Choose your own adventure and discover Alabama’s 22 state parks.
From the nation's most celebrated college football teams to high-speed NASCAR races, Alabama is a sports lover's paradise. Here, you can see where some of the greats started and catch a few games yourself.
Alabama's legendary athletic reputation centers around football, and it's easy to see why. We've played some of the best football this country has ever seen, from Paul "Bear" Bryant's legendary Crimson Tide teams to Auburn's Bo Jackson and his unforgettable Heisman Trophy run.
Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium (capacity: 101,821) and Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451) are among the largest football stadiums in the country and host exciting SEC football action every fall. Down in Mobile, you’ll find college football's biggest all-star game, the Senior Bowl, an annual event that draws more NFL scouts and coaches than any other event of its kind.
No other state in the South boasts as impressive a list of native baseball legends as Alabama. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige – all are greats of the game. The tradition continues at the state’s top-notch minor league teams in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville.
Birmingham is also home to the oldest baseball stadium in America, built in 1910. At Rickwood Field, baseball's golden era is perfectly preserved – from the stadium right down to the uniforms. Simply put, if you love baseball, this is a must-see destination.
Watch NASCAR superstars battle three wide in the turns at Talladega Superspeedway, the world's fastest and most competitive superspeedway, each spring and fall. Year-round, tour the track, visit the International Motorsports Hall of Fame or pay homage to local legend Davey Allison by taking a stroll around the Talladega Walk of Fame.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses the world's largest motorcycle collection, as well as race cars and other racing artifacts. Outside, the impressive 2.3-mile road course hosts some of the most challenging racing events in the world, including the Indy Grand Prix and the AMA Triumph Superbike Championship.
While Alabama will forever be associated with football, there's plenty here for the "futbol" fan as well. Birthplace to women's soccer legend Mia Hamm, Alabama has proudly hosted both Olympic and professional soccer, including the 1996 Summer Olympics and Futbol Internacional 2007. The state boasts some of the region’s top soccer facilities, including the Jack Allen Recreational Complex in Decatur and Sports Blast Shelby County outside Birmingham.
Dothan's Westgate Tennis Center is the winner of three national facility awards and is one of the premier tennis facilities in the southern United States. Several national, sectional, state and local tournaments are hosted there throughout the year.
The Mobile Tennis Center is one of the largest public tennis facilities in the world and features more than 50 courts, all lighted and hard-court. There's even a pro shop and professional instruction on site.
Birmingham's Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, offers more than 60 ongoing activities and classes each week for disabled children and adults. Camp ASCCA on Lake Martin provides access to the world's largest barrier-free therapeutic recreational facility. Specialized camps and activities are also offered through the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Birmingham's Camp Smile-A-Mile, Children's Harbor in Alexander City and Special Olympics Alabama.