Birmingham Sports and Recreation

Birmingham Sports and RecreationWhile Birmingham has no major professional sports franchises, that doesn't mean that there aren't any true sports fans here. And even though there were serious attempts to have a pro football team represent the city, every one of those endeavors met with unqualified failure. Still, that defeat hasn't dampened the competitive spirit and pursuit of recreational fun that many people in the area still enjoy. Among other amenities, Birmingham features expansive parks, recreation trails, fishing spots and kid-friendly amusement parks. These activities not only provide lots of fun for all participants, it creates a healthy focus on the benefits of exercising, the value of healthy competition, and the sheer fun of enjoying some great sports and recreational activities.


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Pro Sports

Birmingham Barons
The Birmingham Barons are an AA Minor League baseball team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. They play their home games at Regions Park in Hoover. The sports team gained widespread but brief attention in 1994 when Michael Jordan became part of their team after he retired from the NBA.

Address: 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35244 - MAP
Phone: (205) 988-3200

UAB Blazers
The UAB Blazers maintain their sizable sports following for the University of Alabama. The university's football team is one of the twelve member institutions of Conference USA and plays its home games at Legion Field. The men's basketball team is also supported by a legion of enthusiastic fans and plays its home games at Bartow Arena.

Address: 617 13th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233 - MAP
Phone: (205) 975-8221


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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Peavine Falls
The Peavine Falls leads the way to the most popular attraction at Oak Mountain State Park, which is the stunning Peavine Falls. Getting there is actually an attraction in and of itself, as this dirt path trail features a sometimes-steep and vegetation-packed trek through the park. Some of the climbs are steep and you may encounter more people on the recreation trails over the weekends because of the popularity of the falls.

Address: Pelham, AL - MAP
Phone: (205) 620-2520

Sipsey Wilderness
The Sipsey Wilderness is one of the most popular hiking and backpacking areas in the state of Alabama. In addition to moderately difficult recreation trails, the area features such natural amenities as waterfalls, forested canyons, and various sandstone cliffs and other unique rock formations. Some of the most highly-regarded trails here are 206 known also as the Bee Branch, and 200.

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
The recreation trails in and around the Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve not only offer a chance to see the area's spectacular scenery, you can also learn quite a bit about nature and conservation. In addition to specially scheduled hikes like the Miner's Hike, there are also various exhibits and programs designed to heighten the awareness of conservation and its importance to the wildlife in the area.



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area lakes
Cast your line into the water in any one of Birmingham's 14 area lakes and get ready for a truly unforgettable fishing experience. The area's quality freshwater fishing yield's memorable catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and rainbow trout. Some of the popular fishing destinations include Lake Neely Henry, Lake Martin, Smith Lake and Bankhead Reservoir.


Five Mile Creek Canoe Company
Considering the many lakes in the Birmingham area, it isn't surprising that there are many fans of canoeing. While casual fans of the sport may not own a canoe of their own, you can plan an excellent adventure on the water with a little help from the Five Mile Creek Canoe Company as they offer not only sales and service of canoes, but also organized local outings.

Address: PO Box 214, 100 Park Road, Brookside, AL - MAP
Phone: (205) 674-5550


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Plenty Of Thrills

Alabama Adventure
Get set for the ride (or rides) of your life when you visit Alabama Splash Adventure. This popular water and theme park offers plenty of ways to have some great family fun. Enjoy roller-coasters, bumper cars and other amusement rides in the theme park. And if you visit during the warmer months of the year, you can make a splash in the water park that offers slides, pools and much more.

Address: 4599 Alabama Adventure Parkway, Bessmer, AL 35022 - MAP
Phone: (205) 481-4750

Adventureland Theme Park
Adventureland Theme Park most definitely lives up to its name! When you visit, be prepared for non-stop fun that includes such popular recreational activities as miniature golf, bumper boats, go karts, batting cages and an incredible arcade. Plus, there's a big snack bar and venue availability for birthday parties and other special events.

Address: 3738 West Main Street, Dothan, AL 36305 - MAP
Phone: (334) 793-9100


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Brunswick Zone
Birmingham's Brunswick Zone is everyone's favorite place to bowl and enjoy some great family fun and recreation. The modern facility features 40 lanes, 2 billiard tables, various arcade games, a lounge, a snack bar and even a pro shop. Various special events and promotions are scheduled regularly, so make sure to check their website for deals that will absolutely bowl you over!

Address: 2908 Riverview Road, Birmingham, AL 35242 - MAP
Phone: (205) 991-3900

Bumpers Billiards
Bumpers Billiards is the perfect place to not only enjoy some great billiards, but you'll also love the casual and friendly atmosphere in which you can hang out with your friends and enjoy a few beers together. All the tables are in great condition, so whether you are quite the pool shark or are just out to have fun, Bumpers is the place to be.

Address: 3439 Loma Lane, Hoover, AL 35216 - MAP
Phone: (205) 823-4006
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Lake Purdy
Birmingham's Lake Purdy is a popular destination for boaters, fishermen and water recreation lovers alike. This lake is widely known as one of the best places in the state to enjoy some of the finest bass fishing anywhere. Plus, boaters will enjoy the ramps and easy access for getting their boats in and out of the water.

Address: 3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham, AL - MAP
Phone: (205) 822-2010