Visiting Alabama was never something which I thought I’d do for a vacation but thenI was very kindly invited down there by my colleague Richard Radcliff Trice. Richard was born in Alabama and last Thanksgiving he asked me if I would like to go and spend time with his family down there, which I gladly accepted. Somewhat surprisingly I had a great time in the state and there are some really fun and interesting things to do. I would certainly recommend spending a few days in Alabama and when you do, here is what I suggest you do.
Alabama has a number of fine and contemporary art museums which house large collections of some truly impressive art exhibitions. The Birmingham Museum of art was among my favorites that I visited and they have a collection of over 25,000 artworks, truly incredible. Another museum which Richard took me to was Space One Eleven, a collection of contemporary art which features printmaking work and plenty of work by local artists. There is a really vibrant art scene in Alabama and I really enjoyed exploring it.
The Neversink pit is a something between a sink hole and a cave, which goes 16 stories down into the earth below. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and if you are feeling up for it you can rappel down the hole and witness the incredible waterfalls and nature which you’ll see on the way down. A great experience and something really fascinating to see.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The Space and Rocket center has the largest collection of rockets anywhere in the world and it makes for a truly great day out for anyone who loves space and space travel. There are hundreds of pieces of space memorabilia to be found here and I found it to be educational and interesting in equal measure, well worth visiting during your time in Alabama.
The Museum of Wonder
There are many museums beyond just art in Alabama but my favorite of the lot is the museum of wonder, a very weird place which is perfect for anyone who loves folk art and odd things. The museum was set up by a former taxidermist, which may give you some insight into what you’ll find here. Animal skeletons, old maps, weird things in bottles, strange roadsigns and movie memorabilia are just some examples of the strange things which you can find in the bizarre museum.
This battle post was built back in 1819 and today you can visit this place to learn about the important role which it played during the civil war and other battles which took place. A severing trip which is a great option for any history buffs who are looking to visit a site which was used in many battles.
These are just 5 of the coolest things which I did during my time in Alabama but there are a great many more for you to choose from as well.