Trussville is a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, located 15 miles northeast of the city.
It is listed as one of the 100 best places to live in America, and one of the best towns in the state for young families.
Trussville was named after the first European settler to live in the town – Warren Truss, who came to the city to establish a grist mill with his brothers.
The city area remained rural until the Alabama – Chattanooga Railway was built after the Civil War.
Today, Trussville is a bustling district with nature preserves, parks, museums, great shopping and dining to enjoy.
It’s proximity to Downtown Birmingham also means you can reach abundant city attractions within a 20-minute drive.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Trussville:
1. Cosby Lake Park
Cosby Lake Park is located just 10 minutes’ north of Trussville, Alabama.
This tranquil lake area near Clay city is surrounded by lush forest land, offering walking trails, cycling and bird-watching.
Bring your walking shoes, a picnic and a camera as you may spot beavers and Canada Geese nestled in the mini-wetlands.
Cosby Lake Park is also a hot-spot for local fishermen and women who come to catch bass, catfish and crappie.
If you’re visiting the state during fall months, changing leaves and landscapes make this a magical place to explore.
2. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
A short distance from Trussville in Pinson, Alabama, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve boasts 466-acres of beautiful creeks, falls, woodlands and wildlife.
Its history dates back to prehistoric times when areas around the creek were home to Native American inhabitants, and it also played a key role in the early industrial age of the city.
The preserve boasts activities to suit all ages, offering great places to swim, hike or picnic.
There are multiple mountain biking and hiking trails, woodlands which are home to endangered wildlife species, plus there are opportunities to go tubing down the creek.
Your visit can be as relaxed or energetic as you choose, making it the perfect place for a day out with friends and family.
3. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
The first motorcycles were brought to Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in 1988, since then it has grown rapidly, and today displays over 1,600 motorcycles which date back over a century.
Showcasing bikes from over 216 manufacturers from 20 countries, there’s much to see, including almost 100 Harley Davidsons and even a large collection of Lotus sports cars.
Highlights include the classic AJS E95 “Porcupine” motorcycle which was released in 1952.
4. Trussville Antique Mall
Trussville Antiques and Interiors is a 33,000 square feet shopping mall in the heart of the city.
With 80 antique dealers under one roof, this huge store boasts a whole host of collectibles, antiques, furniture and memorabilia.
Whether you collect old coins, porcelain dolls, toys, or vintage jewellery or furniture, you are sure to have a great time browsing bargains at this fabulous mall.
5. Sips n Strokes Trussville Paint & Pottery
Sips n Strokes in Trussville is a fun, relaxed environment where all ages can learn how to paint like Monet or Picasso.
At the studio, tutors offer art direction, teaching skills and techniques to allow you to unleash the creative within.
Once you’ve learned the basics, you can paint your own canvas, pottery piece or wall hanging as a souvenir of your time there.
Give them a call and book a class while you are staying in Trussville, or, if you are just passing through, they do accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
6. Coyote Drive-In Movie Theatre
On balmy summer evenings, there’s nothing better than watching a Hollywood Blockbuster outdoors.
Simply drive-in, bring your picnic table and chairs and watch the latest films on one of four huge screens.
There’s a restaurant and bar on-site if you fancy shopping for snacks, plus a kid’s play area and mini golf to tire little ones out before the movie begins.
It’s a great way for all ages to experience movies in a typical American drive-in, plus, if you want to stay for more than one film, there are discounts available, so you can make a whole evening out of it.
7. The Outlet Shops of Grand River
Less than 10 miles south of Trussville are the Outlet Shops of Grand River.
All your favourite high street stores are here, with discounted lines to suit all budgets.
Spend time browsing designer stores including Banana Republic Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and more.
If you prefer to seek out cosmetics, sports wear and accessories there are plenty of options too.
You’ll probably feel pretty hungry as you shop till you drop, fortunately, there are several fast food outlets and diners within the mall for you to take a well-earned shopping break.
8. Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Ruffner Mountain was once known for its abundance of iron ore which was mined for in this region from the late 19th century to the 1950s.
