The 10 Best Things to Do in Chelsea, United States

October 11, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Chelsea is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Birmingham metropolitan area. Chelsea was incorporated on March 1, 1996, with a population of 906. At the 2000 census the population was 2,949. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2010 population for Chelsea was 10,183. Its seasonal campsite for visitors is Hargis Retreat which began in 1984. Chelsea is widely considered the fastest growing city in Shelby County, which is the fastest growing county in the state of Alabama.
Restaurants in Chelsea

1. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

6030 Barber Motorsports, Birmingham, AL 35094-3418 +1 205-699-7275
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 988 reviews

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

A motorcyclist's dream, this museum has 750 vintage and modern motorcycles displayed on walls, two-tiered platforms and just about everywhere you look. The bikes are displayed randomly, rather than by date and year, adding an element of unpredictability to the viewer's experience.

Reviewed By Ryan G - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

My family is unfamiliar with motorcycles aside from recognizing the Harley-Davidson and Honda logos, but this place gave us (ages 7 to 69) an appreciation for motorsports in general and motorcycles specifically that we weren’t expecting. Unmistakable as well was the art of the bikes. The displays were fantastic, and the employees who gave our tour were as patient as could be with our kids and as informative as could be for our entire family.

It’s clear that Mr. Barber wanted his museum to be the Augusta National of motorsports. The building and grounds are impeccably manicured and maintained.

If you can arrange a tour ahead of your visit, you just might make it down to the basement level to see the restoration garage. The whole operation is just first class, and to be in the presence of such art, class and success makes for a really cool day.

2. Oak Mountain State Park

1100 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL 35124 +1 205-620-2524
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Oak Mountain State Park

Reviewed By maloney1969 - Wallingford, Connecticut

My wife and I visited Oak Mountain State Park in October, 2017. I've hiked at many state & National Parks across America, and this park had some of the best marked trails I've encountered. We began our hike at the North Trailhead located on John Findlay Drive (a short distance from the entrance gate). We followed the White trail to the White-Blue Connector and then hiked the Blue Trail back to the car. The hike was about 11miles through and across heavily wooded terrain. I would rate both of the trails as moderate, nothing that an average hiker would have trouble with.

3. Aldridge Gardens

3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216-5902 +1 205-682-8019
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Aldridge Gardens

Reviewed By Ms_Pat - Northwest Florida

Wanting a break from interstate traffic, my husband and I decided to pause for a peaceful walk in Aldridge Gardens. Our first visit here, we found it to be an oasis in an otherwise busy city. A very short distance off the interstate, it is a convenient stop whether traveling on I-459 or I-65. The grounds are lovely with whimsical sculptures, flowers, and a lake. A bonus -- admission is free. I would highly recommend.

4. TreeTop Family Adventures

1012 Dunnavant Valley Rd, Chelsea, AL 35242 +1 205-637-3780
Excellent
26%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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3.5 based on 34 reviews

TreeTop Family Adventures

Reviewed By jonespollyr - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

been here twice this month...great place for kids...I love to watch my grandkids have so much fun...why I even play some game myself!!!

5. Morgan Creek Vineyards

181 Morgan Creek Ln, Harpersville, AL 35078-5126 +1 205-672-2053
Excellent
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5 based on 14 reviews

Morgan Creek Vineyards

Reviewed By ManningAvenger - Sellersburg, Indiana

Driving in of US 280, we got to drive past cotton fields in bloom. You knew you we in Alabama at this point. The winery offered some very good selections to sample (we liked the peach and the sweet apple). The staff made us feel welcome here, even welcoming our dog, too. Well worth the drive from Birmingham.

6. Breakout Games - Birmingham

2717 19th Pl S, Homewood, AL 35209-1919 +1 205-282-4798
Excellent
87%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 898 reviews

Breakout Games - Birmingham

This isn’t your average outing or everyday experience—Breakout is for those who would rather solve mysteries than watch someone else have all the fun. With different rooms that follow unique story-lines, you and your friends will have 60 minutes to escape your adventure of choice by cracking codes, solving puzzles and following clues. Part problem solving, part adrenaline, end-to-end fun!

Reviewed By Donna U - Gardendale, Alabama

We did this for the first time with family members. We had 5 in our group and a young couple was added. So we had 7 people for Mystery Mansion, which had a max of 8.

Everyone worked well together and all contributed. We made it out with only a couple of minutes to spare.

An evening of fun!

