The 10 Best Things to Do in Tuscaloosa, United States

November 29, 2017 Merry Kessler

Tuscaloosa (/tʌskəˈluːsə/ TUSK-ə-LOO-sə) is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama (in the southeastern United States). Located on the Black Warrior River at the Atlantic Seaboard fall line of the Piedmont, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 99,543 in 2016.
Restaurants in Tuscaloosa

1. Bryant Denny Stadium

920 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1260
Excellent
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5 based on 550 reviews

Bryant Denny Stadium

Reviewed By BamaCCRE

No true Bama fan would dare say a bad word about Bryant-Denny. It's a landmark. Our trademark. The home of the Crimson Tide!

But, I will note that the parking, nrw rules about what and how you can bring things in, and the no alcohol policy are pretty annoying. I think those could be improved, but the stadium itself is what T-town is all about. Roll Tide.

2. Paul W. Bryant Museum

300 Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001 +1 205-348-4668
Excellent
79%
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4.5 based on 234 reviews

Paul W. Bryant Museum

Museum dedicated to the famous football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Reviewed By egregclark - Lodi, California

This is full of University of Alabama football memorabilia. Not just a tribute to a great college football coach, but a great history of Alabama's football tradition. Don't miss it if you go to Tuscaloosa.

3. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

2710 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1023 +1 205-248-5280
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Reviewed By Nathan W

We have been to several concerts at the Amp. Very comfortable seating, plenty of room. Acoustics are great and the location on the banks of the Black Warrior River is very scenic. Concession prices are high, but that would be OK if the service was quicker. We were at last Sunday's Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper concert and several windows had registers go down which caused delays. Several hotels and many restaurants and bars nearby for before or after (except on Sunday nights) the concerts.

4. Children's Hands-On Museum

2213 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1541 +1 205-349-4235
Excellent
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Children's Hands-On Museum

Welcome to the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa! CHOM, where children Explore, Create, and Discover each time they visit. When we say "hands-on" we mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you're encouraged to touch, feel, and play your way through our award winning museum. In 25 exhibits CHOM offers newborns through age 12 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, daily early childhood programs, events, holiday celebrations, state curriculum specific field trips and parties all wait for you at CHOM! Visit soon! Join over 73,000 visitors each year who know we're the BEST for family fun! CHOM is a 30 year old non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing dynamic leaning experiences.

Reviewed By ashnot - Fayette, Alabama

Visited here while my in-laws were in town. My kids, 3 and 1, truly enjoyed themselves. Plenty of things that were age appropriate to keep them entertained. Plan to visit again.Thank you so much for taking time to review us! We're thrilled you had a great visit!

5. Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory Tour

Mercedes Dr, I-59/20 Exit 89, Tuscaloosa, AL 35407-9900 +1 888-286-8762
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory Tour

The only of its kind outside of Germany, this vistor center has exhibits on the history of the Mercedes-Benz and offers tours of a manufacturing plant.

Reviewed By jbwhitehouse - Dallas, Texas

Even though one needs to schedule in advance for the twice weekly tours, it is very worthwhile. We all learned a lot and enjoyed the tour given by Annie who obviously takes great pride in working for Mercedes-Benz. The area is immense. A highlight of our vacation.

6. Bryant Museum

300 Paul W Bryant Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-2094 +1 205-348-4668
Excellent
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5 based on 26 reviews

Bryant Museum

Reviewed By Richard W - Juneau, Alaska

Stopped in for 90 minutes during an outing with 56 others. Always wanted to go and see how Bear Bryant, and others, built the Crimson Tide powerhouse. The museum was similar to Sam Walton's in Bentonville, Arkansas....Large enough to cover everything, but small enough to be easily viewed in a couple of hours. The 10 minute movie is a MUST SEE!. Current era memorabilia is up-to-date with lots of game videos and Saban era touches. This is worth the trip.

7. Capitol park

University blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL
Excellent
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Capitol park

Reviewed By BHTurner - Cullman, Alabama

This was a very nice and well kept park. Capitol park is a wonderful setting for picture. They columns and remains of the old capitol were absolutely fascinating. The details that were on this building were interesting. This park was just 2 blocks from the Home2Suites Hotel.

8. Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

1305 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-2840 +1 205-758-2906
Excellent
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Reviewed By Oleguy - USA

While Greek and Roman architecture inspired the antebellum South's wealthy class, as the War Between the States drew near many of them looked to other sources of inspiration. This mansion is an outstanding example of Italianate architecture in the very grand style. From its cupola-capped roof to the oversized windows, it is a tremendous crowd pleaser, evoking images of gentlemen in frock coats, ladies in bustles and luncheon on the lawn. The rooms are large and it is easy to envision them hosting an elegant soiree or a serious political meeting. Perhaps it is because the past seems so vivid that ghost-sightings have become a part of the mansion's history. When possible, pair your visit to this gilded-age home with one to the ante-bellum Battle Friedman house just a few steps down the street.

9. Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

1400 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404-1002 +1 205-562-5280
Excellent
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5 based on 15 reviews

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

Come enjoy one of the most breathtaking collections of fine art in America, nestled on the banks of the Black Warrior River. The Westervelt Collection embodies primitive, fine and decorative arts from around the world. Experience history anew as you travel from the heart of the Americas to the Far East in original masterpieces.

Reviewed By Karl V - Birmingham, Alabama

Located in the former headquarters of Jack Warner's Gulf States Paper Company (now the Westervelt Company), the museum is open to the public at no charge. Security is tight (due to its location in an operating business office). One has the impression of wandering thru their own private collection. There is no time limit. It is not a place for noisy children - or noisy adults - LOL. The works are wonderful.

Bonus: Jack Warner designed the building to resemble a sprawling Japanese temple, pavilion, and grounds. The building alone is worth the trip, only minutes from the UA campus. Did I mention its all free?

10. The Tuscaloosa Farmers' Market

1900 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1030 +1 205-248-5295
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

The Tuscaloosa Farmers' Market

Reviewed By 1BamaBacker - Northport, Alabama

Food is obviously the main reason for a farmer's market. Buying locally grown produce helps local farmers and the local economy. Plus, the homemade pies and cakes, jams and jellies, pickles and chow-chow are just awesome. Then there are craftsman made items like plaques and jewelry that make Tuscaloosa Farmer's Market the place to be, especially on Saturday mornings.

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