Weekend Breaks to Birmingham
Planning a short break to Birmingham? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Birmingham. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Birmingham. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Birmingham on a Short Break
Located at 331 Cotton Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35211, this magnificent example of Greek revival architecture was the first county seat of Jefferson County, and was built by Judge William S. Mudd, who was one of the ten founders of Birmingham.
Set on six acres of beautiful garden in the heart of Old Elyton, Arlington is an historical, cultural and civic centre, as well as a museum, and has a fine collection of 19th century decorative art and furnishings.
For information on entrance fees, hours, and events, phone 205-780-5656,
For more information visit - www.informationbirmingham.com/arlington/index.htm
Located at 2000 Eighth Avenue North, this museum has some excellent collections of American, African, and Asian art, as well as a multi-level sculpture garden some 30,000 square feet in size, with works by John Scott, Peer Veneman, Beverly Pepper, and other well-known names.
For more information on the museum phone 205.254.2566, or go to www.artsbma.org/
Located at 1631 4th Avenue north, in the historic Carver Theatre, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, honours the all time greats of Jazz, such as Erskine Hawkins and Sun Ra.
Open Tuesday through to Saturday, from 10am 5pm, and on Sunday from 1am 5 pm, with free admission, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, invites visitors to phone 205-254-2731, for more information, or go to www.jazzhall.com/
Visit Americas oldest standing baseball park, where the legendary Babe Ruth played, as well as Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, and other such stellar beings. Rickwood has revived the antiquities of 1910, with vintage billboards, the old-fashioned uniforms of the day, and an antique style press box that was built to the specifications of the original.
Phone the Friends of Rickwood at 205-458-816, or go to www.rickwood.com/
located at 1817 3rd Avenue North, and once known as the Showplace of the South, Alabama Theatre is the most ornate and beautiful movie house in Alabama, and puts on revival films, concerts, as well as first run films.
Phone 205-252-2262, for more information, or go to www.alabamatheatre.com/
Located at 2612 Lane Park Road, the Botanical Gardens cover an area of 67 acres, and have amongst their other charming attractions, the unique Southern Living Gardens, a public garden devoted to the largest regional magazine of the same name. Outdoor rooms are designed to offer planning and ideas for homeowners.
Go to www.bbgardens.org/ for more information, and a peek at the wonders of this beautiful place.
Located at 1214 81st Street South, visitors are invited to enjoy the 1000 acres of unspoiled woodlands and natural beauty of the Ruffner Mountain Nature Centre. Stroll, jog or hike the trails that lead through seven miles of forest, flowers and birdsong.
For more information phone 205-833-8112, or go to www.bham.net/ruffner/
Located at 2630 Cahaba Road, and home to over 700 animals, the zoo offers exhibits such as an authentic alligator swamp, a tropical rain forest, and houses a great number of endangered species. There are also other attractions such as the zoo train, the zoo carousel, and picnic areas.
For more information go to www.birminghamzoo.com.
Held at the Alabama State Fairgrounds since 1892, this great event sees up to a million visitors in the 10 days it is held. The fair showcases the latest in technology, both commercial and industrial, achievements in the world of agriculture and livestock, and, amongst other things, magnificent works of art.
The fairgrounds are located at 2331 Bessemer Road, Birmingham AL 35208, and for more information go to www.informationbirmingham.com/fairgrounds/index.htm
Located at 200 19th Street North, science becomes an exciting adventure at the McWane Center, which is a an amalgamation of IMAX Dome Theatre and interactive science centre. Education, exploration, and entertainment are the keynotes of this fabulous place, and from adults to tiny tots, there is something to thrill everybody.
For more information, phone 205-714-8300
go to www.mcwane.org
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