Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families, 2013: Quick Getaways
For a spring break trip packed with Southern culture, head to Birmingham, AL, where late 18th- and early 19th-century architecture, a rich assortment of museums, art galleries, restaurants and outdoor activities await.
The view from the top of Red Mountain offers a unique perspective of the city. Peer down the mountain from the base of a 100,000 pound iron statue of Vulcan after visiting the museum to learn about the link between the Greek god and the city. Make advance reservations for a guided tour of Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark many ghost hunters believe to be haunted. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute traces the journey of civil rights advocates of the 1950s and 60s, while the hands-on exhibits at the McWane Science Center captivate and inspire young minds. To get outdoors for some fresh air and beautiful scenery, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center features 10 miles of hiking trails just five miles from the city center. Classic Southern cooking fills many menus around town, but visitors looking for Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine will find it here, too.
Spring Temperature Range:
High: 74, Low: 44
Must-Do Activities and Attractions:
Explore the Birmingham Zoo
Visit the Birmingham Museum of Art
Check out Reed Books
Fly into the Southern Museum of Flight
Crawl into Rickwood Caverns State Park (in nearby Warrior, AL)
Walk through Railroad Park
Catch a show at the Alabama Theatre
See where Birmingham ranked on our list of the Top 10 Libraries for Children.