A New Look at Birmingham, AL
You don’t have to plan a getaway that will break the bank – uncover hidden gems just down the road from Huntsville![sws_pullquote_right]If you want to feel like you’re miles away from Huntsville without the dreaded serenade of “are we there yet?”, Birmingham, Alabama needs to be in your rolodex of awesome impromptu getaways! [/sws_pullquote_right] With vacation season just around the corner, you may be looking for mini-escapes for a multitude of reasons; perhaps you are looking for a girl’s weekend or mom’s escape, or you and your special someone need a weekend away from the kids.
Although Birmingham is just a short drive from Huntsville, a stay at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort will have you feeling like you are in another world…I have experienced the resort as a couple’s escape, a weary mom’s respite and now recently a kid’s weekend. Each time the experience was exactly what I needed. Few resorts have offered me such versatility.
Birmingham, you say? What do they have that Huntsville does not? Well for the Summer of 2014 I challenge you to check out the following hidden gems:
Red Mountain Park
Located less than 10 miles from Ross Bridge, Red Mountain Park offers outdoor fun for the entire family. The park itself is free and offers 11 miles of hiking/biking trails. Tucked away just inside the park are the Vulcan Materials Zip Tours and Bean Stalk Forest which offer adventure in the forest for a reasonable fee. If you can peel the kids away from the pool at the resort, pack a picnic and hide away in the forest for the day!
Experience Some Urban Art
Once you have watched the sun set at Ross Bridge while listening to the sounds of the bag pipes, take the kids to the 18th Street Underpass. Part of the city’s plan to make use of existing architecture, once abandoned due to location or condition, Bill Fitzgibbons’ Light Rails offers a unique photo opportunity and art appreciation activity.
Jump It Out
Is the rain ruining your perfect day in the great outdoors? Worried about having kids with excess energy? Plan a visit to Birmingham’s trampoline arena. DEFY Birmingham is sure to result in an extra entry into the Parent Of The Year award.
Tips & Tricks
Of course Birmingham has more than just a weekend’s worth of activities. Check out this list for multiple opportunities: 100 Things To Do With Kids In Birmingham
Pro-Tip: Don’t forget your opportunity for reciprocity with the Birmingham Zoo, Botanical Garden and McWane Science Center if you hold annual memberships to zoos or museums elsewhere in the country!
The Frugal Traveler: Are you a teacher? Or does your employment classify you as a part of the Retirement Systems of Alabama? Look HERE for some great discounts!
Adults Only: Did you escape sans kids? Create your own brew tour with this guide to Birmingham’s craft beers.
I wish you much joy should you choose to explore Birmingham, AL this summer! Watch Rocket City Mom for even more adventures less than two hours from home.
Happy Travels! Melika
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Born in Germany, but raised in Huntsville, Melika Nixon brings a unique perspective to travel and culture. As a nurse practitioner and single mother to seven-year-old twin boys, including one with serious medical issues, she brings an even more keen perspective to traveling with children. She frequently writes about creative, cost-effective ways to introduce children to the world through the gift of travel.
Hi! I enjoyed your article! The main picture listed on the article, is that red mountain park? It has definitely sparked my interrst and I would love to go there.
I have the same curiosity question as Melissa. What/where is the main picture (costs, age restrictions, etc)?
The main picture is Grant’s Mill Station. The picture in Zipline gear is at Red Mountain Park.