Something we hear time and again from first time visitors to Birmingham is that they never realized the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a dramatic backdrop, the city is laid out on a series of lush rolling hills.
The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) has meeting facilities all on one campus. The BJCC complex campus has 350,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. The complex includes an 18,000-seat arena and 4,000 seats in two theaters. Two hotels and a dining and entertainment district are also part of the campus.
Delegates love nothing more than a good meal. That Birmingham has a national reputation among the dining elite is another eye-opener to visitors. Should you have us pigeonholed as serving only barbecue and fried pies, just remember that Birmingham is home to “the Oscars of dining” with James Beard Foundation winners and nominees. Anyone visiting the city should take in the beauty of down-home cooking as well.
Recreation and Attractions
Some of the best golf on Earth can be found at public courses in the area, including Birmingham’s two challenging courses along the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Dozens of new art galleries surprise enthusiasts and collectors with a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, fine art and funk art.
Vulcan Park and Museum, home to the world’s largest cast iron statue, offers a spectacular view of the city from the statue’s observation deck. The Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast, with more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts.
Barber Motorsports Park has been hailed around the world as one of the “Augusta of Racing.” The adjacent Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses the world’s largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles. The story of Birmingham’s role in the long march to civil rights is told at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the focal point of the city’s Civil Rights District, now a national monument.
About that Southern Hospitality
The hospitality visitors find in the South is legendary. It’s also genuinely charming. While Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city, it is friends and family we count important, not population statistics. This friendly city has long welcomed new residents from a wide range of countries, their influences melding beautifully into our own Southern culture. Visitors are delightfully surprised to discover the metropolitan nature of Birmingham. It’s big-city panache tempered by class and magnetic modesty.
So it is the delight of discovery that is our greatest strength and strongest appeal. It’s the reason conventions return to Birmingham time and again.