SW Picks: Ways to Enjoy the Weather in Birmingham

After winter in Birmingham, it feels like spring usually passes us by, and summer moves in to mark its territory for the long haul. It’s rare, but when we do get a proper spring season we emerge from colder months with slow blooming flowers, a pleasant breeze and the thrill of needing a light jacket – ultimate Southern euphoria! We can actually enjoy the sunshine instead of immediately baking in the brutal heat.

We decided to survey the SW team and share our favorite spring venues and activities. Check out the list below – all of the top choices are listed first, and the rest are in no particular order.

Best Patio for Outdoor Dining
Little Donkey

Favorite Outdoor Activity
Birmingham Barons Game
The Market at Pepper Place
Hiking at Oak Mountain State Park
Nearby Lakes; Logan Martin, Smith Lake, etc.
Anything in Railroad Park
Visiting Lake Logan Martin

Favorite Family Activity
Birmingham Zoo
Swimming at local pools like the Jewish Community Center
Birmingham Barons Baseball Games
Live Music
Riding bikes downtown
Hiking at Red Mountain
BBQ/Grilling out with family

Favorite Place to Shop for Plants
Shoppe Bham
Leaf ‘N Petal
Petals from the Past in Clanton
Myers Plants and Pottery in Pelham

Favorite Ice Cream/Dessert Shop
Big Spoon Creamery
Mountain Brook Creamery
Bluff Park Creamery

Favorite Public Park
Railroad Park
Oak Mountain
Red Mountain

Favorite Festival/Event
Greek Food Festival
Trucks by the Tracks

Best Golf Course
Top Golf  (hey, it counts!)
Shoal Creek
Farm Links

Favorite Weekend Getaway
Beaches on 30A
Orange Beach, AL
New Orleans
North Carolina Mountains



by Suzanne Echols