Home of the Civil War and the Civil Rights – history abounds! We’ve got all the attractions from the Zoo to interactive Museums. The mild year-round weather allows for many rounds of golf and tennis. Explore all the fun entertainment hot spots in Montgomery and the Riverwalk.
Museums & Historical Spots
Black Heritage Trail
The Black Heritage Trail is divided into three cities; Selma, Montgomery and Tuskegee. It is recommended to spend a full day for each city; however, the entire Trail can be seen in two days. This theme tour can be scheduled and customized to meet your group’s needs. Contact the National Park Service for additional information and scheduling assistance.
Civil Rights Memorial
400 Washington Ave, Montgomery 36104
This memorial is located at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Uniquely designed by Vietnam War Memorial artist Maya Lin, the memorial chronicles key events and lists the names of approximately 30 people who gave their lives in the struggle for racial equality from 1955-1968. A memorial center includes in-depth information about the Civil Rights movement.
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage Museum
454 Dexter Ave, Montgomery 36104
As the first pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this historic church was the center of the bus boycott and played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement. Individual tours of the church & parsonage are available. The Dexter Parsonage served as a residence for Dr. King and his family. It includes furniture and memorabilia from the mid-1950’s that have been restored to the home.
First White House of the Confederacy
644 Washington Ave, Montgomery, 36104
This 1835 Italianate-style house was designated the Executive Residence by the Provisional Confederate Congress on February 21, 1861. President Jefferson Davis and his family lived here until the Confederate Capital was moved to Richmond, Virginia in the summer of that year. It is completely furnished with 1850s period pieces.
Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park
2521 W. Fort Toulouse Road, Wetumpka 36092
Fort Toulouse is located 12 miles from downtown Montgomery of U.S. 231 on the banks of the Coosa and Tallapoosa river. With over 5000 years of history with occupations from Hernando DeSoto in 1450 and the French in 1717. Fort Jackson was built in 1814 by General Andrew Jackson, marking the end of the Creek Indian War. The grounds feature the William Bartram Aborerum, museum, Indian mound, boat launch, campgrounds and facilities. “Living History” reenactments are routinely scheduled each month. Open year round to visitors and campers.
Hank Williams Museum
118 Commerce St., Montgomery AL 36104
The most complete collection of memorabilia dedicated to one of the world’s most respected and remembered country music writer and performer, Hank Williams, Sr. The museum spotlights Hanks’ 1952 Cadillac in which he made his final journey. The cemetery in which he and his wife, Audrey, are buried is minutes away at Oakwood Cemetery.
Harriott II Riverboat
200 Coosa River ., Montgomery AL 36104
This 19th Century riverboat is docked beside the Riverwalk Amphitheater and features cruises down the scenic Alabama River along with food, drink, music & entertainment.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
700 Hyundai Blvd, Montgomery
This 2-million-square-foot manufacturing facility began producing vehicles in May 2005. This $1.4 billion automotive plant is one of the most advanced assembly plants in North America producing the 2009 Sonata sedan and the 2009 Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Tours include an hour-ling, guided tram tour through the stamping facility, paint shop, engine and assembly area, and the two-mile test track. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
The Lightning Route Trolley
Begin the route at 300 Water Street
At the Union Station –Montgomery Area Visitors Center
The Lightning Route, a Downtown Montgomery tradition since 1886, features turn of the century replica trolleys that circulate Historic Downtown Montgomery every 20 minutes. There are two tour routes that are each narrated by a tape of the historic sites. It costs 25 cents and departs from the Historic Union Station Train Shed by the River Walk. These trolleys are also shuttle downtown visitors & business people to the many restaurants during lunch times – it is known as the Lunch Trolley Express.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
One Museum Drive, Blount Cultural Park
Noted for its outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century paintings in the Blount Collection, the Museum also houses a collection of Southern regional art and American and Old Master prints, as well as hosting a diverse selection of traveling exhibitions each year. The one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit ARTWORKS offers a unique learning experience for the entire family. Other highlights include the Museum Shop, Terrace Cafe and lakeside terrace with amphitheater. Set amidst English-style park grounds complete with lakes and swans. Free.
201 S. Bainbridge St, Montgomery, AL 36104
Over 10,000 school age children each year tour this one-of-a-kind, interactive, educational museum sponsored by the Alabama beef cattle industry. Free.
Alabama Archives & History Museum
624 Washington Ave
This state history museum displays artifact collections documenting Alabama history. Highlights include exhibits on early Alabama Indians, military history, the 19th century, and portrait galleries. The children’s gallery features a free-standing structure called “Grandma’s Attic.” Within “Grandma’s Attic,” children can dress up and pretend using different items from different time periods. The Archives welcomes genealogists, historians, students & visitors to explore the records & artifacts to promote a better understanding of Alabama history. “We tell the story of the people of Alabama” is their motto.
Alabama Governors Mansion
1142 Perry Street
Built in 1907, this graceful mansion is typical of Southern Colonial architecture, with Greek revival influence. Home of Alabama’s governors since the 1950s, it features a pool in the shape of the state of Alabama. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Alabama State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
One of the few state capitols to be designated a National Historic Landmark, Alabama’s Capitol was built in 1850-1851 on a site known as “Goat Hill” for its former usage as pasturage. A bronze star marks the spot where Jefferson Davis stood to take the oath of office as president of the Confederate States of America. Free admission.
