It’s a big week at Vulcan Park and Museum! This Saturday, March 24th, marks the beginning of the Spring Walking Tours, something that’s quickly becoming a Birmingham tradition. I recently spoke with Katherine Pearson, a key player in these events, and she shared some great information for anyone thinking about signing up. (Hint: That person should be you. You should really consider signing up.)
First of all, Birmingham is amazing. We all know this. But did you know Vulcan Park and Museum’s walking tour guides are experts in their fields, and they are ready to share things you won’t learn anywhere else? We’re talking architects, historians, and preservationists! Ms. Pearson told me guest appearances are often made by people with a significant role in a given stop, so tour participants get to hear from surprise experts as well.
The 2018 Walking Tour Series
Saturday, March 24th: 9:00 a.m.
Birmingham’s historic loft district
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Saturday, April 14th: 9:00 a.m.
Redmont Park neighborhood
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Saturday, May 5th: 9:00 a.m.
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Cost: $10 (Vulcan Park and Museum members) | $12 (non-members)
Each tour begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends around noon.
More information on each site can be found at Vulcan Park and Museum’s website, but you need to sign up quickly! Spots for tours do fill up, especially the April and May dates.
A few more fun details…
This would be a great outing with a girlfriend, a mom, or your spouse! Heck, enjoy a Saturday flying solo and meeting some new friends. Ms. Pearson assured me there’s a wide age range on these tours, so participants get to meet all types of people. She shared a friendly warning as well, since many of our readers have young children. This really isn’t a good fit for little ones. Many areas aren’t stroller friendly, and there is a lot of walking, probably too much for young children. If you have a child who is nine or older, you’re good to go!
- There are about 2.5 hours of walking.
- There are no stretches more than two miles without a stop.
- While this is an informative tour, it’s not an academic tour. It’s lighthearted and fun!
- This is friendly for all ages, starting around nine years and up.
- Tours are for a maximum of 40 people.
- After registering online, you’ll receive an e-mail a week ahead of the tour with instructions for parking, where to meet, etc.
- Someone is there to check participants in before tours begin.
- Bring snacks! The tours keep moving, so you won’t run in places to get food (or coffee) unless it’s before the tour begins. They do strive to begin tours near local coffee shops, but arrive early if you’d like to partake.
One last thing, since we’re all moms here: Don’t forget your sunscreen!