9 things to do this summer in Birmingham to stay cool but still have fun, including McWane Science Center

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Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co.

Muggy. Steamy. Stifling. Brutal. Yep, summers in Birmingham are H.O.T. What can you do to make the sweaty days of summer more enjoyable? Check out these nine activities that will entertain you, while keeping you cool.

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6 Airbnbs with excellent reviews that are worth a stay in Birmingham

Relaxing at one of Birmingham’s top Airbnbs, The Urban Fun House. Photo via Airbnb.com.

Birmingham is a great city with tons of hotels. But let’s be honest–they can be a bit boring. Why not mix it up and stay at one of Birmingham’s best Airbnbs? Check out these six must-book Airbnbs in town.

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14 places to charge your electric vehicle in Birmingham, including UAB and Uptown

Birmingham, Alabama, Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Photo via uab.edu

Own an electric vehicle (EV), or considering purchasing one? A growing number of electric vehicle charging stations across Birmingham make it more practical than ever to go electric. Here’s where you can charge your ride in the Magic City.

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10 places to celebrate the July 4th holiday in and around the Magic City

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Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum Facebook page

Happy 242th Birthday America!!  Bham Now has compiled our top 10 list of 4th of July celebrations in and around the Magic City. This year, with the 4th landing on a Wednesday,  some communities are celebrating our nation’s founding  a week in advance.

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10 meat and three restaurants we love in Birmingham, including Johnny’s, Eagle’s and the Paw Paw Patch

Birmingham, Alabama, Meat and Three Guide
Photo via Johnny’s Restaurant’s Instagram page

Collard greens cooked into submission, mounds of mashed potatoes with gravy lakes and trays of crispy fried chicken. What? A James Beard Foundation semifinalist too? If you haven’t tried these meat and three restaurants in Birmingham, then get to it.

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12 Birmingham restaurants and bars shared their bestselling cocktails. Try these drinks at Atomic Lounge, Fero, Ovenbird and more

Birmingham, Alabama, Bestselling Cocktails
Buttercup Punch, $10. Photo courtesy of Fero.

Birmingham’s restaurant and bar scene serves up quality, finely crafted and award-winning cocktails. Can’t decide what to order? Start with one of these bestselling cocktails.

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Your summer guide to u-pick farms an hour’s drive (or less) from Birmingham, including 6 in Jefferson County

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Photo via Judy Bee’s Honey and Berry Farm on Facebook

Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, yum! Muscadines? Those will be ready late summer. Check out these u-pick farm locations about an hour’s drive (or less!) from central Birmingham. We’ll start with Jefferson county, then move on to locations in Blount, Chilton, Cullman and Shelby Counties.

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17 Birmingham walking trails, including Kiwanis Vulcan Trail and more

Birmingham walking trails
Rotary Trail – photo from Freshwater Land Trust

We know Birmingham’s hottest days aren’t the best for getting outside. But you don’t have to limit your exercise to the gym during the scorching summer. Birmingham walking trails offer lots of places to get out and get moving—and, in many cases, lots of shade as well.

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5 top-rated private high schools in Birmingham, including The Altamont School

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Class of 2018 at John Carroll Catholic High School. Photo via John Carroll Catholic High School.

For parents, there will always be a debate about the best way to do things when raising your children. One never-ending debate among parents is whether to send their kids to a high school that is public or private. If you are leaning toward private school, here are five of the top-rated private high schools in Birmingham. Continue reading “5 top-rated private high schools in Birmingham, including The Altamont School”

12 Birmingham yoga studios you need to know about including Areo Joe’s aerial yoga

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It’s nice to have you in Birmingham yoga classes. This guide will prevent you from feeling upside down and overwhelmed by the area’s offerings. Photo by Rachel Callahan

I know it can be intimidating to walk into a new yoga class, whether you’re a long-time practitioner trying a different studio or a first timer. I’ve practiced yoga regularly since 2011 and have taught since 2014, but I still get nervous when I try someplace new! But the guide to Birmingham yoga classes is here to help. Continue reading “12 Birmingham yoga studios you need to know about including Areo Joe’s aerial yoga”