Birmingham ranks top in the United States for the amount of green space per capita. Getting to and from Birmingham's many attractions usually means passing through its many parks, promenades, and public gardens. In between green spaces are plenty of cafes, and chances to shop at the Grand River Outlet Mall. Educational opportunities in Birmingham include the Southern Museum of Flight, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Lodgings can be found in the Downtown district, but you’ll also find lodgings in the center of town.
Enjoy art and sculpture at the Birmingham Museum of Art, or have a drink at a genuine Southern tea room. Local attractions include the Birmingham Zoo, the innovative McWane Center and VisionLand; Alabama's premiere amusement park. Golfers can hit the links at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Hikers have nearby Ruffner Mountain to stretch their legs on, offering scenic overlooks. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is located in the northwest section of the city, about six miles from the city center.
Nightlife is a part of Birmingham's soul, with music venues ranging from jazz lounges to honky tonks, alongside wine bars and pubs. Alabama has a warm, temperate climate, with high temperatures between summer and winter; varying from 80 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer nights are long and warm, making it easy to enjoy Birmingham well into the evening.