Sightseeing in Mountain Brook

Up to 52% Off at Southern Museum of Flight

Birmingham

$26 $13

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Tour and scavenger hunt illuminate hidden treasures of aviation museum; membership grants unlimited visits and admission to other museums

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame – $8 for Visit for 4

Birmingham

$20 $8

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33,000 sq. ft. museum showcases more than 5,000 sports artifacts; gift shop peddles local college team regalia

Up to 70% Off Winery Tour at 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

Up to 55% Off at Vizzini Farms Winery

Calera

$32 $16

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

Up to 52% Off Visit to Ave Maria Grotto

Ave Maria Grotto

$14 $7

Landscaped four-acre park holds 125 miniature replicas of the world's famous churches and shrines

Up to 53% Off at the Hank Williams Museum

Downtown Montgomery

$20 $10

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Monument to country-music legend displays Hank's 1952 Cadillac and 13 suits along with guitars, fiddles & other notable instruments

40% Off Intro Flight Lesson from 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

Up to 50% Off Creamery Tour of 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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In one corner, kids practice cracking a safe. In another, tiny hands sift through sand to find ancient fossils, with no archaeologists in sight. Toddlers, meanwhile, wander through a surreal dreamscape of 10-foot milk cartons and car-sized paper towel rolls. But these aren’t scenes from a zany summer movie about all the adults disappearing: they're snapshots of the McWane Science Center, whose dozens of fun, interactive exhibits enliven science.

Notable exhibits include a collection of Alabama dinosaur skeletons that help us understand what life was like in the state millions of years ago. An aquarium area boasts a Shark & Ray Touch Tank, delighting visitors with an aquatic petting zoo. Interactive contraptions such as the pulley chair lift—which lets kids learn about simple machines as they hoist themselves aloft—convey abstract concepts with fun activities.

200 19th St N
Birmingham,
AL
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Sips n Strokes gifts paintbrush-wielding neophytes the tools and confidence to create, with a mélange of masterpiece-making tutorials and a bring-your-own-beverage policy. Artists can elect a class from the shop's calendar to hone the painting style that best complements their home, office, or neighbor's windshield, including picks of imagery from Parisian scenes to funky roosters. Each course, led by an instructor well versed in the trade, pairs well with the liquid inspiration of each student's choosing. Silence-seeking artists or easily corruptible mimes may opt for an afternoon or weeknight session, as the weekends generally garner 20 to 50 rowdy rookies.

522 Cahaba Park Cir
Birmingham,
AL
US

Oscar's treats locals to seasonal fare from a calm spot at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The restaurant's produce hails from nearby local vendors, including the Jones Valley Urban Farm, and emerges from the kitchen in various, artfully appetizing ways. Seasonal starters include warm butternut-and-leek gratin with dipping croutons ($6) and the Remington salad, a gathering of mixed greens, roasted beets, grilled red onions, and sliced beef tenderloin ($12). Sandwiches also beef up the menu, including grainy stars such as the smoked turkey reubenesque, which ties together turkey, fontina cheese, and creamy jalapeno slaw inside an unknotted tandem of freshly baked rye ($10.50).

2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
Birmingham,
AL
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Bryant Art Gallery is committed to bringing one-of-a-kind art and splendid aesthetic displays to Birmingham’s creative cognoscenti. With a collection spanning the pigment-and-canvas styles of the old masters through sculpture, mixed media, and screaming performance artists, Bryant’s friendly staff stands eager to assist patrons in finding the perfect complement for home décor. Selections from a series of 8'x10' oil paintings start at $45.

5361 Highway 280
Birmingham,
AL
US

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was designed as a living institution, ensuring that Birmingham's contribution to the civil rights movement translates to present generations. At BCRI, guests learn about the courageous men and women who dared confront centuries of bigotry to transform the American landscape. The dream of former Birmingham mayor David Vann, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opened to the public in November of 1992. Ever since, the BCRI has done everything in its powers to do justice to the heroes portrayed within the institute's halls.

520 16th St N
Birmingham,
AL
US

Run by master picturemaker Jennifer Harwell, a self-taught painter popular for her angel series, jenniferharwellart's weekly classes help sprouting artists' talents grow and blossom. In a laid-back, relaxed setting, students unleash their furor artisticus upon a 16"x20" canvas while the swaddling wraps of a smock-frock protect their soft innards. Usually the gallery provides wine and snacks in addition to all the necessary artistic supplies. Students get to keep their magnum opus once their paint guns stop smoking.

1901 6th Ave N
Birmingham,
AL
US