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    3 Things to do on a Birmingham Saturday

    3 Things to do on a Birmingham Saturday

    With summer in full swing and beautiful Saturdays ahead, Birmingham has tons of places that can make your day memorable. The heart of the city can bring you around beautiful people, and there’s a lot of history to explore. Here are three places in Birmingham that you can go to next Saturday.

     The Market at Pepper Place

    Rain or Shine.

    Words that The Market at Pepper Place live by. Every Saturday for the months of Summer through Fall, local farmers and vendors around Alabama gather to celebrate the success of what they have to offer. Vendors at The Market offer hard work and true dedication to the craft of farming, building, growing, and crafting. Everything from the local tomatoes, to freshly grounded and brewed tea, to handmade candles encased in local Birmingham glass bottles. It’s the perfect place to spend your Saturday morning. Located in Pepper Place, the Market stretches over the streets and lines vendors up to showcase the love and skill of what Alabamians have to offer.

    The Market begins at 7 a.m., so it is the perfect time to grab that freshly made pastry or snag a hot brewed tea to drink while you and your friends explore The Market. It is free entry, and you are welcome to explore the local Pepper Place stores while you experience everything around you. The Market ends at noon, which means lunchtime. And what better way to eat all those goodies than a picnic at the Vulcan?

    Vulcan Park

     The Vulcan stands on top of Red Mountain and overlooks the city of Birmingham. It stands at a staggering 56 feet tall and is made of 100,000 pounds of iron. With amazing views of the city and beautiful areas to eat and have lunch, the Vulcan is the perfect place for a midday breather while enjoying the history of Birmingham.

    Vulcan Park is home to several attractions that allow you and your friends to see the city and explore Birmingham’s rich history. You can take an elevator ride up the observation tower to get a 360 view of the city. Or take a tour of the Vulcan center, which teaches you how Birmingham got its nickname of the Iron City.

    The Vulcan Park Observation Tower is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and the cost varies depending on the time of day. It runs less than ten dollars to explore the grounds and take a ride up the Observation Tower. If you want to enjoy the history and explore the museum, its hours are Sunday- Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After eating lunch and getting the fill of the views,  you can head to the historic Birmingham Museum of Art to explore the creative minds of the Magic City.

     Birmingham Museum of Art

    The Birmingham Museum of Art is the perfect cap to the closing of a beautiful Saturday exploring B’ham. The Birmingham Museum of Art houses over 27,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The museum’s mission statement express a love for connecting all of Birmingham’s citizens to the joy of art.

    “The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to spark the creativity, imagination, and liveliness of Birmingham by connecting all its citizens to the experience, meaning, and joy of art.”

    The museum houses different collections from an array of cultures. These include Asian, Pre-Columbian, Native American, and much more. The Birmingham Museum is the perfect place to finish your Saturday. It calms your mind and lets you experience art in different forms, thus allowing you to find joy and happiness in the moments.

    The Birmingham Museum of Art is open Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 12–5 p.m. and is free entry. Below are several links to the three places to explore on your next Saturday.

    Links:

    Birmingham Museum of Art

    https://www.artsbma.org/

    The Vulcan

    https://visitvulcan.com/explore/

    The Market at Pepper Place
    https://pepperplacemarket.com/ 

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