Beyond the beautiful campus, Tuscaloosa has numerous opportunities for fun adventures with friends. Whether you are looking to relax in your hammock by the Riverwalk or check out the newest showing in the Bama Theatre, there is so much to explore in Tuscaloosa’s great outdoors, local hangouts, as well as the great indoors of local fine arts and culture. You may be surprised at just how close some of these beautiful spots are to your residence hall or apartment!


Whether you want to walk with your friends or you are more of the adventurous type, Tuscaloosa has something just for you. Spending time in Tuscaloosa’s great outdoors offers some of the best adventures with friends!

First Year Favorite for Nature

Tuscaloosa Riverwalk – If you are looking for a place to go for a stroll, consider going to Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a paved trail that sits on the southern edge of the Black Warrior River near downtown Tuscaloosa. The trail is approximately 4.5 miles long, beginning at Capitol Park and ending near the East Side of Manderson Landing.


Want to do something exciting on the weekend? These local entertainments are fun ways to make wonderful memories with new friends!

First Year Favorite for Entertainment: Local Theatres

Bama Theatre – Visit our local performing arts center to see incredible shows, plays, exhibits, and more!

Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre – Hear some incredible artists at a concert in the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater!

CMX Cinemas Hollywood 16 – Catch the latest movies with friends at CMX Cinemas Hollywood 16!

Arts and Museums

Tuscaloosa is unique because of its rich history and culture. Even today, this city has amazing artists, museums, and events that unite the community and celebrate all that Tuscaloosa has to offer. Check out one of these events or museums to learn more about the history and fine arts of Tuscaloosa!

Heritage Week

Held in late March or early April, the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society hosts tours of historic sites and antebellum homes around town. There are other activities including the Tuscaloosa Belles, children’s activities, and lectures from various speakers.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts

This festival attracts 30,000 visitors to the area to take in over 300 booths filled with modern art and is considered to be “the best of all things Southern.” This festival is held during the third week of October.

Cherry Blossom/Sakura Festival

The Sakura Festival celebrates Tuscaloosa’s friendship with our sister city of Narashino, Japan. These events hosted throughout March include exhibits focusing on Japanese culture. Special events include an art and Haiku contest and a tea ceremony.