Birmingham Alabama is the heart of Albama's Metropolitan Region. Called the Magic City, it is diverse in history, art, scenic views, world class golf and roller coaster rides. Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens is the site where Union troops planned the burning of the University of Alabama. Today it is a decorative arts museum featuring 19th century furniture, textiles, silver and paintings.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, one of the USA's three accredited civil rights museums, contains archives and historical exhibits of the civil rights struggle from post-World War II racial segregation to the present day. This 58,000 square foot state of the art multimedia facility features galleries, community meeting rooms and exhibit spaces. Kelly Ingram Park marks the location where Birmingham's 1960s civil rights marches originated. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is the site of the 1963 bombing that killed four African-American girls and brought worldwide condemnation on racial violence.
The Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts is a restored 1927 movie palace that is home to the South's largest Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Alabama is home to world class music, dance and live theater performers. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame pays tribute to great jazz musicians with ties to Alabama: Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Sun Ra and more. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame honors football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, Olympic track stars Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, boxer Joe Louis.
Hewn out of the Appalacian Mountains, Oxmoor Valley Golf Course is Birmingham's part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It features scenic forrests, creeks and elevation changes. Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort in Hoover Alabama provides accommodations for the golfers and is the location of the Champions Tour and the Regions Charity Classic. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's oldest municipally owned garden and features the South's largest clearspan greenhouse. Morgan Creek Vineyards is a family owned state of the art winery that produces Southern-style wines.
Magic Adventure Theme Park and Splash Beach Water Park contribute to Birmingham being known as the Magic City. These two parks on 100 acres of land together feature rides, shows, and attractions.