Top 7 Must-Do Activities Around Birmingham, AL

At The Hill at Eastbury, the premiere apartments of Homewood, AL, you’ll be mere steps away from shopping, locally roasted coffee, award-winning restaurants, and more. Not only that, we’re also mere minutes away from downtown Birmingham and all it has to offer. Our beautiful city is full of restaurants and bars of every cuisine and variety, lovely parks, important museums, historic theatres and venues, and so much more. Let’s take a look at what many locals would say are some of the “must-dos” (excluding restaurants) in and around the Birmingham area. 

Take a hike

Central Alabama has tons of parks and trails for you to enjoy. Whether you enjoy a quiet stroll, a fun day of exploring with friends or family, or a challenging hiking trail with your dog, there’s a trail for you. Red Mountain Park has hikes that take you to old mines and others that give you a unique overlook view of the city. It also has a great dog park for your furry family members. Ruffner Mountain boasts 14 miles of trails, nature education, and EcoArts programs. Moss Rock Preserve near Hoover is a great place for the whole family. 

Visit Vulcan Park and Museum

It’s safe to say Vulcan is the most well-known landmark in Birmingham. A historic nod to the city’s steel industry roots, the 56-foot cast iron statue is elevated on a 125 ft. pedestal as he looks over the city of Birmingham. Vulcan is more than just a statue overlooking our beautiful city... the park and museum feature spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive comprehensive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, a premier venue for private events, and a beautiful public park to enjoy. 

Picnic at Railroad Park

With 19 acres of green space in the middle of downtown Birmingham, including nine acres of open lawn, Railroad Park is the ideal place to have a little lunch. There is also a great little playground for kids and plenty of space to throw a frisbee or run around. Railroad Park even hosts several events throughout the year, so stay connected to their social media for dates. 

Pick up fresh produce at a farmer’s market

While there are several farmer’s markets in and around the Birmingham area, there are a few notable ones that we need to mention. The Market at Pepper Place is a must-do. This expansive market is currently offering curbside pickup (in March 2021) on Saturday mornings, and the walk-through market officially opens on April 11th on Saturdays. The West Homewood Farmer’s Market takes place on Tuesday evenings, but won’t open this year until June, so keep an eye out for more information this summer. 

See a show at the Alabama Theatre or Lyric Theatre

These theatres are steeped in rich history and are a huge part of downtown Birmingham. The pandemic has affected shows and events, so check their event schedules throughout the year for updated concert and show dates. If you’ve never seen these stunning theatres in person, make plans to go as soon as you can and as soon as shows are available. 

Stroll through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

From their website- “Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths.

The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house.” The Gardens are surprisingly free, and no matter how many people are there, it feels like a calming, enjoyable step out of the hustle and bustle of life. 

Visit Sloss Furnace

If you haven’t noticed yet, Birmingham is full of history- both good and sometimes not so good. Sloss Furnace is no different, in fact, it is a national historic landmark. It used to be the largest manufacturer of pig iron (crude iron) in the world and now stands as a monument to the Industrial Revolution. If history isn’t your thing, we still recommend visiting because it is truly impressive. You can tour the massive smokestacks and web of pipes yourself or join a guided tour. Sloss Furnace holds Metal Arts events throughout the year and Sloss Fright Furnace for some Halloween fun in the Fall. 

These are just a few of the many things our residents enjoy doing in the areas surrounding our luxury apartments in Homewood, AL. We are mere minutes away from most, if not all, of these amazing activities. Contact us today to check our availability and to schedule a tour. 

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