Find out what to do in Birmingham, Alabama with this editor-guided tour for the family guy.
Story by Chris Hoke

Morning Must
Breakfast at the down-home Salem's Diner. Order the Philly cheese-steak omelet. It's worth the wait—even with a rowdy brood.

Best Kept Secret
Homewood's Overton Park. Tucked into the woods, it's where my boys love to make up adventures.

While Away the Afternoon...
At the Splash Pad—a mini water park in nearby Gardendale. It's fun, it's free, and a great place where kids can burn off some energy.

Smartest Use of $20
How about $21? That covers entry for one parent and child at hands-on McWane Science Center. Don't miss the Hurricane Booth.

Perfect Ending to the Day
Cupcakes from Dreamcakes Bakery, which is owned by a SL Test Kitchen alum and her daughter.