Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Birmingham

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A maze of moving audio, video and photography exhibits tell the story of racial segregation in America, and the Civil Rights movement, with a focus on activities in and around Birmingham. There's an extensive exhibi…
Top Choice Seafood in Birmingham

Hot & Hot Fish Club

This crazy-awesome Southside Birmingham restaurant – one of the South's best – will bring you to your knees hollerin' gastro-hallelujah's! Chef Chris Hastings was a James Beard Best Chef in the South finalist three …
Top Choice Live Music in Birmingham

Gip's Place

You'll need to ask a local for directions to this tin-roof makeshift backyard shack in a dicey neighborhood in Bessemer, one of the only truly authentic juke joints left outside Mississippi. Gip, a gravedigger by da…
Fast Food in Birmingham

Pete's Famous Hot Dogs

This closet-size downtown joint has been serving since 1915 and makes a good choice for inexpensive but tasty fare. Wolf down your dogs on a nearby park bench.
Mexican in Birmingham

Sol Y Luna

Thirsty patrons can order tequila flights (and then a taxi) at this inviting Mexican restaurant- cantina, which specializes in small plates and has a fabulous patio.
Church in Birmingham

16th Street Baptist Church

This church became a gathering place for organizational meetings and a launch pad for protests in the 1950s and '60s. During a massive desegregation campaign directed at downtown merchants in 1963, Ku Klux Klan memb…
Museum in Birmingham

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Carver Performing Arts Center houses the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, which celebrates jazz musicians such as Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington.
Gallery in Birmingham

Birmingham Museum of Art

This very fine museum collects works from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Don't miss the work of Rodin, Botero and Dalí in the sculpture garden.
in Birmingham

Nomad Supply

You gotta love hippies who have it together. Cross on over the invisible racial lines to Nomad Supply where you can buy vegan cookies, use the internet for free, and buy peace-loving, ecofriendly wares.
Park in Birmingham

Vulcan Park

Imagine Christ the Redeemer in Rio, but made of iron and depicting a beefcake Roman god of metalworking. Vulcan is visible from all over the city – this is actually the world's largest cast-iron statue – and the par…