Things to do outdoors on this beautiful Birmingham weekend

Weekend Weather Birmingham, Alabama
Weekend weather for Birmingham January 19-21 – image via

Well, whether you were snowed in or only saw a few flurries (I think we got the short end of the stick), one thing is for sure… This week was cold! We hope you took care of those pets, warmed up with some of our favorite Birmingham soups, and took advantage of your snow day by doing absolutely nothing. Alas, warm(er) weather is finally here! This weekend the temps will be risin’ and the sun will be shinin’. Here’s how to break that cabin fever, get outdoors, and make the most of this beautiful weekend in Birmingham.

Zyp around downtown

By now you’ve probably seen those bright green bikes at various locations around downtown. Why not rent one for yourself and see what all the buzz is about? You can purchase a 1 day pass for $6, a 3 day pass for $12, or a one month pass for $20. Check out our suggested route:

  1. Pick up a bike near the UAB Hill Student Center. Take advantage of nearby street parking, or park in UAB’s paid lot right next to the bikeshare station.

    Hill Student Center Birmingham, Alabama
    Hill Student Center – photo by Hunter Drinkard for Bham Now
  2. Ride to Railroad Park. Pack a blanket and some sandwiches and have a nice picnic overlooking the beautiful ponds.

    Railroad Park Birmingham, Alabama
    Railroad Park – photo by Hunter Drinkard for Bham Now
  3. Explore Birmingham’s most iconic murals. Use our guide and check out these incredible works of art as you make your way Linn Park, near city hall. Pack a frisbee and enjoy a  quick game on the grass.

    Birmingham, Alanbama Mural Outdoors
    Birmingham Mural – image via
  4. Head back towards UAB as you enjoy the sunshine on your face, the wind in your hair, and the beautiful sights that Birmingham has to offer.

    Riding Bikes
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Bikes not your thing?

No worries. Here are some more suggestions on how to make the most of this weekend’s warmer weather.

Tour Sloss Furnaces

This National Historic Landmark and industrial museum is an iconic Birmingham figure. Taking a self guided tour of the once bustling iron production facility is a great way to soak up some rays and dive in Birmingham culture. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical the first time a friend dragged me to Sloss, but trust me – you won’t be disappointed!

(p.s. – it’s free!)

Sloss Furnaces Birmingham, Alabama
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark – image courtesy

Sloss is open for self guided tours and educational exhibits Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm and on Sundays from 12pm-4pm. They also have a gift shop with tons of cool merchandise!

Take a hike

Take advantage of one of Birmingham’s many nature trails. Some of our favorite hiking spots include Moss Rock Preserve, Oak Mountain State Park, and Ruffner Mountain. Be sure to bring lots of water and pack a picnic lunch for a great family outing!

Ruffner Mountain Birmingham, Alabama
Hiking at Ruffner Mountain – image via

Take the Pup for a Day in the Park

Birmingham has lots of great places to let the dogs run and play. And after days cooped up from the winter weather, your pup will love you forever after a day in the park.

dog park
image via Cuteness

Area dog-friendly parks include:

  • Remy’s Dog Park, a 6-acre dog park at Red Mountain Park with spaces for large dogs, small dogs, and dogs with special needs
  • Green Springs Dog Park at George Ward Park
  • Rhodes Park in Highland Park
  • Railroad Park
  • Crestwood Park
Remy's Park Map Birmingham, Alabama
Remy’s Dog Park has special sections for large, small, and special needs dogs – image via

How do you plan to enjoy this weekend’s warmer temperatures? Let us know in the comments!



Hunter Drinkard
Hunter Drinkard
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