Located in downtown Birmingham, this is truly a "must do" while in town. Golden Flake's factory tour offers participates to see how potato chips and other snack products are made. The tour explains the process from farm-fresh potatoes all the way through to the packaging of the products. Many product samples are given along the way which keeps kids interested. The best part is the tour is free!!
Reservations must be made in advance and there is a minimum age of 5-years-old. There are quite a few Tour Rules so make sure to check them out before you make a reservation.
Tours are usually given at 9:30AM, 11AM, and 12:30PM
With four floors of hands-on exhibits, there is always something fun to do, no matter what age. For the 5 and under crowd, McWane's offers Just Mice Size and Itty Bitty Magic City. For older kids, the skies the limit. Both traveling and permanent exhibits delight kids of all ages. There is also an IMAX Theater, a food court and an incredible retail store called f. Really Cool Stuff.
Hours: School Year - Monday through Friday: 9AM - 5PM
Summer Hours - Monday through Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday year-round - 10 AM - 6PM
Sunday year-round - Noon - 6PM
Parking in structure is $5
Check website for pricing information
Sloss Furnaces is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. For over 90 years, Sloss Furnaces was essential to making iron. It was here that men turned limestone, coal and iron ore into pig iron; utilizing a pair of large blast furnaces. Instead of tearing down this essential piece of Birmingham history, "Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the nation being preserved and interpreted as an industrial museum."
Visitors can take a self-guided tour through this amazing industrial site. Time has stood still here and the photography opportunities abound.
I wouldn't recommend this tour for very young children (inherent dangers abound) and the site is not stroller-friendly. Ask for the fun Scavenger Hunt sheet available at the Visitor Center. Leashed pets are welcome. Tours are free!
Tuesday-Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Sunday Noon - 4PM
* Sloss Furnaces does close periodically for special events. Check Website for these dates.
20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL
Vulcan Park is home to the statue of Vulcan, Roman god of fire and forge. Perched high above Birmingham, he watches over the city. It is free to walk around the park but there is a charge to visit the Museum and the Observation Tower. Check the website for current pricing.
The park is stroller-friendly and has picnic tables available that have an incredible view of the city.
Museum open 7 days a week 10AM - 6PM
Observation Tower open 7 days a week 10AM - 10PM