PETrifying Places

Lake Tuscaloosa has everything you need for an unforgettable lake day with friends, family, and fluffy companions. This local hangout has certainly earned its reputation as a fantastic fishing spot with bass, sunfish, crappie, and more! If fishing isn’t for you, stand on the shore, hike the lake’s cliffs, or simply take in the captivating views with your pet by your side! Everyone is bound to have a blast in this comfortable cozy weather. Only a short drive from the city, this lake makes pairing a morning out in nature with Rama Jama’s iconic Southern breakfast unbelievably easy. This sport-centric bar & grill serves a variety of American eats, including all-day breakfast, sandwiches & shakes!


Across the river and north of downtown Northport, you’ll find one of PARA’s many phenomenal developments: The Van De Graff Arboretum. This 33-acre beauty has it all, from freshwater ponds and protected swamplands to porch-style swings and a historic bridge over a peaceful creek. This park splendidly showcases the natural southern beauty Tuscaloosians (and their furry friends) admire and cherish. The hidden gem within the park is the reused 1882 King Bowstring Bridge mentioned previously. Once used to cross the Black Warrior, it closed in 1896, slowly becoming forgotten until the park reclaimed it. With surreal views and unforgettable places to explore Van de Graff makes for a picturesque place for your next fall picnic!


Spooky Shopping Spaces

Immerse yourself into your character this weekend by stepping into the past and finding your one-of-a-kind halloweekend costume at some of our incredible, local antique stores! Druid City Vintage opened at the end of last year and already has the potential for an instant T-Town “must-do”. Whether it’s a Jimi Hendrix tee or a Vintage Handheld (and still working) Basketball Game that will put the perfect finishing touch on your Halloween costume, you’re bound to leave this gold mine smiling.


Twice as Nice is another local thrift/consignment shop that blesses this community. This gem has been in business for 20 years in its current location with over 16,000 clients. Specializing in high-end designer clothing, furniture, and antiques this spot is another go-to for finding a creative and unique last-minute costume!


Formidable Football and more Frightening Fall Functions

Para is hosting BOO! in the park this Friday, which is a two-part spooky extravaganza including Trick or Treat Trails and a Halloween Double Feature! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and round up the whole family for this night of fun! Hotel Transylvania will begin at 6:30 pm and Hocus Pocus will begin at 8:30 pm. Social distancing will be enforced, please wear your mask. Enter through the Sokol Park entrance off of Ol’ Colony Road. Gates open at 5:30. Food trucks and concessions available.


BeWEAR of the $100 Surprise Giveaway we’ve been cooking up. Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports has teamed up with FIVE bar to raise Mask Awearness AND make your Friday even better! Our red SUV (with our logo on it, you can’t miss it) will be parked in front of this local favorite at 5:30 pm tomorrow wearing, you guessed it, a face mask! Follow the instructions displayed on the windshield for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to FIVE! You can go ahead and solidify the plans you made to kick off the weekend early with drinks and grub right after work. Enjoy fine dining and shoot your shot for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to an iconic Tuscaloosa restaurant!


Don’t stop the fun after FIVE because Twelve25 will be hosting a Fright Night Halloween Costume Competition this Friday! Wear your iconic costume for a chance to win $50, $100, or $200 AND VIP access for 8! This is an adult Halloween celebration you definitely don’t want to miss, starting at 8 pm. World of Beer is also having several specials starting TONIGHT exclusively for this Halloweekend.


Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Get your Terrifying Tide Pride on for Saturday night at 6 pm as the Crimson Tide faces the Bulldogs! Hoop, holler and have a full-out hoot cheering on the Bama Family this weekend. For everyone’s safety, many updates have been made for the 2020 season. Head to The University of Alabama’s 2020 Gameday Information Page for all the details. If you are looking for more updates regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide Game Day Experience read the article here!

This Halloweekend be smart, wear a mask, and enjoy Rolling with the Tide!


**Masks and social distancing required for ALL events.


Written by: Jamie Hoven

Shopping Local

T-Town’s Local favorite JCG Apparel and B-Unlimited, a custom apparel and graphic design studio, are now operating as one! The quality staff that cares for each other and the work they do makes its endless rave reviews no surprise. In fact, it’s even been said that they are a people company that just so happens to make t-shirts. With crazy unique Bama gear like the 2020 Bama Schedule Band Tee or the 90’s throwback Crimson Tide Crop, you’re bound to find something to suit your style.

