Birmingham is home to many excellent museums, parks, and other outdoor attractions. These attractions range from expansive, intricate, internationally-known structures to small, intimate, locally-respected establishments. Each of the Birmingham areas multiple wonderful attractions possesses unique qualities that make them unlike anything else in the country. For those who enjoy a community rich with museums, historical institutes, parks, gardens, and other community resources like them, Birmingham offers no shortage of options.

Museums, Halls of Fame, and Institutes
Vulcan, the titanic Birmingham icon, is the world’s largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Alabama’s largest city from atop Red Mountain since the 1930s. After a period of neglect and disrepair, city leaders sought public support for its restoration, forming the non-profit Vulcan Park Foundation. The Foundation oversaw a master plan to return this colossal statue to his 1904 grandeur. Today, thanks to the support of the Foundation and Birmingham as a whole, this beloved symbol of Birmingham and the nation’s iron and steel industry stands preserved and proud as the centerpiece of the rehabilitated and expanded Vulcan Park and Museum.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest municipal museum in the Southeast, and boasts an outstanding collection of over 21,000 works of art from around the world. On permanent display are extensive collections of American, European and Asian art, including the renowned Beeson Collection of Wedgwood.
At McWane Center, science becomes an adventure for all — and on a grand scale. With the largest combination of an IMAX Dome Theater and interactive science center in a four-state region, McWane Center offers education, exploration and entertainment for visitors of all ages. For the very young, there’s Just Mice Size, a miniature world sure to delight. For kids a little older, there’s phenomenal fresh and salt-water aquaria in the World of Water. For family education and entertainment at its best, don’t miss Birmingham’s exciting McWane Center.
Located in the historic Carver Theater, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame contains numerous exhibits on Alabamians such as Erskine Hawkins and Sun Ra who have made international contributions to the world of jazz. The museum is a part of Birmingham's historical Civil Rights District
Located in the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame pays tribute to sports heroes with ties to the state of Alabama. Beautifully designed exhibits give visitors a look at careers of Alabama sports legends such as Olympic Medalist Jesse Owens, former Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, and Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays.
Journey back in time to see how our city has changed- and how it changed a nation. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, located across the street from the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church, chronicles the role Birmingham played in the Civil Rights Movement and serves as a forum for understanding the universal problem of racism.

Parks, Gardens, and Zoos
Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham’s downtown area with Southside and UAB’s campus.
Red Mountain Park encompasses 1,500 acres of land along the Red Mountain Ridge in central Alabama. The Park is central to Birmingham and its surrounding diverse communities. The park's current attractions include over 15 miles of hiking and riding trails, two city overlooks, three tree houses, the 6-acre off-leash Remy’s Dog Park, and adventures like the Vulcan Materials Zip Trip and Kaul Adventure Tower.
Adjacent to the Birmingham Zoo, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens feature 67 acres of glorious nature including the spectacular Southern Living gardens. The Botanical Gardens offer everything from beautiful Southern wildflowers to a Japanese Garden complete with a tea house and bonsai trees. The Gardens are open every day from dawn to dusk.
See more than 700 wild animals in the heart of Birmingham at the Birmingham Zoo! Visit the Alligator Swamp! Feed the lorikeets in an interactive aviary where colorful parrots will land gently on your arm and sip nectar from your cup! The new Savannah brings Africa to Alabama in a naturalistic exhibit featuring giraffes, greater kudu, gazelles, and ostriches.  This zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
For a complete listing of all parks in Birmingham, please visit the City of Birmingham Park Listing