tevallo. Authentic, costumed historical interpreters help guests rediscover the 400-year- old story of America s journey to liberty and independence at the recreated colonial village. While my kids like talking to Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, what I love about American Village is the architec- ture. Anne-Wyman B.

Barber Motorsports Park & Museum 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy 205-699-7275 barbermotorsports.com BIRMINGHAM

The site for a variety of world- class car and motorcycle races, Barber s 2.3-mile road course is equipped with 16 turns and 80 feet of elevation change. The Barber Vintage Motorsports

Museum s four floors and 144,000 square feet of space are home to more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles collected from 17 nations and 125 manufacturers. The museum also houses one of the largest Lotus race car collections in North America. An unbelievable spot for museum goers as well as diehard racing fans it is gorgeous. Kelly R.

The Birmingham Barons 1401 1st Ave S 205-988-3200 BIRMINGHAM

The Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team has been a favorite pastime in this city for decades. And now the ex- perience is even better, thanks to the brand new Regions Field stadium, right in the heart of

Downtown. When the weather is warm, there s no better place to be. I used to love going to games at the old stadium, but this new park? Man. It s a whole nother level. You gotta see it. Joey K.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd 205-414-3900 bbgardens.org MOUNTAIN BROOK

More than 67 acres of awe- inspiring, natural beauty await visitors less than five minutes from downtown at the Birming- ham Botanical Gardens. Over 350,000 guests are welcomed annually to enjoy the thematic gardens, abundant plant life, walking paths, artwork and sculpture. A climate-controlled conservatory, the largest of its kind in the Southeast, nurtures rare and delicate plants from around the world. An oasis, peaceful I ve traveled much of the world and our botanical gardens are among the best. Jim M.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute & District 520 16th St N 205-328-9696 bcri.org BIRMINGHAM

Designed as a scholarly resource center for education and research, the Birmingham

You don t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to be wowed by Barber s impressive collection..