3 spring walking tours with Vulcan Park and Museum you don’t want to miss

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Find out the past and future of Avondale in Birmingham at the Vulcan Park and Museum spring walking tours. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Curious about the history behind some of Birmingham’s hottest areas? Want to know more about what the future holds for places like Five Points South and Avondale? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Vulcan Park and Museum’s three-part walking tour series.  Find out more.

These walking tours presented by Vulcan Park and Museum have a little something for everyone. As proof, the popular walking tours have completely sold out the past three years! Find out what you can learn and how you can reserve your spot on the tour.

The Kiwanis Vulcan trailhead at Vulcan Park and Museum. (Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust)
The Kiwanis Vulcan trailhead at Vulcan Park and Museum. (Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust)

Kiwanis Vulcan Trail Tour

The first tour will take place on the 2.2 mile newly opened Kiwanis Vulcan Trail. The tour, which will be guided by Freshwater Land Trust experts and local historians, will focus on Birmingham’s mining history on Red Mountain and the story of its industrial past. Learn about the Birmingham Mineral Railroad, early ore mining on Red Mountain and how the city skyline has changed over the years.

Did you know?

The Kiwanis Vulcan trail was built on the roadbed of the Birmingham Mineral Railroad and is part of the planned 750-mile Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. Read Bham Now’s March coverage to find out more about the expanding trail system before you head on the tour!

The Details:

  • What: Kiwanis Vulcan Trail spring walking tour by Vulcan Park and Museum
  • When: Saturday, March 23 at 9:30 AM  and Sunday, March 24 at 2 PM
  • Where: Kiwanis Vulcan Trail entrance
  • Cost: $10 for members and $12 for non-members
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at theVulcan Park and Museum website
The Five Points South fountain  in the middle of Five Points. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
The Five Points South fountain in the middle of the Five Points intersection. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Five Points South Spring Walking Tour

The historic Five Points South area is booming with new business, but have you ever wondered about the area’s rich history? Birmingham’s first streetcar suburb has weathered many phases since its inception in the early 1900s. Learn about the history and recent growth of this area fueled by leading culinary artists and niche retailers, and how Five Points South has transformed from an industrial neighborhood to a family-friendly entertainment district. Also, get an exclusive sneak peek into upcoming plans for the area!

The Details:

  • What: Five Points South spring walking tour by Vulcan Park and Museum
  • When: Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 AM and Sunday, April 14 at 2 PM
  • Where: Five Points South
  • Cost: $10 for members and $12 for non-members
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at the Vulcan Park and Museum website
"It's Nice to Have You in Birmingham" sign in Avondale.
“It’s Nice to Have You in Birmingham” sign in Avondale.

Avondale: 41st and Beyond spring walking tour

Avondale is undoubtedly one of Birmingham’s hottest entertainment districts and real estate hotbeds. Take a look back at Avondale’s early history as a company town and look ahead at plans to redesign 41st St., the heart of the commercial district. Find out how the revamped neighborhood came to be known as such a hub for innovative restaurants, burgeoning breweries and entertaining cultural festivals.

The Details:

  • What:  Avondale spring walking tour by Vulcan Park and Museum
  • When: Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 AM
  • Where: Avondale
  • Cost: $10 for members and $12 for non-members
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at the Vulcan Park and Museum website

All 2019 Vulcan Park and Museum spring walking tours are made possible through The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

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