Things to Do and See in Birmingham

Check the Black and White for weekly events

SPORTS

Birmingham Barons
988-3200
Birmingham's 2A baseball team plays from April to September at the Regions Park Stadium on 4rd Avenue South and 14th Street South in Birmingham.
Arena football

OUTDOORS

Oak Mountain State Park
620-2520/1-800-ALAPARK
Oak Mountain is Alabama's largest state park, encompassing nearly 10,000 acres. The park is ideal for hiking, swimming, biking, tennis, and boating. It has an 18-hole golf course, single-track mountain biking trails, and plenty of picnic facilities. Cabin rentals and campgrounds are also available. Take I-65 South to exit 246 in Pelham, west on highway 119, and south on St. Park Rd. Admission $2. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to dusk.

Birmingham Zoo
263 Cahaba Rd., 879-0409
Admission: $8 Adults. Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Rd., 414-3900
Expansive collections of flowers, plants, trees along paved walking trails. Benches and swings also surround the various gardens. The largest clear span greenhouse in the Southeast houses cacti, orchids, and other exotic plants. Admission: Free! Hours: Dawn to dusk.

ARTS, MUSEUMS, AND HISTORICAL

Birmingham Museum of Art
2800 8th Ave. North, 254-2565
Extensive collections of American, European, Asian, African, cotemporary, and ancient works. Various travel exhibits visit the museum throughout the year. Admission: Free!

Alys Robinson Stephens Center
1200 10th Ave. South, 975-2787 (Box Office)
Various performances including Birmingham Ballet and Symphony. Discounted student tickets.

Jazz Hall of Fame
254-2731

Alabama Ballet
To promote and foster the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. Lead by artistic director Wes Chapman. Students with student ID can purchase tickets for $15 at the Alys Stephens Center Box Office.

Alabama Theatre
Hosts live events, films, and other events.

Sloss Furnaces
20 32nd St. North and 1st Ave., 324-1911

Produced iron for 90 years beginning in 1882. Now a national historic landmark and museum of industry- a glimpse into the industrial past of the South. Sloss furnaces also hosts concerts and a haunted house in October.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
520 16th St. North, 328-9696
Films and exhibits that depict events from the World War I era to the present. It also promotes on-going research and discourse on human rights issues through its educational programs and services.

McWane Center
200 19th St. North, 714-8300
Hands-on learning of science that is great for kids and adults. IMAX theatre and traveling exhibits.

SHOPPING AND DINING

Five Points South
Located at the corners of 11th Ave. South and 20th Street, the Five Points area is a collection of restaurants, shops, and bars and is a popular graduate student hang-out.

Riverchase Galleria Mall
Near the intersection of I459 and U.S. 31 South. Alabama's largest shopping mall. The Wynfrey Hotel, a five star, four-diamond, preferred hotel, is also located in the mall. Adjacent to the mall is the Galleria Cinema with ten theatres and several restaurants.

The Summit
Highway 280 just west of I-459. Upscale outdoor shopping, movie theatre, and restaurants.

Brookwood Village
I-459 (Lakeshore Dr.) and Highway 280. A collection of popular upscale shops and outdoor cafes and restaurants. Indoor and outdoor mall.