Don’t miss “Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park” this summer, reserve your spot on Monday, May 13

Publix Family Camp Out Railroad Park
4th Annual Publix Family Camp-Out hosted by Railroad Park Foundation. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

Who needs to camp-out in the Sipsey Wilderness or the Great Smoky Mountains when you can experience urban wildlife and the outdoors on Birmingham’s “front lawn” – Railroad Park.

Beginning Saturday, June 22-23, Railroad Park will be hosting  “Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park” presented by Publix.

This is a rare memorable opportunity to spend an entire night with the whole family in the middle of the Magic City.

Railroad Park at sunset for Camp-Out
Railroad Park at sunset. Photo by AirFowl Photography

Tickets for this event are limited  to a number of families, who will pitch tents inside the park, enjoy a scavenger hunt, camping demos, a show & tell with nocturnal zoo animals, arts & crafts and a read-a-long just before lights out.

Register Early

Early Bird Registration begins Monday, May 13 – June 2: $29 per camper. Regular Registration: June 3 – June 17: $39 per camper.

We’ve got a feeling folks may want to register sooner than later.  Space is limited.


This is the 4th annual campout and each year it keeps getting bigger and bigger. Here are some of the activities to expect.

    • Railroad Park’s downtown neighbor, Publix Super Markets Inc. will cater the campers’ dinner, snacks and breakfast.
    • Back by popular demand is the make-your-own-trail-mix bar, sponsored by Birmingham- based babysitter app Wyndy.
    • As the sun rises Sunday morning, families will enjoy a yoga class before breaking down tents and heading home.

161005k Railroad Park Don't miss "Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park" this summer, reserve your spot on Monday, May 13

  • The Birmingham Zoo will bring nocturnal animals from their menagerie to the park that evening. Zoo keepers will explain the unique abilities and behaviors of animals that are active in the nighttime.
  • McWane Science Center will lead a class on creek ecology, making Railroad Park’s waterfeatures come alive in a new way for attendees.
  • Alabama Outdoors will lead a plant identification session.
  • Before lights out, Birmingham Public Library will lead a campground read-along.
  • A sensory tent will be available for children with autism or other special needs, should they need a calming, therapeutic space within the campout.
Family Camp-Out at Railroad Park
4th Annual Publix Family Camp-Out hosted by Railroad Park Foundation. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

Bring Your Own Tent

Families need to register and purchase tickets in advance. Families must bring their own tents. Visit for complete information including the registration form and a recommended packing list.

Because of the activities and nature of this event, Family Camp-out Night is only open to families. The event’s rain-out date is July 13-14.

Who is Making this Happen

Along with Publix and the Railroad Park Foundation, support for Family Camp-Out Night comes from Cadence Bank, Wyndy, Alabama Outdoors, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham Zoo, Boy Scouts of America, and McWane Science Center.

Pat Byington
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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