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home to the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Open Mon Sat, 10 am 5 pm; Sun, noon 5 pm. Admission. 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy. 205-699-7275. - read more on page 39.

14. Birmingham Botanical Gardens The glory of nature in the heart of the city that s the promise of the 67-acre Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The gardens are Alabama s largest living museum with more than 10,000 diff erent plants in 25 themed areas. The gardens also have more than 30 works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of walking paths. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens also has the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildfl ower garden, two rose gardens and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Open sunrise to sunset daily. 2612 Lane Park Rd. 205-414-3900.

15. Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail The Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail winds through downtown, marking signifi cant locations along Civil Rights march routes. Designed as a self-guided tour, the route includes

signs marking actual civil rights events that occurred on the very streets that are a part of this trail. Beginning at Kelly Ingram Park, corner of 6th Ave N and 16th St. Follow maps on signs.

16. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Richly detailed exhibits in the Civil Rights Institute reveal slices of black and white life in Alabama from the late 1800s to the present. A series of galleries tells the stories of daily life for African-Americans in the state and the nation and how dramatically diff erent it was from the lives white people of that era took for granted. The powerful Movement Gallery presents the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1963. Here a picture emerges of the bad old days of Bombingham, a reference to the relentless violence that rocked the city in the late 1950s and early 60s. In the fi nal exhibits, the Proces- sional Gallery uses life-size fi gures represent- ing all ages and races to portray the walk to freedom. Open Tues Sat, 10 am 5 pm; Sun, 1 pm 5 pm. Admission. 520 16th St N. 205-328-9696.