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The Vulcan Park and Museum is a good starting point for sightseeing in Birmingham. It is located at the top of Red Mountain, offering great views of the city, and it has the largest iron statue in the world.
The statue was built in 1904 and it is 56 feet high. The pedestal, on which the statue stands, is 124 feet high. The museum is opened 7 days a week, from 7 am to 10 pm, and is offering exhibits and displays that tell the history of Birmingham.
Visitors should also consider seeing Birmingham Museum of Art, known to be the largest museum in the Southeast area. It has a display of over 20,000 works of art, dating from ancient to modern times.
McWane Science Center is a creative way to have a fun family day out with the children. There are displays of educational science equipment, and an IMAX theatre.
The UAB Blazers are representing the athletics team of University of Alabama at Birmingham. They started playing in 1978, as a men basketball team. The team had very good coaches, setting high standards from the beginning, from which head coach Gene Bartow is one of them.
Tourists can choose from numerous outdoor activities in Birmingham. The city is known for its beautiful golf courses. Every year in April, a golf tournament is held at the Greystone Country Club. Birmingham's Oxmoor Valley Golf Course has become a major attraction for tourists.
For those who want adrenaline, there is the Talladega Super Speedway, where sports events, such as NASCAR races, are held. For a more relaxing activity, visitors can go fishing at Smith Lake, located at just 60 minutes from Birmingham.
Oak Mountain State Park is a good place for biking. Mountain bikers can have fun on the 17 mile trail, containing routes of different degrees of difficulty.
Birmingham holds The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival every year, in September.
It is a celebration of fresh, new movies. Filmmakers around the world come here to present their work and entertain the crowd of film-lovers, interested in watching. There are seven venues holding this event, within the historic Theatre District, in Birmingham.
Because of the large number of youngsters and students, Birmingham has many nightspots, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Broad Street is the center of nightlife action in Birmingham, including venues like The Mailbox and The Arcadian, popular among local youngsters and students.
Between these two venues, visitors can find the Island Bar, voted the Best Bar and Best Cocktail Bar, in 2007, at the Birmingham Bar Awards. Considered the most original and glamorous nightspot, Oceana is an entertainment venue, that costs millions of pounds, having seven themed rooms and VIP suites. Visitors can also see here an authentically recreated New York Disco.
Club South is a popular student bar, right next to the UAB campus. The students come here to have fun and beer, and it is considered that the best time to come here is on a Friday night.
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