Some of my favorite attractions in Birmingham include the Birmingham Zoo, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, just to name a few.
But my all-time favorite place to go is to the McWane Science Center. It’s 3 attractions in one and they include an interactive science museum, aquarium, and IMAX Dome Theater. And best of all, my kids love it as well. It’s a venue that is indoors and it’s also climate controlled, which means we can visit all year long. Over the last few years, the weather in Birmingham has been changing. The Summers have been getting hotter and hotter with the temperatures averaging above 90 degrees for July and August. And combined with high levels of humidity, I refuse to be outside. We have also seen some really cold Winters as well, which makes it hard to play outdoors. But I want to make sure that my kids are entertained, so I find different attractions around town that have heating as well as air conditioning. So, whether it’s extremely hot outside, raining or it’s brutally cold, we can visit these places with no issues because I know the venues have climate control. I also like taking the kids to the zoo, but of course, it’s mostly outdoors with only a few spaces to find respite from the heat or cold. The crazy part about this is my kids could care less about the attractions having climate control. All they really care about is that the places have fun activities that can keep them entertained. Perhaps I am choosing these attractions because of my preferences not theirs.