Birmingham, Alabam offers an offbeat vacation destination for travelers looking to explore one of the South’s small cities. With a past fueled by race riots in the 1950s, Birmingham has evolved into a city that remembers its painful past and has preserved its lessons for future generations. Guests also will find the area bustling with interesting nightlife and kid-friendly attractions.
Nightlife For those who enjoy a night out on the town, Birmingham has a bustling nightlife. The Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends visiting the city’s downtown district, which offers a variety of restaurants, cocktail lounges and bars, some of which feature live music. Ona’s Music Room offers live jazz each week from Thursday through Saturday. The J Clyde offers a unique hangout for 20- and 30-somethings, according to Lonely Planet. This alehouse offers more than 70 types of beer on tap. Old Car Heaven is an interesting Birmingham music venue, blending classic rock music with a love for old cars.
Kid-Friendly Attractions Birmingham offers a variety of kid-friendly attractions, making it an ideal family destination. In addition to showing the family some history in the Civil Rights District, take a trip to the Birmingham Zoo, featuring more than 800 animals and a separate children’s zoo. The zoo offers daily animal feedings, sea lion demonstrations and wildlife shows. Alabama Adventure is Birmingham’s most well—known theme park, offering roller coasters, a water park and variety of rides suitable for younger children.
Golf For the golfer in the family, the Metro Birmingham area houses nearly 20 golf courses. Alabama also is home to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a collection of championship-caliber golf courses at 11 sites across the state. In Birmingham, golfers will find the Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge golf courses. With 54 holes, the Oxmoor Valley course offers a unique history, having been constructed on land once used to mine for the U.S. Steel Company. The Shannon Valley causes the the terrain of Ross Bridge to be rolling, making for an especially challenging round of golf.