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Tuscaloosa is a city in Metropolitan Alabama and home of the University of Alabama.

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  • The Colliseum
  • Moundville Archeological Park +1 205-371-2234, e-mail: moundville@bama.ua.edu.. Moundville Archaeological Park is located 14 miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Highway 69 South. The park is open daily from 8AM to 8PM. The Museum is open from 9AM to 5PM year-round. This 320-acre park includes nature trails, Indian Villages, and a museum. An internationally known National Historic Landmark, Moundville contains 20 prehistoric Indian mounds and an archaeological museum which displays some of the finest Mississippian-era artifacts ever found in North America. Self-guided tour handouts are given to each visitor free of charge. A complete tour of the park will last 2-3 hours. Tour guides are available with advance notice at a reasonable price. Guided tours last about two hours.
  • Bear Bryant Museum, 300 Bryant Dr, e-mail: bryant-info@ua.edu.. 1-866-772-BEAR (2327), (205) 348-4668, Fax: (205) 348-8883, Celebrate more than 100 years of Crimson Tide football revealed through photographs, uniforms, and sports memorabilia.
  • Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, 8316 Mountbatten Rd NE,  +1 205 343-4540, fax: (205) 343-4119, e-mail: museum@warnermuseum.org.. The Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art celebrates significant American historical events and figures. Among the exhibits are hundreds of paintings, sculptures, artifacts and antiques by world-renowned artists. The collection includes portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette, for which the subjects actually sat. Also on display is silver fashioned by Paul Revere, furniture designed and made by Duncan Phyfe, Charles Honore Lannuier and Joseph Barry, among others.
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History +1 205 348-7550. Tu-Sa 10AM-4:30PM. The Museum is on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Capstone Drive on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Experience the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. View extensive collections of geology, zoology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, history, and photography. See the Hodges meteorite, the only meteorite know to have struck a human.
  • Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. (888) 286-8762 or (205) 507-2252. Tour the Visitor Center/Museum and Factory in this state of the art automotive manufacturing facility. This factory located in Tuscaloosa County manufactures the 2nd generation M-Class and the newest members of the Mercedes-Benz line, the R-Class and GL-Class using Mercedes-Benz U.S. International’s original production system which is a combination of American, Japanese, and German automotive best practices. Visitor Center/ Museum M-F 9AM-5PM, closed Sa Su and Holidays. Factory Tours have been temporarily suspended due to the new plant construction, but are scheduled to resume in 2006.
  • The University of Alabama. The University of Alabama, also known as Alabama, UA, or Bama, is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System. Within Alabama, it is often called the Capstone. UA is the senior doctoral university in the state. Today, it is one of the state's three major research universities. Alabama offers programs of study in 12 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees. The only publicly-supported law school in Alabama is at UA. Other academic programs unavailable elsewhere in Alabama include doctoral programs in anthropology, library and information studies, music, Romance languages, and social work.

Denny Chimes

Bryant-Denny Stadium

University of Alabama

Coleman Coliseum

Alabama Museum of Natural History

Paul W. Bryant Museum

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Activities

  • See a University of Alabama football game [5]. Game Day on the Quad is a not-to-be missed event; among a sea of crimson-clad fans, the smell of hamburgers, hotdogs and barbecue waft from many tents. Saying a heartfelt "Roll Tide" might even earn you a lunch. Or, you can just shout "Roll Tide" into the crowd, and hear the enthusiastic response.
  • Lake Lurleen State Park, 13226 Lake Lurleen Rd. Coker, (205) 339-1558, (800) 252-7275. Lake Lurleen State Park is located 9 miles northwest of Tuscaloosa. It is a perfect site for family outings and overnight camping trips. This lake has 91 campsites, picnic areas, beach area complete with a bathhouse and park store, and over five miles of hiking trails. Canoes, fishing boats, and paddle-boats are also available for use on the lake.
  • Mimosa Golf Course, 5700 18th Ave,  +1 205 752-8112.
  • University Of Alabama Golf Course, 15th St, Lighted driving range.
  • River Road Park East [6][7][8][9] and River Road Park West are connected by the Riverwalk Path. They overlook the Oliver Lake segment of the Black Warrior River along Jack Warner Parkway. Both parks have an abundance of grills, picnic tables, and benches. River Road Park East can be found at the bottom of Hackberry Lane. It features an overlook pier. a separate fishing pier, and a pavilion with eating tables and an extra large grill. River Road Park West features a large elevated gazebo. The whole area is very well lit after dark with modern traditional style street lamps.

