In Birmingham area, admire an old bike or train, or just bounce


1/ Barber Vintage Motor Sports Museum

What kid doesn’t love bikes? It’s often an obsession no matter what age they are – the “bikes” just get bigger. At this museum, about 20 miles east of Birmingham in Leeds, visitors will find five floors packed with more than 1,400 motorcycles, giving the museum a spot in the Guinness book for having the world’s biggest collection. More than 200 brands are on display, along with exhibits about the evolution, technology and people it takes to produce a bike. Group tours can work with the restoration crew to rebuild a bike and go on a scavenger hunt. Note that the museum is on the grounds of a park where various racing events are held, and on those days, visitors must purchase an event ticket as well as a museum pass.

6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy., Leeds. 205-699-7275, barbermuseum.org.

2/ Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

Get out of the car and take a ride on an old-fashioned train at this museum about 35 miles south of Birmingham. The idea for a place dedicated to railroad buffs grew out of a 1962 visit by the Civil War engine the General, that was touring the country before coming to rest in Kennesaw’s Southern Museum. The facility features two restored depots and an expansive array of railroad memorabilia, cars, cabooses and engines. Hop on a diesel-and-electric driven engine for a one-hour ride through the local countryside, or take a longer trip during various holiday and themed events. The trains are wheelchair accessible.

1919 9th St., Calera. 205-668-3435, hodrrm.org.

3/ Airwalk Trampoline Arena

Kids bouncing off the walls? It’s perfectly fine at the Birmingham center where 12,000 square feet of trampolines and padded surfaces let the tykes tire themselves out. More than 60 of the jumping surfaces set up a variety of moves, from a slam-dunk to a fall from a trapeze. It’s fun, but it requires a waiver, and kids 2 and younger must be with an adult. Check out the calendar to find times reserved just for those younger than 6.

7010 Champion Blvd., Birmingham. 205-637-3347, airwalk.us



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