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most excellent automobiles in the world. Much more than a museum, the visitors center moves people along a multimedia path through the past, present and future of automotive technology. Visitors Center open Mon Fri, 8:30 am 4:30 pm. Admission for factory tours (available by reservation only). 11 Mercedes Dr, Vance, Alabama. 205-507-2252.

28. Negro Southern League Museum This interactive facility tells the story of the Birmingham Black Barons and other baseball

greats who played at Birmingham s Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in the country. Displays include the oldest Negro League trophy, along with uniforms and artifacts. Located at Regions Field on the corner of 1st Ave S and 16th St S 469-951-8156,

29. Oak Mountain State Park More outdoor adventure can be found at Ala- bama s largest state park. The 10,000-acre park has a sandy beach area fronting the lake, rental boats and fi shing equipment, an 18-hole golf course, and some of the best mountain biking trails in the Southeast. The Wildlife Center and Treetop Nature Trail give visitors up-close views of hawks and owls that cannot be released into the wild. Overnight accommodations also are available within the park. Open every day, 7 am 5 pm. Admission. 200 Terrace Dr. 205- 620-2520.

30. Peanut Depot That tantalizing aroma wafting down historic Morris Avenue comes from peanuts toasting in antique roasters at the Peanut Depot. This is a must-see stop for visitors, if only to admire the magnifi cent old machinery while the children feed pigeons. Open Mon Fri, 8 am 5:30 pm; Sat, 9 am 1 pm. 1529 3rd Ave. behind Regions Field, 205-251-3314.

31. Pepper Place Saturday Market (seasonal) April December The Pepper Place Saturday Market is a much-anticipated weekly event, taking place Saturday mornings from early spring through late fall. The region s farming families converge on a lot in the Lakeview District to sell fresh vegetables and fl owers, fresh-baked breads, cakes and pies, and even fresh honey. Local musicians and Birmingham s fi nest chefs join the farming community and market patrons for entertainment and cooking demonstrations. A former Dr. Pepper bottling plant, Pepper Place is also known for its shops that have made it a premier design center. 2829 2nd Ave S. 205- 802-2100.


Birmingham s downtown district is walkable and fi lled with historic architecture. The Historic Buildings of Downtown Birmingham and Five Points South is available at Tourist Information Centers and guides visitors through some of the most interesting parts of the city- --Upper Downtown, Downtown West, Lower Downtown and the Heart of Five Points South. You can also download the guide at