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    A hidden waterfall

    by galaxyrain Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    At Oak Mountain State Park, there is a small waterfall, "Pevine Falls", with several different trails leading to the bottom or top of it. It is small but relaxing and it is always fun to get out of the house and do some hiking. Some of the trails are steep and can be slippery. May not be recommended for very small children. My neice was three when we went and she did fine, but it just depends on the child and yourself. The waterfall is not natural of course so it doesn't run during the winter months.

    Day Use Fees:
    Weekdays: $2 for Adults
    Weekends and Holidays: $3 for Adults
    Children 6 to 11 years of age: $1
    Senior Citizens 62 years of age or older: $1

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    Birmingham Botanical Garden

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    The last thing of the day, we went to the the Birmingham Botanical Gardens - we got there about 3:30. Admission is FREE.

    At present, there is no transportation through The Gardens other than on foot, but the website says that with advance notice, it is possible to arrange a short tour on a golf cart for 1-5 individuals. Please contact the volunteer office at 205.414.3962 for more information about scheduling and requested donation. It is also possible to arrange group tours through certain sections of the garden.

    I went to the bathroom there (there were none at the Sloss Furnaces), and walked around the main greenhouse. It was too cold to be outdoors for too long. The Gardens close at dusk and I had thought we might eat there, but you had to have a reservation for the restaurant and it didn't open for another hour or two. So we left about 4.

    The website says "Welcome to Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The largest living museum in the state of Alabama fills 67 acres along the Birmingham – Mountain Brook line. Open daily, 365 days a year, from sunrise to sunset, The Gardens are filled with sculptures, exquisite plantings,and both local and world wide species.

    ...Located at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Cafe de France, an elegant French restaurant in The Gardens. Group reservations may be made by calling 205-871-1000.

    The Garden Center

    Open daily from 8AM to 5PM Monday-Friday and on most weekends. The Garden Center is closed on city holidays.

    Gift Shop (which was under construction when we were there)

    Open 10:00AM to 4:00PM Monday-Saturday.

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    Southern Museum of Flight

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 18, 2007

    This is a very small museum with only 4 rooms which were a Flying Heritage Gallery, a General Aviation Gallery, an Early Aviation Gallery, and a model Gallery. They had a model of an AA airlines plane (photo 2) and an aircraft carrier, a reconstruction of the Wright brother's plane (photo 3), some information on women in flight (mostly stewardesses - photo 4), a WWII air traffic control center (photo 5), and pictures of early Birmingham airfields.

    Museum Hours:
    Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Closed Sundays and Mondays

    Admission:
    Adults - $5
    Seniors and students - $4
    Children, three and under are admitted free.
    Active military admitted free.

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    Botanical Gardens--an imperative

    by Brillemeister Written Jan 17, 2006

    My dad used to take my brothers and me here all the time. And, having been also to the National Gardens in our nation's capital, I'm at a loss as to which one is a more engaging destination, but I'm leaning toward this one. This place is immense...or at least that's how I remember it. Stop by yourself, or bring anybody you may have brought with you to Birmingham. You *will* regret it if you don't go.

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    Hall of fame - over 125 historical engines

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    International sports - The hall of fame
    The collection features racers and their vehicle from the world of Indy cars, stock cars, TransAm, even powerboats, truck racing, drag racing.
    The orange N°1 Riverside Autoparts Oldsmobile won the ATCA NC in 77 & 78 - the driver was Martin Smith

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    Motorsport museum

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    The Barber MC museum - a must for engine lovers.
    It is considered the largest in North America. There are approximately five hundred motorcycles on display and over 900 in the collection.) These bikes range from 1904 to current-year production. Kawasaki - Yamaha - Harley - Honda, just name it - but also Indian
    and long forgotten oldies, you will find it here on this small spot in "Bumminham"

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    I also went to the Sister of...

    by larsy Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    I also went to the Sisters of the Evangelical Word (I don't think that the right name I'll look it up) They are a different order than Mother Angelica and were very nice to us. You can volunteer to work over the if you wish.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by BamaJed Updated May 13, 2005

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    You can spend a few hours strolling around the great botanical gardens located between Birmingham and Mountain Brook. The spring is best as the azaleas are in bloom. Don't miss the Japanese Gardens in the back.

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    Smell the Roses and Thump the Bamboo

    by lisa_lise Written Jun 29, 2004

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    The Botanical Gardens are free, and they have a rose garden filled with roses of all different scents and colors. One pink rose named Perfume Delight smelled just like a lemon drop. The Japanese garden is also good. I'd never seen live bamboo and could not resist lightly thumping it. Green bamboo looks so much more solid than dried bamboo, but it is still hollow.

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    Japanese Gardens

    by RhondaRuth Updated Apr 29, 2003

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    This is part of the Botanical Gardens, and I wouldn't want you to miss it. They are simply beautiful and I got some of my best pictures in this garden. Very tranquil to walk through as well. Stop by and enjoy it!

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    Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    by RhondaRuth Written Apr 28, 2003

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    Hours of Operation
    Dawn until Dusk daily
    FREE ADMISSION

    The grounds are cultivated into 12 different gardens - a few are the Japanese garden, a climate controlled conservatory, a rose garden with over 150 varieties. This is a must see in Birmingham, I'm told, and I AGREE!
    But then, I LOVE flowers and gardens!
    Check out my travelogues also.

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    Southern Museum of Flight

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 4, 2003

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    This museum is also called the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame.

    Here you will find airplanes, choppers, home built models, photos and art all relating to flight.

    Tuskegee Airmen and Women in Aviation have exhibits. There are 60 restored aircraft.

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    Birmingham Zoo

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 4, 2003

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    There are 700 wild animals here. There is an alligator swamp. There is a place where you can feed parrots. There is an African Savannah exhibit. There is a tropical rainforest.

    There is a train ride and a merry-go-round.

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    Birmingham Museum of Art

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 4, 2003

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    Largest municipal museum in the Southeast. this museum has a permanent collection of over 21,000 objects.

    There are Asian, European and American collections. There is an outdoor sculpture garden, and much more.

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    Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

    by seagoingJLW Written Apr 4, 2003

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    You will find the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in the historic Carver Theater for the Performing Arts.

    You enter through a window with etchings of Erskine Hawkins' Tuxedo Junction.

    Exhibits include the accomplishments of:
    Nat King Cole
    Duke Ellington
    Lionel Hampton
    Erskine Hawkins

    You can travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie (Clarence "Pinetop" Smith) to the journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra

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