Take in all Tuscaloosa has to Offer this Fall

September 2021

The West Alabama city of Tuscaloosa is steeped in history. The city was named after the great Choctaw Chief Black Warrior, and it was incorporated into Alabama’s territory a day before Congress admitted Alabama as a state in 1819. Tuscaloosa also served as the capital of Alabama from 1826-1846. After 1846, Alabama’s capital was moved to Montgomery. Around fall every year, Tuscaloosa has a number of in-state and out-of-state visitors, and if you visit the region, why not take time to soak in all that the region has to offer. Tuscaloosa wows visitors with its history, quaint places to stay, Southern cuisine and nature preserves. Here are a few must-dos when visiting the region:  


Moundville Archaeological Park

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is one of the nation’s premier Native American heritage sites. It is located 13 miles south of the city of Tuscaloosa on the Black Warrior River and contains panoramic views, a museum and a campground. The museum paints the historic picture of what life was like in the 14th century, and many artifacts are on display for visitors to see how advanced society was during that time. 

Capitol Park

This park was the site of Alabama’s State Capitol from 1826-1846. In 1847, the capital was moved to Montgomery, and the building became the Alabama Central Female College. The building burned in 1923, and the only remaining remnants today are a part of the foundation and small columns. 

Kentuck Art Center & Festival 

Located in historic downtown Northport, Kentuck Art Center & Festival is an experiential art center that features the art and culture of the region. The City of Northport hosts the Kentuck Festival of the Arts every October. 


Bama Bed & Breakfast 

Built in 1823, the Bama Bed & Breakfast offers guests a true Southern experience with hospitality. It is located two blocks from Bryant-Denny Stadium and five minutes from downtown. The owners of the Bed & Breakfast also offer a lakeside retreat in the region. 

The Jack Warner at NorthRiver 

This boutique retreat offers guests a relaxing getaway complete with art and antiques, luxury dining and social settings. The hotel rests on the cliffs overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa and has a yacht club, Olympic-size swimming pool, 16 tennis courts and a Gary Player designed golf course. 


DePalma’s Italian Cafe

Offering traditional Italian cuisine. 

Dreamland BBQ

The original Dreamland was founded in 1958 in Tuscaloosa and offers barbecue ribs, sides and homemade banana pudding. 

Bob Baumhowers

Founded by NFL great Bob Baumhower in 1981, their specialties are wings and American cuisine. There are several locations throughout Alabama. 

City Cafe

City Cafe in downtown Northport, Alabama serves breakfast and lunch. Fried green tomatoes and mac and cheese are popular items on this meat and three restaurant’s menu.

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