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!
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
Woof, woof! I’ve been having an absolute blast visiting my sister in Downtown Birmingham. I can hardly wait to share all the details with you once you return from your vacation. In the meantime, I wanted to put paw to paper and tell you all about it, with the hope of convincing you that moving Downtown could be the most wonderful decision ever.