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Pick a pastime and make a plan amid the many recreation options in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

There’s something to satisfy the senses for just about every interest in our community. Explore just a few ideas below, and visit Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports’ Visit Tuscaloosa website for detailed recreation options and an events calendar.

The University of Alabama Athletics

If you can only do one thing in Tuscaloosa, then it should be a Crimson Tide Football game on a crisp fall day. And on any given day, there’s a team to cheer for among UA’s 21 varsity teams part of the Southeastern Conference.

  • Over 25 national championships across all varsity sports
  • Home to the Crimson Tide Football Team, Bryant Denny Stadium seats just over 100,000
  • Football games in Tuscaloosa make a $25.8 million per-game impact

Outdoor Recreation

Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, offers a gorgeous natural environment and many amenities for getting out and enjoying it. These include:

  • Lake Tuscaloosa, a 5,800-acre lake where you can ski, tube, swim, fish, and more
  • Lake Lurleen State Park, a 1,600-acre park with a 250-acre lake that features a swimming beach, fishing piers, rental kayaks, and canoes, and more
  • Hurricane Creek just east of downtown Tuscaloosa, where you can kayak or hike
  • The University of Alabama’s Arboretum, which has walking trails, a wildflower garden, a native woodland section and gardens for adults and kids
  • Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority (PARA)’s 32 public parks, many walking/biking trails, and nearly 2,000 acres of greenspace
  • Dozens of spots for hunting, boating, and water skiing are available in Tuscaloosa County with our abundance of forest land, lakes, and river

Live Music, Theater & Nightlife

A culturally diverse population and college town vibe mean plenty of festivals, music and art events, and other options for socializing. These include:

  • The 8,400-capacity Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which offers views of the Black Warrior River and a historic train trestle while enjoying performances by big-name music artists
  • Downtown Tuscaloosa’s vibrant scene of bars, restaurants, and hotels that compose our famous entertainment district
  • The historic Bama Theatre, which was built in 1938 and hosts shows and events nearly 300 nights a year
  • The City of Tuscaloosa’s Live at the Plaza every Friday evening each summer, a free live concert series

Restaurants & Shopping

Tuscaloosa County has many options for dining and shopping, with locally-owned retailers and restaurants truly providing depth to local flavor. A few highlights include:

  • The Tuscaloosa River Market, a farmers market located along the Riverwalk, and the Northport Farmers Market
  • Restaurants covering every craving from fine dining to downhome Southern classics, plus excellent international options reflecting our community’s diversity
  • Uniquely local shopping at independent boutiques throughout the county along with national brand retailers

Museums & Art

Tuscaloosa County offers several famous museums for educational entertainment for all ages. These include:

  • The Children’s Hands-on Museum (CHOM) offers many exhibits that showcase the heritage of Tuscaloosa County
  • The Alabama Museum of Natural History on UA’s campus, which is the oldest museum in the state
  • The Mildred Westervelt Transportation Museum, which explores the history of transportation as it relates to our county
  • The Bryant Museum, which displays UA Athletics’ significant accomplishments
  • Kentuck Art Center in historic downtown Northport is an internationally recognized year-round retail space representing approximately 180 artists from around the country, and 60% of those artists are local to Alabama. The Center also hosts an annual Folk Arts Festival, drawing crowds of more than 10,000 from across the country.

Fitness & Sports

Tuscaloosa County has sports leagues for all ages, numerous gyms, public recreation centers, tennis facilities, and golf courses. They include:

  • Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority (PARA)’s seven activity centers, which have facilities for basketball, swimming, workouts, and more
  • Youth sports leagues through PARA, the YMCA, and others
  • Two country clubs and a public facility for tennis
  • Many public and private golf courses, with several nationally recognized