Birmingham is a city of historical significance, from its pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement to its status as a Southern leader the Industrial Revolution. Ride this tour to visit the public art, monuments, and historical districts that define the city’s character.
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1. Mountain Brook Village
At the intersection of Cahaba Road and Montevallo Road, you’ll ride into a charming town square. The village-like buildings are designed with European style architecture and house a walkable collection of boutiques and places to grab a tasty breakfast or a morning coffee.
2. Highland Park
Birmingham’s Highland Park Neighborhood has five National Historic Districts within its boundaries: Chestnut Hill National District, Country Club National District, Hanover Circle National District, Milner Heights National District, and the Rhodes Park/Highland Avenue National District. You’ll ride past historic homes on tree-lined streets. Stop and take a break in one of the district’s many beautiful parks.
Owners Laney DeJonge and Clark Lopez welcome you to Rojo, a casual neighborhood restaurant on Highland Avenue in Birmingham. Featuring both Latin and American cuisine, Rojo is the perfect place to unwind with friends for lunch, dinner, or late night drinks. Rojo also has a separate party room with a full bar that holds special events including film and sports showings, music shows, book readings, art openings, rehearsal dinners, private parties, and more. Rojo also serves a delicious weekend brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm. Visit rojobirmingham.com for hours and menus.
4. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. Sloss Furnaces operated from 1882-1970 making it the longest continually running blast furnace in Birmingham’s history. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century â€” a monument to the Industrial Revolution. With its web of pipes and towering stoves, this unique National Historic Landmark provides visitors a glimpse into Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage. Come to visit and learn about the materials, process, products, and people who ran the furnaces and built the city. Self-guided tours are available throughout the week as well as guided tours most Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.
5. Kelly Ingram Park
In the early 1960s, Kelly Ingram Park became the epicenter of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement. America’s second revolution was a struggle for human rights and simple decency for African-American citizens. The park became the international focus of civil disobedience for blacks demanding equality through civil rights rallies and demonstrations. Thousands of visitors come from around the world each year to learn about Birmingham’s painful and pivotal role in a nationwide call for civil rights. Sculptures throughout the park are vivid depictions of police dog and fire hose assaults on demonstrators, many of them children. The mobile phone tour guides visitors through the historical significance of each sculpture, using brief but powerful descriptions at each stop. Dial 205-307-5455 to access the free audio tour of the park.
6. Vulcan Park and Museum
A colossal statue of the Roman god, Vulcan, stands 56 feet tall at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue and represents Birmingham’s history as an industrial city. The statue was designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904. At Vulcan Park and Museum, visitors can see this magnificent work of art up close and learn about Birmingham’s history at the interactive museum while taking in beautiful views of the city. Visit visitvulcan.com for hours and more information.