Tuscaloosa, AL

Welcome to Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s “Druid City”, characterized by our historic streets shaded by water oak trees! Tuscaloosa is Alabama’s fifth-largest city and the regional center for commerce, industry, healthcare, entertainment, culture and education. Tuscaloosa residents are privy to a higher-than-average quality of life that has earned our fair city a number of accolades—most recently, Tuscaloosa was honored by the United Sates Conference of Mayors conferring upon it the title of "The Most Livable City in America". The diverse economy and numerous city amenities make Tuscaloosa ideal for families, students, professionals and retirees alike, with diverse municipal services that cater to residents from all walks of life. Hospitable to entrepreneurs as one of the best places in the country to launch a business and amenable to both youth culture and families, the Tuscaloosa community offers its residents a cosmopolitan outlook and small-town values, creating a perfectly balanced lifestyle that’s full of urban efficiency and down-home Southern charm. To learn more about living, working and playing in Tuscaloosa, please visit the links below:

Alabama Tourism Guide to Alabama’s Central Region

Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Sweet Home Alabama: Tuscaloosa Guide

Experience Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce City Guide

Hello Tuscaloosa


Tuscaloosa’s distinctive name comes from its roots—prior to European settlement of the area, Alabama was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes: Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Alabama, Koasati, and Mobile civilizations each lived in the area that is present-day Tuscaloosa. The 1832 Treaty of Cusseta ceded much of Alabama’s land to the United States government, and the 1834 Trail of Tears saw the majority of Alabama’s aboriginal population relocated. During the Civil War and the Reconstruction era of American history, Tuscaloosa suffered greatly, losing many soldiers and enduring years of economic hardship before experiencing resurgence in prosperity, growth and civic diversification. Though Alabama has historically weathered many storms and stresses, present-day Tuscaloosa prides itself on a broad-based world view, a diverse civic identity, and the ability to embrace, cherish, honor and learn from its past by keeping our history firmly in the present. To learn more about the historic districts and structures of Tuscaloosa, or to explore the museums and exhibits of our multi-cultural history, please visit:

Historic Tuscaloosa

Map of Tuscaloosa Area Historic Districts

Moundville Archaeological Site and Park

Jones Archaeological Museum

Murphy-Collins House African-American Museum

Battle-Friedman House and Gardens

Battle-Friedman House and Gardens Virtual Tour

Dr. John R. Drish House

Denny Chimes

Gorgas House

Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion

Parks and Recreation

Tuscaloosa has a great availability of open spaces and developed parks, supported at the local, state and national level, which offer amenities from playgrounds, picnic facilities and designated sport areas to well-maintained trails and nature centers. In addition to the majestic Black Warrior and Cahaba Rivers, a number of creeks and tributaries allow residents and visitors to enjoy fishing, sailing, tubing and other water activities. Central Alabama is at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range, so much of our geography is defined by the steep majesty of our nearby mountains. Red Mountain, Shades Valley, Sand Mountain, Ruffner Mountain and Shades Mountain are some of our most scenic destinations, and the ideal locale to enjoy the perfection of an Alabama sunset. Golfing, hunting and equestrian activities are also area favorites—but don’t forget the area’s sports! From Roll Tide or War Eagles to bird watching, a visit to the UA Arboretum or a ride down the river on the Bama Belle, there’s an adventure or a peaceful moment of reflection waiting for you in Tuscaloosa. To explore our parks, recreation, sports and outdoor activities, please visit:

The Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority

Alabama State Parks

Alabama National Parks

University of Alabama Arboretum

Alabama Wildlife Center

Wind Creek State Park

Cheaha State Park

Lake Lurleen State Park

Rickwood Caverns

Oak Mountain State Park

Paul M. Grist State Park

Moss Rock Preserve

Oak Mountain State Park

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Sports and Activities

Alabama Crimson Tide

Auburn Tigers Athletics

Dixie Derby Girls

Tragic City Rollers

Birmingham Blitz Dames

Alabama Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Alabama Outdoor Activities

Guide to Alabama Road Trips and Trails

NorthRiver Yacht Club

Ol' Colony Golf Complex

Recreation Trails around Tuscaloosa


Attractions and Activities

For shopping, dining and entertainment in Tuscaloosa, the Downtown Business District
and Merchants Walk areas are guaranteed to have something for everyone, with a wide variety of businesses, pubs, nightlife hotspots, eateries and events that cater to Tuscaloosa’s diverse community. Everything from high-end national retailers, local boutiques and antiques stores are represented at the numerous shopping centers and commercial districts of Tuscaloosa—for bargain hunters, WaterMark Place Outlet Center offers quality retail inventory at rock-bottom prices, while Midtown Village, University Mall and McFarland Mall feature everything from unique, locally owned merchants to name-brand national vendors. Antique hunting is another popular Tuscaloosa activity, so be sure to pay a visit to one of the area’s hidden treasures. For foodies and gourmands, the only way to truly experience Tuscaloosa is to pull up a chair for a taste of the South—whether it’s down-home sweet tea, barbecue and soul food you’re craving or the distinctive flair of fusion cuisine and fine dining, there’s an empty plate waiting for you at one of Tuscaloosa’s restaurants! Commerce, activity, culture and recreation are abundant in Tuscaloosa, with numerous scheduled performances, recitals and theatrical productions year round, as well as a host of museums, events centers, parks and theme parks to choose from. To find out more about the attractions, activities, culture, shopping and dining available in Tuscaloosa, please visit:

Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa

Alabama Museum of Natural History

The Bama Belle

Coleman Coliseum

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Rhoads Stadium

Foster Auditorium

Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame

Paul W. “ Bear” Bryant Museum

Bama Theatre

Kentuck Museum

The UA Frank Moody Music Building Concert and Recital Hall

UA Rowand-Johnson Hall Marian Gallaway Theatre

Shelton State Sandra Hall-Ray Fine Arts Centre and Bean-Brown Theatre

Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art

Theatre, Culture and The Arts

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra

Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre Company

Theatre Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Community Dancers

Tuscaloosa Winds

Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions

Tuscaloosa Shopping Guide

Experience Tuscaloosa Shopping

University Mall

McFarland Mall

WaterMark Place Outlet Center

Midtown Village

Alabama Tourism Dept's Year of Alabama Food

Tuscaloosa Dining Guide

Guide to Tuscaloosa Restaurants

The Crimson Café International Coffee House

Kozy's Fine Dining

Cypress Inn

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Nick's in the Sticks Original Filet House



The special events and festivals of Tuscaloosa offer neighbors the chance to come together as friends and celebrate their sense of community, the key element of Alabama’s spirit of Southern Hospitality! Year-round, local arts councils, museums, historic societies and community groups schedule a diverse range of lectures, sports events, performances, workshops and exhibits for Tuscaloosa area residents to enjoy. Annual festivals and events only add to the excitement—the Weindorf Festival, Cherry Blossom Festival, Druid City Arts Fest and the Johnny Shines Blues Festival are just of few of the local favorites that are not to be missed! To learn more about Tuscaloosa’s events or to find out what’s happening in Tuscaloosa during your stay, please visit:

Experience Tuscaloosa Events and Festivals

Tuscaloosa Arts Council Calendar of Events

Dickens Downtown

Druid City Arts Fest

Moundville Native American Festival

Jewish Film Festival

International City Fest and Weindorf Festival

Sakura Festival

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

Kentuck Festival of Arts

Alabama Bound Literary Festival

Johnny Shines Blues Festival

Alabama Phoenix Festival

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