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The Magic City’s most visited tourist attraction, the Birmingham Zoo, returns this week on Thursday, June 11th for general admission patrons.
Read on about the Zoo’s reopening and our compilation of reopenings and status reports at Birmingham’s museums and sports venues.
Birmingham Zoo – A New Day
Closed to the public since mid-March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Zoo will open and operate in phases, and in compliance with city, state, and federal guidelines. Phase One is a reduced opening with strict limits on attendance and one-way traffic patterns. Guests will enter through the front gate and be required to exit through the Children’s Zoo gate.
Most important new requirement? A timed-ticketing system.
To keep people safe, the Zoo will be limiting the attendance so there can be social distancing. Bottomline: Online admission tickets will be required for members and visitors and will be available on the Zoo’s website at birminghamzoo.com.
Members will need to sign-in to their account to reserve a time and access a Member ticket.
A Bonus for Members
What’s the old saying, membership has its privileges? Zoo Members get to visit the Zoo this week on Monday, June 8th.
“We are excited to welcome our guests back to your Zoo. Our staff is taking every precaution to keep our visitors and animals safe during every phase of reopening. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our guests to enjoy the natural world and make memorable connections to wildlife.” – Chris Pfefferkorn, President & CEO, in an email to Zoo members.
Birmingham Legion FC Season Starts Back in July
More good news on the reopening front. Last week, the USL, the league the Birmingham Legion FC plays in, announced a provisional start date set for July 11th. Soccer fans can expect in the coming days a new schedule and safety guidelines.
Vulcan Park and Museum – Park Grounds Remain Open
As a result of last week’s curfew the Vulcan Park grounds and Kiwanis Centennial Plaza are now closing at 5:00p.m instead of 8:00p.m.. You can enter the park at 8:00a.m. Still no word on a reopening of the Vulcan Center, The Anvil and Observation Tower, but they are currently booking private and corporate events for future dates. Contact their Event Manager to secure a date.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Visit Virtually
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is presently awaiting a plan from the City of Birmingham’s Park and Recreation Board for the green light to reopen. Meanwhile, enjoy the Gardens via Bham Now’s spring tour – Take a walk through Birmingham Botanical Gardens—virtually, of course!
McWane Science Center – Summer Camps
Even though the McWane Science Center is closed to the public right now, they have running an incredible series of “must see” videos called “Itty Bitty Magic City”.
Along with the videos – McWane will be reopening for Summer Camps beginning June 15th! The camps are filling up quickly – so we recommend you visit the McWane Science Center today, take a look at their wide array of themed based science education programs and Register!
Btw – my favorite is the dinosaur camp.
Birmingham Barons – Smell the Grass
No announcements yet about when the Birmingham Barons will be opening back up, but the team has opened up the Switchyard – their restaurant inside Regions Field. There is plenty of parking and the view will make you yearn to watch baseball again!
Birmingham Museum of Art – Forget Netflix
Want to learn about the Buddist art collection at the BMA? Or how about its Native American collection? Forget Netflix or Amazon Prime – take a personal tour of BMA’s collections with Executive Director Graham Corray Boettcher and his staff.
Opening Watch List
This week, the reopening restrictions by the Jefferson County Department of Health on entertainment venues in lapse. Expect more openings, including movie theaters in the near future.