1325 Old Walker Chapel Rd
Fultondale, AL 35068
Phone: (205) 259-2160
Fax: (205) 259-2170
With seating for over 19,000, the BJCC Arena is nothing short of impressive. The arena has an open-beam ceiling, making it an ideal venue for major events like the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt Conference and NCAA's Mens' Football Tournament. Top artists hold concerts at this arena, and events like the Barnum & Bailey Circus have even made cameos here. Home to the Birmingham Steeldogs, the BJCC Arena is equipped with lighting, sound, scoreboard, video production and telecommunication facilities.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm, located in the Gardens of Park Place, is an urban farm growing healthy, natural fruits, vegetables and herbs, not just to eat, but for education. The Jones Valley Teaching Farm is of the philosophy that kids learn best by doing, and at the farm, kids get down and dirty growing and caring for the produce. As a byproduct of this, they also learn more about healthy eating and they even host cooking classes and programs to teach about how to use the fruits of their labor in the most delicious ways.
You may have come across the hand drawings of these creatures on Egyptian walls. Now you can catch them in live action at the Birmingham Race Course. Watch these graceful animals chase on the race grounds. If you grow fond of them you can even adopt an ex-racing greyhound, with the help of Greyhound Pets of America organization. Check the website for details and the schedule of events.
Kelly Ingram Park is a beautiful treasure trove of sculptures standing on the green. Formerly known as the West Park, it is located just opposite the Baptist Church. Bound by 5th and 6th Avenues North and 16th and 17th Streets, the park served as the staging ground for much of the Civil Rights Movement and contains many commemorative sculptures of heroes who fought for racial equality during that time. Kelly Ingram Park is now a place to come and participate in the festivals and programs that take place throughout the year.
This outstanding nature center situated on the site of an iron ore mine was closed in the 1950s and reopened as a nature refuge in the 1970s. Visitors to this mid-city refuge can explore the former quarries and ore crushers, hike 10 miles of trails, watch hawks soar, study rock formations and enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife.
Since 1907, this historic building's ovens have been roasting thousands of pounds of peanuts for sports stadiums across the South, grocery stores and hungry passersby. Try a bag of hot, freshly roasted goober peas. You can purchase 30-pound boxes or even a whole truckload.
Bill Battle Coliseum, in the campus of Birmingham Southern College is an arena with a capacity of 2000 seats. Home of the college's Panthers basketball team, this arena is named after Bill Battle Jr., the athletic director of Birmingham Southern College. Apart from the sports events it can also be used for conferences and concerts. The Coliseum is a part of Edward L. Norton United Methodist Center and has various facilities from ample parking space to locker rooms for visitors. The coliseum is connected via an underground tunnel to the adjacent Striplin Sports Centre.
The Highland Park Golf Course is one of the best greens in the Birmingham area, and has stood the test of time, being founded in 1903. The beautifully manicured course has stunning views of the Downtown Birmingham skyline. And the reasonable prices mean that to play these 18 holes, you won't be breaking the bank.
Legion Field has seen countless football matches--professional, college, and otherwise. This world-class football stadium is home to the University of Alabama Blazers, and the grass field has seen lots of action in its 68 years. In 1927, the field was named in honor of the American Legion and stands as a testament to those who gave their lives for their country.
Sure, Alabama is a partially landlocked state (with the ocean several hours away), but that doesn’t mean you can’t escape the hustle and bustle of the city and be on the water within 20 minutes of downtown Birmingham. From March through November, Five Mile Creek Canoe & Company offers canoeing and kayaking on 26 miles of Alabama waters. Rental rates start at USD25 for canoes and USD20 for kayaks. No padding experience? Don’t worry. They’ll give the inexperienced a short lesson. Tubing is also available. Reservations are required, with at least three days notice. Owned by the city of Brookside. - Terah Shelton
If you wish to see Alabama in a different way, consider taking a ride on a hot air balloon. Air Alabama is the only hot air ballooning company in the Birmingham, Alabama area. They offer hot air balloon passenger flights as well as special occasion flights. Sunrise - their a 90,000 cubic balloon and Enlightened - a 77,00 cubic feet accommodates a pilot and up to three passengers. Each flight is over an hour, with views of the Alabama landscape. Considering a career in aviation? Air Alabama offers hot air balloon pilot training. Reservations are required. Passenger flights are price at $200.00 per person. - Terah Shelton
Rickwood Field was built in 1910 for in the city's professional baseball team, the Coal Barons. Rickwood Field has since been restored to look the way it did in its 1940s heyday, all the way down to the hand-operated scoreboard. Wearing old-time uniforms, the Birmingham Barons play the annual Rickwood Classic. Baseball greats who played at Rickwood include Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb and Birmingham's own Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitball pitcher in the big leagues. Rickwood was also home to the Birmingham Black Barons Negro League team, which brought the likes of Satchel Paige, Piper Davis and local teenage phenomenon Willie Mays to play here. There is no charge to visit Rickwood; inquire about admission prices for the Rickwood Classic and other special events.