Planning a charter bus trip in Birmingham, Alabama? There’s so much to do in this jewel of a southern city that you’ll need a vacation after your trip!
Located in the center of the state of Alabama, Birmingham was once known as the “Pittsburgh of the South” for its industrialized economic base. However, Birmingham has ceased to be a major steel town and moved more toward service and medical fields.
One of the best known attractions in Birmingham is Vulcan Park, a 10 acre compound featuring a 56 foot statue of the God of Fire and the Forge. Visitors can take an elevator to the top of the statue and see views of the surrounding city and countryside.
The McWane Science Center is another popular stop. This museum has interactive, hands on exhibits for child and adult alike. Pretend you’re a space explorer, marine biologist or roller coaster designer, or just spend some time in the Imax theater. Children and adults will also enjoy Visionland Theme park, with many rides, shows and attractions, and nearby Splash Beach Water Park. Zoom down water slides or coasters, the choice is yours!
Sports buffs will undoubtedly enjoy a side trip to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, which features sports luminaries like Joe Louis, Paul Bear Bryant and Willie Mays. Refreshments are available, along with souvenirs and memorabilia.
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is also an interesting attraction, chronicling the history of rail travel in Alabama. Two locomotives still operate on site, and railroad cars and memorabilia abound.
For a natural thrill, visit the renowned DeSoto Caverns, often called one of the most beautiful caves in the United States to visit. DeSoto Caverns also offers a sound and light show in one of the largest underground cathedral caverns in the U.S. The complex also offers 21 other outside activities for the family to enjoy.
The Birmingham Museum of Art features over 20,000 works and is one of the finest art museums in the southeast. Visit the sculpture garden and the collections of renaissance art, native american art and contemporary art housed in the museum.
Animal lovers flock to Birmingham for the annual Do Dah Day, the benefits of which all go to animal charities. Highlights include a pet parade, with costumes, live musical performances, craft shows and a street fair held in two parks.
Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens is the only antebellum mansion open in the Birmingham area. Built in the 1840’s, the house greek revival and displays many pieces of 19th century furniture and decor. The gardens are well maintained and beautiful.
For a more serious, historical stop, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a must. Using multi-media exhibits and still photographs, this museum tells the story of Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The museum also places our national struggle for civil rights in global context. The exhibits are powerful, and the facility is very well done.
Of course, you’ll arrive in Birmingham fresh and rested from your charter bus trip. Your driver, a licensed professional, will have handled all the driving and parking hassles, leaving you ready to have some fun. Your luggage is safely stowed under the bus, and your motel reservations have been made at the group tour discount. Best of all, you get special treatment at many of the area attractions. After riding all day in your air conditioned, bathroom equipped bus, you are ready to see all that Birmingham has to offer.