April 23rd is National Picnic Day and Birmingham has no shortage of parks for you to get out and celebrate the day! All of the greenery in the Magic City helps to add to the overall vibrancy and we are all about that here at REV and encourage you to get out and support it as well. Grab some friends, a picnic basket full of your favorite goodies, and head to your favorite park to enjoy some beautiful spring weather with some great company. And of course, no good picnic is complete with a little photoshoot, so don’t forget to snap some cute pictures for the Gram! Here are just a few of the parks you can get out and see, but the list certainly doesn’t stop here – we hope you get out and support your favorite green space this National Picnic Day!
Starting out with a Birmingham-favorite, we have Railroad Park! Located in the heart of downtown, this is probably one of the most popular spots for tourists and locals alike. It has the perfect mix of greenery, walking trails, and water. Plus, there are tons of dining options right across the street, so if you don’t want to pack your own picnic food, you can pop into one of the many local businesses and grab a bite to take with you and enjoy at the park!
Kelly Ingram Park
Kelly Ingram Park is located right outside of the beautiful 16th Street Baptist Church and is one of Birmingham’s historical landmarks. The park was a central part of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and it is filled with lots of statues to show for its historical footprints.
Linn Park is another great spot with tons of green space! It’s full of rich history, which you can read about here (and look forward to it getting a new look very soon!). When the founders of Birmingham created the vision for a great city, this park was at the center of it and was considered an asset for the growth of Birmingham. It offers up some great views of Downtown Birmingham and makes for a perfect picnic spot, so grab some friends and head down there!
Vulcan Park & Museum
With arguably one of the best views in Birmingham, Vulcan Park & Museum is one of The Magic City’s best spots to visit! It has tons of green space and walking trails that are perfect to enjoy for a family day with kids or for a solo trip. And if you want to kick it up a notch, make the climb to the top of the statue to soak in Birmingham in all its glory. Plus, there’s a museum and gift shop located inside for you to learn more about the history & head home with a souvenir in hand!
Avondale Park is a beautiful park with rose gardens, huge ponds, and so much more beauty for you to soak in! Bring some friends to hang out with or spend some time with all the fish and ducks swimming around in the pond. And it’s surrounded by tons of great local businesses for you to support as well!
We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!
Ever host an event where you ordered way too much food and end up with more leftovers than you can even fathom? We’ve been there too – until we learned about Magic City Harvest! Magic City Harvest is an organization working towards ending food waste & hunger in the Magic City. They acquire perishable food from schools, wholesale food distributors, restaurants, caterers, churches, event venues and grocery stores to donate to 30 community partners on the frontlines feeding the city’s hungry neighbors.
We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!