Attractions in Tuscaloosa

Visit Tuscaloosa and plan to stay entertained! Rich in heritage, Tuscaloosa is full of physical vestiges that have preserved the town’s history of its original Native American settlement, its years as the capital of Alabama, its flourishing during the antebellum years, and the devastation and rebuilding following the Civil War. Take a tour of the town and visit all of the grand antebellum homes, landmark downtown business establishments, picturesque ruins, and all of the historical museums and displays. Make sure to visit all of the other famous buildings and landmarks around town as well, and take a tour of The University of Alabama’s campus.

Tuscaloosa is also rich in cultural and performing arts; from the brand new outdoor amphitheatre to performances at the grand indoor theatres, there is something pleasing for all!

If your interest is sports and recreation, Tuscaloosa has several lakes for water sports, abundant parks, reward-winning golf courses, and a town full of Crimson Tide fans that makes for an unforgettable football season! Visit the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to plan your eventful stay in this impressive town!

 

Museums, Art Exhibits and Art Galleries

The Alabama Museum of Natural History is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama Campus. It features exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs and the Ice and Coal Ages. Collections of geology, mineralogy, history and paleontology are available. Admission is charged and group tours are available!

6th Ave. Smith Hall – UA Campus – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.7550

www.museums.ua.edu/history

Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Saturday; 1 PM – 4:30 PM, Sunday

 

The Black Warrior Model Railroad Society is located in the historic Northport Train Depot and is open every Saturday from 9-2 featuring five running tracks with scenery and continuously updated displays.

725 25th Avenue – Northport, AL 35476 – 205.534.0944

Hours: 10 AM – 1 PM, Saturday

 

Children’s Hands on Museum (CHOM) provides a variety of special programs and hands-on participatory exhibits. Three floors of fun offer 17 hands-on exhibits including Planetarium shows, a historic reconstruction of 1800′s shops from Tuscaloosa; a 1700′s Choctaw Indian Village; DCH Hospital; the Captain Tim Parker Towboat; and art studio with music, dance, drama and visual arts; Once Upon a Farm; a Japanese House and much more!

2213 University Blvd. – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.349.4235

www.chomonline.org

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Thursday; 9 AM – 8:30 PM, Friday; 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday.

 

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be located in the Jemison building in downtown Tuscaloosa. This CAC will be a hub for the arts in Tuscaloosa. Plans include a black box theatre/workshop space for family programs, educational opportunities, rehearsals or community meetings, and more. In addition, the CAC will house offices for local art groups, artist studios and galleries for the University of Alabama. Opening late summer 2013.

7th Street and Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

http://cac.tuscarts.org

 

The Harrison Gallery features a permanent collection of a variety of 19th and early 20th century works including oil paintings, prints and original works, as well as award-winning photography by local artists, and special exhibits by local artists and groups annually.

2315 University Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - 205.464.0054

 

The Kentuck Museum & Art Center features monthly exhibits of some of the region’s finest arts and crafts. The Gallery Shop specializes in arts and crafts by local, regional, and national artists. Visitors can observe studio artists at work around the Courtyard of Wonders.

Kentuck Art Center: 503 Main Ave. – Northport, AL 35476 – 205.758.1257

(Relocation for renovations: 1922 5th Street – Northport, AL 35476)

www.Kentuck.org

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday-Friday; 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday.

The Gallery Shop Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday; 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday.

 

The Mercedes-Benz Museum & Visitor’s Center is one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions. Featured are exciting multimedia exhibits, vintage automobiles and a world-class gift shop.

I-20/59 exit 89 on Mercedes Drive (1 Mercedes Drive) – Vance, AL 35403 – 888.286.6762

www.mbusi.com

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday; Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Tours: 9 AM and 9:15 AM, Tuesday and Thursday

 

The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum features the transportation history of the Black Warrior River, lock and dam development, stagecoach line, horse drawn carriages, electric streetcars, bicycle history, railroad and other transportation related topics that gave rise to the City of Tuscaloosa’s development.

