Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama. The Birmingham Zoo is an independent, not-for-profit, 501 organization and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, participating in AZA Species Survival Plans. The Birmingham Zoo is the only AZA-accredited Zoo in the state of Alabama. Approximately 550 animals of 195 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos, and endangered species from six continents.
McWane Science Center
200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
The state-of-the-art science center, aquarium, and 280-seat IMAX Dome Theater are housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman’s department store. It opened to the public on July 11, 1998. There is The World of Water exhibit showcasing more than 50 species of marine and freshwater aquatic life on the lower level. In addition, there is a touch tank with different species of small sharks and rays. There are also shark teeth that can be observed under a microscope and other displays about water pollution.
Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure
4599 Splash Adventure Parkway Bessemer, AL 35022
Alabama Splash Adventure is a water park and amusement park located off Interstate 20/59 in Bessemer, Alabama, just west of Birmingham and east of Tuscaloosa. It is owned by Koch Family Parks, which consists of members of the family who formerly had minority ownership in Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35206
The Southern Museum of Flight is a civilian aviation museum in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The facility features nearly 100 aircraft and engines, models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. In addition, the Southern Museum of Flight is home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, which presents Alabama Aviation History through collective biography.
Barber Motorsports Park and Museum
6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35094
Barber Motorsports Park is an 880-acre multi-purpose racing facility located in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built by George W. Barber and included the 230,000-square-foot Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum. It has been the site of the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Alabama since 2010. The Annual Barber Vintage Festival has taken place at the park each October since 2005. Barber Motorsports Park is also the home of the Porsche Track Experience. Barber Motorsports Park is classified as an FIA Grade Two circuit.
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