7. Riverchase Galleria

2000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL 35244-2341 +1 205-985-3020
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 252 reviews

Riverchase Galleria

Reviewed By Robert R - Helena, Alabama

When I visit this mall (rarely) I REALLY try to have a good experience, but always get disappointed. When I visited this mall yesterday I waited until 10 AM to make sure all of the stores were open. As usual, they were not. Some of the unsightly bizarre-like center free-standing shops were not open and several of the shops opened at least 45 minutes late. The shops are generally run by very young sales persons who tend to pay more attention to their cell phone than taking care of customers. And the free-standing shops still have their sales people shouting at shoppers ("sir, sir come here try this sample" etc). Instead of taking my time to shop and walk around and have a nice lunch, I went directly to the store where I had business and departed. This mall has seen its better days. If you want vendors from center isle stores shouting at you, if you want stores not opening on time, if you want to compete with a cell phone for the attention of a salesperson, then this mall is for you. This mall is one of the reasons why shopping on Amazon is so popular.

8. Cat-n-Bird Winery

11661 Old Highway 280, Chelsea, AL 35043-3001 +1 205-610-9463
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Cat-n-Bird Winery

A boutique micro-winery specializing in non-standard wines. Open to the public on Saturdays from 10-6 and for private tastings based on availability.

Reviewed By Airmcnair - Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Cat-n-Bird is a fun local micro-winery without any snobbish appeal. Located in the basement of a family home, Matt and Robyn Lyons are gracious hosts. You can tell that this is their passion and they are having such a blast with their winery. Fortunately, they...MoreThanks so much for stopping in and glad you enjoyed your visit. Be sure to keep up with our new releases and events via Facebook and our website. Cat-n-Bird.com

9. Alabama Wildlife Center

100 Terrace Dr, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL 35124-4314 +1 205-663-7930
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Alabama Wildlife Center

The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility, caring annually for almost 2,000 wild bird patients from more than 100 species. AWC is a nonprofit organization with a dual mission: (1) to provide medical and rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds in order to permit their return to the wild, and (2) to educate people in order to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native wildlife. Founded in 1977 as a small, home-based, all-volunteer organization, the Alabama Wildlife Center has grown to be Alabama’s largest wildlife rehabilitation center and a leader in the rehabilitation of wild birds. Some of the methods developed here are now used in rehab facilities all over the world. Since AWC's inception, well over 50,000 native Alabama wild animals have been helped because of the center's efforts. The organization has been in continuous service 365 days a year for over 30 years. Our hallmarks are rehabilitation excellence and innovation in reuniting baby birds with their families. We also engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting Alabama’s native wildlife. AWC’s Wildlife Help Line provides free advice and information on how to deal with all kinds of wildlife problems and emergencies. It has been in continuous operation 365 days a year since 1981 and receives thousands of calls each year. More than 100,000 Alabamians have been helped over the years! The center has five full-time permanent employees who care for the animals, provide educational programming, and manage the business affairs of the organization. In addition, AWC relies heavily on its volunteer staff of more than 200 generous, dedicated people to carry out its various animal rescue, rehabilitation, and public education services. The Alabama Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1) nonprofit organization and receives no public funds. All current cash income is derived from membership dues, individual donations, local business donations, and corporate and foundation grants. For each dollar contributed, AWC receives approximately two dollars in donated goods and services from individuals, businesses, and the State of Alabama. Our vibrant community includes our volunteers from all walks of life and more than 1,400 bird enthusiasts of all ages who follow the touching and inspiring stories of our new patient rescues, reunites, and releases. We invite you to join us as part of the AWC community. Become a member, attend education events, and visit our facility to view our wild bird patients and learn more about our unique rehabilitation methods. As an AWC member, you’ll help in our work to preserve our natural heritage and make Alabama a better place for wildlife and for people.

Reviewed By gifthorsley - Pelham AL

The Wildlife Center rehabs injured and orphaned wild birds. You can walk through the building and learn a bit about the birds in the area. They have a nursey where they care for birds and you can watch through windows.We appreciate your review! We're glad you found your visit educational, and we hope you were able to catch some high-quality nursery action through the observation windows. If not, please come back soon for another chance. We'd love to see you!

10. Oak Mountain Amphitheater

1000 Amphitheater Rd, Pelham, AL 35124-4345 +1 205-985-0703
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
Terrible
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4 based on 14 reviews

Oak Mountain Amphitheater

Reviewed By UberUbu - Sarasota, Florida

Was here in August for the Tesla/REO Speedwagon/Def Leppard concert. Overall, it's a good place to see an outdoor concert in the area. Parking is fairly plentiful and free if you park in an official lot. The acoustics are really good and sightings are pretty good, however... unless you are seated in tier 3 seats. Seating tiers are pretty steep in height and where I was if I was up any higher I would need FAA clearance. Food here is expensive as is beer at $10 for a small and $15 for a large. Heck, even a bottled soda which is less than $2 at a gas station costs $5 here. I think movie theaters ate cheaper on snacks than this place! Anyhow, I came for the music, which was great. I just wish they had more events here than the half dozen a summer. Hint, hint.

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