By ALLIE HALES
During warmer weather, Birmingham has several outdoor activities to keep you entertained and outside in the sunshine.
Here are five things that should be on your must-do list as a Birmingham resident.
- Botanical Gardens
If you’re one for nature, this could be your go-to spot. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are 67.5 acres and home to more than 25 different gardens with over 12,000 different kinds of trees, plants and flowers.
With brightly colored flowers blooming around every corner, this location is perfect for sights, walks and pictures. It’s also free.
- Outdoor Patios
Many restaurants around Birmingham offer outdoor seating. If you’re in the mood for a burger, head to Flip in The Summit for a view of 280. If you’re more of a brunch person, visit Another Broken Egg cafe in Mountain Brook.
It has a quaint little patio with a view of downtown, not to mention delicious food. In downtown Homewood, the Little Donkey offers a different variety of Mexican food with an outdoor patio.
When you’re finished, head two doors over for a popsicle from Steel City Pops.
- The Birmingham Zoo
This location is perfect if you’re an animal lover. From fun-loving otters and slow moving turtles to giraffes taller than the trees, the zoo has just about every animal you can think of.
Open every day, this is a fun afternoon or weekend activity to get outdoors.
- Railroad Park
Located in the heart of downtown, Railroad Park is the place to be. Offering free concerts, trails for walking (or running) and lush grass for picnics.
Depending on the day of the week, Railroad Park also offers free fitness classes like Yoga, Zumba and boot camp.
- Pepper Place Market
Beginning on April 11, the “big parking lot” and along 29th Street South will be filled with Alabama produce, crafts, jewelry, sweet tea and locally brewed coffee.
Open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, Pepper Place has a fun marketplace atmosphere that celebrates the beauty of buying local.
Next time you have a couple of hours, take advantage of all that Birmingham has to offer. Whether it’s a short break for a meal or an afternoon at the zoo, springtime in Birmingham is one of the best.