Birmingham, Alabama at a Glance: Civil Rights History

This Southern destination is full of Civil Rights history and home to a variety of museums and gardens, not to mention the biggest cast iron statue on Earth.

Give your group a taste of Southern-style attractions and rich history. Also, keep an eye out for big festivals and concerts taking place in Railroad Park, also known as “Birmingham’s Living Room.”


  • Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and won grand prize in the 1904 World’s Fair. Your group will enjoy the museum at Vulcan has interactive exhibits and displays that portray the region’s history and progress.
  • Groups can visit the Civil Rights district, home to the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
  • Located minutes from downtown, Birmingham Zoo is a must-see attraction where your group can see and learn about nearly 1,000 animals.
  • At Birmingham Botanical Gardens, you can see 67 acres worth of gardens, including Southern Living Gardens and a Japanese Garden. The gardens also include a French restaurant.
  • The Birmingham Museum of Art is the largest municipal art museum in the Southeast, featuring more than 18,000 works of art including American, European, Asian and African.


  • If you’re landing at Birmingham International Airport, head over to Jim ‘N Nick’s for some authentic southern barbecue.
  • Satterfield’s is a popular restaurant that offers global menu choices with an elegant Southern twist.


  • Your group can choose from more than 15,000 hotel and motel rooms in Birmingham. At Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, your group can enjoy the third longest golf course in the world or relax at a European-style spa.
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