Helena Itinerary

Touring Helena

Below are suggestions of day tours while staying in Helena. Please contact the destination in advance for prices and guides.


  • Breakfast at featured restaurants
  1. Creekview Cafe
    4300 Helena Road
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 337-0408
  1. Jack’s
    4864 Highway 17
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 663-7154
  • Cahaba Lily Park
    3200 County Road 52
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 620-2877

Set in a patch of woods surrounding a brand new playground and picnic area, this wide path is well marked and lit at intervals for night walks. This spiffy park near Helena is not on the Cahaba River, nor will you see the endangered Cahaba lily here. What you will find, though, is a neat picnic and playground area with a carefully marked gravel path that winds through a small patch of suburban woods off of CR 52. The trail is wide and great for both walking and running.


  • Lunch at featured restaurants
  1. The Depot (local favorite!)
    29 Lake Davidson Lane
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 620-1426
  1. The Coal Yard (good food and music)
    4085 Helena Road
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 624-3614
  • Old Town Helena
    816 CR 52 E
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 663-2161

Home of Helena’s original shopping district, it was restored to offer unique shopping opportunities and quaint dining venues. Old Town Helena was featured in the “Top Places to Raise Kids,” Business Week 2007, 2008 and the “Top 100 Places to Live in the US” by Money magazine. http://www.cityofhelena.org

  • Canoe the Cahaba
    2370 Highway 52
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 874-5623

Canoe the Cahaba offers visitors the opportunity to explore one of Alabama’s most scenic rivers. Trips lengths vary form 5 miles to overnight trips covering 20 miles or more. Kayak and canoe rentals are available. Enjoy a carefree day on the river and discover the biological diversity that defines the Cahaba River. http://www.canoethecahaba.com

  • Southern Balloon Journey’s
    200 Springtime Lane
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 213-1054

Come see and enjoy an amazing hot air balloon ride over central Alabama and the Birmingham metro area. Fly over the towns and farmlands around central Alabama. During the early morning flights wildlife can be seen running below the balloon. Whether the occasion is an outing for you and a friend, a wedding, an engagement, anniversary or another item checked off your bucket list, it is an experience that you will remember and talk about for years to come. http://flysbj.com/

  • Dinner at featured restaurants
  1. San Antonio Grill (Mexican)
    425 Helena Road
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 620-1222
  1. Zou’s Kitchen (Chinese)
    1917 County Road 58
    Helena, AL 35080
    (205) 664-0688
  • Places to stay
  1. Holiday Inn Express
    260 Cahaba Valley Road
    Pelham, AL 35124
    (205) 987-8888
  2. Value Place
    101 Bishop Circle
    Pelham, AL 35124
    (205) 444-3008