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12. Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens The city s only antebellum home, the mansion is fully restored and contains a fi ne collection of antiques and decorative arts including 19th century furniture, textiles, silver and paintings. During the Civil War, Arlington Antebellum home was spared from destruction when Union troops used the home as headquarters. Open Tues Sat, 10 am 4p m; Sun, 1 pm 4 pm (tickets sold until 3pm) Admission. 331 Cotton Ave SW. 205-780-5656.

13. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Home to the world s best motorcycle collection, the museum now has more than 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars as well as other signifi cant makes. The museum is adjacent to Barber Motorsports Park, a world-class 2.3 mile road course and 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.

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.