Northport is a city in Tuscaloosa County that is located on the north side of the Black Warrior River and to the west of Watermelon Road, across from the city of Tuscaloosa. It is currently the 21st largest city in the state of Alabama with an estimated population of 24,088 in 2012. Northport is directly adjacent to the larger city of Tuscaloosa, and many residents work in Tuscaloosa or other parts of Tuscaloosa County.



Historic Olde Downtown Northport is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features several unique shops, restaurants, events and exhibits. Located here on Main Avenue, the Kentuck Art Center features monthly exhibits of some of the region’s finest arts and crafts. The Gallery Shop specializes in arts and crafts by local, regional, and national artists. Visitors can observe studio artists at work around the Courtyard of Wonders. One of Northport's most notable cultural activities is the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Each year in October, hundreds of artists gather at Kentuck Park to showcase their work in front of thousands of visitors. The festival celebrates folk and contemporary art as well as traditional crafts. Potters, quilters, and basketmakers offer educational craft demonstrations throughout the weekend, and musical entertainment and culinary offerings are also available. Another longstanding tradition of Northport is Art Night, which is held on the first Thursday of each month. Many of Northport's art galleries open their doors after hours for this event and frequently art or craft demonstrations are offered. A bus system runs between downtown Northport and downtown Tuscaloosa as a collaboration with Tuscaloosa's Art and Soul event. Also located near downtown Northport, the Northport Heritage Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs that documents the history and evolution of the city, from Native American history, settlement in 1816, through the decades to today. Built in 1867, The Maxwell-Peters Home is a national historic home also located in downtown Northport that has been in direct descendent ownership and residence for over 140 years. It exhibits a unique English architecture widely used in The South but essentially lost during The Civil War and Reconstruction. Dickens Downtown is another cultural event located in downtown Northport that is held the first Tuesday in December. This annual holiday event attracts many thousands of participants to come and see the period setting of 19th-century England.

Another local attraction, the Black Warrior Model Railroad Society, is located in the historic Northport Train Depot and is open every Saturday from 9-2 featuring five running tracks with scenery and continuously updated displays. The Hidden Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course located in a valley creating a scenic backdrop of the Black Warrior River, is located in Northport and it also includes a couple of nice parks and the boat launch of the Bama Belle. The Tuscaloosa Regional Airport is also located in Northport. Lakes in Northport Tuscaloosa include Lake Lurleen, Partlow Lake and Northwood Lake. Lake Lurleen is a 1,625-acre state park that is a scenic lakeside retreat set on the banks of a 250-acre lake. Facilities include a modern campground, banquet room, picnic area, play area, pavilions, beach with bathhouse, fishing piers, boat rentals and boat-launch areas.



There are a couple of shopping centers located in Northport. As mentioned before, Historic Downtown Northport features several unique shops, restaurants and businesses that offer a unique local flavor: City Café, Kentuck Art Center, Mary’s Cakes and Pastries, Anders Hardware, Faucett’s, Rhubarb’s, Adam’s Antiques and more. The Northwood Shopping Center, located on the corner of Highway 82 and Highway 69, includes business such as Publix, Office Depot, Rite Aid, Radio Shack, and the Pottery Grill. The Northport Corners Shopping Center, also located on the corner of Highways 82 and 69, includes K-Mart, Nancy & Co., Heavenly Ham, Celebrations, Hibbet Sports and more.



There are several popular restaurants located in Northport. The original Dreamland Bar-B-Que is located here on the Black Warrior River, where is has been serving the best bar-b-que ribs since 1958! Wintzell’s Oyster House is also a popular seafood restaurant overlooking the Black Warrior River that is famous for their oysters! Located in Historic Downtown Northport, City Café is a tradition you must try! It is southern cooking at its best and their forte is their fried green tomato. Billy’s Sports Bar is a new restaurant that just opened also in Historic Downtown Northport, popular for delicious burgers and famous sauces that please all. Located off of Highway 69, The Pottery Grill serves BBQ that is slow-cooked for up to 16 hours over a hickory fire. The Northport Diner is a popular meat and three restaurant that features friendly service and home-style cooking. Other local favorites in Northport include Archibald Drive Inn, Taqueria el Rincon, Mr. G’s and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. 

Apartments in Area:

Northport Apartment - River Run

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $775 to $875

Northport Apartment - Riviera Apartments

2 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $850

Northport Apartment - Crestmont Manor

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $800 to $930

Northport Apartment - Essex Square Apartments

1 to 2 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $785 to $925

Northport Apartment - Forest Trail

Eff to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $810 to $1365

Northport Apartment - Grandview Apartments

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $705 to $920

Northport Apartment - The Whitney

2 to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $220 to $1420

Northport Apartment - NorthBrook

Stu to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $744 to $1259

Tuscaloosa Apartment - Providence Place II

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Tuscaloosa, AL from $570 to $805

Northport Apartment - Hampton Point

2 to 3 BDRM apartment in Northport, AL from $745 to $875

Northport Apartment - Providence Place

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