Alabama’s Magic City, otherwise known as the state’s largest metropolitan footprint, is rich with history, amazing food, and exciting adventures just waiting to be had. Birmingham is the perfect destination for babymooners looking for a relaxing good time. What better excuse might you have to take it easy in the Magic City than as you anticipate the arrival of your new bundle of joy?
Here are 5 ways to make the most of your Birmingham babymoon in the Yellowhammer State’s most interesting city:
Best All-Inclusive Stay: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Your first stop? The spa, of course! The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is a 4-star resort and golf course (equipped with a full-service spa offering massages and body treatments, perfect for that pregnant mama in your life). Enjoy lunch at one of three on-location restaurants, take a dip and cool off in the outdoor pool, or get the hang of your swing on the golf course--the amenities for couples are as endless as the opportunities to relax. Finish off the afternoon with your sweetheart channeling your inner child at the arcade, and don’t forget to grab a memento at the gift shop on your way out.
Make the Most of Downtown: Railroad Park, Local Birmingham Dinner Staples, and More
If you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants couple, head downtown with a blanket, grab some breakfast from the Red Cat Coffee House and make yourself at home on the hills of Railroad Park. There is plenty to do and even more to see and eat in the heart of Magic City. Stop by a food truck (or catch the ice cream truck if you’re lucky) and get ready to hit up the town after soaking up some sun. Birmingham is a foodie’s dream, boasting award-winning restaurants of every kind and culture. It’s an expectant mother's dream!
Fun Kid-Friendly Stop to Check-Out: McWane Science Center
A local favorite, the McWane Science Center, situated in the heart of downtown Magic City, is a science museum and research archive rich in sensory play and fun activities for children and adults alike. This destination is perfect for expecting parents with children coming along for the babymoon, for new parents looking to brush up on their education, or for the kid at heart. Immerse yourself in its state-of-the-art science center, breathtaking aquarium, or IMAX theater to relax after you take a stroll through the World of Water exhibit. This Birmingham gem isn’t just for the science nerd; however, the building itself is a history lesson waiting to be learned as the McWane Science Center is actually located in what was previously the historical Magic City Loveman's Department Store.
For the Thrill Seeker: Sloss Furnaces
For nearly 100 years, the Sloss Furnaces laid the groundwork for the steel industrial revolution, responsible for high-rise buildings up the coast as far as New York City and for automobiles all across the nation. This earned Birmingham the name “Magic City” and solidified it as a metropolitan hub almost overnight. If your babymoon is feeling a little lackluster, spice it up by taking a tour of the facility, where you can learn more about its jarring history and experience the fascinating history of Sloss Furnace for yourself!
Perfect for Relaxing: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Got those last-day-of-vacation blues? Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens is the perfect way to spend your babymoon’s “Sunday” afternoon. With over 65 acres of lush gardens, this Magic City staple is home to over 12,000 different plants, 25 individual themed gardens, and plentiful walking paths to stroll. Best of all, the Botanical Gardens is free to visit, and you are welcome to tour the library, Blount Education Center, or Arrington Children's Plant Adventure Zone after you grab a bite to eat at the gardens’ on-site restaurant.