West Alabama surprises visitors with its abundance and variety of museums, galleries, and other attractions like these:
The City of Tuscaloosa’s outdoor amphitheater seats 7,470 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 Alabama Crimson Tide football memorabilia dating back to 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 some of the region’s finest crafts and artworks provided by southern artisans and craftsmen.
The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of several hundred 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 Harrison Galleries and others are in nearby downtown Tuscaloosa.
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 from 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.
Mildred Warner Westervelt Transportation Museum illustrates the region’s history through ancient artifacts and interactive learning tools.
Hoole Special Collections Library on the UA campus features exhibits and is often host to special events, lectures and readings. The collections include rare books, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, photographs, book art, and other artifacts.
Tuscaloosa’s River Market (a farmers and makers market) is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7am to noon seasonally.
Historic and antebellum homes dot the landscape.
Tuscaloosa County enjoys an abundance of fresh items from our gardens, catfish ponds, neighboring chicken farms and Gulf Coast waters, less than a day’s drive away. Our local farmer’s markets boom during the growing seasons. And residents and visitors will tell you that some of the best barbecue they’ve ever eaten was served to them in a Tuscaloosa area restaurant.
Our restaurant scene is varied and has expanded greatly in recent years—you can find a great burger or dine fancifully along the Black Warrior River or in the chic downtown areas, with lots of character and flavor. From formal dining rooms to sports pubs to down-home cooking, dining in Tuscaloosa County is a delicious experience.