This grand house on University just West of the College was build in 1834 and occupied shortly thereafter by the Governor of Alabama. It was given to the University in 1944. Other than that I have no idea how it is used. Maybe faculty toga parties?
The University of Alabama's Museum of Natural History provides a brief look into the local natural history. Displays of ancient dinosaur bones and foot prints of Allosaurs to exhibits of local wildlife and fauna. There is also an interesting display of wagons and tools used to map Alabama in the late 1800's. A whopping $2.00 admission.
A short drive across the river is Northport, which has an artists area in its historic old town. A few hundred yards down is a trestle that is still in use.
The City has built a bicycle / walking train on the West side of the old town, on the South side of the river.