Vestavia Hills Alabama
Vestavia Hills is named for the 20-acre (8.1 ha) estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward. It was situated on the crest of Shades Mountain in what is now the northern edge of the city.
The development of Vestavia Hills as a residential suburb began in 1946, when developer Charles Byrd planned a subdivision for approximately a thousand persons on the southern flank of Shades Mountain. The suburb was incorporated as a separate city on November 8, 1950, and has since grown, by rapid development and annexation, into a thriving small city. In 2006, the Census Bureau estimated the population of Vestavia Hills to be 31,051.
Vestavia Hills Alabama Parks:
- McCallum Park
- Liberty Park Sports Complex
- Sicard Hollow Athletics Complex
- Cahaba Heights Athletic Fields
Vestavia Hills Alabama Attractions:
- The Alabama Theater – The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films, and in 1998 the Theatre hosted over 300 events
- The Alabama Symphony
- The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center – The Alys Stephens Center brings the best of today’s performers to Alabama, from classical to contemporary.
- Birmingham Ballet – located in Vestavia Hills, is a self-sustaining community arts organization with a mission to provide professional quality family entertainment, a training ground for aspiring talent and a performance outlet for dance enthusiasts of all ages. All dancers from Birmingham and the surrounding area are invited to audition to perform with the Birmingham Ballet. Birmingham Ballet Academy serves as the official school of the Birmingham Ballet providing faculty and rehearsal facilities.
- Birmingham Children’s Theater – BCT exists to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theater. Established in 1947, BCT has touched the lives of over twelve million students throughout its six-decade history. BCT’s ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth. In 2009-2010, BCT offered 275 in-house performances and 161 tour performances that reached over 570 K-12 schools and served over 170,000 youth and families.
- Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex – Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Champions On Ice, Broadway Series, and much, much more…
Vestavia Hills Alabama Recreation
- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – Alabama and the Trail ranked #3 in Golf Digest’s list of America’s 10 best states for golf values – 1995.
- Oak Mountain State Park – Oak Mountain is Alabama’s largest State Park, with almost 10,000 acres of mountains, lakes, and forests for hiking, biking, camping and fishing, a well-developed golf course, riding stable, and day use facilities for groups of any size.
- Alabama Adventure – Fun for the entire family, including a wooden roller coaster, a children’s ride area, a water park and the exciting new river rapids ride, Wild River Gorge. Alabama Adventure is Alabama’s Family Place!
Vestavia Hills Alabama Sightseeing
- The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame – The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence “Pinetop” Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
- The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame – The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving and honoring the athletic achievements of our state’s greatest champions who have made their mark in American sports history.
- The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute takes its visitors on one of this nation’s most significant journeys by capturing the spirit and courage of countless individuals who, during the 1950’s and 1960’s, dared to confront the bigotry and racial discrimination of American society.
- The Birmingham Museum of Art – The largest municipal art museum in the Southeast, the Birmingham Museum of Art has a nationally-recognized permanent collection of over 17,000 works of art dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. The collections include African, American, Asian, European, Precolumbian, Native American and Contemporary art.
- The Birmingham Zoo – The Birmingham Zoo is home to 700 animals from many continents, including many endangered species. Here are some of our attractions: Visit our authentic alligator swamp; Watch sea lion feeding and training; Experience a tropical rain forest; Ride the Zoo Train. Have a fun day with us! We offer free parking and shaded picnic areas.
- The McWane Center – Go explore outer space, the living sea, adventure halls, and some really cool stuff! Picture the wonders of science laid out like a thrilling adventure, the sights, sounds and textures of the most intriguing aspects of our world ready for you to explore at your leisure. That’s what you’ll discover at McWane Center, Alabama’s exciting new science museum. Through state-of-the-art exhibits, science becomes exciting and technology becomes understandable. Theater presentations, live demonstrations and hands-on activities bring the concepts of science to life. It’s irresistible. Learning becomes an adventure guaranteed to delight everyone from infants to grandparents.
- Southern Museum of Flight Explore the miracle of flying! Take off to the Southern Museum of Flight where visitors can view eight decades of aviation history through aircraft, engines, models, and memorabilia of some of the greatest aviation pioneers of all time!
- Vulcan Park – The gigantic figure of Vulcan standing on Red Mountain is one of America’s most remarkable monuments. It is one of the few monuments in the world erected, not to commemorate an event or to perpetuate the memory of a person, but to symbolize industry.