Magic City has topped travel lists on Zagat, Lonely Planet and the Travel Channel for the past two years in recognition for its growing Southern foodie scene, hip craft brewery trail and top-notch live-entertainment venues. Plus, Birmingham boasts plenty of parks and preserves for golf, running, biking, climbing and all your adventure needs. Magical, indeed.
2 p.m. | Walk it off Take a stroll in Railroad Park, known as “Birmingham’s Living Room” to get acquainted with the city skyline and stretch travel-weary muscles.
3 p.m. | Lounge Poolside Order cocktails and snacks at the Westin Birmingham’s rooftop pool overlooking swanky Uptown, the city’s premier entertainment district.
7 p.m. | Savor the Sea Dine on the best seafood in town at Ocean in Birmingham’s Five Points district. Ocean has received The Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for seven consecutive years.
9 a.m. | Rev Up Get your caffeine and pastry fix at casual and comfy Seeds Coffee Company, which employs a variety of brew methods.
10:30 a.m. | Tee Off Hit the legendary Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley. This 54-hole facility offers challenging elevation changes amidst a forested and creek-cut landscape, one of a collection of 468 holes of championship-caliber golf across Alabama.
1 p.m. | Nosh on Farm-to-Table Fare Grab a post-game lunch at Urban Cookhouse in Homewood, which serves sandwiches, salads, wraps and more made with locally sourced ingredients.
6 p.m. | Soothe Your Soul at SAW’s The stuffed taters are reason enough to head to SAW’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale, but the pork n’ greens dish is the decided favorite.
9 a.m. | People Watch at Octane Café Grab the beverage of your choice and work a crossword puzzle at p’s swankiest coffee joint.
11 a.m. | Get Cultured The Birmingham Museum of Art has an array of prints, paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces from varying eras. Grab lunch at Oscar’s, the museum café, while overlooking the gardens.
2 p.m. | Take a Look Back Walk to Kelly Ingram Park for a history lesson on the Civil Rights Movement via a sculpture tour. Dial in for an audio guide.
6 p.m. | Indulge in Southern Comfort The Southern Kitchen & Bar in Uptown serves regional favorites with modern flair.
8 p.m. | Take in a Show Be it comedy, theater or music, the BJCC has entertainment on tap to kick off your weekend.
9 a.m. | Hit the Market Grab street grub like breakfast burritos, browse artisan wares and catch some tunes at the Pepper Place Market, a Saturday tradition in Birmingham.
12 p.m. | Climb Moss Rocks The boulder field at Moss Rocks Preserve in Hoover, just a short drive south from Magic City, is the place to get your climb on. You’ll find challenges for all skill levels.
5 p.m. | Make it Mex Sip margs or craft beer at El Barrio while fueling up on plantain nachos and ceviche or a plate of tacos.
7 p.m. | Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame Head to Regions Field when the Birmingham Barons are at home.
8 a.m. | Run Red Mountain Located just southeast of the city, Red Mountain Park has 15 miles of trails for your workout, some that lead to treehouses and scenic overlooks.
10 a.m. | Visit the Vulcan No trip to Bham would be complete without taking a selfie with the 56-foot blacksmith of the Roman gods. Find the world’s largest cast iron statue at Vulcan Park and Museum on top of Red Mountain.
12. p.m. | Brunch at Trattoria Centrale Trattoria Centrale gained fame with its delicious Roman-style pizza, but on Sunday, locals flock there for brunch favorites like the fried farm eggs alla puttanesca.
2 p.m. | See What’s in Bloom Explore the more than 60 acres of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Noteworthy features include the Southern Living Garden, the Fern Glade, the Wildflower Garden and the Japanese Garden with its tea house.
6 p.m. | Grab an Early Dinner at Rowe’s Rowe’s Service Station will satisfy that hankering for chicken and waffles.
9:30 p.m. | Stretch Out Hit up the restorative “Yoga for Athletes” class at The Yoga Circle in Southside to rejuvenate those overworked vacationing muscles.
12 p.m. | Browse Books Over Coffee and Cookies Stock up on reading materials for your flight home and enjoy fresh-baked goods like the famous Breakup cookie — apparently the best chocolate chip cookie you’ll ever have — at Church Street Coffee & Books.