Manderson Landing

Get to know The University of Alabama and the surrounding community with these social distance friendly stops. While exploring, make sure to wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid large groups.

UA Traditions

  1. Relax on the quad
  2. Learn Yea Alabama!
  3. Learn the UA alma mater
  4. Visit the fountain at the engineering quad
  5. Run through the Ferguson Student Center fountain
  6. Visit the Walk of Champions
  7. Attend a University Programs event 
  8. Visit Denny Chimes and explore the Alabama football captains’ walk of fame, which bears the hand and foot impressions of each team captain since the 1940s
  9. Visit the Malone-Hood Plaza and the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower, dedicated to the first three black students to register at UA
  10. Walk through the Crimson Promenade, paved with the legacy of former Capstone graduates.
  11. Walk by the President’s Mansion 

Classic Tuscaloosa

  1. Explore campus with the Labor Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt
  2. Have a picnic in Government Plaza
  3. Take a walk around historic downtown Northport
  4. Shop the Saturday morning farmers market at The Rivermarket
  5. Visit Capitol Park to view the ruins of the capitol building from when Tuscaloosa was the seat of state government. 
  6. Walk along the Riverwalk
  7. Enjoy a sunset at Manderson Landing
  8. Enjoy lunch around the lake behind Lakeside Dining
  9. Relax by Marr’s Spring
  10. Get a Summer Snow frozen treat
  11. See the murals showing Tuscaloosa’s history in the Federal Building and Courthouse
  12. Utilize the technology and study spaces at the Tuscaloosa Gateway
  13. Get a strike at Bowlero
  14. Show off your skating skills at Super Skate
  15. Visit Rama Jama and get a National Championship Special
  16. Order a biscuit at The Waysider
  17. Visit Nick’s in the Sticks a.k.a. Original Filet House
  18. Check out the book stacks at local bookstore, Ernest and Hadley
  19. Do a local coffee shop tour— Some local favorites include Uperk, Monarch, Turbo and Heritage House
  20. Take a lunch trip to Taco Casa

Civic Engagement

  1. Log into BamaPulse and register for volunteer opportunities in your area. Both in person and virtual opportunities are available.  
  2. Visit the Center for Service and Leadership’s website to learn more about their 7 community action teams and sign up for their programming 
  3. Participate in Bama Year One, which is a small group for first year students to explore how leadership and service work together to create change.
  4. Participate in Serving Bama, a Community Action Team that coordinates weekly service opportunities for UA students with local nonprofit agencies
  5. Engage with virtual events hosted by the Division of Diversity , Equity and Inclusion
  6. Participate in Women and Gender Resource Center events promoting social justice and gender equality 
  7. Grow through civic engagement and leadership training with Freshman Forum (apply by September 9 at 5 p.m.) 
  8. Donate to the Student Life Campus Pantry
  9. Borrow a dog from Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter
  10. Register to vote via UA Turbovote

Indoor Adventures

  1. Explore the legends of UA  
  2. Take a virtual fitness class from URec  
  3. Take an in person fitness class
  4. Join an ESports team 
  5. Try a new creative outlet by downloading Adobe Creative Cloud for free and learn how to design, edit photos, or create your own movies. 
  6. Visit the Career Center
  7. Connect with upperclassmen mentors with First Year Experience Navigators
  8. Create a Handshake profile to explore career opportunities. 
  9. Change your scenery for your online classes in our virtual learning spaces 
  10. Swim laps at the Aquatic Center(reservations required) 
  11. Attend a virtual Career Fair this October 
  12. Have a one-on-one Compass Talk with one of the First Year Experience staff for guidance on your first year and beyond. 
  13. Relax and color with UA themed coloring pages
  14. Learn financial literacy with a Financial Peer Coach
  15. Attend a #Adulting workshop to learn skills for UA and beyond  
  16. Learn about mental health at the Mental Health Brown Bag Series
  17. Visit the Sanford Media Center for access to DSLR cameras and recording studio (training and reservations required) 
  18. Explore 3D printing with Rodgers Library
  19. Enjoy Museums From Your Home

Explore Outdoors

  1. Compete in intramural tennis (singles) or softball
  2. Play disc golf at Bowers Park
  3. Rent equipment for camping, biking, kayaking and more from Outdoor Rec
  4. Rent a boat at Lake Lurleen
  5. Explore campus with a Gotcha Bike rental
  6. Visit Snow Hinton Park
  7. Rent a paddleboard on Lake Nicol
  8. Go camping at Van de Graaf park
  9. Mountain Bike on the trails at Sokol North
  10. Hike or bike the Hurricane Creek trails 
  11. Hike on any of the PARA trails
  12. Play tennis at the UA tennis courts
  13. Rent a bike from URec for a month or the entire semester 
  14. Hike and explore historic iron works at Tannehill State Park
  15. Paddle down the Sipsey River

Arts and Culture 

  1. Visit the Paul R. Jones Collection
  2. UA Museum of Natural History
  3. Visit the Gorgas House, the first structure on campus (reservations required)
  4. Explore the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum
  5. Visit the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art on campus 
  6. Visit the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

Selfie Spots

  1. Minerva Statue on Manderson Landing
  2. “Roll Tide” train bridge running over 5th in downtown Northport 
  3. Explore the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden
  4. Take a picture with the Nick Saban statue or any of our other 5 National Championship winning coaches 
  5. Take a picture with Bryant-Denny Stadium
  6. The Tuscaloosa mural at the corner of University Blvd. and Red Drew Ave.
  7. Take a picture with the 2020 Script A Mosaic in Ferguson Student Center at the Promenade Entrance
  8. Visit 25 Birmingham Street Murals you must see.
  9. Take a selfie with one of the Taco Casa cactus signs

Down the Road

  1. Explore a prehistoric community site at Moundville Archaeological Park
  2. Enjoy the beautiful gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  3. Meet all sorts of creatures at Birmingham Zoo
  4. Discover American art from the 18th-21st century at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 
  5. Learn about the country music legend at the Hank Williams Museum
  6. Visit the Civil Rights Trail sites in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery 
  7. Visit the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  8. Go backpacking in Oak Mountain State Park
  9. Speed over to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
  10. Climb the rock walls at Birmingham Boulders
  11. Visit the McWane Science Center
  12. Visit Vulcan Park and Museum 
  13. Drive up HWY 43 to Natural Bridge
  14. Bike or camp at Clear Creek
  15. Visit downtown Greensboro Alabama which features the Safehouse Black History Museum, and the Rural Studio Project.
  16. Visit historic Selma, Alabama which features the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma Interpretive Center, and the UA Civil Rights Trail
  17. Visit the Drive Thru Museum in Seale, AL
  18. Plan a movie night at the Blue Moon Drive-In in Gu-Win, AL.
  19. Visit the Rainbow LED Tunnel in Birmingham, AL.