Birmingham Summer Staycation

It’s summertime and the living is easy, in theory! But between camp and work schedules, social obligations, and the hassle of travel, getting out of town isn’t always all that easy. Here’s the good news — Birmingham has plenty to offer for those who are looking for adventure, activity, culture, and entertainment close to home. Here are some of our top picks!

For those who want to put a little splash in their summer, there are plenty of places to cool off. Check out the splash pads at the Birmingham Zoo, Patriot Park in Homewood, or Alabama Splash Adventure Water Park.

Nature lovers are in luck! Birmingham is home to the Cahaba, one of the most scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the United States. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Moss Rock, Red Mountain Park, and Oak Mountain State Parkare other great options for hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and taking in the sights.

Our city boasts great opportunities to stay active for those who want to support their healthy lifestyles. Walk or run on Birmingham’s Rotary Trail or check out Railroad Park’s free classes, including boot camp, hip-hop cardio, Zumba, and yoga during the week. Birmingham Botanical Gardens also hosts yoga classes.


Birmingham has a vibrant art scene! From the Birmingham Museum of Art to UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts to the various galleries around town, arts enthusiasts of all ages can gallery hop and check out works by local and international artists, while also beating the heat.