Without a drone or very very very tall legs, the average pedestrian would likely miss many of the unique attractions on some of Birmingham’s rooftops. So, we decided to see what we could find.
1. A 3,000 sqft Dog Park
- Address: 112 18th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
If you’ve ever parked in the Pizitz Food Hall parking deck, you’ve probably noticed the party going on across the street at Dog Days of Birmingham. With dozens of fluffy good boys (and girls) sprinting across the rooftop at full speed, it might just be the purest rooftop in the city.
The entire building is home to Dog Days, a dog care service run by Sue and Jimmy Johnson. The first floor features a state-of-the-art dog care facility, with things like:
- Grooming and spa areas
- Playground equipment
- Cots for nap-time
And the 3,000 sqft rooftop is the perfect play place for dogs, with umbrellas for shade and water misters during the hot summer months. I am actually jealous.
2. An Enclosed Basketball Court
Did you know Birmingham’s historic Cathedral Church of the Advent has a rooftop basketball court right next door? It’s located at the Advent Episcopal School. Not only is it a full-sized court, but it’s surrounded by a wire mesh to keep the balls in bounds and off the street.
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3. A Heated Saltwater Pool
The heavily-anticipated Cortland Vesta High Rise is nearing completion, and when it’s done, residents will have a rooftop experience like no other. I’ve been up on that roof, and let me tell you, the view is second-to-none.
In addition to the view, residents have access to a heated saltwater pool overlooking the city of Birmingham. Plus, there’s a cocktail bar + kitchen and indoor + outdoor yoga space with free classes.
4. A (mini) Golf Course
- Address: 2316 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
And now, the building that piqued my interest. The other day, I was scrolling around Google Maps and came across a green space on top of one of the buildings along 1st Avenue North. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a small golf course!
The golf course was put on the roof in 2007 by Southwest Greens of Birmingham, who worked out of the building at the time. Although they’ve moved to a new location, the new owner of the building decided to keep the course. Just make sure not to hit any balls off the roof!
5. A Larger-Than-Normal Chess Set
- Address: 2025 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
Remember the scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the protagonists play a life-sized game of chess? Well, the back patio of Kinetic Communications has something similar—albeit on a smaller scale. Oh, and their chess pieces don’t come to life.
In addition to the larger-than-normal chess set, the back patio has a mini putting green as well. What a perfect area to relax and spot the trains coming by!