Comfort Inn & Suites
1951 Village Drive
Leeds, AL 35094
Phone: (205) 640-6600
Fax: (205) 640-6600
This outstanding nature center situated on the site of an iron ore mine was closed in the 1950s and reopened as a nature refuge in the 1970s. Visitors to this mid-city refuge can explore the former quarries and ore crushers, hike 10 miles of trails, watch hawks soar, study rock formations and enjoy the wildflowers and wildlife.
If you wish to see Alabama in a different way, consider taking a ride on a hot air balloon. Air Alabama is the only hot air ballooning company in the Birmingham, Alabama area. They offer hot air balloon passenger flights as well as special occasion flights. Sunrise - their a 90,000 cubic balloon and Enlightened - a 77,00 cubic feet accommodates a pilot and up to three passengers. Each flight is over an hour, with views of the Alabama landscape. Considering a career in aviation? Air Alabama offers hot air balloon pilot training. Reservations are required. Passenger flights are price at $200.00 per person. - Terah Shelton
This golf club dates back to 1991 when it had a humble 150 charter membership. Today, the Greystone Golf & Country Club stands tall as the first 36-hole golf club in Alabama, with a record 1000 equity members to its credit. Originally envisaged by the Daniel Corporation, the club has only been expanding since its inception. Placed in the top 100 golf communities in the U.S, the club has state of the art facilities and also houses the famous Hank Johnson Golfers School. The well-manicured greens of the Founders Golf Club promises to offer you a great game. Built on a vast 540 yards stretch of land, the Legacy Golf Course is equipped with a number of bunkers and tee holes and is famous for holding the PGA Tournaments too.
The Jemison Park Nature Trail is a three mile long trail located at Jemison Park in Mountain Brook. The trail is extremely popular with joggers, hikers and bikers. The trail is also a great spot for bird-watching, and the Friends of Jemison Park organization even puts out a bird list so you can maximize your birding experience.
The Highland Park Golf Course is one of the best greens in the Birmingham area, and has stood the test of time, being founded in 1903. The beautifully manicured course has stunning views of the Downtown Birmingham skyline. And the reasonable prices mean that to play these 18 holes, you won't be breaking the bank.
Birmingham's warm climate ensures that something is always blooming at the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy spring azaleas, summer roses, fall leaves and winter camellias as you tour the extensive grounds. Or, step inside the Southeast's largest clear-span glass greenhouse to enjoy orchids and other tropicals. Visit the Japanese Tea House and Garden and the Southern Living Garden, plus vegetable, fern, iris and other special gardens. Other attractions include the Gatehouse Gift Shop, a café and a library. Lectures, demonstrations, concerts and other events occur almost daily; inquire for a schedule. Admission is free. All paths are wheelchair and stroller-accessible.
See more than 1000 different animal species from around the globe, from the Siberian tiger to the San Esteban Island chuckwalla. Of course, there are lions, tigers and bears, as well as giraffes, geckos, a white rhinoceros and gorillas. If your feet get tired, hop aboard the Zoo Express Train. ZooSnoozes, their overnight camping program, is available by reservation. Also, check out the zoo's many classes, which are fit for visitors of all ages.
Since 1907, this historic building's ovens have been roasting thousands of pounds of peanuts for sports stadiums across the South, grocery stores and hungry passersby. Try a bag of hot, freshly roasted goober peas. You can purchase 30-pound boxes or even a whole truckload.
Veteran's Park is 82 acres of outdoor fun in Hoover. The park features a whole array of facilities for your convenience, fitness and entertainment. Take advantage of the namesake Veteran's Memorial, the four acre lake, two pavilions, cross country trail, beach volleyball courts and the Butterfly Garden. There are restrooms available in the park, as well as parking.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm, located in the Gardens of Park Place, is an urban farm growing healthy, natural fruits, vegetables and herbs, not just to eat, but for education. The Jones Valley Teaching Farm is of the philosophy that kids learn best by doing, and at the farm, kids get down and dirty growing and caring for the produce. As a byproduct of this, they also learn more about healthy eating and they even host cooking classes and programs to teach about how to use the fruits of their labor in the most delicious ways.
With seating for over 19,000, the BJCC Arena is nothing short of impressive. The arena has an open-beam ceiling, making it an ideal venue for major events like the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt Conference and NCAA's Mens' Football Tournament. Top artists hold concerts at this arena, and events like the Barnum & Bailey Circus have even made cameos here. Home to the Birmingham Steeldogs, the BJCC Arena is equipped with lighting, sound, scoreboard, video production and telecommunication facilities.
You may have come across the hand drawings of these creatures on Egyptian walls. Now you can catch them in live action at the Birmingham Race Course. Watch these graceful animals chase on the race grounds. If you grow fond of them you can even adopt an ex-racing greyhound, with the help of Greyhound Pets of America organization. Check the website for details and the schedule of events.