Even with its location in the South, Birmingham gets four seasons. Plan your trip accordingly, as spring and fall will be the best times to be here. Summers can get quite hot, and winters can bring snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures. Believe it or not, there is a ski area in Alabama (in Mentone), but don't cancel your trip to Park City just yet.
Start out with a hike on the hilly trails at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. Stop into the visitor center to learn more about wildlife in Alabama. Once you've worked up an appetite, head to Continental Bakery at 1909 Cahaba Road in English Village for some coffee. Take some food to go for a picnic, and go visit Vulcan Park to see the cast-iron statue of Vulcan on Red Mountain. If you have time, visit the museum at the park and go up to the Observation Balcony.
For a really surreal time, visit the Sloss Furnaces, an abandoned urban industrial site.