1259 Greenmor Dr.
Bessemer, AL 35023
Phone: (205) 424-0000
Fax: (205) 424-1971
Located in the suburb of Bessemer, Alabama Splash Adventure offers family-oriented entertainment in a festive setting. As with many theme parks, it's a virtually self-contained community, complete with restaurants, snack bars, live entertainment, thrill rides and a complete water park. Ride the Rio Grande Train, take the plunge on UpSurge! in Splash Beach, and don't miss the Coke Corner on Celebration Street. Check website for more details as this park has seasonal timings.
For a refreshing golfing game, visit the Robert Trent Jones Golf trail. The largest golf course ever built in the world, it has an astounding 378 holes. Often been described as the best public golf course in the world, the most popular golf package is the Trail Golf Package that has 18 courses spread out through the state of Alabama. The trail is a journey through the Appalachians in north Alabama and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
If you get a thrill by spooky stories and places, then Warehouse 31 is a must visit. This haunted attraction is spread across 39,000 square feet (3623.22 square meters) and features terrifying trails, monsters and scary scenes. Set in the old Marvin’s Home Improvement warehouse, you can opt for the traditional scare, the Rigamortis or for a more realistic feel try the 3D Experience. Check the website for their opening hours and prices.
Red Mountain Park consists is 1200 acres full of outdoor fun and excitement. In addition to the 11 hiking trails in the park, there are also ziplining facilities, historic mines, several treehouses and the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest. The park is one of Birmingham's favorite destinations for outdoor adventure.
The Aldridge Botanical Gardens are located in Hoover, south of Birmingham. Located on the former Aldridge estate, in addition to the hydrangea-filled gardens the property also features the horticulturalist's former home, now a museum, a pavilion, lake and a hiking trail. The gardens are also a popular location for bird-watching.
The Shades Mountain Baptist Church, focuses on inculcating virtues and teachings from the Bible. It prepares the community to face the challenges of real world with a balanced mind. The various events organized by the church are an attempt to reach out to all the members irrespective of their age. "Mommy and Me" class introduces music to toddlers, while the Ceramics Daytime Class explores the creative streak in you. It also stages various concerts. Gym room and the game room filled with the Super Nintendo Games, XBOX and puzzles too, checkers and card games are an example of the church moving ahead with times.
Alabaster Municipal Park is home to the famous annual Alabaster Cityfest. It features athletic fields, basketball and tennis courts, pavilions, picnic spots, a playground, restrooms and a snack bar. It also hosts regular soccer matches as well.
Built by Mother Angelica, this is the home of the Poor Clare Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration. It is modeled after European 13th century monasteries with both Spanish and Italian influences and contains features from Germany, Canada, Italy, Spain, and Columbia, South America.
At a time when educating the black population was frown upon, Miles College, established by in 1905 by the Colored Methodist Episocal Church, swung open its doors to give African-Americans a quality education. The historic black school offered African-Americans a college education, the only one to do so in the first half of the 20th Century. Times have changed, but Miles College has not. Since its membership into the United Negro College Fund in 1972, the four-year liberal arts institution has seen a steady enrollment. The college is located on the outskirts of Birmingham in Fairfield, but worth the short drive.
The Metro Church of God has various ministries that try and help people around them and touch their lives. The church, armed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, conducts several programs that help individuals live life that is practically enriching and far from addictions of all sorts. Also, the Metro Church of God regularly conducts fellowship events that bring the people together for an evening filled with fun, worship and sharing.
Its difficult to dig deep into Civil Rights history in Birmingham without hearing about The Four Little Girls. In 1963 four little girls (Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, and Carol Robertson) were killed when members of the Ku Klux Klan planted 22 sticks of dynamite outside the basement of the 16th Street Baptist Church. Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens was the original place that housed their remains. The 40-acre cemetery is also said to be the final resting place for over 100 Civil War veterans. Recent actions have tried to raise funds and awareness for the unique piece of Birmingham history. - Terah Shelton
One of the most interesting destinations in the area, this park is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Birmingham. Tannehill was the site of a large Civil War-era blast furnace that was destroyed by Union troops in 1865. Accompanying the restored furnace are a museum and, in the summer, working artisans recreating rural Alabama life circa the 1840s. There are also several hiking trails, as well as cabins for rent and a campground. The park is open daily.