Short Trip to the Heart of the South – Day 2: In the museums of the city.

Today we plan to go to several interesting museums of the city, among which will be, in particular, scientific and historical. Also, we intend to take a walk in the botanical garden of the city and other interesting places.
Short Trip to the Heart of the South

Trip duration: 5 days

Jonathan May

Al's Deli And Grill

Mediterranean Restaurants, American Restaurants

We were lucky to start our day at Al's Deli And Grill. The atmosphere here is quite comfortable and warm, there is a small yard in front of the building, where you can also take tables. The menu contains mainly such traditional American dishes as fried chicken, French fries, salads, and there are also such not quite usual dishes as chicken cabbage, falafel and pita.

McWane Science Center

Science Museums

The first stop in Birmingham for us was the McWane Science Center. Only when we found ourselves on the threshold, we realized that this is not just another boring museum, this is a place where various scientific and technical phenomena are demonstrated in a simple and accessible form. Thanks to the unobtrusive presentation, children were not bored here at all, and the theme of the exhibitions was so diverse that even adults and educated people like us were interested. Please note that the museum is open on Saturdays from 10am and on Sundays from noon.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

History Museums

Probably any American proud of his country, its democracy and freedoms should not pass by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute museum. Here the main moments of the history of formation of civil rights in our country are revealed in detail, some exhibits touch to the heart, some cause indignation and anger at the hard and unjust fate of the fighters for rights and freedoms. When planning a visit here, you should remember that the museum is not open on Monday.

Mellow Mushroom

Pizza Places, American Restaurants

After the tour, we decided to have lunch at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant, which is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and 20th Street. The environment here was very friendly and welcoming, the interior nice and bright, as I understood, the walls are painted by hand. In the menu we were particularly interested in salads and pizzas, we tasted Greek salad and Caesar, and we were also pleased that the client is given the opportunity to collect a pizza to his liking.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Before visiting the zoo, we went to spend time in a botanical garden nearby. The beauty of the landscapes recreated here amazes the imagination, here and neat ponds around which are planted flowering plants and quiet alleys, along which there are small trees and shrubs. A small souvenir shop at the entrance also left a pleasant impression. By the way, the working time of the garden depends on the season and day of the week, it is better to clarify it on the official website.

Birmingham Zoo


To diversify today with something distracted and interesting, we went to Birmingham Zoo. The zoo turned out to be quite large, many different unusual species of animals, various shows and performances are held, an interesting children's zone is equipped. We got on the sea lion show and were very pleased.

Vulcan Park and Museum

Scenic Lookouts

And the final chord of today for us was a visit to the observation deck of Vulcan Park and Museum. The chic view of the sculptures and the city from here is truly inspiring. By simply climbing to the top with your camera, you can get truly professional shots.

Bottega Restaurant

Italian Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants

We wanted to spend a busy evening in a good place and we were lucky to have Bottega Restaurant. From the threshold, enchanted by the coziness and very pleasant atmosphere, we realized that we had not made the wrong choice. The menu in turn pleased us with such dishes as lamb chops, royal salmon, and pasta with a variety of sauces. When planning your visit here, it is important to remember that the restaurant is not open on Sunday.