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  • Ruan Thai An authentic Thai restaurant in a beautiful old home-turned restaurant on the Strip. Excellent porch and yard for dining in the warmer months, along with excellent food year round.
  • Hooligans Located between the "downtown" area and the Strip. Best burgers in the area, and at a bargain. Also serve Mediterranean food. Gyros, wraps, hot wings, top notch hummus, babaganoush, and more. Its eclectic in choice and delicious in taste, no matter the order.
  • Surin A Thai restaurant and sushi bar on the strip.
  • Quick grill A small kiosk in front of Publix on the strip. Greek food is their concentration (lamb, falafel, hummus, etc.), but you can also get everything from french fries to chicken. They're open very late.
  • Full Moon barbeque Located off of 15th street, this restaurant provides BBQ that is out of this world. Try the fried green tomatoes or one of the several baked potatos that are the size of a small football.
  • Wing's
  • Lai Lai, 1205 University Blvd,  +1 205 345-2472. Located on the Strip next to Pepito's. Great Take-out Chinese food as well as some authentic Chinese specials at very good prices. Also Serves Bubble Tea/Boba.
  • TCBY Located on the strip at the corner of 12th Ave. and University Blvd.
  • Mugshot's A great restaurant bar and grill with famous hamburgers. Try their best burger, the McDonald.
  • The Crimson Café The best coffee on the Strip. They roast and grind their own coffee in-house, and have a deli-style menu. Located on the Strip across from Egan's and the Hound's Tooth. The chai milkshake is very popular, but tends to sell out very quickly and may not be available for days at a time. Recently Crimson Cafe has started offering alcoholic coffee drinks.
  • Café Venice Half-priced pizza and wine on Wednesday nights, a great pre-game for the beginning of the weekend.
  • Mellow mushroom
  • City Cafe in Northport, 408 Main Ave,  +1 205 758-9171. Northport. Fried green tomatoes, okra, yams, barbecue, beef stew. Pick your vegetables and your meat, a huge meal for under $6. There's normally a long line during lunchtime, but don't let that fool you. A free table becomes a free for all, so be aggressive. Sweet tea flows freely. Also, don't forget to check it out for breakfast.
  • Dreamland BBQ, 5535 Fifteenth Ave E,  +1 205 758-8135. Known nationwide, Dreamland is a must if you're looking for cuisine that is uniquely Tuscaloosa. Be prepared though--the original location only serves ribs, slices of white bread, and banana pudding, but boy is it good!
  • Pepito's on the strip. I believe that part of their cleaning regimen every night is to carefully tilt all the pictures on the wall so none is slanted at the same angle. Great Mexican food, and you can sneak a peek at the telemundo or Univision playing on the TV behind the bar.
  • The Cypress Inn, 501 Rice Mine Rd N,  +1 205 345-6963. Located near the Black Warrior River. From the open air porch looking out over the landscaped entrance and the river to the outdoor dining area, every detail here is designed to make your dining an experience, not just a meal. The menu consists of fresh fish, steaks, pastas, and homemade desserts. Great place for banquets.
  • Buffalo Phil's, 1149 University Blvd,  +1 205 758-3318. Located on the strip and right next to campus. Buffalo Phil's has world-famous buffalo wings and chicken fingers and provides a quaint atmosphere. Buffalo Phil's has been a presence on the strip for more than twenty years. Great drinks, great food.
  • Swen. Chinese food, located in the Strip area.
  • Mike and Ed's. Barbeque restaurant now located on 15th St.
  • Tut's. Located on the Strip, serving gyros, calzones, subs, pizza and more.
  • Little Itay, The Strip (take a ritght on University). The best pizza in Tuscaloosa. Charlie "sloth" Davis loves this pizza and he eats it all the time.
  • RACHEL'z Burger Shak, 9770 HWY 69 South Suite H Tuscaloosa, Al 35405,  +1 205-210-5300. Hand Pattied Ground Chuck Burgers in over 20 varieties. Hot Wings in 10 flavors, Chicken Sandwiches,Chicken Fingers,Salads, Kids Meals, and our legend in the making Fresh Cut Fries with our on world famous fry seasoning.

Top off your meal with a hand-dipped, hand-spun milkshake. All food is cooked to order.

Drinks

Many of the popular bars in Tuscaloosa are not true bars, but are instead restaurants that serve more alcohol and less food as the night goes on. Since they are not classified as bars, people under 21 may be allowed in, though they typically will be turned away after 10:00pm (when it becomes too crowded for the staff to keep track of who is underage). They may also ask people under 21 who are already present to leave at 10:00.

  • The Strip, a row of bars and shops along University Dr. just off campus. The Houndstooth is a sportsbar that was recently voted by Sports Illustrated as the number one college sports bar in the nation. Gallete's doesn't have a sign on the front, and is one of the most popular student bars around. The Jupiter has mediocre food but good events and dancing all week long. The Strip is arguably geared more towards University of Alabama students due to its proximity to campus.
  • Downtown - Tuscaloosa's downtown bar scene includes establishments around the corner of 4th Street and 23rd Avenue including '4th and 23rd', Boo Radley's, Rhythm and Brews, Mellow Mushroom, Wilhagan's Sports Bar, and Little Willie's. Just a block southwest of this area around the corner of 6th Street and Greensboro Avenue you'll find Mugshots, Innisfree Irish Pub, Catch 22, and Jazzi C's.

Shopping

  • A Bear Bryant houndstooth hat

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Tuscaloosa on Wikivoyage.

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