1535 Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: (205) 822-6030
Fax: (205) 979-5834
The Aldridge Botanical Gardens are located in Hoover, south of Birmingham. Located on the former Aldridge estate, in addition to the hydrangea-filled gardens the property also features the horticulturalist's former home, now a museum, a pavilion, lake and a hiking trail. The gardens are also a popular location for bird-watching.
Moss Rock is a nature preserve consisting of 349 acres of beautiful land to enjoy. The property is full of streams, waterfalls, geological formations and wildlife, not to mention the abundant flora. The boulder field at Moss Rock is a popular rock climbing spot, and there are over 10 miles of trails for hiking in the preserve as well.
Opened in 1958 in honor of F. Page Seibert, Seibert Stadium is a 6,700-seat all-encompassing facility situated in the Samford University. This stadium boasts of a dynamic acoustic and sound systems which create a unique ambiance for the spectators. In the past, this stadium has staged some unforgettable football tournaments, and has also witnessed a thrilling crowd of 11,189 who were excited to watch Steve McNair and Alcorn State live in action in a 1994 match. Home to the Samford University Bulldogs college football team, this stadium also hosts various cultural and social events. Undoubtedly the most renowned stadium of Birmingham.
Located on the campus of Samford University, Pete Hanna Center is one of the largest multi purpose arenas in Birmingham. With a seating capacity of 5000, it is home to the Bulldogs Basketball team of the Samford University. This 132,000 square foot facility also includes a training room, fitness center and a seminar room. Pete Hanna Center hosts quite a many Sports events, hence when around call and book your tickets to get that adrenaline rush from your favorite game.
Red Mountain Park consists is 1200 acres full of outdoor fun and excitement. In addition to the 11 hiking trails in the park, there are also ziplining facilities, historic mines, several treehouses and the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest. The park is one of Birmingham's favorite destinations for outdoor adventure.
For an adventure zipping between the treetops of Red Mountain Park, check out the zipline adventure from Red Ore Zip Tours. Your adventure guides will lead you from treehouse to treehouse, along ropes courses and speeding down suspended cables for some blood-pumping fun. To get to the zip tour, you must hike about 10-15 minutes through Red Mountain Park, so you get a bit of fitness in with your fun.
Veteran's Park is 82 acres of outdoor fun in Hoover. The park features a whole array of facilities for your convenience, fitness and entertainment. Take advantage of the namesake Veteran's Memorial, the four acre lake, two pavilions, cross country trail, beach volleyball courts and the Butterfly Garden. There are restrooms available in the park, as well as parking.
The Jemison Park Nature Trail is a three mile long trail located at Jemison Park in Mountain Brook. The trail is extremely popular with joggers, hikers and bikers. The trail is also a great spot for bird-watching, and the Friends of Jemison Park organization even puts out a bird list so you can maximize your birding experience.
Birmingham's warm climate ensures that something is always blooming at the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy spring azaleas, summer roses, fall leaves and winter camellias as you tour the extensive grounds. Or, step inside the Southeast's largest clear-span glass greenhouse to enjoy orchids and other tropicals. Visit the Japanese Tea House and Garden and the Southern Living Garden, plus vegetable, fern, iris and other special gardens. Other attractions include the Gatehouse Gift Shop, a café and a library. Lectures, demonstrations, concerts and other events occur almost daily; inquire for a schedule. Admission is free. All paths are wheelchair and stroller-accessible.
See more than 1000 different animal species from around the globe, from the Siberian tiger to the San Esteban Island chuckwalla. Of course, there are lions, tigers and bears, as well as giraffes, geckos, a white rhinoceros and gorillas. If your feet get tired, hop aboard the Zoo Express Train. ZooSnoozes, their overnight camping program, is available by reservation. Also, check out the zoo's many classes, which are fit for visitors of all ages.
This public 18-hole golf course is located at Oak Mountain State Park. The Earl Stone-designed, par 72 course consistently ranks among the top 100 golf courses in the United States, year after year. In addition to the course, there is also a driving range, chipping green, practice green, pro-shop and snack bar all onsite.
Said to be the best place in the state to mountain bike, Oak Mountain State Park offers 9400 acres of beautiful central Alabama sprawl. Its features include 18 miles of bike trails, 20 miles of horse trails, camping, cabins and beaches. There is also a demonstration farm with livestock and a wildlife rehabilitation center. Golfing, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking accommodations are all available as well, and picnic areas and restrooms are situated throughout the grounds. The park is approximately a 30-minute drive south from the city center.