5 amazing Labor Day Weekend excursions under 4 hours from Birmingham

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Get ready for Labor Day Weekend excursions with us. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

If you’re searching for that perfect long-weekend getaway this Labor Day, we’ve got you covered with these exciting excursions conveniently located in our amazing state. You don’t have to travel far to experience a whole new world of fun, food, sights and lifelong memories as you explore these Alabama spots located within four hours of Birmingham.

1. Explore the town of Fairhope

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One of our top Labor Day Weekend excursions is Fairhope. Photo via Erin Switzer/Unsplash

Fairhope is about as picturesque as it gets. Their cozy downtown area is studded with boutiques, art galleries, book stores and incredible restaurants to make for a perfect day of shopping and a delicious dinner out. Nestled on Mobile Bay, this adorable city is only an hour from Gulf Shores. But, with all the fun activities this place has to offer you’re better off skipping the beach and sticking around town.

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2. Go out of this world in Huntsville

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The Space and Rocket Museum is out of this world. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

Just a two-hour drive away from Birmingham is the City of Huntsville, and if the Space and Rocket Center isn’t enough of an attraction to convince you to visit, the food, outdoor activities and shopping scene definitely will be.

If you want to get outdoors this Labor Day, head to Monte Sano State Park for some great hiking trails. Make your way to Bridge Street for all your shopping needs and to Lowe Mill for your art and entertainment fix. You can always taste your way through Huntsville’s unique culinary scene at places like Commerce Kitchen and Phat Sammy’s

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3. Golf along the Robert Trent Jones Trail

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Our Labor Day Weekend excursios include golf with a view. Photo via Ross Bridge Golf

If golfing is your ideal weekend getaway, there’s no better travel spot for Labor Day than Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Tee up at the fifth longest golf course in the world and enjoy a course that is both challenging and beautiful. We recommend visiting the Ross Bridge course circling the resort for a wonderful vacation spot that won’t take you out of this popular city.

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4. Head to the mountains of Mentone

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Look over Desoto Falls in Mentone. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

Escape from city life to the serene mountains of Mentone for a weekend emersed in nature. Mentone boasts stunning mountain views right along Little River. Explore Desoto Falls and Little River Canyon National Preserve while you’re there for nice hiking trails and water activities in the summer.

On the drive home from Mentone, make sure to stop by Cherokee Rock Village for one of the best views in the state and some great rock climbing, too.

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  • Check out the cabins on Vrbo for an idyllic getaway

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5. Camp out at Wind Creek State Park

Labor Day Weekend excursions
Views from the campsites at Wind Creek. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

If you’re looking for a camping adventure that is more family fun than roughing it in the wilderness, Wind Creek State Park is the perfect destination for you. With available activities including swimming, hiking, fishing, archery and putt-putt golf, you’ll have more than enough to fill your long weekend.

They have an on-site outdoor restaurant serving sandwiches and pizza during the day, but we recommend embracing the camping experience and grilling out on the fire.

Check out their current tent and RV availability.

Where are you headed for Labor Day? Let us know by tagging us @bhamnow!

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