Alabama Attractions February 28, 2023
by Lisa Sammons 21 Fun Things To Do In Birmingham With Kids
We all know there are practically unlimited fun things to do in Birmingham, Alabama, but you don’t have to be an adult to enjoy the magic of the Magic City ! We have so many family-friendly attractions in Birmingham that are great for adults and kids alike . This is one of the safest cities in Alabama and whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with the kids, there are so many great things to do here. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorites that are worth checking out with the little ones, in particular.
Best Things To Do With Kids In Birmingham
Honestly, these spots are great, whether you’re a kid or just a kid at heart. Here are some of the most iconic places to bring kids to in Birmingham:
1. Enjoy an educational adventure fun for kids (and adults) of all ages at McWane Science Center.
The McWane Science Center is one of the best
science museums in Alabama
, and it's truly incredible how much there is to check out here. There are over 500,000 items on exhibit, including historical artifacts, minerals, fossils, and more.
The museum is filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits that will appeal to kids of all ages, making this an especially good option for families with kids of varying ages. You'll find an IMAX theater and multiple play areas.
The aquarium with a touch tank is always a big hit for the whole family - make sure you check it out!
Admission is $16 for adults to enter the Adventure Halls exhibits and $13 for kids ages 2-12. Kids under age 2 are free. You can purchase tickets in advance on the
McWane Science Center website
McWane Science Center, 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
2. Take a stroll on the wilder side of life at the Birmingham Zoo.
The Birmingham Zoo is a must-visit if you've got little ones that love animals. It's the only AZA-accredited zoo in Alabama. There are over 550 animals here, with approximately 200 species on display. You can see native creatures like corn snakes and American alligators as well as more exotic animals like lions and giraffes.
Admission is $18.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 2-12. You can purchase tickets in advance on the
to save time when you arrive.
Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, USA
3. Check out vintage cars and motorcycles at the fabulous Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is part of the massive 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, which is home to a 2.38-mile racetrack. The track is visible from inside the museum, but you can head outside for a better view from the observation bridges.
You'll find the
world's largest collection of motorcycles
and Lotus race cars here. The museum houses over 1,200 models of cars and motorcycles, with lots of beautifully-restored antique pieces.
There's a lot to see here and since the subject matter is great for any age range, it's the perfect attraction for families with both teens and young kids.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for kids. You can purchase tickets in advance on the
or at the museum's entrance.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094, USA
4. See where history and natural beauty collide at Vulcan Park and Museum.
The 56-foot-tall statue at Vulcan Park is not only the namesake of the park, it's also the official symbol of the city of Birmingham. Did you know that the statue here is the
largest cast iron statue in the world
? The statue weighs 120,000 pounds and stands atop a 123-foot tall pedestal.
Vulcan is the Roman god of fire and forge, which is quite fitting because Birmingham has such an extensive history of iron production. This statue of Vulcan was sculpted for the 1904 World's Fair, and in 1936, he was moved to what is now Vulcan Park.
An admission ticket to Vulcan Park will grant you access to the park, observation tower, and museum that covers the history of Birmingham. The view from atop the observation tower is absolutely gorgeous. Tickets to Vulcan Park can be purchased at the gate or online in advance from the
. Ticket prices are $4 for children and $6 for adults.
Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209, USA
5. Enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us at the nature preserve at Ruffner Mountain.
If your little ones have energy to burn, few places are better to visit than Ruffner Mountain. This 1,038-acre nature center has more than 14 miles of trails and is one of the
largest urban nature preserves in the country
. The trails vary in difficulty, and, of course, you can always turn around once you start to get tired, so even the youngest of kids can enjoy a walk in the woods here.
If you're not a Ruffner Mountain member, a visitor parking permit costs $5. You can purchase it on-site.
Ruffner Mountain, 1214 81st St S, Birmingham, AL 35206, USA
6. Let your imagination take to the sky at the Southern Museum of Flight.
The Southern Museum of Flight is a fascinating museum that's over 75,000 square feet. You'll find more than 100 vintage aircraft here, including ones that are nearly a century old. The museum is also home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame.
A self-guided tour of the museum will take you about 1-2 hours. Kids will love seeing all the aircraft on display. There's also a wonderful flight simulator that gives you the sensation of actually flying a real plane.
Tickets are $5 for adults and kids over the age of three. Kids younger than three enjoy free admission.
