Things to Do in Birmingham

Find the best things to do in Birmingham including local landmarks, new and old.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Learn the story of the brave people who led the charge for change. And with next month's 50th anniversary of seminal Civil Rights events, there's no better time to visit. 520 16th Street North; bcri.org

Birmingham Museum of Art
One of the finest museum collections in the Southeast, with more than 25,000 objects from around the globe, and a 30,000-square-foot sculpture gardent. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Boulevard; artsbma.org

Pepper Place
Located in the Lakeview District is the former Dr. Pepper Syrup Plant. 2829 2nd Avenue South; pepperplace.net

Railroad Park
As residents reclaim the city center, moving into homes and opening businesses, locals and vistors alike are flocking downtown to visit the new Birmingham. This 19-acre green space on 1st Avenue is at the heart of the revitalization, giving a nod to the steel monsters that grew the city like magic in the late 1800s. Last year the park beat out spots in New York City and Portland, Oregon, for the prestigious Urban Open Space Award from the Urban Land Institute. (Take that, High Line). 1600 1st Avenue South; railroadpark.org

Regions Field
The Birmingham Barons, one of the oldest baseball clubs in the South and feeder team for the Chicago White Sox, just got a brand-spanking-new 8,500-capacity home. 1400 1st Avenue South; milb.com

Sloss Furnaces

Industrial site that fueled the Steel City's early growth. Metal no longer flows at the pig-iron blast furnace, but it's open for tours. On select days, participate in an iron pour (call ahead). 20 32nd Street North; slossfurnaces.com