zeta’s bham favorite places & spaces

Samford’s sweet location is surrounded by fun places and spaces! Here is a list of our favorite things to do around the Magic City. Now, get out there and explore!

1. Pepper Place Farmer’s Market

This spot is without a doubt a Samford favorite. You’re sure to see lots of familiar faces here on a Saturday morning! Pepper Place is packed with local vendors and farmers. Be sure to try Piper & Leaf’s sweet tea and a maple bacon donut from the Heavenly Donuts food truck. Big Spoon Creamery and Steel City Pops are usually there too! The market is open seasonally, so keep up with Pepper Place on Instagram for the latest information. @pepperplacebham

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2. Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park is a short 15 minute drive from Samford. It is a great place to hike (especially for beginners) and it has beautiful views! The tree houses and Grace’s Gap lookout are a few must see stops on the trails. Check out their website for more info! http://redmountainpark.org

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Anne Chason Wachter and Ashley Steiner at Red Mountain Park’s tree house

4. Church Street Coffee and Books

If you like chocolate chip cookies and coffee, then this is the place for you! Famous for their “breakup cookies,” Church Street is the place to go for studying and meeting up with friends. It’s located in Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village, which is conveniently located close to Samford. They even have an upstairs study loft!

4. The Birmingham Sign

The Birmingham Sign downtown is a fun photo spot, especially when family and friends come to town. There isn’t an address for the sign, so put John’s City Diner in your GPS and it will take you there! Here’s the address for John’s City Diner: 112 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

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Courtney Lauria shows a visiting friend our city’s staple sign!

5. Railroad Park & Downtown Birmingham

Railroad Park is located downtown close to Region’s Field. It’s a fun spot for a picnic, and great for photos. During the winter, the park has an outdoor iceskating rink. Be sure to stop in Red Cat coffee shop across the street from the park too (best crepes and coffee)!

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6. Concerts at the Alabama Theatre

Seeing a concert at the Alabama Theatre (at LEAST once) is a must. If you’ve been to a concert there before, then you’ll know why. The theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios to showcase their films, but today it has been restored to its original beauty to host concerts and other events. Every year during Christmas, they show Christmas movies too! Here’s the link to their website: http://alabamatheatre.com.

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7. Mountain Brook Villages

Mountain Brook has three adorable villages filled with local shops and restaurants. A few of our favorite places from these villages are: Crestline Bagels, Mountain Brook Creamery, Brick & Tin, Olexa’s, Miss Dot’s, and Another Broken Egg. Find more at https://www.welcometomountainbrook.com/villages.php.

8. Downtown Homewood

Downtown Homewood, often called “Soho,” is the heart of this sweet suburb just outside of downtown. There are so many cute shops and restaurants that you’ll want to explore all of them! Be sure to try Dave’s Pizza, O’Henry’s Coffee Shop, O’Carrs, Urban Cookhouse, Edgewood Creamery, and Pasty Arts (the baby cake bites are bomb). Some fun stores include Pink Tulip, Fabrik, Soca, and more!

9. The Color Tunnel

Do you ever feel like going for a drive? Then load up your friends and take a drive downtown to the Color Tunnel! (We suggest going at night because the lights are brighter)

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Anamarie Wright at the Color Tunnel | Photo by Preston Little, Southern Shade Photography

10. The Vulcan

The Vulcan is the landmark statue of our city, and it’s definitely worth touring at least once! Even though it can be seen from many areas of the city, nothing is quite like climbing to the top and taking in the sights from the Vulcan’s point of view.

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Throwing the crown from the top of the Vulcan!

11. Rotary Trail

This trail is brand new and runs through the heart of downtown Birmingham. Though it’s only about a half a mile long, it links Railroad Park and Sloss Furnaces together.

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Alexa Haines at Rotary Trail

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