Birmingham‘s a bustling, growing city and a great place to be. But finding stuff to do while you’re on a budget can be hard. Luckily, there are tons of fabulous, free parks and museums in the ‘Ham. So step out of your Iron City apartment and check out these free things to do in Birmingham!

Text by Linda Hunt

adults take drawing class.

The Birmingham Museum of Art

A jewel set right in the center of the Magic City, The Birmingham Museum of Art offers free art classes and activities. Their exciting line-up of events includes Art After Five, a free Friday night festival of art, music, and making. Through the Studio School, they also offer free drop-in drawing classes. You can see the School’s full class schedule here.

woman relaxes at park event.

Railroad Park

Get outdoors in downtown Birmingham‘s gorgeous green space. Railroad Park features grassy areas for picnics, a walking trail, and a pond. They also offer free events and classes like Zumba, Yoga and Family Fun Fridays. Check out their full calendar for more.

Vulcan statue overlooks Birmingham.

Vulcan Park and Museum

Did you know that Birmingham’s home to the world’s largest cast iron statue? Vulcan looks over the city, , a monument to its industrial roots. The Museum itself does charge a small fee for admission. However, the walking trail along the mountainside is both beautiful and beautifully free.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens‘ grounds boast more than thirty gorgeous gardens. It’s a great way to spend an entire day outside admission-free. Stay for an event or take one of their inexpensive classes. Topics include wellness, outdoor skills, and, of course, gardening!

African-American baseball player.

The Birmingham NSL Museum

This museum pays tribute to baseball’s Negro Southern League (NSL), founded in the early 1920s by African-American businessmen, baseball players, and fans. The Museum offers programs for the public. A discussion program called Pitch Talk covers topics relevant to Birmingham. Jackie Robinson Day celebrates the African-American baseball player who broke through the color barrier. You can also tour their collection of NSL artifacts and memorabilia — the largest in the country! Make sure to find their “Must See” items in the museum.