79 Day Trips from Birmingham, Alabama

A list of cool places to visit within a 3 hour drive

By Jess Searcy July 24, 2017

Want to get out of the Birmingham region for a day?  Here is Macaroni Kid South Birmingham's list of 79 places to visit within a three-hour drive (from downtown B'ham)!  Get a FREE kid-friendly event calendar for families living from downtown B'ham and south to Alabaster full of festivals, fairs, activities, events and more! Sign up by clicking HERE!

This list is organized by category and drive time.  All places are within Alabama, unless otherwise labeled.  If we've done a review, we will be sure to link to it.  Looks like we've got a LOT of exploring to do!  Have you been to any of these places?  Tell us about it!  Are there any places you know about that should be on this list?  Tell us about it!

Also included on this list, are links to the nearest available local Macaroni Kid editions.  Wherever you go, always check to see if there is a MK site available.  If there is, the calendar and guides will be your quickest, easiest way to find fun in the town you're visiting!

Finally, don't miss the interactive map at the end of the guide! Click on it to go to our google map!

Happy day-tripping!

Drive Time Key from Downtown Birmingham
* less than an hour
** 1-2 hours
*** 2-3 hours

Visit the Animals

1. Montgomery Zoo**
2. Harmony Park Safari Drive-thru Zoo**
3. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Ga***
4. Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga***
5. Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain, Ga ***
6. Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tn***
7. Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga, Tn***

Water Parks and Splash Parks

8. Leeds Splash Pad*
9. Gardendale Splash Pad*
10. Alabama Splash Adventure*
11. Cullman Aquatic Center*
12. Point Mallard Water Park**
13. Spring Valley Beach**
14. Slip N Dip, Columbus, Ms**
15. Starkville Wet n Wild Beach and Water Park, Starkville, Ms***
16. Geyser Falls Water Theme Park, Choctaw, Ms***
17. Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tn***
18. SOAKya  Water Park, Rossville, Ga***
19. Six Flags White Water, Marietta, Ga***

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

20. Southern Museum of Flight*
21. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum*
22. Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum*
23. U.S. Space and Rocket Center**
24. Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo, Ms**
25. Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth, Ga***
26. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Chattanooga, Tn***
27. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Lookout Mountain, Tn***

Get Outdoors

28. Tannehill Ironworks State Park*
29. Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge*
30. DeSoto Caverns*
31. Rickwood Caverns State Park*
32. Briarfield Iron Works Park*
33. DeSoto State Park**
34. Cheaha State Park**
35. Lake Lurleen State Park **
36. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge**
37. Joe Wheeler State Park**
38. Lake Guntersville State Park**
39. Monte Sano State Park**
40. Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum**
41. Wind Creek State Park**
42. Paul M. Grist State Park**
43. Cathedral Caverns State Park**
44. Little River Canyon National Preserve**
45. Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan, Ga**
46. Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Ga**
47. Russell Cave National Monument***
48. Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Chattanooga, Tn ***
49. Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, Tn***
50. Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Ga***

Day at the Museum

51. Alabama Museum of Natural History**
52. Cook's Museum of Natural Science**
53. Tuscaloosa Museum of Art**
54. Rosa Parks Museum**
55. Alabama Women's Hall of Fame**
56. Gumtree Museum of Arts, Tupelo, Ms**
57. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga***
58. Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Ga***
59. Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, Tn***
60. Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tn***

Unique Attractions

61. American Village*
62. Aldrich Coal Mine Museum and Farrington Hall*
63. Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo, Ms**
64. Old Cahawba Archaeological Park**
65. Gaineswood Plantation Antebellum House Museum**
66. Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall***
67. World of Coca-cola, Atlanta, Ga***
68. Atlanta History Center***
69. Belmont Mansion, Nashville, Tn***
70. Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, Tn***
71. The Parthenon, Nashville, Tn***

Theme Parks

72. Adventure Park at Grants Mill*
73. Six-flags Over Georgia, Austell, Ga**
74. Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, Rossville, Ga***

Major Cities Within a Three-Hour Drive

75. Huntsville**
76. Montgomery**
77. Atlanta, Ga***
78. Chattanooga, Tn***
79. Nashville, Tn***

Nearest Local Macaroni Kid Sites

MK Tuscaloosa, Al
MK Dothan-Ozark-Fort Rucker-Enterprise, Al
MK Chattanooga, Tn
MK Cleveland-Athens-Etowah, Tn
MK Franklin, Tn
MK Murfreesboro, Tn
MK Oxford, Ms
Atlanta area - many MK editions available! Choose "Georgia" from the "Change Your Town" button on any site

Interactive Google Map (click) :)

A Great Resource for Planning Your Day Trip

Our favorite website for planning day and road trips from home is  This website is great for virtually exploring destination and route possibilities, with links and pictures for everything listed. You can plan and save trips routes, and share them with others.  Awesome and fun resource!

Check out 92 Things to Do with Kids in Birmingham if you want to stick closer to home!


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