From peaceful gardens and stunning art to trendy neighborhoods and top-notch dining, Birmingham has something for everyone. Here's the perfect itinerary to make the most of your day in the Magic City.

8:00 AM

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Start the day early at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Locals love beginning their mornings here, strolling through the different thematic gardens. The Japanese Garden, with its koi pond and traditional tea house, is a favorite. Starting the morning here is key to enjoy the experience before temperatures rise.

10:00 AM

Birmingham Museum of Art
Next, head over to the Birmingham Museum of Art. This is a gem in the city, offering a collection of artworks from around the world. The museum's sculpture garden is particularly lovely in the summer. Whether into contemporary pieces or classical art, there's something for everyone. The museum often hosts special exhibitions and events, so check the schedule to see what's on display during the visit.

12:30 PM

Lunch at The Pizitz Food Hall
By lunchtime, it's time to refuel. The Pizitz Food Hall is a great spot, offering a variety of options under one roof. Whether in the mood for Southern comfort food or something out-of-the-box, it can be found here. A bite from a food stall of your choosing and enjoying the meal in the comfy seating area, which is perfect for people-watching, is highly recommended.

2:00 PM

Vulcan Park and Museum
After lunch, make the way to Vulcan Park and Museum. As a symbol of Birmingham, the Vulcan statue is a must-see. The observation deck offers stunning views of the city. The museum at the base of the statue is small but informative, providing a look into Birmingham’s industrial past. It's a great place to appreciate the story of the city's resilience and growth.

4:00 PM

Explore Avondale
In the late afternoon, head over to the Avondale neighborhood. This area has transformed into a trendy hotspot with its craft breweries and eclectic shops. Stopping by Avondale Brewing Company for a locally brewed beer is a must. Their outdoor seating area is perfect for relaxing, and you might catch a live music performance if you're lucky.

6:30 PM

Dinner at Chez Fonfon
Cap off the day with dinner at Chez Fonfon. This charming French bistro is a local favorite, offering a lovely atmosphere and delicious, authentic French cuisine. From the escargots to the steak frites, every dish is a winner. The ambiance and excellent service make it a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a top-notch meal. Reservations are recommended, as it’s a popular spot.

Cover Photo by Clark Gibbs