Your guide to what’s open New Years Day + 5 things to do around Birmingham

New Years Day
Starting the year off right. (The Birmingham Zoo / Facebook)

With only 365 days to make 2023 a year to remember, you may as well start the fun on January 1. If you’re looking for plans (and you didn’t party too hard the night before), here’s a look at what’s open on New Years Day around Birmingham.

1. See incredible animals

Birmingham Zoo
Nice stripes. (The Birmingham Zoo / Facebook)

There’s no better way to start 2023 than discovering amazing animals at The Birmingham Zoo. Bonus: Glow Wild continues in 2023 from January 1-16. See it while you can!

2. Catch a movie

After binge-watching all those holiday movies in December, you’re likely ready for something brand-new. On New Years Day, local movie theaters are open for biz, so grab a snack and watch the latest must-see.

Here’s a list of nearby theaters open on January 1:

3. Grab a meal

Bay Leaf 280 chicken nuggets
Eat up at Bay Leaf. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Want to start the year with a delicious meal? Here are some restaurants open New Years Day:

Bay Leaf

Taj India

Happy Wok Asian Cuisine

4. Visit a local park

New Years Day
Railroad Park. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Fresh air and exercise are two things that will start the new year off right, so head to one of these local parks:

5. Get your bowl on

Get the first strike in 2023. (Bowlero (Riverview, AL) / Facebook)

Start the New Year off with some fun by visiting a local bowling alley. Maybe you’ll even roll an impressive strike! Here are some lanes open January 1:

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