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PEPPER PLACE SATURDAY MARKET (P) 205.802.2100 2829 2ND AVE S PEPPERPLACEMARKET.COM
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 flowers, fresh-baked breads, cakes, pies and even fresh honey. Local musicians and Birmingham s finest 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. (Seasonal) April December.
RICKWOOD FIELD (P) 205.458.8161 1137 2ND AVE W RICKWOOD.COM
Built in 1910, Rickwood Field is America s oldest baseball park. During its heyday, Rickwood hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lorenzo Piper Davis, Willie Mays and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Friends and fans eagerly await the annual Rickwood Classic, a game that pits the AA Birmingham Barons against a regular Southern League rival. Team members dress in vintage uniforms, and people come from around the country to celebrate baseball history. The authenticity of Rickwood is carefully being preserved by the Friends of Rickwood Field, a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and upkeep of the historic ball field. Open Monday Friday, 8am 5pm. Check events schedule for expanded hours.
SIXTEENTH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK (P) 205.251.9402 1530 6TH AVE N 16THSTREETBAPTIST.ORG
The 16th Street Baptist Church is Birmingham s most famous Civil Rights landmark. On a September Sunday morning in 1963, four African-American schoolgirls
were in the basement of the church just prior to the worship service. A bomb set by Ku Klux Klansmen ripped through that side of the church, killing 11-year-old Denise McNair, and 14-year-olds Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. The bombing was a turning point in the status of race relations locally and nationally. Now a National Historic Landmark, the church is a reminder of man s inhumanity and his capacity for love and forgiveness. The sanctuary of the church contains a massive stained glass window of Christ, given in memoriam from the people of Wales following the bombing. Tours by appointment. Donations welcome.
SLOSS FURNACES NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK (P) 205.324.1911 20 32ND ST N SLOSSFURNACES.COM
Sloss is a 32-acre blast furnace plant where iron was made for nearly 100 years. Now a museum of history and industry, the site preserves a collection of machinery, buildings and industrial structures. These artifacts typify the first 100 years of Birmingham s history and the technology that drove America s rise to world industrial dominance. Sloss is the only 20th century blast furnace in the country being preserved and interpreted as a museum. Additional interest at Sloss is the speculation that the furnaces are haunted by a former foundry man. Open Tuesday Saturday, 10am 4pm; Sunday, noon 4pm. Donations welcome.
SPLASH ADVENTURE WATERPARK (P) 205.481.4750 4599 ALABAMA ADVENTURE PKWY LOCATED OFF EXIT 110 AT I-459 & I-20 SPLASHADVENTUREWATERPARK.COM
Alabama s greatest water adventure! Create water fun your way, whether it s relaxing by the wave pool and enjoying the lazy river or amping up the excitement with monster slides, water- based obstacle course, water maze, zip line and more. Experience special events throughout the season, such as dive-in movies. Great for the family or a larger group outing.