Spotlight on Tuscaloosa County: Culture & Recreation

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Alabama Museum of Natural History

This museum on the UA campus explores exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age and the Ice Age. It is located in historic Smith Hall, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region. It is home to the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite known to have struck a human. It is also the site of the Basilosaurus cetoides, the state fossil of Alabama.


Art Garage

This garage offers a place for children, babies and adults to explore art through directed and unstructured opportunities in an inspiring environment.


Bama Theatre

As the oldest operating theatre and performance hall in Tuscaloosa, the Bama Theatre hosts hundreds of shows each year. Its Mediterranean Palazzo design makes it a must-see venue.

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A high-end bowling venue in the heart of Tuscaloosa, Bowlero offers not just bowling but also dining and nightlife.


Bryant-Denny Stadium

Home field for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football.


Celebration on the River

This free annual July 4 event is held at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, presented by the city of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. It includes fireworks, kids’ activities and free music.


Children’s Hands-On Museum in Tuscaloosa.

Children’s Hands-On Museum

A place for newborns through age 13 to explore, learn and create.


Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

A hub for Tuscaloosa’s arts and culture, the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center includes a black box theatre and workshop space, rehearsal and meeting space and a gallery for the University of Alabama.


Farmers Market and Events at the Tuscaloosa River Market

Right on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the River Market hosts weekly Farmers Markets and offers event space.


Harrison Galleries

In the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa, Harrison Galleries deals in 19th and 20th century paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures, as well as vintage and contemporary photography.


Kentuck Gallery Shop.

Kentuck Art Center

In historic downtown Northport, Kentuck Art Center offers exhibitions, classes and year-round shopping. Two new exhibitions are revealed each month showcasing the work of contemporary and craft artists, plus live music, food vendors and an area dedicated to children.


Mason’s Place

From dawn to dusk, locals and visitors gather at this all-inclusive playground at Sokol Park. The playground is designed for children of all ages and all abilities to play together. It is part of the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority.


Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center

The first of its kind outside Germany, this multimedia center in Vance brings to life the company’s history and vision for the future. Exhibits range from a model of the 1886 Benz Patented Motor Car, recognized as the world’s first car, to authentic Mercedes-Benz race cars.


Moundville Archaeological Park Moundville Native American Festival

The Moundville site, occupied from approximately A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1450, is a large settlement of Mississippian culture on the Black Warrior River. Characterized by earthen mounds, many rare artifacts have been found on the site. Moundville is known for its knap-in, in which stone toolmakers from around the Southeast demonstrate and teach others how to make tools and weapons from rocks. It is also home to the Native American Festival.


Ol’ Colony Golf Course

Designed by Jerry Pate, this 18-hole course includes 25 acres of lakes, rolling hills and lush woods. Picked as the Best Public Golf Course in Alabama by Golf Digest, it is home base to the University of Alabama golf teams.


Paul R. Jones Art Gallery

The Paul Jones Museum, in downtown Tuscaloosa, presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of works from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at the University of Alabama, as well as hosts guest exhibitions. The museum also displays items from the 1,700 pieces of African American arts.


Paul W. Bryant Museum

Coach Bear Bryant suggested this museum to honor the former players and assistant coaches who helped him set the record for the most victories by an intercollegiate coach. The museum opened in 1988 and has grown to become the preferred source for writers and broadcast journalists interested in UA sports. The mission of the Paul W. Bryant Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit items, and to disseminate information relating to the sports history of the University of Alabama.


R&R Cigars

In the historic Maxwell House, R&R Cigars offers a chance to relax with cigars and whiskey.



An excellent 4.5-mile paved trail along the southern bank of the Black Warrior River near downtown Tuscaloosa for walkers and bikers, with spots along the way to rest and play.



Shindig offers bowling, laser tag and arcade games, and a restaurant with a lounge.


Super Skate 

Roller skating in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 

The 7,400-seat venue on the Black Warrior River near the university campus is a hot spot for live concerts.


Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail

Starting with the Capitol Park and ending at the Howard-Linton Barbershop, this trail exists to educate, inform and illustrate the enormous role this community played in the civil rights movement. This trail tells of segregated schools, churches, stores, restaurants and movie theaters and how the Tuscaloosa color barrier was broken.


Vitola Fine Cigars

Three lounges and a spacious humidor mark Vitola Fine Cigars.



Beautiful waterways offer all kinds of outdoor recreation. Check out Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol, Lake Lurleen, Lake Harris, Hurricane Creek and the Black Warrior River.

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