Sports! This place is football-crazy, so if you are too, come on down! Cheer on the Crimson Red Tides at the Bryant-Denny Stadium! If you like baseball, head to Regions Field to root for the Birmingham Barons.
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Real iced tea! Southern iced tea is something that must be experienced to be appreciated. Make it at home with a traditional recipe, or buy flavored versions from Southern Boy Sweet Teas or MIlo's.
Banana pudding! Banana pudding is a traditional dessert enjoyed by virtually every Alabama home. Stop by Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q in Cahaba Heights or Dreamland BBQ in Montgomery for some of the most highly rated banana pudding in the state.
Lick your fingers! Admit it -- you just love barbeque, which is perfect because Alabama does too! Stuff your face at Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q in Decatur or Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q in Bessemer.
Theme parks! With the incredible heat of the summer, Waterville USA is the perfect place to cool down. When the weather cools down, go to DeSoto Caverns Park for a different spin on a theme park -- how many feature a trail maze?
Wild blackberries! Alabama's blackberry season runs from June to July each year, and there are plenty of places to pick your own. Hit up the Barber Berry Farm in Millbrook or the Holmestead Farm U-Pick in Clayton County to find plenty of fresh, organic blackberries.
Golf! Alabama is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. If you are a golf nut, come and visit the Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe or the Grand National Links Course in Opelika.
Farmers markets! Regardless of where you settle in Alabama, you'll find a farmers market near you! Check out Prattville Farmers Market in Prattville and Lawrence County Farmers Market in Moulton.
The Bluegrass Festival! In Alabama, there's a special love and respect for traditional country music, and the annual Bluegrass Festival is proof. Bluegrass events are hosted in many different places throughout Alabama, so you can always find one nearby. Check out the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival in Moulton or the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Festival in Webster's Chapel if you are new to the event.
Fishing! There are 23 public fishing lakes in Alabama that are maintained by the state Fisheries Department. Take a trip to Madison County Lake for some fall bass fishing or try out Escambia County Lake for some large-mouth bass.
Corn grits! You just don't see grits in the northern states, which makes them something of a delicacy in southern states like Alabama. Make your own at home using McEwen and Sons Organic Yellow Grits or stop by Veranda in Birmingham for some top-quality shrimp and grits.
Peach cobbler! All self-respecting Alabamians have eaten more than their fair share of peach cobbler and loved every bite. Get the best peaches in the summer at the Durbin Farms Market, while others prefer to visit Ted's Restaurant in Birmingham for a taste of this southern delight.
Rent to own housing available! Whether you want to live in Gulf Shores, Lafayette or Montgomery, the local real estate market is full of rent to own houses. No need to scrimp and save for an expensive mortgage deposit - move right in and make your rent payments work for you.
Live in a historical plantation! It's no secret that Old South plantations are scattered across the length of Alabama, but did you know that you can live in some of them? Find amazing plantation properties in Marion, Greensboro, Demopolis and many more towns throughout the state.
It's a buyers market! The average number of home sales in major Alabama cities like Birmingham and Auburn has remained relatively steady from year to year, which means that the prices are staying put too! Rent to own a home in one of these cities to lock down an affordable piece of Alabama property. $85,100 is the median house value in state.
A home in Birmingham is a great investment! Birmingham has it all -- a low cost of living, low taxes, and great places to eat, like Bistro. Home prices in this city are not only affordable, but a home you buy today will be much more valuable 10, 20 or 30 years down the road.
Affordable lake properties! Live beside the scenic Lake Martin or Weiss Lake for an added element of nature and wonder in your life. The fresh air and natural beauty are second to none. The median house listing price is $67,000.
Rural real estate at its best! If you are more at home in a rural or small-town setting, Alabama still delivers. Check out Glenwood for a small, close-knit community or the 10-person community of McMullen for your very own patch of farm or ranch land.