One of the best ways to experience Alabama is to take a day trip. There are several fun and affordable places located throughout the state that are perfect for day trips, including the city of Birmingham. Birmingham, better known as “The Magic City,” features many attractions and restaurants that are perfect for including on any type of day trip.
Listed below, we’ve arranged a day trip that takes place in Birmingham, Alabama. Everything is affordable, and some attractions are even free. This incredible day trip guarantees lots of fun, while not breaking the bank.
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Pop's Neighborhood Grill.
From breakfast sandwiches and homemade biscuits, to French toast and tasty omelets, this local favorite is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat as you begin your day trip.
(1207 20th Street S)
Take a stroll through Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which covers 67.5 acres, is located at the foot of Red Mountain. It's open 365 days a year and is one of Alabama's most popular FREE attractions.
(2612 Lane Park RD)
Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The Birmingham Museum of Art features one of the finest art collections in the Southeastern United States. It includes more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and decorative arts. Without a doubt, this incredible museum is the perfect destination for the true art lover. Admission is also FREE.
(2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd)
Grab a quick lunch at Tip Top Grill.
Tip Top Grill, a former gas station, is one of Alabama's true hidden gems. In addition to being known for its mouthwatering burgers, it's also known for its incredible view. (588 Shades Crest RD)
Enjoy the scenic views from Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve covers 1,038 acres. The primary activity that once took place on Ruffner Mountain from the late 1800s to the 1950s was iron ore mining. Today, visitors of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve can experience an amazing view of the former quarry, in addition to an incredible view of Birmingham's skyline.
(1214 81st Street S)
Take Birmingham's famous Golden Flake Factory Tour.
At Golden Flake, you can go behind the scenes to see how the South's most famous potato chip is made. Children and adults alike enjoy this FREE factory tour. For information, click
(#1 Golden Flake DR)
Eat dinner at Saw's Soul Kitchen.
There's no denying that Saw's Soul Kitchen is one of Birmingham's hidden gems. The deliciousness of its traditional Southern dishes attracts people from near and far. This unassuming restaurant is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat as your day trip comes to an end.
(215 41st Street S)
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