If you’ve been craving a summer date that won’t break the bank, we’ve got it covered with some great ideas for fun Birmingham experiences that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Whether you are looking to have some fun in the sun or want to head out on the town at night, these adventurous date ideas will leave you feeling filled up without emptying your wallet.
Railroad Park/Barons Game
Grab a beer at Good People Brewing Company or take a stroll through the adjacent 19 acres of beautiful landscape at Railroad Park, then cheer on the Birmingham Barons at the state-of-the-art Regions Field for a fun parkside date night. Fuel up with some old fashioned stadium-style hotdogs or visit the Dreamland BBQ Stand for some good, cheap chow. General admission tickets to the Barons games are only $6. Check out the 2014 season schedule HERE. www.milb.com
Pepper Place Market
A Saturday morning market will give you and your date a fun, healthful adventure exploring fresh produce and artisanal goods by local farmers and vendors. From 7 a.m. to noon, you can enjoy live music, grab some locally grown groceries, check out live demos and there’s a good chance you just might bump into friends! Admission is free. www.pepperplacemarket.com
Vulcan Museum and Park
Take in the breathtaking view of Birmingham from the world’s largest cast iron statue. You can also explore the museum and learn about the history of Vulcan and Birmingham. Daily admission is $6 and evening admission is $4. The view from the observation deck, which sits atop Red Mountain on a 124 foot pedestal, makes this an experience you are sure to remember! visitvulcan.com
Red Mountain Park
Pack a picnic and enjoy a beautiful hike or bike ride through Red Mountain Park. Founded in 2007, the park was made possible through the efforts of the Freshwater Land Trust and is located just over a mile off of Lakeshore Drive. Encompassing over 1,200 acres, Red Mountain Park offers seven visitor destinations that include three tree houses and a beanstalk forest adventure ($40 per person), all within an 11-mile trail system open for hiking and biking. A dog park is currently under development. If your budget allows, spend a little extra ($50 per person) and experience the thrill of a zip line tour. Currently admission to the park is free with the exception of the beanstalk forest adventure and the zip line tours. www.redmountainpark.org
The Summer Film Series at the historic Alabama Theatre will take you back in time. The theater was built in 1927 and underwent a complete restoration in 1998 to restore the facility to its original glory. Tickets to the summer movies are $8 each. alabamatheatre.com
If the price of dinner for two is unappealing, then cook dinner at home and go out for dessert instead! Urban Standard is a unique European-style coffee shop that has an enjoyable atmosphere and deliciously decadent coffee and desserts! www.urbanstandard.com
A big thanks to our summer intern, Eden Long, for these budget-friendly date ideas!