TUSCALOOSA AREA HIGHLIGHTS
Downtown Tuscaloosa is in the midst of unprecedented growth and revitalization. Lots of new shops, boutiques and eateries intermingle with historic storefronts, like the Bama Theater. Tuscaloosa’s Riverfront is experiencing its own renewal with recreation trails, businesses, restaurants and the addition of the Tuscaloosa River Market, which functions as both an event space and seasonal local farmers’ market. The 7,470-seat Tuscaloosa Amphitheater hosts many major performances and community-wide events.
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater tuscaloosaamphitheater.com
Nestled on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is within walking distance of the city’s downtown shops and restaurants and just a mile from the UA campus. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is located at 2710 Jack Warner Parkway. Please visit the website for event and ticket information.
Bama Theatre tuscarts.org
Once the community’s grand movie house, the Bama Theatre is now downtown Tuscaloosa’s visual and performing arts center, located at 600 Greensboro Avenue.
Children’s Hands-On Museum chomonline.org
Learning through play is what its all about at The Children’s Hands-on Museum. Children are encouraged to touch, feel and play in exhibits. Three floors of fun wait for families and school groups, too. With 25 exhibits, CHOM offers newborns through age 13 a fabulous place just for them.
Screen on the Green midtownvillagetuscaloosa.com
Free movies are shown each Saturday night at dusk on The Green at Midtown Village, 1701 McFarland Blvd.
Holidays on the River holidaysontheriver.com
During the month of December, visitors will enjoy ice skating on a 100-foot by 60-foot outdoor rink, complete with holiday characters and lots of snow flurries, as well as musical performances and fun holiday sing-a-longs.
Capitol Park tcpara.org
Tuscaloosa was the state capital from 1826 to 1846. The last vestiges of the capitol can be found at Capitol Park, a combination of original and recreated remains using building materials and architectural features. Visitors enjoy strolling the lawns, seeing the architectural footprint of the original capitol foundations, and reading the historical markers. The park is located just west of downtown Tuscaloosa on Sixth Street.
The Park at Manderson Landing
Longtime UA friends Lewis and Faye Manderson have given generously to the University through the years. To honor their loyalty and commitment to The University of Alabama, the park and northern entrance to the University has been named in their honor. Located on Jack Warner Parkway, the Park at Manderson Landing is enjoyed by the entire Tuscaloosa community.
Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art art.ua.edu/gallery/prj/
This gallery honors the late Paul R. Jones who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African- American art. In 2008, he donated 1,700 pieces of his collection to UA. The gallery features a rotating selection of pieces from the Jones collection along with works by UA students and faculty.
Tuscaloosa River Market tuscaloosarivermarket.com
Growers and farmers from around the Tuscaloosa area select their finest crops for you to enjoy. Come out and support local farmers while enjoying fresh and healthy foods. The Tuscaloosa River Market is located at Manderson Landing, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway.
Located five miles north of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Lake Tuscaloosa is a 5,885-acre water supply reservoir with 177 miles of shoreline. The lake is popular for boating, swimming and fishing. There are public and private boat ramps located on the lake, as well as several private marinas.
For more information on ways to enjoy your time in Tuscaloosa, please visit tuscaloosachamber.com.