Top 10 Things to Do in Alabama
From history to sports to the arts to natural beauty, the state of Alabama has it all. While pursuing your degree at Auburn, make time to visit some of the best sights and activities in the state, as recommended by Southern Living.
1. Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
At this Huntsville museum, you’ll find the most extensive collection of space artifacts in the United States.
2. Explore Alabama’s caverns and caves
Originally known as “Bat Cave,” the Cathedral Caverns were renamed because of their resemblance to a large church, caused by the beautiful rock formations known as “stalagmites.” At Rickwood Caverns you can see 260-million-year-old formations that were created by water.
3. Eat fresh seafood on the Causeway between Mobile and Spanish Fort.
From the flaming oysters at the Bluegill, to crawfish at R&R Seafood and everything in between, there’s a dish and a view for everyone.
4. Go shopping at the Unclaimed Baggage Center
Search for fun, funky stuff as well as real treasures at the country’s only lost luggage store, in Scottsboro. It hosts more than a million visitors a year from every state and 40 countries.
5. Browse the Birmingham Museum of Art
The world-class offerings at the BMA include paintings, furniture, and objects ranging over a 4,000-year period, including an extensive Asian art collection. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden.
6. Walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
Civil rights activists began a march for change at this Selma landmark.
7. Travel back in time at the Fitzgerald Museum
The former home of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, tucked away in Montgomery, is the only museum devoted to their story and legacy.
8. Watch a show at the Lyric Theatre
This newly restored 1914 Birmingham theatre hosts concerts, symphonies, operas, and theatre productions as well as community events.
9. Relax on Orange Beach
Orange Beach is a small city located along the Gulf’s luxurious sandy coastline. Enjoy the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, or, if you prefer adventure, hire a kayak or paddleboard and get exploring.
10. Reflect on the past at the Civil Rights Institute
Take a walk through Birmingham’s tumultuous past at this iconic museum and research center that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
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