Manderson Landing

Get to know The University of Alabama and the surrounding community with these student-friendly stops.

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 The University of Alabama Student Center fountain
  6. Visit the Walk of Champions
  7. Learn about UA’s legacy of football success at the Paul W. Bryant Museum
  8. Attend a University Programs event
  9. 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
  10. Visit the Malone-Hood Plaza and the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower, dedicated to the first three black students to register at UA
  11. Walk through the Crimson Promenade, paved with the legacy of former Capstone graduates.
  12. Walk by the President’s Mansion

Classic Tuscaloosa

  1. Have a picnic in Government Plaza
  2. Take a walk around historic downtown Northport
  3. Shop the Saturday morning farmers market at The Rivermarket
  4. Visit Capitol Park to view the ruins of the capitol building from when Tuscaloosa was the seat of state government.
  5. Walk along the Riverwalk
  6. Enjoy a sunset at Manderson Landing
  7. Enjoy lunch around the lake behind Lakeside Dining
  8. Relax by Marr’s Spring
  9. Get a Summer Snow frozen treat
  10. See the murals showing Tuscaloosa’s history in the Federal Building and Courthouse
  11. Utilize the technology and study spaces at the Tuscaloosa Gateway
  12. Get a strike at Bowlero
  13. Show off your skating skills at Super Skate
  14. Visit Rama Jama and get a National Championship Special
  15. Order a biscuit at The Waysider
  16. Visit Nick’s in the Sticks a.k.a. Original Filet House
  17. Check out the book stacks at local bookstore, Ernest and Hadley
  18. Do a local coffee shop tour— Some local favorites include Uperk, Monarch, Turbo and Heritage House
  19. 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 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
  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 fitness class from URec
  3. Join an ESports team
  4. Try a new creative outlet by downloading Adobe Creative Cloud for free and learn how to design, edit photos, or create your own movies.
  5. Visit the Career Center
  6. Connect with upperclassmen mentors with First Year Experience Navigators
  7. Create a Handshake profile to explore career opportunities.
  8. Change your scenery for your online classes in our virtual learning spaces
  9. Swim at the Aquatic Center
  10. Attend a Career Fair 
  11. Have a one-on-one Compass Talk with one of the First Year Experience staff for guidance on your first year and beyond.
  12. Learn financial literacy with a Financial Peer Coach
  13. Attend a #Adulting workshop to learn skills for UA and beyond
  14. Learn about mental health at the Mental Health Brown Bag Series
  15. Visit the Sanford Media Center for access to DSLR cameras and recording studio (training and reservations required)
  16. Explore 3D printing with Rodgers Library

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. Visit Snow Hinton Park
  6. Rent a paddleboard on Lake Nicol
  7. Go camping at Van de Graaf park
  8. Mountain Bike on the trails at Sokol North
  9. Hike or bike the Hurricane Creek trails
  10. Hike on any of the PARA trails
  11. Play tennis at the UA tennis courts
  12. Rent a bike from URec for a month or the entire semester
  13. Hike and explore historic iron works at Tannehill State Park
  14. 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. Visit 25 Birmingham Street Murals you must see.
  8. 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.