Southern Museum of Flight, 4343 73rd St N, Birmingham, AL 35206, USA
Free Things To Do With Kids In Birmingham
Times are tough, and we’re all looking to save a buck. Luckily, there are lots of things to do in Birmingham that won’t cost you a dime!
7. Enjoy a stroll at Railroad Park right in the heart of downtown Birmingham.
Railroad Park is one of the
most popular parks in Birmingham
, and it's no wonder why. This 19-acre green space is right in the middle of the city's vibrant downtown area. You can get beautiful city views, enjoy a picnic, walk to nearby attractions, or simply enjoy the park's atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of natural beauty in this bit of greenery within the city. The park boasts over 600 trees and a beautiful lake. You'll also find playgrounds and a history wall with information about the Magic City's past.
Railroad Park is free to enter, and you can find free street parking along the outer edges of the park. Note that metered parking is free after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend long.
Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
8. Check out the expansive art galleries at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is such a wonderful art gallery. It's one of the best
free things you can do in Alabama
, and it's full of family fun. There are more than 24,000 works of art here, and it's even got an outdoor sculpture garden. If you're looking for modern art, you'll find it here: folk art from Alabama artists, Asian art, Native American art, European art, and more. Need a little more time to check out your favorite pieces? There are free folding chairs available for rent at the front desk so you can take your time at each exhibit.
Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
9. Stop and smell the roses at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Address: 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223 Neighborhood: Mountain Brook Website: https://bbgardens.org/ Pro Tip: Thanks to our relatively warm winters, there's something to see here at any time of year. The gardens have over 12,000 different types of plants. Due to the incredible variety of flora here, there's something thriving at any given point throughout the year!
This is one
Alabama day trip
that many families make in the spring, and there are, of course, lots of colorful flowers in bloom here in March and April. However, the 30 gardens that are on site sprawl over 67.5 acres and there's something magnificent to explore here in every month. Both parking and admission are free, making this a wonderful (and affordable!) outing the whole family can enjoy.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223, USA
10. Choose your own adventure at Red Mountain Park. Address: 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211 Neighborhood: Homewood Website: https://redmountainpark.org/ Pro Tip: If you've got older kids that are fans of history, or you yourself are interested in the history of the area, download the free TravelStorys app for your phone before heading to the park. It'll take you on a self-guided audio tour of some of the park's most historic areas. Red Mountain Park
is an amazing attraction with so much to offer an active family, no matter how old your kids are. This 1,500-acre park is a natural wonderland. Got older kids that are adrenaline junkies? The zip-lining courses are a blast and quite the treetop adventure! There are more than 16 miles of hiking and biking trails to explore, with a variety of difficulty levels available. If your little ones aren't quite up for a trek through the woods, you can always check out the historic structures within the park. There are several old mines here - they're closed to the public, but it's still interesting to see them from the outside. This place is so much fun and we wouldn't be surprised if it's named a state park one day.
Red Mountain Park, 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA
11. Picnic by the lake at Avondale Park.
Avondale Park was established way back in 1886 and has been a beautiful green space in the Birmingham area ever since. The park spans 37 acres and includes a lake that's perfect for enjoying a picnic. The amphitheater here hosts events like concerts in the park and festivals. Keep an eye on the
Friends of Avondale Park website
for upcoming events.
Avondale Park, 4101 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222, USA
Things To Do With Kids At Night In Birmingham
The fun doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down! There’s plenty of nightlife, even for kids, in Birmingham.
12. Root, root, root for the home team at Regions Field.
Regions Field is the home of the Birmingham Barons, a Southern League champion Minor League baseball team. There are occasionally daytime games, but plenty of night games are on the schedule (and Friday night games usually have fireworks afterwards!). You'll find plenty of vendors, delicious ballpark food, and Good People brews for the adults. Even if you're not a huge fan of sports, this is a fun activity that the whole family will enjoy.
Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
13. Catch a concert at the Alabama Theatre.
The Alabama Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the southeast, built in 1927. It was originally a movie palace, and still occasionally shows films today, but is better known for its concerts and comedy shows. The theater seats 2,500 and any seat in the house is great. Keep an eye on the theater's schedule, because there's a wide array of events scheduled here throughout the year. Not everything on the schedule is kid-friendly, but you can typically find movies, dance competitions, and more that are great family activities.
Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
14. Have a family fun night at Spare Time.
If you don't mind making the drive out to Trussville, Spare Time offers some of the best family activities in the area. This place is like a mini amusement park! It's best known for its state-of-the-art bowling facilities. However, you can also enjoy laser tag here, or themed escape rooms, as well as an on-site restaurant featuring tasty pizza.
Spare Time Trussville, 3600 Roosevelt Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35235, USA
15. Enjoy a movie the old-fashioned way at Grand River Drive-In.
Today's kids may be unfamiliar with VCRs and cassette players, but thanks to Grand River Drive-In, at least they can still enjoy the magic of a drive-in movie. Drive-in movie theaters are going by the wayside all over the country, but we're lucky enough to still have a great one just outside of Birmingham in Leeds. Grand River has four screens and plays new releases, plus classic films. The facility also has a playground, dog park, and mini golf course!
Grand River Drive-In, 1453 Grand River Pkwy N, Leeds, AL 35094, USA
Best Things To Do With Teens In Birmingham
We all know teens can be temperamental, but thankfully, there are plenty of attractions in Birmingham that can entertain even the surliest of adolescents.
16. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights District.
Birmingham played a huge role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. You can still see so many aspects of this part of the city's history on display today. The Birmingham Civil Rights district spans several blocks and includes monumental places such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of a 1963 bombing that killed four young girls. The bombing drew Birmingham into the national civil rights movement.
The district also includes the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a fascinating history museum that catalogs the movement on both a national and city stage. Don't miss a visit to Kelly Ingram Park, the four-acre park that made national headlines for being the site of an altercation between police and protestors in 1963. A visit to the Civil Rights district can be emotionally difficult, so take your kids' emotional maturity level into account before deciding to visit.
Birmingham Civil Rights District, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
17. Stroll through history at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.
It's impossible to talk about the history of Birmingham without discussing the city's importance in the steel and iron ore industries. The Sloss Furnaces operated for nearly 100 years before they shut down in 1971. The site is now a National Historic Landmark with a fascinating history museum. It takes about 1.5 hours to make your way through the museum, which feels like a step back in time. Do you believe in ghosts? This is allegedly among the
most haunted places in Alabama
18. Satisfy your need for speed at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway.
Do you dream of being a speed racer? Then the
largest indoor go-kart track in Alabama
might be just what you need. These electric go-karts reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, and the facilities are entirely indoor and air-conditioned, so it's a great activity even in the heat of summer. It's not limited just to teens and up - junior kart racers need to be at least 8 years old and 48" tall. This adrenaline-filled track is the perfect escape for older kids, teens, and adults.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events - Birmingham, AL, 5960 Greenwood Pkwy, Bessemer, AL 35022, USA
What To Do With Toddlers In Birmingham
Even if you’ve got very young kids, there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Magic City!
19. Try locally-made goods and produce at the Farmers Market at Pepper Place.
The Market at Pepper Place is one of our favorite things to do with kids in Birmingham. It's one of the
largest outdoor markets in Alabama
, and since it operates nearly all year, you can visit pretty much any Saturday. Over 100 vendors are present, and all are local sellers from Alabama. You can get everything from produce to honey to crafts here. Just walking through is a fun experience that's great for families. Toddlers, in particular, will be delighted by all the sights and sounds on display here!
The Farmers Market at Pepper Place | Saturday Farmers Market, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
20. Enjoy the city views on the Rotary Trail.
The Rotary Trail is a unique 0.5-mile linear park that is right in downtown Birmingham. You'll find several benches along the trail if you need to stop and relax, and there are also lots of murals and sculptures to check out. The short length makes it ideal for toddlers with short attention spans, and it's paved, so it's stroller and wheelchair-friendly. This is a great way to see the city while stretching your legs!
Rotary Trail Birmingham, 2098 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
21. Catch a show at the Birmingham Children's Theatre.
It's never too early to get kids interested in the arts, and one of the best places to do just that is at Birmingham Children's Theatre. This professional theater has been putting on shows aimed at kids for 75 years. You can find target age groups for each show on the theater's website. The Tiny Tyke Tales series is geared towards infants and toddlers, and slightly older kids can enjoy the Wee Folks Theatre.
Birmingham Children's Theatre, 2130 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA
As one of the largest cities in the South, you never have to worry about running out of things to do here.
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