1901 Jack Warner Parkway – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.759.9603

Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Saturday

 

Northport Heritage Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs that documents the history and evolution of the city, from Native American history, settlement in 1816, through the decades to today.

Park Street – Northport, AL 35476– 205.339.8891

www.fhnonline.org/

Hours: Open by Appointment

 

The Paul W. Bryant Museum has exhibited memorabilia of Alabama Crimson Tide football since 1892. It is now in its 22nd year of collecting, preserving and displaying the history of University of Alabama football.

300 Paul Bryant Drive – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.4668

www.bryant.ua.edu

Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM

 

Renaissance Art Gallery offers original art by more than twenty regional and local artists.

431 Main Avenue  - Northport, AL 35476 - 205.752.4422

Hours: 11 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Saturday

 

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is a venue for contemporary art with annual exhibitions, featuring works by important regional and national artists. 

103 Garland Hall, UA Campus – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.1890

Hours: 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday; 5 PM – 8 PM Thursdays

 

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection contains a world-class collection of more than 500 pieces of art dating back to 1775. The museum includes the holdings of Tuscaloosa businessman Jack Warner and includes interior furnishings dating from 1700-1865. Recognized as one of the most extensive collections of 19th and early 20th century American art, the Warner Collection displays more than 150 works of art.

1400 Jack Warner Parkway NE – Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 – 205.391.0749

Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday-Saturday; 1 PM – 6 PM, Sunday

 

Movie Theaters, Production Theatres and Performing Arts:

The Bama Theatre is the oldest operating theatre in Tuscaloosa, which previously served as the community’s grand movie house.  It is now used for local art performances and displays, among many other things.

600 Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205. 758.5195

www.tuscarts.org

Hours: 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday

 

Cobb Theatre Hollywood 16 Cinemas continues to provide guests with the highest quality audio and visual presentation, a variety of great food options, unsurpassed comfort and outstanding customer service. Features include stadium high-back rockers, 100% digital protection, IMAX, D-Box motion seats, wall to wall screens, extensive menu, internet ticketing and kiosk ticketing in lobby.

4250 Old Greensboro Road – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.248.8248

http://www.cobbtheatres.com/hollywood16.aspx

 

Theatre Tuscaloosa (Bean-Brown Theatre) is a state-of-the-art, teaching and performing theatre located on the campus of Shelton State Community College. It is home to Theatre Tuscaloosa, one of the region’s most acclaimed community theatres.

9500 Old Greensboro Rd – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.391.2211

www.theatretusc.com/

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Thursday; 9 AM – 12 PM, Friday

 

The University of Alabama School of Music is located in the Frank Moody Music Building and is one of the city’s primary cultural performing arts centers. The school provides a filled annual calendar of cultural and entertainment experiences, featuring national and international performers and artists, from classical to opera to jazz to popular. The 1,000-seat Concert Hall is home to the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Celebrity Series, and to the Holtkamp Organ. Also housed in the Moody Music Building, the Community Music School offers private and group music lessons on all orchestral and band instruments, piano, guitar and voice.

801 Campus Drive – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 - 205.348.1477

 

Outdoor Entertainment

The Bama Belle Riverboat is located in the Riverwalk Park, and it is a modern day replica of the grand paddlewheel riverboats that graced the Black Warrior in the 1900′s. The Bama Belle provides an exquisite setting for sightseeing and dinner cruises and is available for private parties, business meetings, and holiday celebrations.

1 Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL – 205.339.1108

www.bamabelle.com

 

The Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre is a 7,500-seat outdoor facility that hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the year and serves as a platform for the cultural arts in the area. Featured guests include Backstreet Boys, Tegan and Sara, Widespread Panic, The Lumineers, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and more!

