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What to Do in Birmingham

Looking for something to entertain your family in Birmingham.  Embrace the many attractions that Birmingham has to offer your family.   For the outdoors, also visit Trek  Birmingham – a wonderful website detailing outdoor adventures in Birmingham.

Read our post on the newest Birmingham attraction - Railroad Park. Check out this post on IN Birmingham. Also, Tips for Alabama Adventure.

Provide feedback about these listings or suggest another attraction to Birmingham Moms, go to this Mom Recommendation form.

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st Street South
Birmingham  AL  35206
205-833-8264
The new Ruffner Mountain Nature Center is open and it's beautiful.  This is a wonderful place to hike and enjoy a picnic near the city.  It also provides a glimpse into Birmingham's history and knowledge of native plants and animals.  We enjoyed a wonderful field trip for 6 yr olds and a great 1/2 mile geological hike.  They have many events that are included on the BirminghamMom.com calendar.

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Alabama Adventure Splash Beach Water Park and Magic City USA Theme Park
4599 Visionland Parkway
Fairfield  AL 
205-481-4750

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Alabama Ballet
2726 1st Avenue South
Birmingham  AL  35233
205-322-1874

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Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
1630 4th Avenue North
Birmingham  AL 
205-254-2731

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Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2150 Richard Arrington Blvd. N
205-323-6665
Renowned throughout the country, this three-story, 30,000sf structure features over 4,000 pieces of sports memorabilia and interactive audio-visual screens. 

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Aldridge Botanical Gardens
Walking paths, gardens, special events
3530 Lorna Road
Hoover  AL 

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Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
1200 10th Avenue South
Birmingham  AL  35294
205-975-2787

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham  AL  35223
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are one of the more exceptional locations in the area.  It is free of charge and a great place to get outside with the kids and a stroller.  They host many educational events and summer camps.  Birmingham Moms also enjoy the annual plant sale.   And, this is a favorite spot for photographing children.   

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Birmingham Children's Theatre
Theatre Performances, Camps and Birthday Parties
Birmingham Children's Theatre is a treat for all kids and parents in Birmingham.  Theatre performances occur year round and can be found on the BirminghamMom.com Calendar. BCT host Spring Break Camps, Summer Workshops and Birthday Parties
"When I picked up my daughter on the first day of Summer Academy, she said -- I've got one word mom --- AWESOME!"    

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th Street North
Birmingham  AL 
205-328-9696
See this related post from BirminghamMom.com. 

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Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham  AL  35223
205-879-0409
For camp information email camps@birminghamzoo.com. For party planning information contact party@birminghamzoo.com.
From a local mom:  "Birthday party at the zoo for a 5 yr old and everyone had a great time.   Refreshments were provided and served.  The kids got to touch some animals, ride the train and the carousel. No clean up so I go to enjoy the party with everyone else."

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DeSoto Caverns State Park
5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy
Childersburg  AL  35044
At DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park, there's always something fun for everyone.  With over 25 attractions including our three-quarter acre Lost Trail Maze, Panning for Gemstones, and the always popular Wacky Water Golf, we're sure you'll have a great time at Alabama's Big Cave and More, DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park. Our attractions are open year round with the exception of the water attractions. The water attractions close at the end of October and reopen in April.

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McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham  AL  35203
205-714-8300

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Oak Mountain State Park
As Alabama's largest park, Oak Mountain provides 9,940 acres of pine-studded ridges and lush green hardwood bottoms. The park offers vacation cottages, golf, pro shop with snack bar, improved camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, backpacking, a demonstration farm and horseback riding facilities.

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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Sloss Furnaces is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years.

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Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham  AL  35206
205-833-8226

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Spring Valley Beach
Blount County
2340 County Road 55
Blountsville  AL  35031
205-429-2075
Park opens Memorial Day weekendOpen 7 days per week, 10 until 6Day passes are $15 for children and $20 for adults

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Tannehill State Park
12632 Confederate Parkway
McCalla  AL  35111
(205) 477-5711
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation.

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Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Drive
Birmingham  AL 
205-933-1409
Vulcan Park is home to the world's largest cast iron statue and features exceptional views of the City of Birmingham. The Vulcan Park museum tells the story of Birmingham.  It's a great, central location to enjoy a picnic or a good stop for visitors. 

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