It’s puzzling that Birmingham should be such an underrated city, considering its numerous festivals, its vast natural beauty and abundant parks, their lovely, affordable hotels, and their many family friendly attractions. Come learn about the history of Civil Rights, and enjoy the welcoming southern charm of its people who make this city a marvelous tourist attraction.
Festivals and More Festivals
After you fly into the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), you’ll want to know which festival is in full swing.
The natural warm weather makes this city the perfect festival venue, starting in February, when Birmingham begins the season with Southern Voices – a Celebration of Writing, Music and Art. April brings the ONB Magic City Art Connection with booths full of paintings, sculpture, photos, pottery, jewelry, and more. Do Dah Day, in mid-May, is a crazy parade of dressed up dogs.
Late summer is when the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival begins. Like Sundance, the festival primarily exhibits independent films; instead of Robert Redford, expect to see Alan Hunter. Dia de Los Muertos starts in November. This Mexican-based performance art includes food, music, dancing, a parade of giant puppets, and Frida Kahlo look-alikes.(Image by Carlos & Ana Darío & Hernán)
Amazingly Affordable Hotels
Downtown Birmingham has many luxurious, yet affordable hotels. One example is the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham, located next door to the Urban Center Corporate Park; it is ideal for hosting a meeting, and offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts.
The Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB is located in the historic Five Points South Dining and Entertainment District, and within walking distance of the UAB campus. Enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast, then make use of the free high-speed Internet before stepping out into downtown Birmingham.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham – 280 East Eagle Point is next to The Village at Lee Branch and close to the Eagle Point Golf Course. It’s the perfect location for taking the family out for fun to places like the Treetop Family Adventure for go-kart rides and miniature golf. Oak Mountain, Alabama’s largest state park, is just minutes away.
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Family Friendly Attractions
Birmingham is all about the family with attractions like the Vulcan Park and Museum. Not be confused with the character from Star Trek, this Vulcan refers to the Roman god of fire and boasts the world’s third largest cast iron statue. Alabama Splash Adventure is a water park with tub slides, 800,000 gallon wave pool, a nine-story drop slide, a 216-foot flume, a toddler water area, and a lazy river. The Ruffner Mountain Nature Center has scores of hiking trails, and the Tree Top Visitor Center with an information booth, history exhibits, and gift shop.
Other family attractions include McWane Science Center, with four floors of interactive exhibits, and the Birmingham Zoo, with more than 170 animals, a zoo train, and a carousel. There’s also the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham’s Railroad Park, the Rickwood Field Park, and the Golden Flake Company.(Image by McWane Science Center)
Birmingham is an ideal family vacation spot. Let Hipmunk.com help you make your travel and hotel arrangements.
Gabriel Winston, a hipmunk writer, likes to write about unusual places, when possible about caves in South America, though fashionable digs across North America are also interesting. He lives in Alberta, Canada and loves hiking and recording his trips on film and on his blog “Where the Dog Never Lies.”
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