Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer's almost over....what to do?

Summer is creeping to a close and school is right around the corner.  With all the errands involved in getting the kids ready for school, there's not a huge amount of time left for a big why not have a mini vacation?  Below are some great ideas for that mini vacation that the whole family will enjoy...and maybe even learn a few things at the same time.

The award winning Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a must see for any visitor or resident.  Filled with historic photographs, articles and exhibits it will entertain and educate any age.  The artwork is world class and includes many outside exhibits as well as interior exhibits.

The Vulcan Statue and Park  is another must see.  Not only is the view from the park incredible, there is an onsite museum which educates you on the history of not only the Vulcan statue but the mines and the workers who tolled there.  There is also a nature walk that takes you past the old mines and along the edge of the mountain.  Great way to spend a day!

Sloss Furnaces is a great way to spend a hot afternoon.  Not only is it a free park, but it has picnic areas, water fountains, tons to explore and it also has a gift shop and museum.  Lots of room to throw a frisbee, read a book, or just enjoy the sounds of the birds and the fountains while the rest of the family is exploring the many trails that lead to and from the many exhibits.

McWane Science Center is truly a one of a kind experience that the whole family will love.  It never gets old to visit because the exhibits and events are constantly changing.  Lots of hands on exhibits for everyone to enjoy!

Being at the Birmingham Zoo is like being far out in the country....yet you aren't.  Once you enter the gates, it is as if you have left the rest of the world behind.  There is so much to see and day might not be enough!

These are just a few of the many wonderful places right here in Birmingham to take your entire family for a fun and educational outing.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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