Unique Birmingham Tours

Unique Birmingham ToursBirmingham has such an incredible number of attractions, interesting places and historical sites, and an excellent way to see it all is to take a specialized tour. It's a great way to get some valuable and expert insight about the various places in the city, and most of them are led by expert guides that are as informative as they are entertaining. So if you want to discover and learn more about all that Birmingham has to offer, make plans to do that by way of memorable and fun specialized tours.

Birmingham Museum of Art
The Birmingham Museum of Art offers so many different types of exhibits that you may feel somewhat overwhelmed by the number of paintings, sculptures, and other items that are displayed there. Dive into the world of art and get plenty of information explained in an easy to understand way when you take a tour through the museum. You can book your tour for you, your family or your school group or organization in advance, and then get ready to learn about some of the world's most compelling art that is proudly housed here.

Address: 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203 - MAP
Phone: (205) 254-2565
Web: www.artsbma.org

Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo offers you an opportunity that is as unique as it is educational. Take what is called the ZooLight Safari. Your journey through the zoo will be illuminated by more than 500,000 lights that serve to dramatically spotlight the many species that you will see along your tour. You can choose to walk through the zoo grounds or ride the ZooLight Express Train. Not only will you get to see the zoo's animals, but you'll also enjoy musical entertainment as well as various crafts, demonstrations and games. Dinner and snacks are also available. Call ahead for more information. This is a great way to see the Birmingham Zoo in a whole new light!

Address: 2630 Cabana Road, Birmingham, AL 35223 - MAP
Phone: (205) 879-0458
Web: www.birminghamzoo.com

Sloss Furnaces
As far back as 1882, Birmingham's Sloss Furnaces produced iron which was a key factor in the establishment and development of the city of Birmingham. The furnaces produced iron for more than 90 years, and that industrial past is now preserved at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. When you experience a tour of this remarkable facility, you will be struck by the intricate web of pipes and tall smokestacks constructed. Your guide will give you details on how it all worked, and how the eventual production of iron not only shaped the future of Birmingham, but of the whole country as well.

Address: Twenty 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35222 - MAP
Phone: (205) 324-1911
Web: www.slossfurnaces.com

Five Points Carriage
It doesn't matter if it's a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary, or you just want to see downtown Birmingham from a completely different perspective—a horse drawn carriage ride from Five Points Carriage can make it happen for you. Choose from various packages that will take you through some of the city's most scenic areas or you can opt for the popular downtown tour, that is a perfect choice for a romantic date or a family celebration.

Address: 3467 Heather Lane, Birmingham, AL 35216 - MAP
Phone: (205) 243-9770
Web: www.five-points-carriage.com

Golden Flake
Golden Flake is a Birmingham-based manufacturer of various types of snacks that include potato chips, corn chips, cheese puffs and rings and fries. See how these tasty, crunchy snacks are made from beginning to end by taking a tour of their facility. Factory tours are available Monday through Wednesday at 9:30 am, 11 am and 12:30 pm. No appointment is necessary but school tours and groups of over 10 are encouraged to call in advance and make an appointment to avoid waiting for your tour to begin.

Address: #1 Golden Flake Drive, Birmingham, AL 35205 - MAP
Phone: (800) 239-2447
Web: www.goldenflake.com

Civil Rights District
Get a sense of the tensions and sacrifices that marked the Civil Rights Movement when you take a walking tour of the Civil Rights District. While visiting the Civil Rights Institute will give you an opportunity to see various exhibits as well as ask museum guides specific questions, you can add to the experience by taking a self-guided tour of Kelly Ingram Park located across the street from the institute. Within the park, you will find the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where four little girls lost their lives in an infamous 1963 bombing. This area became the focal point of the civil rights struggle, and you can walk along a footpath that features statues and markers that commemorate the bravery of the protesters and victims of this turbulent chapter in our country's history.

Address: 520 16th Street N, Birmingham, AL 35203 - MAP
Phone: (205) 328-9696
Web: www.bcri.org