Birmingham is the most populated city in Alabama, even though it’s the youngest city in the state, established in 1871. It grew rapidly and earned the nickname Magic City because of its growth rate. Nowadays, it has plenty of things to see and do, making it a great option when deciding where you should go on your next adventure. Regardless of whether you are from the U.S. or an international visitor, I’m sure there’s something in the city to pique your interest during your stay.
In order to get the most out of your visit, it’s important to book a hotel in Birmingham through Hotel Planner that’s close to all the main attractions and action, of which there are many. If museums, sports, beer (if you’re old enough, of course), animals, or all of the above are your thing, keep reading to find out why Birmingham certainly ticks all of the boxes.
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
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There are a lot of museums in Birmingham, the most popular of which is the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which attracts many locals and tourists alike. You should purchase your tickets in advance, especially if you plan to visit during a major event weekend. Famous race car driver George W. Barber established the Museum in 1995. You’ll find an amazing collection of both motorcycles and cars, including over 50 Lotus race cars, the largest collection of these vehicles in the world.
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Regions Field is a minor league baseball park in the heart of downtown Birmingham, the home of the Birmingham Barons. Opened in April 2013, it has a capacity of 8,500 and provides a popular day out for local and visiting fans and tourists. If you’re unable to catch a game, not to worry; you can still take a tour of the stadium. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving you the opportunity to see behind the scenes.
Brewery Tasting Tour of Birmingham
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If beer is your thing, Birmingham is the place to be. Numerous breweries, microbreweries, and taprooms are in the city and surrounding area, including Beer Engineers, Cahaba Brewing, and Good People Brewing. Why not try to visit as many as you can, either independently or on an organized tour?
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With approximately 950 animals of 230 species, the Birmingham Zoo is a must-see. Events are held on-site throughout the year, and the zoo offers the opportunity to be a zookeeper for the day, so a visit to the zoo is not only a fun day out but an educational one, too. The zoo also runs the Passion Into Conservation Action (PiCA) Program, through which zoo employees submit conservation research project proposals for funding by the zoo. As with most top tourist attractions, don’t forget to purchase your ticket in advance of your visit.
With all these great attractions in Birmingham, plus many more, it’s a great city to visit and one you should consider visiting very soon.
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