After months inside, we could all use a change of scenery. Birmingham’s quick access to the outdoors and abundance of family-friendly activities makes it the ideal location for your next getaway. If you’re looking to try something new, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Summer activities in Birmingham.*
#1 | See the Animals at the Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo is one of Birmingham’s premier attractions. Guests come from around the Southeast to see animals such as red pandas, lions, giraffes, orangutans, rhinos, bears, elephants, sea lions, zebras, a jaguar and many more. With approximately 950 animals calling it home, the zoo is large enough to keep any person entertained for hours.
Currently, the zoo is operating on a limited schedule and encouraging visitors to purchase tickets online in advance to control crowding at the gates. Zoo staff and visitors over 2-years-old will be required to wear face coverings. For more information around their current protocols and to purchase tickets, go to their website.
#2 | Spend Some Quality Time on the Water
If you’re looking for the perfect place to cool off, Birmingham has activities for casual floaters and thrill-seekers alike. Go for a swim at one of Oak Mountain State Park’s two sandy beaches, hike out to Peavine Falls, or show off your skills at Flipside’s cable-guided wakeboard park. If water slides and rides are your thing, then make the quick drive to Splash Adventure Water Park where they have 10 different water-specific attractions, in addition to their roller coasters and amusement rides.
For those who prefer to spend their time on top of the water, Lake Purdy offers rentals on everything from Paddle Boards to Fishing Gear to Pontoon Boats with prices starting at $18 per day. Birmingham is also located near the Cahaba River and Turkey Creek for people who prefer to create their own swimming and boating experiences.
#3 | Take in the City Skyline from Railroad Park
Railroad Park, often referred to as Birmingham’s Living Room, is a 17-acre green-space located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham. Within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops, and the downtown Rotary Trail, Railroad Park can be the launching point of a complete Birmingham experience.
To ensure the safety of visitors, Railroad Park currently requires all visitors to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others. The restrooms and playgrounds remain closed to all visitors. For more information on their COVID-19 requirements, visit their online resource.
#4 | Get Back into the Swing of Things
Public Golf Courses
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, bring your game to Birmingham where we have some of the finest golf courses around. Try something new with one of our 17 public golf courses located near the city center.
With more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, Topgolf is the perfect place to practice your swing during the Summer. At Topgolf, there’s no pressure to have perfect form or have the best score. It’s all about everyone having a good time.
Guests are required to wear a facemask upon entry to the venue until you get to your table or bay, and while moving throughout the venue. When in your bay, you are not required to wear a mask – this includes while eating, drinking or hitting. Masks are not required for children under the age of 2 or for those with underlying health conditions. To reserve a time slot or learn more, visit the Topgolf Birmingham website.
#5 | Stretch Your Legs with a Scenic Hike
The biggest advantage to being in Birmingham is the easy access to the outdoors. Whether you’re looking for an all-day hike or simply looking for a quick escape, we have several options to help you capture that perfect Instagrammable moment.
Get some fresh air at one of our favorite hikes in Birmingham.
#6 | Feed Your Need for Speed at the Autobahn Speedway or Barber Motorsports Museum
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Autobahn’s 53,000 sq. ft. facility is the largest indoor go-karting facility in the state. Their F1 inspired “Pro-Karts” can reach speeds of up to 50 mph. They also offer Junior Karting with speeds up to 25 mph for riders over 8 years old.
In response to COVID, the team at Autobahn has introduced enhanced cleaning and safety guidelines – including masks requirement for everybody inside the building – to be compliant with recommendations from the government and the CDC. To purchase tickets and learn more about their sanitation protocols, go to the Autobahn website.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is the World’s Largest Motorcycle Collection. With over 900 bikes on display at any given moment, the museum takes visitors through the complete history of motorcycle design and technology. The collection is certain to impress gearheads and casual visitors alike.
To protect visitors, certain amenities are temporarily suspended and guests are encouraged to maintain safe distances from other visitors. To purchase tickets or learn more about the Barber Motorsports Museum, visit their website.
#7 | Stop and Smell the Roses at our Public Gardens
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens has more than 67 acres and 30 thematic gardens to help you slow down and get lost in the beauty of it all. More than 350,000 people stop by every year to walk among the miles of gardens and greenery.
Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre woodland garden that is laden with many varieties of hydrangeas, camellias and other native Alabama plants.
Whenever you’re ready to get back outside, Birmingham will be ready for you.
*All of these activities are open to the public as of July 5, 2020. Hours and regulations are subject to change. For the latest information on closures and requirements, visit our Safe Travel resource or the contact the individual attractions.
The breathtaking natural beauty is just the beginning. Add to that the seemingly countless activities and mild year-round climate and you’ll see why getting out in Birmingham is everything an outdoor adventure should be. Plan your Birmingham trip today to experience the greater outdoors.