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Birmingham, AL

The View of Birmingham from Vulcan Park in Alabama

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


The Redneck Benny from Big Bad Breakfast in Homewood, Alabama

Big Bad Breakfast

1926 29th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Cathead Chicken Biscuit: Crispy Fried Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, and Sausage Gravy 

Redneck Benny: Open-Faced Biscuit with Sliced Ham, Ham Powder and Two Eggs on Top. Comes with a Choice of Sausage Gravy or Hollandaise Plus One Side 

Low Country Skillet: Two Scrambled Eggs, Shrimp, Andouille, Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes, and Potatoes 

Chicken and Waffle: Belgian Waffle Topped with Crispy Fried Chicken, Local Honey, and Served with BBB House Syrup Blend 


Open Daily 7 am - 2:30 pm

Order Online: Yes

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Donut with Chocolate Icing from Heavenly Donut Company Located in Birmingham Alabama, Best Donuts in the Area

The Heavenly Donut Company

4911 Cahaba River Rd Suite 105, Birmingham, AL 35243

Some of the Donut Flavors

Blueberry Cake Donut

Triple Chocolate

Reese Cup Donut

Red Velvet Cake Donut

Key Lime Donut

Cookie Butter Donut

Chocolate Covered Sour Cream

Maple Bacon Donut

Try Their Apple Fritter

Store Hours(12/27/23):

Monday  Closed

Tues to Fri 6 am - 9 pm

Saturday 7 am - 9 pm

Sunday 7 am - 2 pm

Order Online: Yes


McWane Science Center

Some of the Exhibits Seen at the Museum

  • Shark & Ray Tank

  • Ocean Journey Area - Home to Green Moray Eel, Moon Jellyfish, Clownfish, and More

  • Rushton Theater - Telsa Coil & Van de Graaff Generator

  • Sciencequest - Bunch of Fun Science-Related Hands-On Exhibits 

  • Alabama Dinosaurs - Best Place East of Mississippi River to See Dinosaurs Remains

  • The Lost World of Dragons (Most Recent Exhibit) - Life-Size Animatronic Dragons and Interactive Displays Guiding Through the History of Dragons

Adventure Hall Admission:

Adults (13-64) - $16.00

Seniors (65+) - $15.00

Kids (2-12) - $13.00

Kids Under 2 - FREE

Blue Catfish from McWane Science Center in Birmingham Alabama

200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203


Monday & Tuesday Closed

Weds to Fri 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Noon - 5 pm

Location of the John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater - 25o Seats, 5-Story 79'-Diameter, Tilted Dome Screen and Six Channels of Ultra-Fidelity Digital Surround Sound

Southern Museum of Flight

The Southern Museum of Flight, one of the largest aviation museums in the Southeast

Some of the Exhibits Seen at the Museum

  • Korean War Jets Exhibit:  F-86 Sabre & MiG-15

  • Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit: North American AT-6 Texan, a Vultee BT-13B Valiant, and a Fairchild PT-19 Cornell

  • Lake Murray B-25 Exhibit

  • Vietnam War Helicopter Exhibit

  • Huff-Daland Crop Duster Exhibit

Admission Price:

General - $10.00

Kids - $8.00

Kids Under 3 - FREE

Active Military & Family - FREE

The Huff-Daland Duster Exhibit at Southern Museum of Flight Located in Birmingham Alabama

4343 73rd St N, Birmingham, AL 35206


Tuesday to Saturday 9 am - 4 pm

Birmingham Zoo

At any given time, approximately 550 animals of 180 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, elephants, bears, flamingos, and endangered species from six continents.

My List of Favorite Animals Would Like To See

African Elephant

North American River Otter

Red Panda

Sand Cat

Giant Anteater

Black-Footed Cat

African Lion

General Admission Rates:

Adult: $19.95

Senior(65+): $16.95

Child (2-12): $14.95

Cute Animal From Birmingham Zoo Located in Birmingham Alabama

2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

Hours (12.27.23): 

Monday & Tuesday Closed

Wednesday to Sunday 9 am - 4 pm

Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham.

General Admission Rates (Includes: Park Grounds, Observation Tower, & Museum)

Adult: $6 plus tax

Senior(65+): $5 plus tax

Child (5-12): $4 plus tax

Cheaper Rates in the Evening After 6 pm

The Anvil from Vulcan Park Located in Birmingham Alabama

1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Park Grounds Hours(12.27.23):

Closed Sun & Mon

Tues thru Sat 10 am - 10 pm


Beautiful Rack of Ribs from Dreamland BBQ Located in Birmingham, Alabama

Dreamland BBQ

1427 14th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205


Sunday to Thursday 10 am - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday 10 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Hickory-Smoked Sausage: Sausage Link Grilled in Hickory Wood-Fired Pit & Served with Dreamland BBQ Sauce - One Link $8.99 Two Link $15.99