The iron ore discovered here was taken to Sloss Furnaces in nearby Birmingham, where it was melted down and used in a variety of industries.
Today, visitors to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve can explore and hike 14 miles of trails which loop through the mountain ranges.
During your visit you can discover more about the iron ore industry and explore an on-site Nature Centre which houses native species from turtles and fish to snakes.
9. Southern Museum of Flight
Southern Museum of Flight is one of the largest aviation museums in the United States.
At this fun, interactive museum, visitors of all ages can learn about the history of flight.
The museum showcases planes from the earliest stages of aviation through to World War II and the Vietnam War.
In fact, the 75,000 square foot museum houses over 100 exhibits with dioramas, model collections, artefacts, and even engines on display.
In addition to indoor exhibits, you can explore helicopters and military aircraft in the surrounding parks outside.
Alternatively, if you fancy learning how to fly yourself, try out one of the museums flight simulators, and experience a take-off and landing as pilots do.
10. Porsche Sport Driving School
If you’re a fan of Porsche cars, and want the opportunity to live out your automotive fantasy during your stay, spend a day at Porsche Sport Driving School near Trussville, Alabama.
Whether you wish to pilot a Boxster, the classic 911 turbo, or a Porsche Carrera S, you can do it all here.
It doesn’t matter about skill level, as long as you love to drive fast cars, and are open to learning, you will be able to get behind the wheel within no time at all.
Your day begins with a brief classroom session before moving to the track where you can experience an adrenaline-fuelled day driving all the current Porsche models.
11. Train Escape
If you enjoy Escape Rooms but want to experience one with a unique twist, Train Escape could be for you.
Train Escape in Birmingham is a railway rampage located inside a set of old-fashioned railcars.
Your role is to find clues and solve puzzles to help you and your team escape from the locked carriage within 60 minutes.
Search for hidden passageways, secret compartments and unravel the clues to aid your escape before time runs out.
Train Escape requires teamwork and enquiring minds, and if you’re up to the challenge it’s probably one of the most fun things to do in Birmingham, Alabama.
12. Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Birmingham Alabama is well-known for its iron and steel industries, and there’s no better place to learn about this than at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.
These towering furnaces were once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world, and although they are no longer in operation, they are a nostalgic monument to the industrial revolution which transformed Birmingham.
Visitors can take self-guided tours, learn about the materials, people and processes which made the furnaces such a great success.
The landmark hosts ghostly evening tours, concerts and celebrations too, so if you are in the local area, this attraction should definitely be on your list of things to do.
13. Joel’s Restaurant
Located in the heart of Trussville on Main Street, is Joel’s Restaurant.
Started by Joel and Peggy Rickles, the restaurant has catered to Trussville citizens and visitors since 1983. It may now have different owners, but the mission is still the same, to serve mouth-watering home-cooked Southern cuisine which everyone will love and enjoy.
With their famous cornbread, chicken and fresh vegetables, it’s country-style dining at its best.
14. Slag Heap Brewing Company
Slag Heap Brewing Company recently opened its taproom in Downtown Trussville.
The brewhouse is run by Joe Meadows, who has been brewing craft beer as a hobby for the last 25 years.
After winning several national competitions for his craft beer Joe decided to turn his dream into a reality and The Slag Heap Brewing Company was born.
This is a relaxed place where friends can get together to try new flavours of ale and socialise.
With fabulous brews such as Weizenbock a.k.a. Lil’ Weezy – a fruity, yet malty German ale, and Zed’s Dead Irish Red, you are surely in for an interesting evening.
It’s not just for adults and alcohol drinkers either, this brew company caters to kids with root beer, and non-drinkers with a non-alcoholic version.
They don’t serve food, but patrons are free to bring in their own snacks and food or have it delivered.
15. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Many visitors to this region of Alabama are keen to follow the story of the Civil Rights Movement.
If you wish to delve deeper and discover more about the historic events which shaped Alabama, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a great place to begin your journey.
With 58,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits, photographs and archives, this self-guided tour takes you through the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights Movement and leaves you contemplating similar issues which we encounter in the world today.