papajohns-com-bowl-08_2544Birmingham will be teaming with visitors from the University of South Florida and the University of South Carolina when the schools meet to face off December 29 at the Birmingham Bowl.

Students, family and friends from the visiting schools will find a wealth of entertainment in the Birmingham area.  Here are just a dozen things to put on your to-do list while visiting the city:

Eat well. Food media giant Zagat just named Birmingham one of America’s hottest food cities for 2016.  Influential website Eater calls Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill one of the 38 Best Restaurants in America.  From the world’s best barbecue to exceptional international cuisine, the city’s food scene is top-notch.

bottega-food-setupShop in style. The retail center of the state is brimming with malls, high-end boutiques and outlet
Spit-polish your credit cards and bring your comfortable shoes.


Love our live music. Great music is steadily underway at lively, hip clubs and historic venues.  Leave your bluegrass at the door. Come rock with us.

bvmm-harley-credit-edhallSee big things. Bigger is better, and Birmingham has Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum with the world’s largest collection of antique and contemporary motorcycles.  Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, sits high atop Red Mountain.  The observation deck give visitors a panoramic view of the city.

Drink our beer. Breweries around the city offer up some of the most interesting beers in the Southeast.  Tasting rooms are inviting and are a good place to start out your Birmingham nights…or to hang around all evening.


bcrmSee where history was made. Birmingham’s role in America’s Civil Rights Movement changed the world.  It’s much more interesting seeing it first-hand than reading about it in your history book.

Get in motion. The great outdoors calls to hikers, boaters, golfers and those of us who just like to ride the zip lines. Or join the hundreds of people who wheel around town with the city’s bike-share transport. 

Find great sports. For those visitors who just can’t get enough of the sports scene, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Negro Southern League Museum are just the ticket.  Or tour historic Rickwood Field, America’s oldest professional baseball park.

Get some culture. The Birmingham Museum of Art is one of the finest museums in the region with extensive collections from cultures around the world.  Enjoy a meal at Oscar’s, the museum restaurant, and visit the gift shop for a naturally artistic selection of souvenirs.


Romp with the animals. The Birmingham Zoo is one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. Visitors love the giraffe feedings and the sea lion splash shows.  And bowl game guests arrive just in time to catch the final nights of Zoolight Safari.

Get up close to downtown. Birmingham’s downtown district is walkable and filled with historic architecture.  Stop by one of three Tourist Information Centers for a self-guided tour brochure or download it here.  Birmingham Tourist Information Centers are located at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, at Vulcan Park and Museum, and at 2200 9th Avenue North.

downtown_ted-tucker_9-2013Feel the local love.
Birmingham likes nothing better than having company.  It takes little encouragement to get locals to talk about their favorite places in town.  Listen.  Take notes.  They know all the hot spots.


For more information on visiting Birmingham, call the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-458-8085.