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22 Things to Do in Tuscaloosa

With the new year upon us, it’s time to take advantage of 22 things Tuscaloosa and Northport have to offer.

From places to eat to sites for outdoor activities, to events that appeal to all ages, this area is rich with potential. Follow along as we suggest 22 things to do this year.

  1. Visit the Tuscaloosa Public Library. In addition to print books, it offers ebooks and audiobooks. The Friends of the Library Bookstore offers used books at great prices. On Stuff-a-Sack Saturdays, held once a month, you can buy a bag of books for $25.
  2. Take a hike. Go to the Riverwalk, Snow Hinton Park, or the Lake Nicol Spillway.
  3. See Bama football history and memorabilia at the Bryant Museum. Enjoy exhibits like The Tide Through Time and visit a replica of Coach Bryant’s office.
  4. Go for ice cream or yogurt. Visit TCBY, The Baked Bear, or Freddy’s Frozen Custard.
  5. Experience outdoor dining in some of the area’s best restaurants like River, Billy’s in Northport, Another Broken Egg, and Five.
  6. Tour the Federal Building and US Courthouse to see the ten-foot murals depicting Tuscaloosa’s history. Enjoy beautiful art and exquisite architecture.
    Federal Building Murals in Tuscaloosa
  7. Enjoy a cocktail at a popular watering hole. Check out Sessions, The Wine Bar, The Rabbit Hole, or The Rooftop Bar.
  8. Have a picnic on a pretty spring day among the ruins of beautiful Capitol Park. Once the site of the Capitol building, this park provides a visible reminder of times gone by. It’s also a great place to take family photographs.
  9. Grab some Mexican food. Visit Taco Mama or Central Mesa downtown; go to any of the authentic Mexican spots located throughout the area, or eat at one of Tuscaloosa’s iconic restaurants, Taco Casa.
  10. Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on the U of A campus. It houses plant and animal fossils, a fragment of a meteorite, and a replica of a prehistoric whale, along with many other items of interest.
    Whale skeleton at Alabama Museum of Natural History
  11. Attend a U of A sporting event. Check out a softball or baseball game, or watch the UA rowing team from Manderson Landing along the banks of the Black Warrior River.
    All Things Black Warrior waterway in Tuscaloosa Alabama
  12. Find fresh produce, grass-fed meats, baked goods, and artisan crafts at the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market year-round on Saturdays. The Northport Farmers Market offers fruits and veggies from local farms, honey, baked goods, and handmade wooden items.
  13. Book a concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. This popular venue features various artists throughout the year. And, it offers a free fireworks show and concert by the Tuscaloosa Symphony each July 4.
    July 4th fireworks at Amphitheater
  14. Visit the Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center & Factory Tour. It showcases the history of Daimler-Benz Motor Company and provides exhibits that explore the technological innovations and development of Mercedes-Benz.
  15. Take the kids to CHOM–the Children’s Hands-On Museum–a place to explore, create, and discover. See special exhibits, enjoy Saturday theme days, and more.
  16. Go swimming, fishing, boating, or camping at Lake Lurleen State Park. This public reservoir also has great hiking trails.
  17. Discover Hurricane Creek Park in east Tuscaloosa. Enjoy five miles of trails for hikers. bikers, and walkers of all ages and skill levels.
  18. Shop at the Kentuck Gallery Shop in downtown Northport. Open year-round, this store offers handmade items by artists from around the country and many from Alabama. Find jewelry, ornaments, paintings, sculpture, and more.
    Kentuck museum shop
  19. Attend an event in the historic Bama Theater downtown. School plays, musical performances, dance recitals, and other events occur regularly. Each December, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers present The Nutcracker amidst the twinkling lights of this historic place.
  20. Enjoy downhome eating for reasonable prices at The Waysider in downtown Tuscaloosa, noted for its delicious breakfasts. Or try City Cafe in downtown Northport, where customers line up at lunchtime for the meat and three specials.
  21. Take the kids to Mason’s Place, the All-Inclusive Playground at Sokol Park. Designed with many iconic and historical components of the Tuscaloosa area, this playground allows people of all ages and abilities to play together.
  22. Take your pooch to the Will May Dog Park located inside Sokol Park. The park features fenced-in areas for small dogs and large dogs, as well as a training yard.

We hope you enjoy our list of places to visit in Tuscaloosa County. A trip through Title Town—and visits to these 22 things to do —is time well spent.

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