Even if an extended vacation doesn’t seem like a feasible part of your near future, we are fortunate enough to live in a city where we can make a mini-vacation out of the time we do have. Dozens of delicious restaurants, fun bars, water hangouts, and beautiful places to stay make it more than delightful to have a little staycation in the Magic City. Here are some of the best places to do so.

Stay At A Rooftop Hotel

Is there a better way to appreciate the beauty of Birmingham than to enjoy one of the rooftop hotel experiences that gives the best views to take it all in? You don’t have to book a room to visit these high-up water holes, but it would add to the staycation experience to do so! The Elyton and Redmont hotels are the two premiere downtown destinations. We’d also recommend the Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook for a fun hotel experience with a great restaurant/bar vibe.

Find Some Water

Summertime in the South means one thing is of utmost importance: finding water. Fortunately, the greater Birmingham area has plenty of great spots to choose from. The Cahaba River, Oak Mountain State Park, Splash Adventure, the Old Slab, and many other treasured spots around town make for the perfect cool afternoon experience.

Wine and Dine

Another thing Birmingham is great at is hosting. Whether it’s a downtown loft or a bed and breakfast house in 5 Points South, there are some wonderfully charming locations to lay your head after a full day of enjoying the city’s many fun bars, breweries, and award-winning restaurants. You can treat yourself to all of life’s finest enjoyments and know that your room for the night is a walk or short Uber away. 

Explore The City

The Magic City is full of great museums and historical places to visit. The Museum of Art, the Negro Southern League Museum, the Civil Rights Institute, and the Botanical Gardens are a few good examples. The city is also a breathing, living testimony to the creativity of those who call Bham home. Murals line the streets and creative places like The House of Found Objects and Flash Selfie Lounge ensure that the entertainment doesn’t stop while you really get to know your hometown. 

There is no shortage of great times to be had during your Birmingham staycation - all you have to do is put your feet up and enjoy! 

Cover image from Elyton Hotel