Guarded by Steel City's favorite iron man, this Birmingham park is one of the best places not only to see the city, but also to learn about the history that took Birmingham to fruition. The Vulcan Trail, located just outside the museum's north side, is part of the Red Rock Valley trail system. It is easy enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Explore the museum to discover Birmingham's full history and local goods store, The Anvil, which sells beautiful memorabilia and locally made souvenirs. Recently, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, expanded the park by adding Kiwanis Centennial Park, a $5.8 million expansion. It offers free parking and 2 miles of trails for hiking, jogging, and biking.
4. Birmingham Botanical Gardens
If a walk in the sprawling rose gardens, greenhouses, and Japanese gardens speeds you up, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is your place! Open 365 days a year, Alabama's biggest living museum is also the only public horticultural library in the United States. This beautiful garden offers free Wi-Fi, public computers, and free admission.
In addition, the Gardens rank as the fifth highest native plant collection in the United States. After getting lost in the Asian Glade, the Ireland Old-Fashioned Rose Garden, or Crape Myrtle Garden, enjoy a meal at the café. Besides, you can visit the pretty shops on the property, or browse the public library housed in the park. The beauty of Birmingham Botanical Gardens never disappoints!