Tuscaloosa is a city mostly known for its superb football team and the Black Warrior River. It is also the fifth largest city in Alabama. It has become so popular among other states in America that it has dubbed the name, Title Town. If you visit Alabama you will frequently hear people saying, “Roll Tide”. Just reply with the same gesture and you will be fine. This expressive saying has even become a staple in recent super bowl commercials. Interested enough? Here are a few things to do, places to eat and stay while visiting Tuscaloosa, Ala. Price Points are $ 0-30, $$ 30-50 $$$ 50-and up.
Things to Do
Children, Tweens, and Teens
CHOM (Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa) is a place for kids to learn and have fun. Unlike other museums, they can actually touch the exhibits. Price Point: $
Alabama Museum of Natural History is a fun place for kids and families to learn and discover something new. The dinosaur display is very fascinating for people of all ages. Price Point: $
Upsurge is heart pumping trampoline park that provides fun for the entire family. If you visit on a Saturday, be prepared for a crowd. Price Point: $-$$
Moundville Archaeological Park is a great place for kids to learn all about the culture and history of Native Americans in Alabama and around the world. Price Point: $
Tuscaloosa Para Parks has an array of outdoor activities for the entire family. Everything from swimming, dirt bike mounds, splash pads, and a rock garden. Find the perfect activity for your family. Don’t feel pressured to have a membership. Para parks also offers free and one time activity charges for many activities such as swimming and rock climbing. Price Point: $
Tuscaloosa River Walk is absolutely beautiful. Kids have the luxury of bike riding along the trails of nature and the opportunity to see boats and barges along the river. There is also a free splash pad during the summer months. Price Point: Free/additional activities $
Tuscaloosa Barnyard is a petting zoo. Kids can feed the animals and take a short boat ride around the lake. Price Point: $
Murphy-Collins House African-American Museum is the former two-story bungalow home turned museum of Tuscaloosa’s first black Mortician. Price Point:$
Paul W. Bryant Museum is a place where true Alabama fans can see all of the many accomplishments of the University’s famed athletic program. Price Point: $
See a new box office film at Cobb Theaters Hollywood 16 . Digital 3-D, IMAX, and D-Box are available. Price Point:$-$$
Breakout offers a fun escape game for teens and adults. Bring a crowd. The more the merrier. Price Point: $-$$
The Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market is located on the beautiful River Walk. It is a great venue to taste and buy fresh produce, seafood, and confections. It’s open only on Saturdays from 7am-12pm. Price Point: $
Heat Pizza Bar is a true gem located in downtown Tuscaloosa. The menu is sure to have something special for everyone. The hours are great for adults that are not interested in turning in for sleep early on a Saturday night. Price Point: $-$$
Cravings is a store where you will also find exotic meats and specialty adult beverages and drinks.
Alcove is also a night life spot for the 25 and up crowd. This smoke free joint offers conversations and jazz as your ambience.
Where to Stay
The Embassy Suites is my all time favorite place to stay. Who doesn’t love complimentary drinks and free made to order breakfast in the morning? Price Point: $$$
Hotel Capstone is located on the campus of The University of Alabama. Guest will enjoy being centrally located near entertainment and dining areas. Price Point: $$$
Hotel Indigo is a chic hotel located in Tuscaloosas’ booming business district. Guest will also enjoy dining in the hotel’s restaurant, The Lookout, which boast stunning views of the beautiful Black Warrior River. Price Point: $$$
Where to eat
Surin of Thailand is a small family friendly, yet romantic place to dine. Ask for a window seat and you’ll enjoy the sights of the University’s famous “strip” Not a fan of Thai food? The Thai noodle dish will not steer you wrong. Price Point: $-$$
Steel City Pops was originally founded about 40 miles outside of Tuscaloosa. It has become a staple on the “strip” in Tuscaloosa. Price Point: $
Cypress Inn is river front dining that offers serene views of The Black Warrior River, a natural resource for Tuscaloosa. Price Point: $-$$
Mr. Chen’s offers it’s customers a Asian Market and Authentic Chinese food. The service is excellent. Price Point: $
Mr. G’s Italian Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant. The calzones are delicious and sizeable. Price Point $-$$
DelPalmas Italian Cafe is a very romantic and tasty place to dine. You will enjoy the art and scenery.
Midtown Village offers a variety of stores, dining choices, and an outdoor play area for children to enjoy.
University Mall is an indoor shopping mall located directly across from Midtown Village. You will find larger retail stores such as Belk’s and Sears located here.
Happy & Safe Traveling
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