Originally founded in 1871, Birmingham has a long and rich history that visitors enjoy discovering. Learn about the roots and significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement that happened in Birmingham throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.
Arriving into Birmingham
Rentals are quick and easy when you fly into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Head across the road from the lower level of the airport terminal to the parking garage. Here you'll find the National Car Rental kiosk, enabling you to get your rental car quickly and drive toward downtown Birmingham.
Where to Get Business Done
If you're looking for somewhere to host a conference or any event, consider Soiree Event Gallery. Only 16 miles from Birmingham International Airport, here you can have a maximum capacity of 550 people who attend your event. Rooms include the Grand Ballroom, Royal Ballroom, or the entire building. The center also features two built-in bars, an outdoor patio, and an integrated sound system with AV.
For a more traditional convention space with a non-traditional vibe, check out the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. With more than 220,000 square feet of exhibition space including meeting rooms, arena, theater and concert hall, the convention center can handle just about anything. The complex boasts its new addition, the Uptown Entertainment District which includes multiple restaurants and a coffee bar.
Southern Charm Wherever You Go
Just about anything you're in the mood for, Birmingham has you covered. For something a little different, but perfect for a power lunch, check out Wasabi Juan's Sushi Burritos. Consider a raw burrito, such as the Rainbow, which features salmon, tuna, spicy crab, cucumber, and avocado. For a hot burrito, such as the Thai'd Up, featuring shrimp, cream cheese, peanut sauce, cilantro, unagi sauce, and peanuts, is also available.
If you’re looking to impress clients or business associates, head to Hot & Hot Fish Club. This eclectic spot is cooking up new wave southern food in new and exciting ways. By incorporating French and Californian cuisines with southern ingredients, the results are a mix of the familiar combined with adventure that will leave a lasting impression in any diners' minds.
For that history lesson, spend some time at the Civil Rights Institute and experience breathtaking exhibits that will give you a sense of the trials and tribulations experienced during the period.
Lastly, head to Red Mountain Park if you've got the time for some outdoor adventure. From zip lining and trails to incredible scenic sunsets, this park has many activities you just can't get in the city.