Fall is my most favorite time of the year!! I love getting out my scarves and boots and beanies. I love the crisp air and the trees are vibrant oranges, reds and purples. I absolutely LOVE this area! We only moved to the Birmingham metro a year ago, the Pelham/Alabaster area, but I don't think we'll be leaving anytime soon! The scenery is stunning and fun is not hard to find! Whether you're looking for a family event or something to do alone, you won't be disappointed. They don't call it the "magic city" for nothing!
If I only had 24 hours to experience fall in my area I would definitely have to find a way to scope out the scenery that this time of year has to offer. Once October arrives the leaves start to change and it's so beautiful! Red Mountain Park and Oak Mountain Park are both amazing parks! The trails are the basics at these parks. Red Mountain is known more for the athletics, it's safe to say it's more of an adventure park. So if you're looking for adventure that is the park to see! There are ziplines and obstacle courses and many other things to get the blood flowing. The weather is mild this time of the year, so fall is perfect to enjoy a nice walk on a trail or a zipline adventure! Oak Mountain is where you go to enjoy the scenery and take a load off. Oak Mountain is also Alabama's largest State Park so it's definitely a place you want to add to your list!
It's hard to pick and choose what to see because there are so many awesome things to see and do. There are lots of museums and parks also the Science Center & Imax, downtown Birmingham is packed with neat little places to go and see but the Birmingham Zoo is always on any tourists list! Since the weather is so beautiful this time of the year, it's ideal for a visit to the zoo! Not just any zoo, but the Birmingham Zoo! There are carosel rides and train rides and not to mention, the animals--Birmingham Zoo is home to over 900 animals!! My husband and I used to visit the zoo even before we had our son! It's always a great time! We love being able to, not only spend time together, but also see all the animals and maybe even learn a few things!
After all the hiking, ziplining and animal viewing there's a good chance that hunger will strike! One of our favorite places to eat is Joe's Italian. It's a hidden gem. Authentic and fantastic Italian cuisine! They have family take home meals if you want to pick up your order and dine in at home, or you can go inside and enjoy! Not only are their main courses delicious, but wait until you see the size of their cakes!!! Even the single slices are huge and melt-in-your-mouth-delicious!! It's a family owned restaurant and everything is made right in their own kitchen. The service is fantastic and everyone is always friendly! Anytime family comes to visit we are sure to take them there or order out and enjoy with our family at home!!
Last but not least, the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum is somewhere you must visit if you are a train lover (or you just want a scenic train ride)! They have events during the year with train rides! You can ride a train to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin in the fall! Currently they have started their Polar Express Train which includes a train ride with Santa! If you're not up for riding a train the visit to the museum is free!! For a more complete list of what the area has to offer you can check BirminghamAl.Gov or Birmingham365.Org there is a full list of museums and other recreational activities in the area!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about a few of the attractions the Birmingham Metro has to offer in the fall! It's an amazing time of the year around here and there's always a festival or event to attend so be sure to check Eventbrite to see what's happening!! While you're over at Eventbrite be sure to check out the Event Management tools! You can set up and plan your OWN events! A great tool to use to get your events planned on the go without having to worry about paper invitations or tickets; it can all be done from the comfort of your mobile device! You can also click to see the list of Fall Festivals!! Thanks for stopping by!