The city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, best known as the home of the University of Alabama, is a vibrant city of 93,357, according to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate. The Black Warrior River provides water recreation and natural beauty. Children will have many opportunities for fun and adventure in this city where the Crimson Tide rules.
1. Game Centers
Kids can enjoy a friendly game of bowling at Leland Lanes. It is a family-oriented facility, which provides automatic scoring, grilled and southern style deep-fried food, an arcade game room and plasma televisions. AMF Bama Bowling is another option with 24 lanes, a snack shop full of pizza, burgers and desserts, billiards and family package specials. For a miniature golf adventure, take the kids to Bama Mini Golf. It has two 18-hole courses, group specials and party specials.
2. Outdoor Adventure
The Tuscaloosa Barnyard will provide your kids with a fun farm experience. It has numerous animals for petting and feeding such as goats, pigs, donkeys, ponies, chickens and llamas. Children can also hold baby chicks, ride ponies and boats, fish in the pond, run around on the playground and have a picnic. The kids may enjoy a cruise on the river. The Bama Belle is a paddle wheel boat offering cruises along the Black Warrior River. It has dinner cruises and sightseeing tours providing a fun experience for the kids.
For a complete history lesson in Alabama Football, a trip to the Paul W. Bryant Museum would suffice. Named after the famous coach affectionately nicknamed "Bear," the museum has exhibits chronicling the team's history dating back to 1892. The Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa offers several interactive exhibits such as a wheelhouse teaching kids about river transportation, a mini farmers market, an Indian village, science discovery displays and an art studio. The Alabama Museum of Natural History provides numerous displays aimed to educate kids in natural history. It has a dinosaur exhibit, ice age displays, rocks, minerals and zoological artifacts.
4. Parks and Recreation
The city of Tuscaloosa has an extensive parks department offering many opportunities for kids. The Bowers Park Pool has a large swimming pool, a climbing wall, a slide and swim lessons. Blue Creek Park provides canoeing and hiking excursions for all ages in a natural setting. Arts and crafts classes are available through the city including bead weaving and watercolor painting. Also available are youth sports programs including soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, cheerleading, tackle football and volleyball.
- Leland Lanes: Facilities
- Bama Mini Golf: Tickets and Pricing
- AMF Bama Lanes: Bowling Rates
- Tuscaloosa Barnyard: Barnyard Info Sheet
- Bama Belle: Taking a Tour on the Bama Belle
- Paul W. Bryant Museum: Exhibits
- Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa: Exhibits
- Alabama Museum of Natural History: Exhibits
- Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority: Parks
- Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority: Activities
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