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Tank and check out the Zoetrope for visual illusions of motion from still pictures. Open September May, Mon Fri, 9 am 5 pm; Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. June August, Mon Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. Admission. 200 19th St N. 205-714-8300.

27. Mercedes-Benz US International Visitors Center Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) in nearby Vance, builds the M-Class, the R-Class

and the GL-Class vehicles. The visitors center, the first one of its kind outside Germany, displays the star studded history of Daimler- Benz. This architectural showcase brings to life the company s long-held vision of producing the 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 fishing 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 magnificent 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.


Birmingham s downtown district is walkable and filled 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