TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (April 18, 2022) -- Located in the heart of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa - and its neighboring city, Northport - boasts activity all year long. Whether you're looking to experience a legendary sports scene, want to explore the great outdoors, or maybe you're a history buff and a fan of soul food, we invite you to continue reading.
Tuscaloosa's Sports Scene
While football may be over, winter and spring activities are bountiful. It's not uncommon for a sports fan to travel in on a Thursday and leave Sunday having enjoyed a different sport every night. You can easily experience the history of championship teams such as Alabama Men's and Women's Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Gymnastics, Golf, and more. It's also worth noting that Stillman College and Shelton State Community College, both located in Tuscaloosa, offer options with teams that are no stranger to championships as well.
Explore West Alabama's Great Outdoors
Did you know that there are five different lakes or rivers located within a 20-minute drive (or less) from Downtown Tuscaloosa? One also happens to be Lake Lurleen State Park. While you may not go for a dive this time of year, our southern location allows for outdoor exploration throughout the entire year. If you like to boat, hike, kayak, fish, paddle board, mountain bike, bird watch, or camp, check out the following river and lakes:
• Black Warrior River - located in the heart of Downtown Tuscaloosa
• Lake Tuscaloosa
• Lake Nicol
• Harris Lake
There are many parks that are family-friendly as well, including Mason's Place, an all-inclusive playground, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, and the recently opened Randall Family Park and Trailhead at the Northern Riverwalk.
Tuscaloosa's Rich History
For over 200 years, we have walked through history that has built the foundation of our community. To recognize Tuscaloosa's Civil Rights History, the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation was established and an 18-stop Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail was created. On the trail, you learn about the often-untold story of Bloody Tuesday ,as well as the many Civil Rights heroes that made a lasting impact.
Tuscaloosa is also home to one of the nation's premier Native American heritage sites. Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National Geographic, Moundville Archeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that was once America's largest city north of Mexico.
The University of Alabama oversees additional museums as well. Learn more about the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, and the Gorgas House Museum by clicking here.
If you're searching for a quaint Southern community that offers a unique quality of place, Tuscaloosa invites you with open arms and warm hellos. And once you visit Tuscaloosa, you'll always be family - a family that is tide together.
Plan your stay today at VisitTuscaloosa.com!