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Birmingham Vol. 1

Issue 1

Dec. 8, 2008


Birmingham, Ala. is a classic southern charm and hospitality city located in the heart of the Deep South. This vibrant and flamboyant, beautiful city is nuzzled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Birmingham offers something for everyone from outdoor activities to indoor luxuries the city is sure to keep everyone pleased. Birmingham is home to many fabulous diners, we will fill you in on a few of our favorites. The city is also known for many attractions, we will cover two hot spots that you wouldn’t want to miss. Explore Birmingham wants to show you some of the local favorites around town. We hope you enjoy!

In This Edition :: * Local Favorites - Top Places to Eat * City Attractions - What To See and Do * Birmingham’s Favorite - Indoor and Outdoor Hot Spots

It’s like a childhood memory walking in and sitting down at the bar. Watching shakes and malts being made with an old-fashioned milkshake blender will take you back in time. Green Valley Drugs has been an area tradition since 1961. The menu features sandwiches, such as burgers, baked ham, turkey, tuna salad, egg salad and pimento cheese. Homemade and canned soups are also available. Brio Tuscan Grille brings Italy to the Birmingham area. Located in the Brookwood Shopping Center, Brio has a way to draw you in. Weekend brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and lunch is served weekly 11 a.m. -10 p.m. If you are looking for a night on the town or a filling brunch / lunch Brio has what your looking for.

Local Favorites

Close your eyes and imagine a café in Trieste, a tavern in Athens or a bistro in Calabria, Greece. You’ll find yourself back in these magnificent places when you visit Nabeel’s Market & Café! For over 20 years, the restaurant has offered authentic Greek, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The atmosphere of the Café and Market offers an Old World feeling. Nabeel’s® Café & Market is located at 1700 Oxmoor Road in Homewood, Ala. The restaurant hours are Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. If you are looking for an authentic meal Nabeel’s is the place.

Originally built in 1904, Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, stands tall on Red Mountain overlooking the city. Vulcan Park and Museum is home to the largest cast iron statue in the world. A 10-acre developed green space surrounds the 56’ high statue and observation balcony that sits upon a 124’ pedestal. The Vulcan Center offers interactive demonstrations and displays that give insight into the areas history and industrial growth. Vulcan Park and Museum are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Vulcan Center and Tower Observation Balcony are open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m. Come visit Vulcan to hear the story of Birmingham’s past, present and pledge for the future.

The Birmingham Zoo is one of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Each year it draws in more than 500,000 visitors. The zoo is home to approximately 800 animals at any given time of the year. In 1999, the Birmingham Zoo became an independent non-profit organization. Since then the zoo has hosted traveling exhibits, added permanent exhibits and regained accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Birmingham Zoo is located at 2630 Cahaba Road and is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park is home to 1500 acres. On Tuesday through Sunday the Iron and Steel Museum is open to view 19th century iron industry artifacts. Throughout the week, there are different demonstrations of trades used in the 1800s. The park offers fishing, buggy rides, mini railroad rides and horseback rides.

B’ham’s Out and In Doors

Oak Mountain State Park is Alabama’s largest state park. It offers an array of activities including: a demonstration farm, golf, picnicing, tennis, fishing, boating and a beach for swimming. The park is filled with 57 miles of hiking, bicycle and horseback riding trails. The park offers open-air camping or country cottages for rent. Oak Mountain State Park is also home to the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. For more information, please call (205) 620-2524.

The Riverchase Galleria, locally known as The Galleria, offers exquisite shopping, incredible dining, lush lodging and a good time for everyone. The nine-story glass atrium featuring the world’s largest skylight is located in Hoover, Ala. The Galleria is Alabama’s largest enclosed shopping center with 1.9 million square feet. Currently, The Galleria is home to 218 stores and restaurants. It is located at the intersection of US 31 and Interstate 459. The store hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 6 p.m. Explore Birmingham 123 Everywhere Avenue Birmingham, AL 35226

Explore Birmingham  

Explore Birmingham is a newsletter with descriptions about activities in the Birmingham area.

Explore Birmingham  

Explore Birmingham is a newsletter with descriptions about activities in the Birmingham area.