Steeped in a rich local history, this charming city offers art centers, exciting museums and a lively sports scene.
Tuscaloosa is an attractive city on the banks of the Black Warrior River in the state of Alabama. The river was named after the legendary American Indian chief, Tuskaloosa (Black Warrior), who was killed in an encounter with explorer Hernando de Soto. White frontiersmen settled permanently in the area in the early 1800s.
Learn about the history of the city through its buildings and museums. From 1826 to 1846, Tuscaloosa was Alabama’s capital. Explore Capitol Park, reconstructed buildings where the seat of government was held. See the impressive Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, the Battle-Friedman House and the Gorgas House. Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Murphy African-American Museum and the First African Baptist Church, which played a significant role during the civil rights movement.
Football fans will want to visit the Paul W. Bryant Museum and learn about Alabama’s college football history. Make sure you catch the 15-time national champion Alabama Crimson Tide at the 101,821-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium.
If you are a motoring enthusiast, reserve a Tuesday or Thursday to tour the Tuscaloosa Mercedes-Benz Plant, which also has a visitor center and museum that are open Monday through Friday except on holidays.
The arts scene is thriving in Tuscaloosa. See a show at the new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater or the historic Bama Theatre. Hear the symphony orchestra at the Moody Music Building, browse works at the Kentuck Art Center and Museum and discover an extensive collection at the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art. With the Children’s Hands-On Museum and the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre, there are many activities for children to do as well.
For outdoor activities, take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s proximity to three state parks: Lake Lurleen State Park, Moundville Archeological Park and Tannehill Ironworks State Park.
Reach Tuscaloosa by car, train or bus. Alternatively, fly into Birmingham airport, which is 55 miles (89 kilometers) north of Tuscaloosa.