Tours in Bessemer

Tour and Wine Tasting with Lunch for Two or Four at Vizzini Farms Winery (Up to 55% Off)

Vizzini Farms Winery

Calera

$32 $16

Tours lead groups through picturesque winery before tasting of wines from West Coast and Alabama grapes and lunch of Italian-style deli food

Winery Tour for Two or Four with Tastings, Stemware, and Wine Stoppers at Hidden Meadow Vineyard (Up to 70% Off)

Hidden Meadow Vineyard

Hidden Meadow Vineyard

$60 $19

Family-run winery churns out batches of fresh fruit wine and southern muscadine wine on scenic property

$20 for $36 Worth of Wine Tasting for Two, with Glasses and Wine Tote — Jules J. Berta Vineyards

Jules J. Berta Vineyards

Albertville

$36 $20

Wine tasting with choice of two designer wine mugs or wine glasses packaged in a dandy wine tote.

$119 for Introductory Flight Lesson Plus Flight Certificate and Koozie from Box Aviation ($199 Value)

Box Aviation

Montgomery

$199 $119

Introductory flight gives neophyte pilots their first wings as they soar alongside a trained instructor above Alabama's open skies

$147 for a Hot-Air-Balloon Ride for One from Fly High Balloons ($245 Value)

Fly High Balloons

Huntsville

$245 $147

Float over the Tennessee River Valley in a hot air balloon to enjoy a bird's-eye views of the picturesque surroundings

Creamery Tour with Goat Cheese for One or Two, or $15 for $18.99 Worth of Cheese at Belle Chevre

Belle Chevre

Elkmont

$18.99 $10

Folks get a behind the scene look at how goat cheese is made at creamery housed in an old town cotton warehouse

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They tell a tale to quake your bones at Warehouse 31—on October 13, 1875, a woodcutter by the name of Billy Turner killed his nine-year-old daughter in a horrific accident. Unable to cope with his grief, Turner killed himself. But the pain was too great for death to assuage. Soon Pelham was under siege from a series of mysterious events. A young girl found roaming unattended along a railway. The sound of a chainsaw echoing from the forest. Glass doors sliding open as soon as somebody stepped in front of them. Today, Warehouse 31 stands on the site of that ill-fated lumberyard, and guests can experience some scares of their own, thanks to a cast of monsters, high-tech animatronics, and gravely unhinged clowns.

3050 Lee Street
Pelham,
AL
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Under the shadowy cover of nightfall, and by the flickering glow of a lantern, the Birmingham Ghost Walk weaves gaggles of ghost seekers through the city's spirit-populated historical sites. Tour leader Wolfgang Poe leads each march through time, beginning with a group-bonding ritual that tunes minds into the vibrations of Wolfgang's spirit guides. Winding toward the Alabama and Lyric Theaters, walks stop to discuss brothels, taverns, and townhouses long since gone, but not vacated by their former inhabitants. As the moon slinks behind clouds and shadows move into the shapes of embarrassing childhood nicknames, tour-takers shake off spine-tingling chills to finish the adventure at the Tutwiler Hotel. Cameras are allowed and, due to its dark themes and subject matter, the Ghost Walk gives itself a PG-13 rating.

2100 Park Place
Birmingham,
AL
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More than 12,000 different plants line the meandering paths of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Spread across its 67.5 acres and more than 25 gardens are 30+ works of outdoor sculptures on display, making it one of the largest collections of public horticulture in the US. Between walks in the gardens, guests can relax in a Japanese garden with a traditional teahouse, and kids can opt into one of the educational programs to understand the science behind botany.

The botanical gardens also host events year round, such as antique shows, plant sales, and cocktail parties, so that the plants don't get bored and fall asleep. Additionally, the lecture series brings in big names and novelists to discuss their trade and put on shows for the garden's visitors.

2612 Lane Park Rd
Mountain Brk,
AL
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Set on sprawling farmland, Vizzini Farms Winery bottles a diverse selection of wine crafted from West Coast and Alabama vinifera grapes. Daily tours sneak groups behind the scenes of the second-generation Italian family’s winemaking process, which yields riesling piqued with tropical fruits and pinot grigio that's as lively as a 30-piece kazoo orchestra. A charming tasting room recalls a sunny Italian café, with warm yellow walls, racks of wine, and bistro tables ideal for gathering over a bite of deli fare and Italian-style desserts. On warm days, the spacious patio is open for enjoyment, providing views of surrounding vineyards and breezes with notes of black currant, citrus, and oxygen.

801 County Road 87
Calera,
AL
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A broad front porch stretches across the main residence at Hidden Meadow Vineyard, inviting visitors to kick up their feet, tip back a glass of fruit wine, and admire the verdant view. Owners Bill and Janette Bailey manage the small, family-run winery, which specializes in bottles made from muscadine, concord, niagara, and cynthiana grapes. Their roster of wines includes blackberry and blueberry wines as well as scuppernong, a sweet, old-fashioned white wine.

664 County Road 606
Jemison,
AL
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Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.

231 County Road 1360
Vinemont,
AL
US