The Tuscaloosa Top 5 - Free Things to Do

The best things to do for the least money


    5.) Listen to the radio

    You knew this would have to be here, right?

    4.) Spend an afternoon at Hurricane Creek

    Within the Black Warrior River lies Hurricane Creek. It flows from the town of Vance in Tuscaloosa County to the Black Warrior River at Holt, just northeast of Tuscaloosa. The length of the creek is approximately 32 miles long and flows entirely within the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County.

    3.) Take a walk on the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk

    Spend an afternoon taking a relaxing stroll by the Black Warrior River, enjoying the scenic beauty of Tuscaloosa County.

    2.) Experience the UA Quad

    The Quad is the heart of the UA campus in more ways than one. Its central location means most students enjoy it on a daily basis and the Quad's scenic beauty is special to all who experience it.

    Students use the Quad for activities from tossing a Frisbee or football to finding a quiet place to study. Many enjoy a few minutes of serenity on the way to class while walking on the nicely shaded sidewalks. The Quad is also used for pep rallies and the bonfire on homecoming and for various other student gatherings.

    Buried beneath the Quad are the ruins of several dorm buildings that were burned during the Civil War. The Mound on the northwest side of the Quad is the site of the old Franklin Hall dorm. The original library is also buried underneath the area in front of Gorgas Library on the Quad. An architect of the University designed the large expanse of land to have trees on one side for studying and open grass on the other for play.

    1.) Visit the UA Arboretum

    The Arboretum features walking trails through a native woodland section, a wildflower garden, a collection of ornamental plants, an experimental garden, and a children’s garden. Most of the Arboretum’s land was donated by the federal government to help support the University’s goals of promoting research and providing public education and service. Today the Arboretum is part of a national network that shares plant information with scientists, students and the public.