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
Memorial Day is approaching. For most of us, that means a long weekend spent remembering and celebrating the lives of those soldiers taken from us too soon. If you’re spending the holiday in Tuscaloosa this year we want to help you out by giving you some ideas to make your Memorial day the most memorable one yet!
Memorial Day Program at Veterans Memorial Park
Since this holiday is about remembering the late soldiers who fought for our freedom, Veterans Memorial Park will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Service on Monday morning. The service will feature guest speaker, Allison Spann, daughter of war hero, Johnny Spann. Spann was a captain in the Marine Corps. and became the first American casualty in Afghanistan while serving his country. Iraq war veteran, Colonel Duane Lamb, will also speak at the ceremony. The program will conclude with an Armed Forces Medley and tours of the Park’s military exhibit.
Van De Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park
Now, it’s summertime here in Tuscaloosa and whether you prefer a lake, pool, pond or just a backyard patio- this holiday is meant to be spent outside. Luckily in this city, we have numerous options for outdoor adventures. One of Tuscaloosa’s latest attractions is the Van De Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park. The park is still under development, but the fun has already begun. The hiking, biking, and walking trails have already been opened to the public and include a path across the historic 1882 King Bowstring Bridge. The camping sites are also up and running and each one includes a fire ring, water hook up for your RV and access to 33 acres of freshwater ponds for fishing. If that’s not enough, the park also offers porch-style swings, fire pits, a horseshoe pit, the Big Bat House and canoe and kayak rentals. This park is the one-stop shop for all your outdoor fun this Memorial Day.
Pontoon Rentals and Picnics at Lake Tuscaloosa
If you’d rather spend your holiday weekend in a boat on the river don’t worry, we’ve got that covered too. At Lake Tuscaloosa, you can rent pontoon boats for the whole family to enjoy. Float across the water all day while you take in the stunning views around you. Just be sure to pack a lunch because when it’s time for your mid-day meal, you’ll certainly want to indulge at one of the beautiful picnic areas along Lake Tuscaloosa.
Evening Cruise on the Bama Belle Riverboat
If an evening boat ride sounds better to you, Tuscaloosa is home to the Bama Belle Riverboat Cruise. The spectacular riverboat has been a part of Tuscaloosa for years and offers Sunset Cruises, BBQ Cruises, and Afternoon Cruises Friday through Sunday. The Bama Belle cruises along the Black Warrior River and offers snacks, drink, and cocktails available for purchase on board. A live band is also part of the journey and offers plenty of entertainment. This is the perfect excuse to unwind and take in the breathtaking views of the Black Warrior River.
Host a Cookout Catered by Dreamland
Lastly, if you volunteered to host the annual neighborhood cookout this year, but then realized you’re not in the mood to cook that much food let the experts at Dreamland Bar-B-Que help you out. You can focus on all the details like decorations, seating arrangements and activities while they take care of the rest. Take advantage of the scrumptious hickory smoked ribs, southern sides, and delicious desserts that only the professionals at Dreamland can cook up. Don’t waste your time slaving in the kitchen this holiday, get outside and enjoy your long weekend. The chefs at Dreamland Bar-B-Que will take great care of you, and your neighbors will love you for it.
Written By: Bailee Kennamer – Intern