Tuscaloosa Travel Guide

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    Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
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Tuscaloosa Things to Do

  • tuscaloosa visitor center

    the tuscaloosa visitor center is located in the historic 1862 jemison mansion on greensboro ave. the visitor center is a great place to get information and learn about the historic attractions of tuscaloosa. most visitors to tuscaloosa come for the university of alabama athletic events however the town has scores of historic sites and buildings...

  • sara moody gallery of art

    the sara moody gallery of art is located in garland hall on the university of alabama campus. the sarah moody gallery has collections of contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, and small sculpture. the gallery also hosts traveling exhibitions from around the country. for those interested in contemporary art the sara moody gallery is worth a...

  • gorgas house

    the gorgas house is located on the campus of the university of alabama. this low country style house was built in 1829. it was originally built as a hotel and later served as student dining hall and a faculty residence. the gorgas house is one of four structures on the campus of the university to survive the civil war. general josiah gorgas CSA...

  • president's mansion

    this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1841 and was designed by architect michael barry. in 1862 when the troops of union general john croxton were burning the university of alabama campus the wife of the university of alabama president landon garland convinced croxton not to destroy the home. today we can be grateful to mrs. garland for...

  • the mound

    the remains of franklin hall more commonly known as "the mound" is located on the university of alabama's quad. franklin hall was built in 1835 and was one of the university of alabama's dorms. on april 4 th 1862 union general john croxton ordered his troops to destroy all of the university of alabama buildings. only four structures on campus...

  • denny chimes

    the denny chime tower is located on the quad just across the street from the president's mansion. the tower was built in 1929 to honor university of alabama students who died in WWI. the tower is named after george denny the president of the university of alabama from 1912 to 1936.

  • oliver-barnard hall

    the oliver-barnard hall was built in 1889 and today is home to the blount undergraduate initiative. the hall is named after fredrick barnard, a professor and scientist and john oliver, a UA trustee. the oliver-barnard hall is just one of scores of beautiful buildings on the university of alabama campus. for those interested in post civil war...

  • battle-friedman house

    the battle-friedman house was built in 1835 by alfred battle. the battle house was sold to bernard friedman in 1875. the battle-friedman house is one of a number of ante bellum homes that are located in downtown tuscaloosa. the battle-friedman house is open to the public by tour. see the attached web site for tour information.

  • Antebellum Beauty

    The Jemison-Van de Graaf mansion is a very well preserved example of Italianate design. It sits on Greensboro Avenue, formerly lined with large mansions of the same type. Sadly, only one or two still stand. Fully restored in the mid-90's, this house gives a glimpse of high life in the Old South.

  • chabannes-sealy house

    the cahbannes-sealy house is an excellent example of a early alabama creole cottage. during the battle of tuscaloosa union general john croxton's troops occupied the house. they used the cahbannes-sealy house as their headquarters in the hunt for confederate senator robert jemison. the cahbannes-sealy house is one of a number of historic homes and...

  • little round house

    the little round house also known as jason's shrine is a pre-civil war guard house located on the campus of the university of alabama. the little round house is one of four buildings to survive the civil war on campus. it is believed that a union soldier named jason was beaten and killed by confederate cadets in the little round house.

  • alabama natural history museum

    the alabama natural history museum began with the paleontology collection of michael j. tuomey. sadly most of tuomey's collection was destroyed by union troops during the civil war. in the 1870's eugene smith began to collect fossils in the alabama area and donated them to the collection. in 1909 the alabama natural history museum was founded....

  • paul bryant statue

    pictured is a statue of paul "bear" bryant. paul bryant (1913-1983) was the university of alabama football coach for 25 years and was the winning most coach in university of alabama football history. during his career bryant won 6 national and 13 SEC championships. prior to his tenure at alabama bryant coached at the university of maryland,...

  • bryant-denny stadium

    bryant-denny stadium was originally built in 1929 and is home to the university of alabama football team. the stadium is named for university of alabama president george denny and the famous alabama football coach paul "bear" bryant. bryant-denny stadium seats 92,138 fans and every alabama home football game has been sold out since 1988. the...

  • Over the river to Northport

    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.

  • University Club

    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?

  • Museum of Natural History

    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.

  • River Walk

    The City has built a bicycle / walking train on the West side of the old town, on the South side of the river.


