You Don’t Have to Leave Birmingham to Have a Vacation
By Frank Griffin
If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a great place to spend your summer vacation, Birmingham has a lot to offer.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
A good place to start is the reason the city was founded. The was an iron producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. When it shutdown, it was restored, making it the only preserved blast furnace in the United States.
Today it is listed as a National Historic Landmark, offering visitors a wide range of events and educational opportunities, including its metal arts program, concerts and festivals.
The Birmingham Zoo
The 122-acre facility is operated with a very strong conservation efforts as one of its guiding principles. The zoo receives more than 644,000 visitors annually, making it one of Alabama’s more popular attractions.
Red Mountain Park
If you want adventure, you can go to Vulcan Materials Zip Trip and Kaul Adventure Tower to get your heart pumping.
Negro Southern League Museum
The NSLM houses the largest collection of original Negro League baseball artifacts in the country along with an on-site research center. The center has a research team which includes seven of the top researchers in Negro League and Southern League baseball history.