If you think football is the only source of fun in Tuscaloosa, it’s time to think again! Although the college is certainly the town’s claim-to-fame, Tuscaloosa is also home to businesses, parks, museums, lakes, and local people who live – and play – here year-round. That means there’s tons of awesome things to do on any trip to T-Town – and they’re all just a short drive from your WestGate condo.
Whether you aren’t a big football fan or you’re visiting during the off-season, here are 10 terrific activities you can enjoy in Tuscaloosa.
Lake Lurleen State Park. When the weather is warm, this 1,625-acre park offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. You can hike or bike your way through 23 miles of multi-use trails that hug the scenic shores of Lake Lurleen. When it’s time to cool off, enjoy a refreshing swim or rent a kayak and paddle out to catch a laketop breeze. There are also beaches for sunbathing and piers for fishing the abundance of stocked largemouth bass, bream, brim, catfish, and crappie.
Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. This 4.5-mile paved trail winds along the stunning Black Warrior River, providing a picturesque place for jogging, walking, biking, and more. The path is dotted with pet-friendly parks, playgrounds, a splash pad, picnic areas, and other ways for families to enjoy a fun (and totally free) afternoon outdoors.
Lake Tuscaloosa. The largest lake in the area, Lake Tuscaloosa offers more than 5,000 acres of water and 177 miles of pristine shoreline. It’s one of the most popular summer spots for swimming, boating, fishing, and all forms of fun in the sun.
Walk Through History in Tuscaloosa
Moundville Archeological Park. Estimated at more than 800 years old, this ancient Native American heritage site was once a vast central plaza in the largest American city north of Mexico. Explore the massive earthen mounds, visit the park museum to view ancient treasures, and view interactive exhibits as you take in this powerful prehistoric community.
Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail. Take a walk through history as you learn about Tuscaloosa’s place in civil rights history. This 18-stop tour chronicles key moments and events leading up to “Bloody Tuesday” with moving true stories of enslavement, heartache, and, ultimately, hope. Guided tours are available, or you can pick up a pamphlet at the Visitors Center and enjoy the trail solo.
The Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum. This free museum features exhibits that trace the city’s history through the development of its transportation systems. Located inside the historic Queen City Park on Jack Warner Parkway, it’s one of the official University of Alabama Museums and more than worth the trip.
Alabama Museum of Natural History. The state’s official natural history museum is located right on the UA campus! You’ll have plenty of ground to cover as you explore diverse exhibits that depict over 500 million years of Alabama’s natural history and ancient past.
Arts and Entertainment in Tuscaloosa
Kentuck Art Center. If you’re feeling creative, this artistic hub in nearby Northport offers dynamic workshops, local galleries, art demonstrations, and more. The museum is open seven days a week and many programs are free to the public.
The Bama Theatre. The city’s historic performing arts center features rotating forms of entertainment such as art exhibits, concerts and performances, educational programs, the Bama Art House Film Series, and other community events. You can see what’s happening during your visit at the theatre’s event calendar.
Tuscaloosa Farmers Market. Stop by this authentic Alabama market any Saturday morning to browse fresh and local produce, baked goods, grass-fed meats, and unique artisan crafts. It’s a great way to support the local community and enjoy some sweet southern hospitality!