5 things to do in Tuscaloosa, AL

Located in the western part of the state, Tuscaloosa is a city that boasts quaint Southern charm and big-city amenities. Considering taking your next assignment in Alabama? Tuscaloosa is a great place to start! Here are five things our current travelers have loved about living and working alongside the Black Warrior River.

Here are some of the top things our travelers have said you can’t miss during your assignment in Tuscaloosa:

Bryant-Denny Stadium: If you’re a fan of college football, you don’t want to miss a chance to see a game at the Bryant-Denny stadium. Named after former head coach Paul W. Bryant and former University of Alabama President Dr. George Denny, the stadium has grown over the years to keep up with the intense attendance demands. Even if you’re not a hardcore fan, it’s a unique experience that you shouldn’t pass up. Roll Tide!

Tuscaloosa Amphitheater: The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is a stunning facility with so much fun to be had! Located right by the Black Warrior River, this outdoor facility is the perfect place to enjoy a concert. It is also within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants, as well as an entrance to the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk path!

Tuscaloosa Riverwalk: Spanning about four and a half miles, the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk is a great place for a peaceful stroll or bike ride. The paved path leads to numerous dog-friendly park areas, as well as benches, gazebos and hammock-friendly trees for ultimate relaxation. There is also a small playground near the Public Library and a splash pad near the Bama Bell!

Hungry? Where to eat in Tuscaloosa, AL

Something savory

Taste great food in a historic setting at 301 Bistro, Bar, & Beer Garden. In 1912, this building was originally made to host the plethora of passengers on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Since then, this building has been the home of many things, but has found ownership by the 301 Bistro, Bar & Beer Garden.

Starting as a catering business in 2005, then opened as a restaurant since 2015, 301 is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving amazing food, while paying tribute to the original integrity of the building. Brunch, lunch and dinner are all offered, with a special jazz brunch offering on Sunday. You can’t go wrong with any of the drinks or food on the menu!

  • “I’ve been to this restaurant three times now, it’s both the food and the service that keep me coming back. I’ve been for both dinner and brunch, and my favorite meal was the salmon salad. There’s a cute beer garden out back which I would like to try next time I visit, which will be soon.” ~Stephanie T.
  • “Located in a historic train depot, the atmosphere here is nice. We sat at the bar and the waitress was friendly and very knowledgeable of the history surrounding the location. The decor was very interesting with the original mosaic tile flooring and the original chandelier in the dining room.” ~Nolan N.
  • “Such a lovely place! Atmosphere, service, food, and drinks are exceptional!! It is on my list every time I go to Tuscaloosa!!” ~Gina B.

Something sweet

Beat the heat with a treat from Frost Bite. Experience ice cream in a new way with Frost Bite’s rolled, shaved or liquid nitrogen ice cream!

These may sound too far out for some people, but it essentially boils down to different ways of serving ice cream that has more flavor per bite or is creamier overall. With toppings galore and so many different combinations to choose from, this ice cream is a perfect way to cool down.

  • “Great place for a delicious afternoon ice cream! The guys there are courteous, kind, and the place is clean and cozy! Bring your kids and / or significant other for a good treat.” ~Marco A.
  • “We go here ALL the time! It’s great! The people are awesome! Justin is hands down the BEST! Always encouraging us to try new things. Even sits and chats with us like we are long lost friends! You couldn’t ask for a better environment! We LOVE it!!” ~Makala G.
  • “What a place! Got “The Bear”…. It was amazing! Thank you for the great service and we will be back when we come back to Alabama!” ~Melissa C.

What other travelers are saying about Tuscaloosa, AL

This only scratches the surface of the things you can do in Tuscaloosa. This town is small enough to see many friendly, familiar faces as you walk down the street, but it also has enough diversity that it will grow your experiences and expand your worldview. Our nurses have loved taking assignment here!

“I love that Tuscaloosa felt like a big city, but I still knew most of the people within the town. There was plenty to explore and the town always kept things fresh since the University was right there. I really liked my time there.”

“Tuscaloosa was a cool town. Lots to do and lots of different varieties of things as well, which doesn’t always happen. I would definitely go back.”


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