Explore Birmingham, Alabama

 

Birmingham. A city of real magic.
Birmingham is called the “Magic City” for good reason.

Birmingham defies comparison because it’s a city growing comfortable in its own skin. Born of steel and industry, it thrives now on health care, education, finance, and the resurgent automotive industry. Birmingham is entrepreneurial, a place that nurtures bold ideas and bold people.

Birmingham isn’t the caricature so often presented by those who don’t know it. To the surprise of many, Birmingham is smart; you can barely sneeze on Southside without a world-renowned research scientist handing you a tissue. The city has born or been home to a long line of gifted writers and musicians, innovative physicians and researchers, inventors, and business leaders.

We’re no stranger to tragedy, but time after time, those events only reveal the caring side to the city. Ask the victims of the 2011 tornado or the refugees from hurricane Katrina who migrated here. Birmingham has a generous heart.

 

Birmingham is creative. While ignoring the long history of winners and runners up on American Idol (Taylor Hicks! Bo Bice! Ruben Studdard!), the city is a favorite of performers in every genre.

 

It’s a brilliant place to visit, a brilliant place to raise a family. Come for the weekend or come for college. But don’t be surprised if you end up calling it home for the rest of your life.

 

ATTRACTIONS

 


Step out and explore all that the Magic City has to offer. This metropolitan area of about one million people is rich in history, and is home to major engineering companies, a nationally ranked medical center, a symphony orchestra, a Triple A baseball team, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and a myriad of other institutions and organizations that make it a thriving, modern city.   More…

 

The McWane Science Center | Birmingham Barons Baseball |
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum & Park | Birmingham Zoo
Vulcan Park and Museum 

 

 

 

OUTDOORS

 

 

Birmingham has more green space per capita than any other major city in the United States. Whether you’re looking for a mountain hike or a prime picnic spot, we’ve got it all, from urban oases to reclaimed wilderness.  More…



Ruffner Mountain
 | Moss Rock Preserve | Oak Mountain State Park | 
Red Mountain Park | Railroad Park

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

 

We don’t need a reason to party, but these world-class gatherings are hotly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. Each offers the chance to rub shoulders with both rising stars and established names.   More…

 

Sloss Music & Arts Festival
 | Sidewalk Film Festival  |
 
Mercedes Marathon  | Regions Tradition Golf Tournament 

 

 

NIGHTLIFE

 

 

Birmingham was one of the epicenters of Southern jazz. That live music tradition lives on in a range of venues, both historic and avant garde.  More…

 


Alabama Theatre
 |  BJCC | Iron City Bham  | Zydeco |
 The Lyric Theatre | Tin Roof | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

 

 

 

 
SHOPPING

 


Not only is Birmingham home to one of the largest malls in the nation, but we have more antique stores, art galleries, factory outlets, specialty shops and upscale boutiques than you can shake a platinum card at. If you’re into shopping a sprawling promenade, a downtown city street or a quaint village road, your dream shopping destination is right here.  More…

   

The Summit | The Outlet Shops of Grand River | 
Colonial Brookwood Village | Riverchase Galleria

 

 


DINING

 


Birmingham is packed with great places to dine. Food critics have been raving about Birmingham’s restaurant scene for years, and it’s only getting hotter. Down-home barbecue is a specialty, but so are tastes as varied as Southern soul food and southeast Asian cuisine.   More...

 

Full Moon | Moe’s Southwest | Chick –fil-A Fultondale | Dreamland BBQ |
Hattie B’s | Newks | Magic Muffin | Taziki's