2710 Jack Warner Parkway NE – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.248.5280

www.tuscaloosaamphitheatre.com

 

The Tuscaloosa River Market and Visitor’s Center is a destination that combines the City’s River Walk along the peaceful Black Warrior River with the convenience and opportunity to shop for home grown produce and crafts in a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor venue. The Tuscaloosa River Market is a Certified Alabama Farmers Market organized under the Alabama Farmers Market Authority and it complies with the rules as prescribed by the Authority.

1900 Jack Warner Parkway – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.248.5295

www.tuscaloosarivermarket.com

 

University of Alabama Arboretum: Walk the trails and admire the beauty of the 60-acre arboretum that includes a wildflower garden, an experimental garden, a bog garden, an open-air pavilion, a children’s garden and two greenhouses.

4800 Arboretum Way – Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 – 205.553.3278

www.bama.ua.edu/~arboretum

Hours: 8 AM – Sunset, Daily

 

Tuscaloosa County Clubs:

There are a number of private country clubs for golfers.

Indian Hills Country Club is a second private country club located north of the river. It also features several amenities including an 18-hole golf course, a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, a swimming pool, several dining rooms, and a sports grill.

1600 McFarland Boulevard N – Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 – 205.349.1500

www.indianhillscountryclub.net

 

North River Yacht Club is a private golf club in Tuscaloosa that also offers several other amenities including 8 tennis courts, an Olympic sized yacht club pool, a heated indoor/outdoor golf club pool, a grassy beach and scenic lake view at the Captain’s Cabin located directly on Lake Tuscaloosa, a marina, fitness center, spa, the Golf Club View Dining Room, a sports lobby, and The Warner Lodge, an upscale hotel with space for conference rooms

3100 Yacht Club Way, NE – Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 – 205.343.4565

www.northriveryc.com

 

Woodland Forrest Country Club is a third country club in Tuscaloosa and it is located in southeast Tuscaloosa.

5604 Woodland Forrest Dr. – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.556.1232

www.wfcc.net

 

Sports and Recreation

AMF Bama Lanes located near the University of Alabama campus offers 32 bowling lanes and is available for both league and tournament play.

520 15th Street – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.759.2302

http://amf.com/bamalanes

Hours: 12 PM – 12 AM, Monday-Thursday; 12 PM – 1 AM, Friday; 10 AM – 1 AM, Saturday; 12 PM – 12 AM, Sunday

 

The Capstone Club of Alabama Golf is a public $13 million award-winning course and clubhouse that makes an ideal location for golf with friends or your next golf outing! The course rating is 75.1. It is located in Brookwood, between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. The Capstone Club is a public facility with private amenities and a championship feel. The club also has a great clubhouse capable of hosting a wide array of events.

1600 Capstone Blvd – Brookwood, AL 35444 – 205.339.3673

www.capstoneclub.com

Hours: 8 AM – 6:30 PM, Monday-Thursday; 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Friday-Sunday

 

Country Club of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Course: This private, non-equity 18-hole golf course at the Country Club of Tuscaloosa features 6,368 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course has a rating of 70.3.

3700 6th Street – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.759.5535

Hours: Vary Seasonally

 

Deerlick Creek Park is a campground located on Holt Lake that 46 campsites, fishing piers, a swimming beach, bicycle trails, hiking trails, a boat ramp, an amphitheatre, laundry facilities and a boathouse. Sites 1-40 are $22 per night and sites 40-46 are $16 per night.

12421 Deerlick Road – Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 - 205.339.1558

ADMISSION: Charged

 

Hidden Meadows Golf Course is a public, 18-hole course located in a valley creating a scenic backdrop of the Black Warrior River.  It is located in Northport and it also includes a couple of nice parks and the boat launch of the Bama Belle. The course rating is 73.7.

13000 Old Cove Rd. – Northport, AL 35476 – 205.339.3673

Hours: 8 AM – Dark, Daily

 

Harris Lake is a 220-acre water supply reservoir that holds approximately 1 billion gallons of water and is used only for industrial water.