Tips & Chips: Slow-Cooked Boneless Rib Tips with Green Onions. Seasoned with Dreamland Shake, Served with House-Made Chips $10.99

Legendary BBQ Sandwich: Served with a Choice of Boneless Rib Tips, Chopped Pork, Chicken, or Sausage on a Warm Toasted Bun. Topped with Dreamland BBQ Sauce & Pickles - Reg. $10.99 Large. $12.99 

Banana Pudding: Secret Recipe with Bud's Best Vanilla Wafers - Side $2.99, Cup $5.49, Bowl $9.49, & Quart $14.49

The Lone Ranger Quesadilla from MELT Located in Birmingham Alabama


1011 Jemison Ln, Birmingham, AL 35223

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Mac 'N Egg Roll: Mac & Cheese Stuffed Inside an Eggroll with Sweet & Spicy Chili Glaze for Dipping - $10.00

Roast Beef Melt: Roast Beef, Cheddar & Nacho Cheese Served on Pretzel Bun - $13.50

Ole Smokey: Smoked Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, and Smokey Mayo Served on Sourdough - $14.00

Mac Melt: House-Made Mac & Cheese in Grilled Cheese Served on Texas Toast - $13.00

The Cuban: Pork, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Dill Pickles & Yellow Mustard Served on Cuban Roll - $14.00

Deep-Fried Double Stuffed Oreos: Three for $6.00, Five for $8.00


Sunday & Monday Closed

Tues to Thur 11 am - 8:30 pm

Fri & Sat 11am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Recently Voted Best Chili in Alabama

The Goat Cheese Blackberry Thyme Sammie from Big Spoon Creamery Located in Birmingham Alabama

Big Spoon Creamery

4000 3rd Ave S #104, Birmingham, AL 35222

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

Cookies n' Cream: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, House-Made Chocolate Cookie Crumble

Rocky Ridge Road: Valrhona Chocolate Ice Cream, Toasted Walnuts & Almonds, House-Made Marshmallows

Lemon Meringue Pie: Lemon Ice Cream with Lemon Curd, Meringue Pieces & Honey Graham Crumble

King Cake: Cream Cheese Frosting Ice Cream, Cinnamon Jam Swirl, Brioche King Cake Pieces, and Mardi Gras Sprinkles

Tiramisu: Mascarpone Ice Cream, Kahlua Soaked Lady Fingers, and Cocoa Powder Dusting

Pricing: Single Scoop $4, Double Scoop $7.75, Triple Scoop $13.50


Sunday to Thursday Noon - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday Noon - 10 pm

Order Online: No

Must Try Their Sammies

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Elyton Hotel, Autograph Collection

  • Within Walking Distance: McWane Science Center, Pizitz Food Hall, and Downtown Area

  • Dining: The Yard; They Do Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner. The Brunch Menu Looks Most Appealing with Spicy Fried Chicken Biscuit and the Yard Burger

One of the Rooms from Elyton Hotel Located in Birmington Alabama

1928 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King in Oct 22' - $341.00

King in Feb 23' - $240.00

King in Jan 24' - $233.00

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

  • Within Walking Distance: Birmingham Zoo, Mountain Brook Creamery, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens

  • Dining: Habitat Feed & Social; They Do Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner.  Brunch Buffet on Sunday 11 am - 2 pm is $59 per Person

The is One Classy Hotel, Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham Alabama

2655 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King in Oct 22' - $458.00

King in Feb 23' - $384.00

King in Jan 24' - $359.00

21 and up fun

The ABC Hefeweizen Brew from Avondale Brewing Company Located in Birmingham Alabama

Avondale Brewing Company

201 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222


Brunch Punch Shandy: Shandy Radler | 3.5% ABV

A-OK IPA: IPA American | 7.2% ABV 

Snake Handler: Double IPA | 10.0% ABV

Sour Pash: Sour Fruited | 4.2% ABV | 5 IBU

Hours: (12.27.23)

Sun to Wed Noon - 10 pm

Thur Noon - 11 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - Midnight

Check Out the Sour Room

Food Trucks Available

Hitchhiker Brew from Good People Brewing Company Located in Birmingham Alabama

Good People Brewing Company

114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233


Strawberries & Cream Parfait IPA: IPA Milkshake | 7.0% ABV

Hitchhiker: IPA American | 7.8% ABV  

Funk Farm Kettle Sour Cherry & Almond: Sour Fruited | 4.5% ABV

Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Milk Stout: Stout Milk | 7.5% ABV


Monday to Thursday Noon - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am -Midnight

Sunday 11 am - 8 pm

Tours Handle By City Brew Tours; 4 Breweries, 4 Hours, 16 Beers, $99+5.5% Booking Fee

Food; Hotbox Chicken

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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