Since 1964 this traditional men’s clothier has consistently found innovative ways to enhance the Bama’s Game Day Drip. The Locker Room’s 50+ years success story proves the quality clothing and legendary service at this local gem. Among the hundreds of styles to choose from, check out those with the “ Vault A”. The university’s previous logo has come back into style with a vengeance, giving your fit a vintage twist this football season.

Located on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Avenue in Historic Downtown Northport, the Kentuck Gallery Shop is a delightful souvenir shop that hosts up to 180 artists from around the world. As an extension of the Kentuck organization, this gallery supports many artists and creators from the local area or all around the world, so any purchase made goes straight to these artists. Ahead of visiting the shop, check out the Kentuck Gallery Shop website to browse their online store and discover the selection of art and creations being offered. The shop is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, so it is a perfect spot for browsing before the games on Saturday or Sunday.


Located on The Strip and serving up mouth-watering flavors from all of Asia, Surin of Thailand is a must-visit restaurant for lunch or dinner during the weekend. In addition to incredible Asian dishes, Surin also features a full bar and a number of specialty cocktails perfect for celebrating a weekend full of SEC Football! Surin features indoor dining, so be sure to bring a mask along with you to safely walk to and from your table. Check out Surin’s website to learn about lunch and dinner specials they are offering this weekend.

For those looking to enjoy a juicy steak dinner to cap off a Saturday full of college football, check out Nick’s in the Sticks. Also known as Nick’s Filet House, this quaint steakhouse on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa is known primarily for its insane steaks and burgers. Don’t let their tasty food fool you, because they also have the famed Nicodemus cocktail. The great offers here are no secret so it is important to arrive early in the evening, as seating is limited to only a few tables and seats fill up fast!

Sunday morning after the Crimson Tide takes care of business, there is no better way to celebrate than with a southern-cooked brunch. One of the town’s favorite joints is T-Town Cafe! This home-style cafe is a delightful stop to enjoy comfort food galore from catfish to mashed potatoes to country-fried steak, with other burger and sandwich options as well. Before leaving town, visit T-Town Cafe to enjoy a family brunch or lunch and fill up before hitting the road!


One of the many incredible ways to enjoy T-Town is to step into the past and explore our Civil Rights Trail. Showcasing the diverse history of Tuscaloosa, this trail takes participants all through downtown and the surrounding area. The Civil Rights Trail winds its way in and around Downtown Tuscaloosa, where there are a number of restaurants and shops to discover while learning about the Civil Rights history of the town! Thanks to its close proximity to campus, this is a fantastic activity to do before the chaos of gameday begins. For more information on where the trail leads and to learn more about each of the stops along the trail, check out the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail website!

Lake Harris in Tuscaloosa is one of the smaller lakes but offers a more private space for much more than just water activities. In addition to swimming and canoeing on the lake, there are several hiking trails around the lake including one that leads to the nearby dam that services much of the water systems in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, Lake Harris is a sought-after location for avid birdwatchers. If you are looking to pick up a new hobby this game day weekend, maybe give birding a try!

If you’re looking for kid-friendly things to do around town, you’ve come to the right place! From 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM this Saturday, the Children’s Hands-On Museum will be hosting their Spooky Scavenger Hunt! Bring along your children and help the museum find goblins, ghosts, zombies, and other spooky creatures that have been set loose in the museum! All related activities for this scavenger hunt are included in the price of admission, but be sure to purchase admission ahead of time just in case. To learn more about the Children’s Hands-On Museum and safety procedures in response to the COVID-19 situation, visit here.

If Not Now…When?

It is rare to be able to come to Tuscaloosa on a gameday Saturday without having to plan several months in advance. This year, as I’m sure you’re aware, is different than any other because of the open availability at some of our incredible hotels. Now is the time to take a road trip down and see what T-Town is all about. For information on the diverse selection of our city’s hotels, many within walking distance of Tuscaloosa’s unique restaurants, shopping, and entertainmentclick here.

For everyone’s safety, many updates have been made for the 2020 season. Head to The University of Alabama’s 2020 Gameday Information Page for all the details. If you are looking for more updates regarding the Alabama Crimson Tide Game Day Experience read the article here!