As a college town, Tuscaloosa is on top of the world during the fall and spring semesters. But the city of champions never sleeps, especially not during the summer season. In fact, summer is one of the best times to take a trip to T-Town! From gorgeous weather and low-key crowds to seasonal events for the whole family, a summer getaway to Tuscaloosa is packed with perks you can’t get at other times of year. Whether it’s your first or fortieth visit, here are five spectacular reasons to spend your summer vacay in Tuscaloosa.
1. Fewer Crowds, More Freedom!
School’s out for summer! As a university town, Tuscaloosa tends to be a little quieter during the summer months. This means fewer crowds, less traffic, low wait times, and more room to explore the magic of our city at your leisure. Our best attractions, yummiest restaurants, and most popular spots are even better when you aren’t fighting for elbow space. Plus, here at WestGate, you’ll enjoy the benefits of private, spacious accommodations without the bustle of the busy school year.
2. Local Lakes – Your Cool Summer Escape
Let’s talk about beating the heat, Tuscaloosa style. Our stunning local lakes offer a refreshing antidote to the summer sun. Lake Tuscaloosa and Lake Lurleen are just a short drive away, where you can spend your day swimming, boating, fishing, or even just picnicking by the water’s edge. These idyllic spots promise picture-perfect memories and a delightful respite from the summer sizzle.
3. Sun-drenched Summer Events
This time of year, we trade football for fun family festivals and unique summer events. From local art showcases and outdoor concerts to food truck feasts, our town keeps the summer alive with a host of community events that are sure to tickle your fancy. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Celebration on the River. July 4, 2023 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
- Live at the Plaza. July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023 at Government Plaza
- Shark Week at CHOM. July 11-18, 2023 at Children’s Hands-on Museum
- 21st Annual Hot Hundred. July 28-29, 2023 at Bryce House
4. Wander-worthy Weather
Summer in Tuscaloosa means you can indulge in long, balmy days perfect for leisurely strolls. Wander through our charming downtown, explore our unique shops and local eateries, or take a stroll along the Riverwalk with the Black Warrior River as your scenic backdrop. With the sun overhead and a gentle breeze blowing off the river, you can meander through our city in premium comfort. And thanks to WestGate’s central location, you’re a short walking distance from some of the city’s best spots.
5. Great Summer Rates
Unlike other destinations, summer is the season of amazing rental rates in Tuscaloosa. With school out of session and football far in the future, you can score an affordable stay anywhere in the city – even at WestGate’s luxurious facility. Located right next to our famous stadium, our upscale condos and five-star amenities keep you in dreamy comfort in the heart of the city. Browse our available rentals and book your summer stay to enjoy a winning experience your whole family will cherish.