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SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF FLIGHT (P) 205.833.8226 SOUTHERNMUSEUMOFFLIGHT.ORG
The Southern Museum of Flight is dedicated to investigating, preserving and promoting the rich stories of Southern aviation. Among the top exhibits are the Korean War jets, the Tuskegee Airmen diorama, the Lake Murray B-25 and the Vietnam War helicopters. Ship models and full-size aircraft carriers also are in the collection. Open Tuesday Saturday, 9:30 am 4:30 pm. Admission.
TANNEHILL IRONWORKS HISTORICAL STATE PARK (P) 205.477.5711 12632 CONFEDERATE PKWY TANNEHILL.ORG
With more than 1,500 acres for hiking and camping, Tannehill is well-suited for outdoor recreation. The old ironworks and a collection of 19th century buildings give visitors a glimpse into life in Alabama in the 1800s. Steeped in history, Tannehill has a cotton gin, a pioneer farm, a working gristmill and a country store, along with the Iron and Steel Museum with artifacts from Alabama s iron industry heritage. From spring through fall, visitors find blacksmithing, milling and many other activities underway in the park. The third weekend of each month from March through November, shoppers and swappers come from near and far to Trade Days in search of quilts, clothing, jewelry, knives, furniture and other treasures. Open daily 7 am sunset. Admission.
VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM (P) 205.933.1409 1701 VALLEY VIEW DRIVE VISITVULCAN.COM
Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and Birmingham s city symbol. Standing high atop Red Mountain, the 56-foot-high statue has an observation balcony on its pedestal for a panoramic view of the city. Vulcan is patterned after the mythical Roman god of the forge, a nod to the city s powerful position in the iron and steel industry in the first part of the 20th century. The statue was created as Birmingham s exhibit in the 1904 World s Fair in St. Louis and won the exposition s grand prize. The museum at Vulcan has interactive exhibits and displays that portray the region s history and progress. Museum open Monday Saturday, 10am 6pm; Sunday,1pm 6pm. Observation balcony open Monday Saturday, 10am 10pm; Sunday, 1pm 10pm. Admission.