but we were able to explore and found the signs quite informative regarding what we were seeing. There are many parking spots under the train tracks adjacent to the furnace. Not only are they free as well, they're in total shade. Priceless!

We had seen everything after about an hour but we were reluctant to leave and wish there were more parts available for the public to explore. It felt like if we just stayed a few more minutes, burly men might show up to clock in for their shift and bring the place back to life... The signs saying there are cameras watching the place and its' visitors are somehow comforting while also adding to the creepiness.

This was definitely worth the time and effort of stopping on our way through Birmingham.

Visited June 2013
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Peoria, Illinois
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50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“What an amazing place to tour”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Disclaimer: my husband and I are both very industry minded and love to see these types of places

My husband and I saw Sloss Furnaces on Ghost Adventures a few years ago and when the opportunity came up to be in Birmingham for a weekend we jumped at the chance to check out Sloss.

We were not disappointed at all. We timed our visit just right to catch the 1 pm guided tour and we caught and excellent tour guide who knew EVERYTHING about the history of the furnaces, the people, the equipment, and the process.

We were shocked at how much you could access and see. They kept much of the plant intact and built access to many different areas. We loved getting to poke and prod into so many different spaces.

There are also tons of other activities hosted at the furncaes. That weekend there was a big concert going on in the evenings. They told us you can also host weddings and other private events there. Amazing!

Visited June 2013
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WI
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting part of history”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

This might sound like a strange historical landmark but Sloss Furnace is what put Birmingham on the map back in the late 1800's. This is a self guided tour and the plant has been left exactly like it was the day it closed. If you have any interest in industrial history this is a good example of American manufacturing history. It is a free site. Plenty of parking available.

Visited May 2013
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
“Could be so much Better”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This site sounded like it could be interesting and so off we went. And we were right it COULD have been. We were there at opening time but the Staff was 15 min. late! It is quite a large site and the guide pamphlet was only slightly helpful. The signage for the direction of the walking tour was virtually non-existant. A short video at the beginning and a docent out on the site would have helped a lot. It was a working iron and steel smelter until the 1970's. Have someone who worked there be a volunteer. It would add so much to get the stories right from the horse's mouth.

Visited May 2013
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Kid and family friendly”
Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

This place is something everyone would enjoy. Free to get in. Walk around and check it out. It's kind of creepy. Would be a nice area for taking pictures.

Visited May 2013
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