Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Birmingham to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.



This summer park has it all. Cool off while playing in the water in Splash City. Everyone enjoys the thrilling rides in the Magic City section, and Marvel City has rides geared towards the little ones. Eat and shop on Celebration Street. A...  Read More

Birmingham Botanical Gardens


Gardens of roses, camellias, wildflowers, ferns and irises flourish in this quiet, panoramic setting. A Japanese garden and teahouse, serene in their simplicity, are high points of your tour. You will also find the largest greenhouse in the Southeast.



Take a meandering walk on the wild side, visiting over 1000 animals and birds housed in their natural habitats. The zoo features ongoing and constantly changing special exhibitions, as well as many "interactivities" for children.

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark


A national monument that pays tribute to the steel industry for which Birmingham is famous. The Sloss furnaces were in operation from 1882 to 1971. The monument gives visitors a chance to see both an important piece of Birmingham's industrial...  Read More



No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you; this is the world's largest cast-iron sculpture. A beautiful, massive sight, "Vulcan" pays tribute to Birmingham's early iron industry. Weighing over 60 tons and standing 55-feet tall, the statue was...  Read More

Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens


Birmingham's only antebellum home pre-dated the city's founding in 1871. Arlington Antebellum Home is a fully restored Greek revival mansion built between 1845 and 1850 and set on beautifully-landscaped grounds. The mansion houses wonderful...  Read More



The site of one of the most horrific occurrences of the American Civil Rights Movement (a bomb shattered the quiet of a Sunday morning and took the lives of four young girls), the 16th Street Baptist Church is a landmark to both people's...  Read More

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park


This is the historic site where the Confederate Army replenished its iron supply during the Civil War. Quiet and peaceful, it belies the tragic events that took place on March 31, 1865, when Union forces arrived and set fire to the ironworks and...  Read More



This area features the Civil Rights Institute and Museum, Kelly Ingram Park and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Also nearby in the district is the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and historic Carver Theater for the Performing Arts. Honoring...  Read More

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


This museum's galleries will lead you through the era of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Multimedia exhibitions depict dramatic events which took place in Birmingham and other cities. The museum also serves as a research facility on...  Read More