Tuscaloosa, Alabama is the fifth biggest city in the state with a population of around 93,000. The city got its name from a Muskogean-speaking tribe chieftain who was conquered by Hernando de Soto in the 1500s. Today, the city is a hub for industry, healthcare, education, and commerce. Great attractions await you here, so charter a bus in Tuscaloosa for a memorable getaway!
Tuscaloosa has a variety of cultural sites that reflect and commemorate its contributions to the State of Alabama. It also has a lively nightlife and other points of interest worth visiting. So why not charter a bus in Tuscaloosa and visit these attractions:
Catch a show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which was opened in 2011. The venue can seat more than 7,000 people at one time. If you have kids, then you can take them to child-friendly musicals and plays at the Bama Theatre.
You could also catch the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra as they perform at the Moody Music Building inside the University of Alabama campus. Speaking of the University of Alabama, you can also find that their dance and music departments are world-class, including the UA Opera Theatre and the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.
If you want to take a break from performance art, there are always the art museums and galleries that you could visit. There's the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, which holds the most extensive American Art collection in the entire country. Here you can see the works of Mary Cassatt, Paul Revere and Andrew Wyeth, along with other noted artists. There is also the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the Kentuck Art Center, and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center.
While there are a lot of homegrown shops in Tuscaloosa specializing in just about anything, plus outlet shops and malls such as Midtown Village, you should not miss the makers market dowtown. Here you could get handmade and unique items from local crafters and artisans, including quilts, furniture, paintings, jewelry, clothing and other similar items.
As for dining, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from, serving a variety of food for food lovers out there. Try out Waysider Restaurant, Archibald's, Buffalo Phil's Pub and Cafe, Chuck's fish, Kozy's, and Nick's Filet House.
Tuscaloosa comes alive every time there is a Crimson Tide game, so it could get a little hectic when there is a home game going down at the Bryant-Denny Stadium. Same is true with men's basketball.
If you feel the need to catch up on the Crimson Tide fever, the Paul W. Bryant Museum is a good place to start. Here you can find memorabilia, uniforms, videos and photographs covering more than 100 years of the Crimson tide Team.
The city's Historic Preservation Commission has been very busy preserving and restoring the historic sites of Tuscaloosa. The city used to be Alabama's capital city so you could find the ruins of the old capitol building at Capitol park. You could also go to Prewitt Slave Cemetery, where many of the African American slaves were buried. Other historic places here worth visiting include the he Tuscaloosa veterans Memorial Park, Searcy House, Battle-Friedman House, Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, and the First African Baptist church, which played a key role in the civil rights movement.
You can contact the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society to arrange for a tour of the city's historic sites and landmarks.
Lastly, there is the Children's Hands-On Museum where your kids can play with the interactive exhibits that tells more about different periods in history, as well as space travel.
You could also go on the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Trail, where you could find the best spots for fishing and hunting in all the state.
If you want to do more than just fishing and hunting, you can go to Lake Lurleen and Lake Tuscaloosa where you could also camp, go boating, along with other outdoor activities.
The Alabama Museum of Natural History has exhibits on the different times of human history, including the Coal Age, the Ice Age and the Age of the Dinosaurs. You can learn about animals, minerals, geology and history, among other things.