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Voted Best Theatre Company in Birmingham magazine’s 2010 Best of B'ham survey and winner of the Birmingham News Best Live Theater in 2009, Red Mountain Theatre Company transports audiences into compelling worlds of theatrical fantasy. Five Guys Named Moe tells the tale of Nomax, down and out in classic blues fashion, abandoned by his girlfriend and the contents of his wallet. Trying to console himself in the bleary hours before dawn, he is surprised when five guys named Moe emerge from his 1930s-esque radio and entertain the misery out of him with songs, cheers, jeers, and a recipe for duct-tape pie. Celebrating the music of Louis Jordan, one of the most successful African American musicians of the 20th century, the Moes croon such hits as “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Caldonia,” and “Messy Bessy.”

301 19th St N
Birmingham,
AL
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In an interview with the Birmingham News, concert promoter Brian Teasley explained the vision behind Bottletree Café: "We wanted to open a place that would serve food we wanted to eat, show films we liked to see, and play music we wanted to hear." It turns out Teasley, along with co-owners Merrilee and Brad Challiss, has pretty good taste: according to Esquire, which ranked the café as one of the country's best bars, "This place is already stealing thunder from every small music venue in the region." FlavorWire backed up this endorsement by ranking Bottletree Café as one of The 10 Greatest New Music Venues of the 21st Century. Since opening in 2006, the venue has hosted Rogue Wave, Band of Horses, and other indie-leaning rock groups.

But the accolades don't stop there. The venue also has attracted praise for its vegetarian-centric menu. Birmingham Weekly rated the café's brunch among the city's best and devoted a full-out love letter to the lunch menu, which was reintroduced in August 2012. The award-winning vegetarian chili ranks among house favorites and makes a repeat appearance in cheese-smothered nachos. Tofu plays a centric role in entrees and desserts, and black-bean patties made a fiber-rich substitute for beef in burgers, or a biodegradable substitute for frisbees in games of disc golf.

3719 3rd Ave S
Birmingham,
AL
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With rides and attractions intended for everyone from young children to thrill-seeking adults, Alabama Splash Adventure provides entire families with a way to escape the heat. All it takes is a quick trip down one of the slides or a dip in one of the pools to help guests cool off. The park hosts a couple of dry rides, too, and a copious supply of complimentary sunscreen helps ensure that nobody's visit is ruined by a sunburn, whether they're in the water or out.

Get Your Pulse Racing

  • Acapulco Drop: Gravity sends visitors on an adrenaline-spiking ride down a slide that starts nine stories above the ground.
  • Neptune's Plunge: Sharp turns and twists take on a new thrill within the pitch-black confines of these four slides.
  • Splashdown: A speedy descent sends guests flying into a fully enclosed, funnel-like tube, where they circle the opening in the center until dropping through into the splash pool.

Cool Off

  • Kahuna Waves: This wave pool's 800,000 gallons of water churn into 4-foot waves that roll gently toward the shore.
  • Warrior River: A light current carries inner tubes along an endless loop complete with secluded caves and passenger-drenching surprises.
  • Mist-ical Maze: 4,600 square feet of dead ends and misleading passages that get a bit trickier when unexpected showers of water drop from above.
  • Castaway Island: Pumps, geysers, and cascades of water keep kids amused at this multi-level play structure.

Stay Dry

  • Wacky Worm Coaster: Feel the breeze on this roller coaster designed for the entire family to enjoy.
  • The Vault: Who can duck and weave through this maze of roving lasers in the fastest time?
  • Grab a Snack: Food choices across the grounds include everything from popcorn and ice cream to funnel cakes and third-pound sirloin burgers.
4599 Visionland Parkway
Bessemer,
AL
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Theatre Tuscaloosa sprang directly from the Tuscaloosa Community Players, a rag-tag troupe formed in 1971 that played hotels, churches, and the castles of wealthy Southerners before it moved to the Bama Theatre late in the decade. By the end of the 20th century, Theatre Tuscaloosa had racked up a wall full of awards, including the Governor’s Arts Award and numerous Druid Arts Awards. 1998 saw the completion of the Bean-Brown Theatre, which serves as Theatre Tuscaloosa’s current home. It’s also the site of the company’s first world premiere, A Dickens of a Carol, scored by Alabamian Brad Simmons.

9500 Old Greensboro Rd
Tuscaloosa,
AL
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This rendition of the J.M. Barrie–penned childhood classic stars Sarah Litzsinger, the longest-running Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, and features well-known songs such as "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying," and "Pirate Song." A source of nostalgia for adults and an early introduction to magic, wonder, and spandex tights for the young, Peter Pan is exciting and engaging for all ages. Watch as Pan leads his wily pack of Lost Boys away from grown-up responsibilities such as showering or tax returns, all while the villainous Captain Hook seeks five-fingered revenge on the Neverland hero. And if the play's the thing, the theater itself is the other star of the show. The complex, constructed of more than one million bricks, is set in a scenic 250-acre park featuring English-style grounds, a lake, and an authentic invisible Loch Ness monster.

1 Festival Dr
Montgomery,
AL
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Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit theatre located in Huntsville, Alabama. With a 302-seat performance hall and 3,000 square foot dance studio, Merrimack Hall brings nationally touring artists to Huntsville for performances and master classes.

3326 Triana Blvd SW
Huntsville,
AL
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