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.

Railroad Park Foundation
1600 1st Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 521-9933

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.

Regions Field
1401 1st Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 988-3200

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).

Sloss Furnaces
20 32nd Street N
Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 254-2025

A mountain top park and museum that celebrates the city's mascot, a bare chested, bare bottomed Roman god of fire and forge.

Vulcan Park and Museum
1701 Valley View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
(205) 933-1409