My “Best of Birmingham:” Food and Activities with your Kids!

  1. McWane Science Center
  • 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • This science center is “four floors of fun!” They have everything from a huge indoor playground, an aquarium, a food court, and an IMAX movie theatre. This is a great place for kids of all ages to learn and explore as they play.
  • @mcwanesciencecenter


  • 2. Pizitz Food Hall
  • 1821 2nd Ave N #3112, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Located across from the McWane Science center, Pizitiz Food Hall is the perfect lunch break for you and your family. Most locals agree that this a must-have food experience in Birmingham. Pizitz favorites include mo:mo’s Korean BBQ, Spoon & Ladle’s gumbo, and Eli’s Jerusalem Grill’s veggie plate.
  • @thepizitzxz


  1. Birmingham Zoo
  • 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • At the Birmingham Zoo, there is more than 950 animals for your kids to discover! The zoo includes alligators, sea lions, monkeys, lions, and more, as well as a carousel, splash pads, and a train ride around the park. The Birmingham Zoo is the perfect place to spend a morning or afternoon with your little ones before nap time.
  • @bhamzoo


  1. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • I would consider Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute to be the cornerstone experience of any family outing in the city. Going through this interactive and collaborative museum with your kids (ages 10 and up) will help them understand and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement in a way no classroom lesson ever could!
  • @bhamcivilrights


  1. Star Lake- Hoover
  • Star lake and Park is located adjacent to the Hoover Country Club and Golf Course. Amenities include picnic area, public parking and a walking trail (2.5 laps = 1 mile) 
  • The lake four acre lake is home to many species of ducks, swans, geese and other animals! Star Lake is a great place for a laid-back, easy afternoon where you can have picnics, go on a walk on the walking-trail, and feed the ducks!


  1. Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercato
  • 610 Preserve Pkwy Suite 100, Hoover, AL 35226
  • Vecchia is a hidden gem in the heart of the Hoover Preserves, but once you find it, you won't stop coming! There is a lot of indoor and outdoor seating with a lively atmosphere perfect for friends and family. The pizza is as authentic as you can find in Birmingham, with special-made ovens specifically for Italian quality pizza. Beyond the food, the venue is beautiful as well. When the weather is pleasant, sit outside and enjoy the lights and live music!
  • @vecchiabham


  1. Moss Rock Preserve
  • 617 Preserve Way, Hoover, AL 35226
  • Located right next to Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercato, Moss Rock is an awesome outdoor activity for you and your family. Moss Rock Preserve is a beautiful 349 acre nature preserve full of forest systems, streams, waterfalls, wildlife, and other unique natural features.


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