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Tuscaloosa Restaurants

  • italian

    venice is a very good cafe style italian restaurant located in downtown tuscaloosa. very good italian cuisine moderately priced. a good choice for italian when in tuscaloosa.

  • gulf coast seafood

    chuck's fish is an excellent sefood restaurant located in downtown tuscaloosa. chuck's only offers seafood from the gulf coast. in my opinion the best seafood restaurant in tuscaloosa.

  • barbecue

    the full moon is an excellent bar-b-que restaurant located on mc farland blvd south of the university of alabama campus. the full moon has a number of locations in the birmingham area and one in tuscaloosa. the full moon serves excellent chopped pork bar-b-que at moderate prices. the full moon is my personal favorite in the state of alabama.

  • barbecue

    dreamland barbecue is a tuscaloosa dining institution. dreamland was founded by john "big daddy" bishop in 1958. dreamland is nationally known for it's barbecue ribs. dreamland also serves alabama style pork, chicken. and beef barbecue. dreamland is one of the best barbecue restaurants in the southeast. for barbecue rib lovers the original...

  • Italian plus

    A nice place in the historic old town. Refurbished with a nice bar. Reasonable prices and hefty servinges. Good wine selection. All standard Italian fare, chicken parmigiana, lasagna, but also specials such as grouper. My chicken parmigiana over pasta was very good and filling.

  • Coffee with a kick

    Sometimes it is hard to find a good expresso place. I find this hard to explain, because in Europe you find great coffee all over the place. Fortunately in Tuscaloosa, there is an import from Kihei, Hawaii in Bad Ass Coffee. The name caught some of the prim and proper (and probably hypocritical) by surprise, but the logo does have a picture of an...

  • Creative menu

    Great place right off of U of A. Excellent menu and wine list and you can get every wine by the glass. Higher end prices, but the food is worth it. Inside air conditioning or a nice patio in back. Very tasty bread with a little tomato, garlic and olive oil. The crabcakes were excellent starters. Each main dinner came with a small salad and a side....

  • Local deli

    This is an OK place, but nothing special. Basically a soup, sandwich and salad place. The service is friendly, but a bit slow. Everything served in plastic plates, forks, cups. The chili in a bread bowl could have us a bit more fire, and toppings. No cheese, no onions. The caesar salad that came with it was only romaine lettuce, some croutons and a...

  • Ain't nothing like 'em nowhere

    This is about as great as a local place as you can get. Off the main drag, up on the hill is Dreamland. The BBQ smell hits you as you as you drive up. Go right in as the small entrance door is not all that inviting. Once in there is a bar on the left and a number of small tables. The walls are festoned in license plates "BAMAGRL" , newspaper...


Tuscaloosa Nightlife

  • college bar

    brown's corner bar is located at the corner of university blvd and greensboro ave. in downtown tuscaloosa. brown's corner occupies the histortic 1926 brown's department store building. a fun bar that get's a mixture of college students and locals. a nice quiet place to have a drink after work. on nights and weekends brown's offers live...

  • party central

    university blvd. west of college street is the university of alabama party street. university blvd. is lined with bars, cafes, and alabama fan stores. the bars cater to the college crowd and is a fun part of town to visit for 20 something nightlife. casual.

  • Party Avenue

    Just West of the College on University is a string of bars and hang outs, mostly filled with college kids. The "College Party Store" sets the tone. It was the Thursday before the dorms opened for the semester and the street was already buzzin.


Tuscaloosa Warnings and Dangers

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    No Parking Police Cars

    by Roadquill Written Aug 19, 2006

    Apparently the police at the University do not follow the rules on the signs. I still would not park there in my civilian car even though it says "No Parking Police Cars".

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Tuscaloosa Off The Beaten Path

  • moundville

    moundville is a native american village located about 15 miles south of tuscaloosa on SR 69. this village was inhabited by the mississippi native american culture between 1,000 AD and 1,450 AD. moundville at one time had a population of 1,000 and was once the largest town in north america. moundville has a museum, 27 mounds, and a nature trail. for...

  • Indian Mounds at Moundville

    In 1400 the locals built large mounds 15 miles South of Tuscaloosa, now the Moundville Archeology Park operated by the University of Alabama. You drive around the mounds and then can check out the small museum. In the excavations they many skulls with deformities and then determined that wood planks were held against the head during growth....

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