Originally the capital, Tuscaloosa is now the 5th largest city in the state. It is also known as “The City of Champions because it is home to the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide football team. Sitting on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the city of Tuscaloosa is more than a glorified college town. Get into your Ram pickup truck and tour the town! There is so much to offer, that you really should take a visit just to see these five things to do in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
in 1826 Tuscaloosa was the capital seat of Alabama state government. When the capital was moved to Montgomery in 1847, the building was first turned into Alabama Central Female College and ran until 1923. The college burnt to the ground, and the left over ruins have become the memorial park known today.
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has a capacity of just 7,470 and is primarily used for musical events. Over the years many famous acts have wowed the crowds and the locals keep coming back for more. The amphitheater is famous for its great facilities, cleanliness, and ease of entry. When in town check out what bands are on and head on down, for the sounds quality alone you will not be disappointed.
Jameson-Van De Graaf Mansion
Built in 1859, it was for its time the most advanced building in Alabama. However due to the ravages of the civil war, it was never fully completed, but what work that was done by the slaves, was done immaculately. This was the first house in Tuscaloosa to include plumbing, as well as a gas plant used for illumination. The Commission of Tuscaloosa allows the house to be rented for wedding and ceremonies, and restorations have begun to restore this house to its original luster.
Lake Tuscaloosa is a damn built to provide water to the city, however, it covers an area of 5885 acres, has 177 miles of shore, and is regularly stocked with a variety of sports fish. So if you fish from the bank, or from a boat, this place is definitely worth your time.
The Crimson Tide
If you come during the right season, then you have to stop in and see the crimson tide play. Regardless of team loyalties, this has been one of the most consistently good football teams in the NCAA. If the game isn’t your thing, then check out the museum located just off campus.