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Explore Your Student’s “Home Away From Home”

While you are visiting Tuscaloosa, we encourage you to take advantage of some attractions around town. Children enjoy the Children’s Hands-On Museum while football fans love to spend time at the Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum. You will also want to visit downtown Tuscaloosa for some great restaurants. Go to the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports website for more ideas on how to best enjoy your stay in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama Museum of Natural History

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History to experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View the extensive displays of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for UA students, faculty & staff; $2 for adults; $1 for K-12 and Seniors; Free for children under 5
Contact: Email or call 205-348-7550


Bowlero offers 40 lanes of bowling along with arcade games and a sports bar. This location has nightly deals and special offers for a great night of fun with family and friends throughout the year.

Weekend Hours: Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. (See website for Bowlero weekday hours).
Contact: 205-518-7781

Children’s Hands-On Museum

Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM) is a great place for children to explore, create, and discover through a hands-on experience. Located in downtown Tuscaloosa, this is a favorite for the kids!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: free for under 1 year old, $9 for anyone 1-64 and $8 for anyone over 65, there is a $1 Military discount.
Contact: 205-349-4235

Cobb Theatres

With 16 screens and multiple viewing options, visit Cobb Theatres to catch up on the newest movies. Features include 3D, IMAX, and D-BOX options for an enhanced viewing experience.

Cost: $8 Children (ages 3-12); $10 Students/Military; $11 Adult (see website for other pricing)
Contact: 205-248-8248

Downtown Northport

Downtown Northport has a collection of art galleries, stores, museums, and restaurants in this historic downtown area. A great spot for a family lunch or casual shopping!

Downtown Tuscaloosa

Visit Tuscaloosa’s historic downtown area to enjoy great food and an entertaining night scene. This area features a variety of restaurants and shops.

Gorgas House

The Gorgas House was the first structure to be built on the University of Alabama campus and stands as an excellent example of Low Country architecture. The Gorgas House is one of only four buildings on campus to survive the Civil War and the only one designed by renowned architect William Nichols. The residence is now a house museum with collections of antiques and Gorgas family memorabilia.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: UA Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Alumni Association- free; $2 for all others
Contact: Email or call 205-348-5906

Midtown Village

Satisfy your shopping and dining needs with over 50 restaurants and stores in our conveniently located shopping district at Midtown Village. With a variety of choices in food and clothes, you will be sure to find something for everyone.
Contact: 866-644-2521

Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum

Located in the historic Queen City Pool House on Jack Warner Parkway, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum explores local and regional history through exhibits regarding Tuscaloosa’s natural resources and transportation systems.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays).
Cost: Adults: Free; Small fee for guided tours
Contact: 205-248-4931

Moundville Archaeological Park

Eight hundred years ago, Moundville was the largest city in North America. Experience the wonder of this vanished Native American civilization.

Hours: Open daily 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $8; Seniors: $7; Students & Children: $6; Under 5: Free; Native Americans: Free with ID card
Location: Moundville Archaeological Park
Contact: 205-371-2234

Paul Bryant Museum

The mission of the Paul W. Bryant Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit items, and to disseminate information relating to the sports history of the University of Alabama.

Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed major holidays)
Cost: Members and children under 6 are free; Adults: $2; Senior Citizens (60 and up): $1; Children (6-17): $1.
Contact: Email or toll-free 866-772-BEAR (2327) or 205-348-4668

The Strip

This is a favorite for UA students and staff! The Strip is a popular area of restaurants and retail shops along University Boulevard, about one mile from campus. During the school year, and especially football season, the Strip is alive with students, alumni, locals and visitors as it is walking distance from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Tuscaloosa River Walk

Enjoy a beautiful walk, jog, or bike through this 2-mile stretch located next to the Black Warrior River. Tuscaloosa River Walk has a walking trail and stunning scenery, this park is fun for the whole family.
Location: Jack Warner Pkwy. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401