Reopening update: Vulcan Park and Museum, Topgolf, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and more are back

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View of Birmingham, AL from the top of Vulcan. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

The Magic City’s biggest attractions continue to open up.  Last week, it was the Birmingham Zoo and Vulcan Park and Museum.  This week, Topgolf and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are reopening on Monday, June 15th.

Happy Belated Birthday Vulcan!

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Vulcan keeping watch over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park + Museum’s Facebook page

Birmingham’s most spectacular view of its skyline is back.  

On June 10th, the Vulcan Park and Museum reopened the Observation Tower and the Vulcan Center for the first time since March.  Christened on June 7, 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, with waters from the Cahaba River, resumption of the museum and trips up to the observation deck coincided with Vulcan’s 116th Birthday.

Vulcan at the fairgrounds in the 1910’s

Operating hours are back to normal. The Observation Tower and Park Grounds will be open daily from 10am to 10pm. Vulcan Center and Kiwanis Vulcan Trail will be open daily from 10am to 6pm. 

The Gardens & Topgolf – June 15

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Photo courtesy of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bham Now’s own Beth Cunningham wrote a fantastic story on Saturday about the reopening of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Here are the details:

The Gardens is sporting updated hours & will require some COVID-19 safety measures:. 

  • From June 15 through June 30, the Gardens will be open from 7AM to 6PM every day of the week.
  • The Garden Center will be open 8AM to 5PM Monday-Friday.
  • Face masks are required when interacting with others in the Gardens and for entering the Garden Center. 
Top Golf
Top Golf Birmingham, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Also opening on Monday is Topgolf.  If you have ever been to Topgolf, you know there is no other place in Birmingham like it.  Along with a lounge and restaurant, the place offers over 100 hitting bays.  The Topgolf in Birmingham opens at 9:00AM – and remember they do serve breakfast!  

Who else is Open

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Try your hand at duckpin bowling in 2018. Photo for Bham Now

There are still a number of attractions that are not ready to open, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Southern Museum of Flight and Barber Motorsports.

Still, we did find a few more since our last update.

Here is a list of additional open attractions throughout the Birmingham area:

Birmingham Public Library Curbside!

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Mural at the Birmingham Public Library

Last item:  Book lovers rejoice! The Birmingham Public Library is opening four of their branches for curbside pickup.  Check out the graphic below for details or visit their Facebook page.

Bham Now Local Directory

Need more info about your favorite places reopening?  Check out Bham Now’s LOCAL Business directory and nonprofit directory. We’ve over 630 establishments and more are being added daily.

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