 

Holt Lake is a narrow winding body of water, which stretches for 18 miles and encompasses 3,200 surface acres. The lake lies six miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. There are facilities for boaters, swimmers, hikers, sightseers and picnickers. At some of the parks there are picnic shelters.

For Reservations Call: 205.553.9373

 

Ladybug Farm offers full-service boarding, horse sales, horse training, riding lessons, animal education and pony ride lessons. From a single pony to a carousel of five, they can accommodate your recreational needs!

13587 Pinehill Road – Northport, AL 35475 – 205.333.2762

 

Lake Lurleen is a 1,625-acre state park that is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Lake Lurleen State Park facilities include a modern campground, banquet room, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas. Biking trails offer a great view of the lake.

13226 Lake Lurleen Road – 205.339.1558

www.alapark.com/lakelurleen

 

Lake Nicol is a 384-acre water supply reservoir that hold approximately 3.3 billion gallons of water and serves as backup for Lake Tuscaloosa.

 

Lake Tuscaloosa It is a 5,885-acre water supply reservoir that was constructed to supply domestic and industrial water for the City of Tuscaloosa. However, the lake has become very popular for various types of recreation including boating, swimming and fishing. There are public and private boat ramps located on the lake, as well as several private marinas. Public launches are located at Binion Creek, Rock Quarry and Sharps Landing. Lake Tuscaloosa has hosted local, regional and national fishing tournaments.

 

Leland Bowling Lanes is a bowling alley with 32 state-of-the-art lanes featuring cosmic bowling and great excitement! Their user-friendly lanes offer automatic scoring as well as bumper features for the less experienced players. They also offer group rates for events such as birthday parties, private parties, corporate parties, greek parties, etc.!

1125 26th Ave E – Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 – 205.553.3467

www.lelandlanes.com

Hours: Opens 10 AM, Monday-Friday; Opens 12 PM, Saturday

 

The Links at Tuscaloosa Golf Course: The public 18-hole “Links” course at the Links of Tuscaloosa facility features 6,195 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71!

1800 Links Blvd – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.247.9990

http://www.lindseymanagement.com

Hours: Vary Seasonally

 

Mimosa Golf Course is an 18-hole scenic and challenging course with small Bermuda greens, Par 72.

5700 18th Ave – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.752.8112

Hours: Vary Seasonally

 

Ol Colony Golf Course is a reward winning 18-hole, public municipal golf course located north of the river. Designed by former PGA star, Jerry Pate, this 18-hole facility features rolling fairways and beautiful, contoured greens. The course rating is 71.6.  This challenging course is home to The Univeristy of Alabama’s golf team and The First Tee, Tuscaloosa’s only junior golf program.

401 Old Colony Road – Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 – 205.562.3201

www.olcolonygolf.com

Hours: Vary Seasonally

 

PARA: The Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority operates a variety of facilities and programs, including but not limited to, parks, athletic fields, walking trails and playgrounds, some of which are available free to the public.

614 Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 205.562.3220

www.tcpara.org

 

Riverwalk: The 3-4 mile Riverwalk is a scenic walking/biking trail with parks and the Bama Belle boat launch along Tuscaloosa’s Black Warrior River.

Jack Warner Parkway NE – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 

Superskate, Inc.: Superskate is an indoor rink that is open year round. Public roller skating sessions are the main attraction here, but the rink can also be rented out for birthday parties and events.

5900 McFarland Boulevard E – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.758.7465

Hours: Vary Seasonally

 

YMCA: The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being. There are a wide variety events and activities available for the entire family, including kids summer camp and school programs, a gym, year-round indoor heated pool, yoga classes, a weight room and workout rooms!

