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West Alabama surprises visitors with its abundance and variety of museums, galleries and other attractions like these.

• The City of Tuscaloosa’s outdoor Amphitheatre, situated along the Black Warrior River, features a stage of approximately 6,000 square feet and 6,500 seats and features state of the art sound, visual and electronic infrastructure, and amenities. It hosts many concerts and events plus serves as a platform for the cultural arts in the area.

• Bryant Denny Stadium is home to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team and is one of the finest in the nation.

•Denny Chimes, built in 1929, is a prominent landmark on the campus of The University of Alabama. The chimes ring every quarter hour and also play late afternoon concerts. The sidewalk surrounding the tower includes the “Football Walk of Fame.”

• The Alabama Museum of Natural History features exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs and the Ice and Coal Ages.

• The Bryant Museum exhibits memorabilia of Alabama Crimson Tide football since 1892.

• Mercedes-Benz Museum & Visitors Center is one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions.

Children’s Hands On Museum provides a variety of special programs and hands-on participatory exhibits.

• Kentuck Museum exhibits of some of the region’s finest crafts and artworks provided by Southern artisans and craftsmen.

• The Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art contains a world-class collection of more than 500 pieces of art dating back to 1775.

• Other outstanding art galleries include The Gallery at Kentuck, Renaissance Art Gallery and more, located in historic downtown Northport while The Harrison Galleries, Narnia Gallery and others are in nearby downtown Tuscaloosa.

• The Bama Belle is a modern day replica of the grand paddlewheel riverboats which graced the nation's riverways in the early 1900s. Experience a nostalgic celebration of the American spirit onboard a sightseeing or dinner cruise.

• Ol’ Colony golf course, a Park and Recreation project, is considered one of the best public golf courses in the country.

•Capitol Park, located in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa, has partially excavated ruins of the site of the Alabama State Capitol, when Tuscaloosa was the seat of state government, 1826 to 1846.

• Moundville Archaeological Park is part of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar makeover and is internationally recognized as one of the most important prehistoric Indian settlements and ceremonial centers in North America.

• Tannehill State Park spreads across 1,500 acres of scenic wooded hills in northern Tuscaloosa County. The park is built around the ruins of the pre-Civil War Tannehill Iron Works, and includes historic trails, restored pioneer buildings and regular events.

•Historic and antebellum homes dot the landscape.

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