Alabama December 17, 2016
The Best City In Alabama To Have A Great Time Without Going Broke
Who says you have to spend big bucks in order to have a great time? There are many places located throughout Alabama that offer a variety of attractions, eating establishments, etc. that won’t put a dent in your bank account. One of these cities is Birmingham. With such a variety of things to see and do in Alabama’s largest city, you’ll most certainly have a great time without feeling financially stressed.
Listed below are 12 affordable, or free, things you can do the next time you visit “The Magic City.”
1. Visit "Railroad Park."
Known as "Birmingham's Living Room," Railroad Park is a wonderful park that offers visitors and locals a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Cultural events and concerts are also held at Railroad Park throughout the year. Currently, visitors can take a spin around the park's ice rink. (1600 1st Ave S)
2. Browse unique items at "What's on 2nd."
From vintage toys and vinyl records, to antique furniture and baseball cards, you'll find a little bit of everything at this unique second-hand store. The prices are also great! (2323 1st Ave N)
3. Eat at "Gus's Hot Dogs."
For the most delicious chili dog and chili-cheese dog in Birmingham, head on over to Gus's Hot Dogs. This hot dog joint is a Birmingham landmark, and you'll understand why after just one visit. (1915 4th Ave N)
4. Watch a film at the historic "Alabama Theatre."
Since being built in 1927, the Alabama Theatre has been known as the "Showplace of the South." It's also one of Alabama's most beautiful movie theaters. (1817 3rd Ave N)
5. Visit "The Market at Pepper Place."
The Market at Pepper Place is one of the best farmers markets in Alabama. Here you'll find a variety of local produce, in addition to beautiful crafts created by local artisans. (2829 2nd Ave S)
6. Experience the marvels of science at the "McWane Science Center."
Since opening its doors in 1998, the McWane Science Center has received millions of visitors of all ages. At this state-of-the-art science museum, children (and adults) can have a hands-on, learning experience they won't get anywhere else. (200 19th St N)
7. Eat at "Saw's Soul Kitchen."
When it comes to BBQ and soul food, Saw's Soul Kitchen is the obvious choice. Since opening in 2012, this BBQ joint has become a local favorite. From pulled pork sandwiches and Carolina burgers, to stuffed taters and delicious side dishes, there's something on the menu for everyone.
(215 41st St S)
8. Take a stroll through the "Birmingham Botanical Gardens."
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of Alabama's top attractions. Admission is also free. That's right. FREE! You can stroll the beautiful 67.5-acre garden without having to reach into your wallet. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is also open year-round.
(2612 Lane Park Rd)
9. Visit the "Birmingham Zoo."
If you're an animal lover, you'll love the Birmingham Zoo. The Birmingham Zoo, which is home to around 800 animals of 200 species, is also one of Alabama's top attractions. (2630 Cahaba Rd)
10. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from "Insomnia Cookies."
Insomnia Cookies specializes in delivering warm, freshly-baked cookies to the doors of individuals and companies. They also offer brownies, cookie cakes, ice cream and more. Who wouldn't want these delicious sweet treats delivered to their door? You can also pick up your treats at their store. (1919 11th Ave S)
11. Take a "Golden Flake Factory Tour."
Who wouldn't want to see how their favorite potato chips are made? This free tour will show you everything that goes into making the South's favorite potato chip. You'll even get to take some potato chips home with you. (1 Golden Flake Dr)
12. View an art exhibit at the "Birmingham Museum of Art."
The Birmingham Museum of Art, which is also free to visit, is one of America's finest regional museums. It's a must visit for any art lover. (2000 Rev Abraham Woods Jr Blvd)
As you can see, there are many fun things to do in Birmingham without breaking the bank. When it comes to eating, most people choose to stay home because it’s much cheaper. There’s no need for that! This
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