Join the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa's famous college football coach Paul W. Bryant was sometimes referred to as "The Bear." He broke the record for most victories while coaching a football team with 323 wins. Visit these Alabama attractions to see what other aspects of the state are winners:
Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa
Families with young kids will love the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, where you can learn by playing for under $9 a person. Visit the Captain Tim Parker exhibit, where you can explore Alabama River transportation from the wheelhouse of a towboat.
Head to the Lil' Sprouts Farmer's Market to play with produce and learn about where food comes from. Discover the life of the city's namesake Chief Tuskaloosa in the Choctaw Indian Village exhibit. Here, you can wander a replica of a typical Choctaw village from the 1700's.
Do you have a future doctor or farmer in your midst? Be sure to stop at the DCH Health System and Once Upon a Farm exhibits where your children can check out what it's like to work in a hospital or on a farm. You'll have a blast watching your kids learn and they'll love being able to touch and play with all the exhibits.
Drive your Birmingham rental car to 920 Paul W. Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to cheer for the home team, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. This stadium opened in 1929 with just 12,000 seats to hold the fans who came to cheer on the Tide as they beat Mississippi College, 55-0, in the first game ever played here. Since then there have been seven expansions, including one in 2010 which brought the facility to its current capacity, 101,821, to better accommodate the team's massive fan base.
When you visit, imagine what it's like with every single seat filled. This has happened several times, the most recent of which on Oct. 27, 2012, when the Tide played Mississippi State. The stadium is named after Paul W. Bryant, a University of Alabama alumnus who played on the team and was assistant coach (1936-39) and head coach (1958-1982).
He led the Tide to many victories, including the 1963 Rose Bowl that President John F. Kennedy attended. The other half of the facility's namesake is Dr. George Denny. Denny was the university president from 1912-1936, and interim president from 1941-1942. A bell tower on campus called "Denny Chimes" is also named after him. Don your crimson and gray and cheer on the Tide at this exciting, historic stadium.
The Makers Market
Do you enjoy browsing handmade goods? Are you looking for a great gift for a friend, or even a fun treat for yourself? Head to 401 22nd Avenue to visit the Makers Market. The market is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Makers Market first opened its doors in September 2012, and has grown to become the largest craft mall in western Alabama. All of the wares available for sale are locally made and support small businesses.
Drive your Birmingham rental car to this building in historic downtown Tuscaloosa to browse handmade goods - from jewelry and pottery to paintings and quilts, baskets, hand-blown glass and more. You're sure to find interesting people and goods at this market.