Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Birmingham? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Birmingham?”
Montgomery may be Alabama’s capital, but Birmingham is the state’s largest city steeped in history and culture. Also known as the Magic City, it is home to a diverse population and known for its scattering of urban green spaces, thousands of forested acres for hiking and the fantastic dining scene.
Once famous for its contributions to the steel industry, the city took center stage in the United States during the 1960s civil rights movement. Some of the greatest people in America’s history fought for equal rights on the streets of Birmingham, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But, Birmingham isn’t just for history buffs; it’s also home to several family-friendly attractions, including the Birmingham Zoo, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and McWane Science Center. Even outdoorsy folk can get their fill of nature at one of the many state parks or by biking the miles of trails.
When you visit, you’ll find it to be a gem of the South with a laid-back vibe and plenty to do. From colorful nightclubs and live music to local breweries and some of the best barbecue in the world, Birmingham has something for every taste and interest.