YMCA of Tuscaloosa County: 2405 Bryant Drive – 205.345.9622

Benjamin Barnes YMCA: 2919 18th Street – 205.759.4284

 

Landmarks, Monuments and Buildings

Bryant Denny Stadium is the home of the 12 time National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide! The stadium currently seats 101,000, keeping it among the largest on-campus football stadiums in the nation. Today’s structure includes 123 skyboxes as well as a pair of large video scoreboards in the north and south end zone and wrap-around display boards, situated on the facades of the east and west upper decks. Special rooms for scholarship donors as well as the A-Club are featured sections of the inner area of the east side and were added during the expansion in the 1990s.

920 Paul W. Bryant Drive – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.5666

www.rolltide.com/facilities/bryant-denny.html

 

Denny Chimes is home to the “Football Walk of Fame”, with hand and footprints of legendary Alabama players.

University Boulevard, on the UA Quad – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - 205.348.6010

www.tour.ua.edu/tourstops/dennychimes.html

 

Foster Auditorium was completed in 1939 as a multipurpose facility with a seating capacity of 5,400. It has been used for graduation exercises, indoor athletic events, concerts, lectures, and is now the permanent home to the University of Alabama women’s basketball and volleyball teams.

Off 6th Avenue, University of Alabama Campus – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.6010

http://tour.ua.edu/tourstops/foster.html

 

Governement Plaza adjoins the Intermodal Facility and includes a block and a half of green space complete with a lighted walking trail pavilion, fountain and other park amenities. The park is located in downtown Tuscaloosa between the Intermodal Facility, City Hall and the new Federal Courthouse.

7th Street and 22nd Avenue SE – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 

The Maxwell Peters Home is a national historic home also located in downtown Northport that has been in direct descendent ownership and residence for over 140 years. It exhibits a unique English architecture widely used in The South but essentially lost during The Civil War and Reconstruction.

302 Main Avenue – Northport, AL 35476 – 205.343.1691

 

The McGuire-Strickland House is the oldest wooden frame building in Tuscaloosa County. This two-story building was built in 1820 and is now located in historic Capitol Park. It is home to the Capitol School. Tours by appointment only with limited access.

500 28th Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 – 205.758.2238

Hours: Not Open to Public

 

The University Club, built in 1829, is a beautiful example of Greek revival architecture. The club once served as the Governors Mansion during the years that Tuscaloosa was the state capital. It now serves as a historical landmark in Tuscaloosa providing excellent cuisine for private dining, and creating memorable experiences for the university community and other residents!

421 Queen City Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.4848

http://www.universityclub.ua.edu/history.html

Hours: For Reservations, Call 205.348.4848

 

Historic Tuscaloosa

Since 1966, the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society has been preserving and promoting Tuscaloosa County’s historic resources. A non-profit organization, the Society’s mission is to develop an awareness and appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the community. The society operates and maintains five historical landmarks: The Old Tavern, the McGuire-Strickland House, the Murphy African-American Museum, the Battle-Friedman House and the Drish House.

The Battle-Friedman House and Gardens, a large two-story brick house that once occupied the entire block of what was then Tuscaloosa’s main residential street, is now maintained by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society and is showcased for their events. Private tours are also available.

1010 Greensboro Ave. – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.758.6138

www.historictuscaloosa.com

Hours: 10 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday

 

The Drish House is a historic house that was built in 1837 as the focal point for a plantation that bordered the city limits of Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society has had ownership of the house since 2007 and they are currently working to stabilize the home and to develop a plan for an adaptive reuse of this important area landmark.

2300 17th Street – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 

The First African Baptist Church is a replica of the chapel that burned at Tuskegee. Built entirely by men of the church, the interior is especially beautiful, featuring a lot of stained glass windows.

2621 Stillman Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401  - 205.758.2833

http://www.firstafricanchurch.org/

 

First Presbyterian Church is a beautiful, neo-Gothic church that was built in 1921 on the site of its original 1830 building. The church features a surprising variety of antique European craftwork throughout. Some of the unique items include a 15th century French pulpit, 15th century German and Flemish stained glass, and 16th Century Italian baptismal font.

