4 popular Magic City tourist destinations are honoring active duty military personnel and veterans with free admission this Memorial Day

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Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Four of the Magic City’s most popular  tourist destinations, Vulcan Park and Museum, McWane Science Center,  Birmingham Zoo and Oak Mountain State Park are honoring active duty military personnel and  veterans this Memorial Day weekend with free admission.

Here are the specific details for each location.

Vulcan Park and Museum
Model of the Vulcan statue, photo by Pat Byington

Vulcan Park and Museum is participating in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

“We are thrilled once again to be a part of the Blue Star Museums program to honor those who serve our country,” said Darlene Negrotto, President and CEO, Vulcan Park and Museum. “Vulcan Park and Museum gives visitors a unique look at Birmingham’s rich history that takes you through the beginning of the city as a mining community, through the Civil Rights movement to the modern-day renaissance. We welcome the members of the military and their families to enjoy our park and museum all summer long.”

Birmingham Zoo 
Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Zoo’s “Kumar” – courtesy of the Birmingham Zoo

According to a Birmingham Zoo news release, in honor of Memorial Day, all veterans, active and retired military and their dependents will receive free admission to the Zoo on Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 with proof of valid military identification.

McWane Science Center
Birmingham, McWane Science Center
Photo courtesy of the McWane Science Center.

The McWane Science Center is also a participating member of the  Gold Star Museum collaboration along with Vulcan Park and Museum.  They will be offering free admission to  active duty military personnel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 (note one day only). After Memorial Day, they will provide a 10% discount until Labor Day.

Oak Mountain State Park – Year Round
Photo of Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park courtesy of Alabama State Parks.

Admission into all of Alabama’s State Parks is free year round for active military personnel and veterans.  This past year, the Alabama legislature enacted legislation that permanently created the Parks for Patriots program.


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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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