900 Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.752.3531

http://www.fpctusc.org/

 

The Gorgas House, part of the antebellum university campus, was built in 1828 as a dining hall for students. In the 1840s, it was converted into a faculty residence. After the Civil War, it became the home of Josiah Gorgas, a Confederate general and seventh president of the University, and his wife Amelia Gayle Gorgas, the daughter of Alabama governor John Gayle. The Gorgas House is the only building by noted architect William Nichols to survive on campus.

Capstone Drive, UA Campus – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - 205.348.5906

www.tour.ua.edu/tourstops/gorgashouse.html

Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday

 

The Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion is an 1862 antebellum mansion that is one of the finest remaining examples of Italianate architecture in the South. It was built originally by Senator Robert Jemison Jr. to serve as his town house, and it is currently owned by the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society and the Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa. It is also home to the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The main floor has been carefully restored to its original 1860’s appearance, and it is available to the public for weddings, parties and receptions.

1305 Greensboro Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.391.9200

http://www.jemisonmansion.com/

Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday

 

The Marmaduke Williams House is one of the oldest homes in the city. In 1995, the Heritage Commission of Tuscaloosa bought the house to save it from demolition. After careful architectural and historical research, the commission restored the house. Just as it was nearing completion, arsonists set the house ablaze destroying much of the interior. The house has since been purchased and restored and is privately owned.

907 17th Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 

The Murphy Collins House, built by Tuscaloosa’s first African American mortician in the early 1920’s, houses the African-American Museum, which focuses on the lifestyle of affluent African Americans during the early 1900’s.

2601 Bryant Drive – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.758.2861

www.historictuscaloosa.org

Hours: 10 AM – 3 PM, Tuesday-Friday

 

The Old Quandrangle, commonly known as “The Quad” is the heart of the UA campus. Its central location means most students enjoy it on a daily basis and the Quad’s scenic beauty is special to all who experience it. Buried beneath the Quad are the ruins of several dorm buildings that were burned during the Civil War. The Mound on the northeast side of the Quad is the site of the old Franklin Hall dorm. The original library is also buried underneath the area in front of Gorgas Library on the Quad. An architect of the University designed the large expanse of land to have trees on one side for studying and open grass on the other for play.

University Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 

The Old Tavern, which provides visitors a rare glimpse of early Tuscaloosa commercial architecture, remains one of the few 19th century inns in the state. Unique gifts are available in the gift shop.

500 28th Avenue – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - 205.758.2238

Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday; 10 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 4 PM, Saturday

 

President’s Mansion: Built in 1840 and designed by architect William Nichols, the President’s Mansion is one of the outstanding examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation. It is one of four structures of the original university that survived the campus’ burning during the Civil War. It has been home to University presidents since 1841.

751 University Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

http://tour.ua.edu/tourstops/presmansion.html

Hours: Not Open to the Public

 

The Round House was built in 1860 and was used to shelter sentinels serving guard duty at the University as part of the military system institute to preserve order among students during the Civil War. The building is one of the few structures on campus that remained after the Federal troops burned the University. In 1990 the building was converted into a memorial for all of the University’s honor societies.

Capstone Drive (The Quad) – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Hours: Not Open to the Public

 

Shirley Place This brick, raised cottage in downtown Northport was built in about 1840 by James Shirley, an early settler from South Carolina. The house later passed to the Christian family through James Shirley’s sister, and it is still maintained as a private residence. Tours are offered by appointment only.

512 Main Avenue – Northport, AL 35476 – 205.349.1617

Hours: By Appointment Only

 

Parks

Capitol Park: The grounds of Capitol Park were once the site of the Alabama State Capitol from 1826 to 1846. A visible reminder of the old building that burned in 1923 is the stone foundation and two small columns. Also on the park are two relocated historic structures, the Old Tavern (1827) and the McGuire-Strickland house (1820), the oldest standing wood frame structure in Tuscaloosa.

2828 6th Street – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.248.5311

Hours: Open During Daylight Hours

 

Lake Lurleen State Park is a 1,625-acre park that is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, banquet room, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas.

13226 Lake Lurleen Road – Coker, AL 35452 – 205.339.1558

Hours: 7 AM – Sundown.

 

Moundville Archaeological Park, located at Tuscaloosa’s southwestern edge in Moundville off of Highway 69, is part of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar makeover and is internationally recognized as one of the most important prehistoric Indian settlements and ceremonial centers in North America. The Jones Archaeological Museum:  In 1999, The University of Alabama Museums began a comprehensive effort to rebuild and redefine the museum, resulting in a $5 million renovation completed in 2010. Today, the museum combines the latest technology with more than 200 stunning artifacts to describe one of the most significant Native American archaeological sites in the United States.

634 Mound Park – Moundville, AL 35474 – 205.371.2234

www.Moundville.ua.edu/museum/

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, March-October; 9 AM – 4 PM, November-February

 

Tuscaloosa Veteran’s Memorial Park located in front of University Mall, includes exhibits such as the Honor Roll of Veterans Wall and the mast of the USS Tuscaloosa CA37

Alabama 6 – Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

http://www.tuscaloosaveteranspark.org/

 

Colleges:

The University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa County is proud to host one of the state’s premier educational institutions, the University of Alabama. First opened in 1831, the school has played a key role in the growth and development of Tuscaloosa County. As the state's oldest public university, The University of Alabama is the senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution in Alabama. Established by constitutional provision, with subsequent statutory mandates and authorizations, the University advances the intellectual and social condition of all the people of the state through quality programs of research, instruction, and service.

719 University Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.348.6010

www.ua.edu/

 

Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa. Operated by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Shelton is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. There are two main campuses: the Martin Campus and the C. A. Fredd Campus. In 1977 the Alabama Legislature designated Shelton State Community College as the Alabama Junior College of the Fine Arts.

9500 Old Greensboro Rd – Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 – 205.391.2211

www.sheltonstate.edu/

 

Stillman College is a 100-acre, historically black, private liberal arts college located in West Tuscaloosa that features modern facilities embraced by stately magnolia trees. It was founded in 1876 to train black ministers.

3601 Stillman Boulevard – Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 – 205.349.4240

www.stillman.edu/

 

Tours

The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission offers group tours. A welcome reception is given for overnight groups followed by personliazed tours of local and surrounding attractions to suit everyone! Step-on guides are also available for tours. Tours can be customized to accommodate the special interests of the group.

Contact: 800.538.8696

 

University of Alabama Campus Tours are provided by Capstone men and women, UA’s student ambassadors. Tours are offered Monday-Saturday starting from the South end of Bryant Denny Stadium.

To Reserve Tour Spot: 205.348.5666 or tour@ua.edu

 

 

Apartments in Area:

Tuscaloosa Apartment - University Downs Condos

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $550 to $850


Tuscaloosa Apartment - The Bluff At Waterworks Landing

1 to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $630 to $1025


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Bent Tree

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $674 to $774


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Crimson Student Living

1 to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $669 to $979


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Campus Evolution Villages

1 to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from Call for Pricing


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Houndstooth Condos

2 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1550 to $2160


Tuscaloosa Apartment - East Edge Apartments

Stu to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $785 to $1015


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Parker 301

2 to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $450 to $730


Tuscaloosa Apartment - The Tower Luxury Apartments

Stu to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $940 to $2515


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Elements on 30th Ave East

3 to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $1725 to $2300


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Aspen Village

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $599 to $859


Tuscaloosa Apartment - The Greens at Tuscaloosa

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $590 to $825


Tuscaloosa Apartment - H.A. Edwards, Inc.

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $575 to $1600


Tuscaloosa Apartment - Courtyard on Convent

2 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $750


Tuscaloosa Apartment - 513 Rock Point

Stu to 4 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from Call for Pricing



Tuscaloosa Apartments Guide

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