Old Alabama Town
310 Columbus St, Montgomery 36104
Over six blocks of houses and landscapes show visitors how people lived in central Alabama from 1800-1900. The walk-through historic district interprets life in both urban and rural Alabama. Tours are available and a wonderful playground for children is adjacent.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum & Children’s Wing
251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery 36104
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum serves as an historical milestone to those who strive to understand the event that began the famous bus boycott. The Museum features an interactive children’s area that includes a multi-media reenactment involving Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr & other early Civil Rights Leaders.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
919 Felder Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106
This is the home of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Montgomery native, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Museum holdings focus on the personal artifacts which were a part of the couple’s public and private lives. There is also a 30 minute documentary. Free.
300 Water Street , Montgomery, AL 36104
Adjacent to Riverfront Park. Montgomery’s Union Station contains magnificent woodwork, art glass windows and tile flooring. The adjacent train shed is one of the few surviving structures of its type from the 19th century. Completed in 1898, Union Station is the centerpiece for riverfront development. It also houses the Montgomery Area Visitors Center.
Wetumpka Impact Crater
US 231 & Bald Knob
Alabama was the seat of the nation’s greatest national disaster. 81.5 million years ago, an asteroid impact occurred from an asteroid with a size of 6.5 Kilometer (its base fits just inside the Auburn University football stadium.) On the earthquake’s richter scale, it would have registered 8.5-9. There are yearly geology tours in February.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1 Festival Drive, Montgomery 36117
This internationally acclaimed theater is the Southeast’s fastest growing attraction, and one of the largest and most productive regional theaters in the country, annually attracting over a quarter of a million visitors from all 50 states. ASF operates virtually year-round with world-class theater productions, international piano concerts, and educational programs. English-style grounds surround the theater, offering visitors a spectacular view and scenic picnic sites.
The Capri Theatre
1045 E. Fairview Avenue, Montgomery 36106
Built in 1941 as “The Clover”, it was Montgomery’s first neighborhood theater. Remodeled and renamed, it has become a hot spot in Montgomery’s “Old Cloverdale” district. It is Montgomery’s only independent film theater. It also shows children’s films in the summer with nominal fees to cover popcorn and drink.
Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts
251 Montgomery St, Montgomery 36104
Built in 1929, this meticulously restored “movie palace” is the home of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Dance Theatre, the Montgomery Ballet and other civic and cultural activities. It also features national touring productions of Broadway musicals and other entertainment.
Faulkner University Dinner Theatre
5345 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery 36109
Celebrating 20 years of dinner theater productions, the productions are family friendly in an alcohol and smoke free environment. Reservations are required and cost for dinner and theater is $25 for adults.
Way Off Broadway – Prattville Cultural Arts Center
203 West 4th Street, Prattville 36067
This Prattville community theatre produces four Broadway productions each year thanks to many local volunteers and artists.
Wetumpka Depot Players
300 South Main Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Wetumpka’s Community Theater group since 1980, this successful group grew into its present location in 1999. They perform 5-6 productions each year and also have a Junior Wetumpka Depot Players group for children.
Montgomery Biscuits Baseball
200 Coosa Street, Montgomery AL 36106
The Montgomery Biscuits opened in 2004 as the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This winning ball club captured the 2006 and 2007 Southern League Champion title. Playing in the Riverwalk Stadium, this family friendly event features many fun theme nights. Many flexible seating options from box, club, and lawn seats, and activities and a playground for children are inside the stadium. The season schedule spans April through July.
Cloverdale Shopping & Dining
East Fairview Avenue
Check-out the trendy and long-time favorite spots in Old Cloverdale for dining and taking in a live band. Choices for dining are El Rey, Sinclairs, Nancy Pattersons and Tomatinos. The 1048 Jazz and Blues club features musical acts 365 nights a year (www.1048jazzandblues.com). And the Capri Theatre features independent films.
301 N. Hull St, Montgomery 36104
This community symphony group began in 1976 and features ten concerts each year contributing the rich art community in Montgomery.
Alabama River Region Ballet
Welcome to the School and Youth Company
School: Open to all students ages 2 1/2 years and up. Classical Ballet based, offering instruction in Classical Ballet and Pointe. Additional classes offered for Children, Pre-teen, Teens and Adults in: Creative Movement, Children’s Tap, Jazz, and Adult Ballet.
Youth Company: Open audition for students (ages 11-18) from all dance schools in Montgomery and the Alabama River Region.
Ticket information: Call 334-356-5460, email [email protected] or stop by 7981 Vaughn Road, in the Festival Plaza. Seating is limited. Please see website for performance information.
1321 S. Memorial Drive, Prattville, AL
A park with bumper cars, go-carts, miniature golf, game room and batting cages makes this a fun place for families.
W. A. Gayle Planetarium
1010 Forest Ave
This planetarium features an auditorium designed for simulating the natural sky by projecting images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects on a 50-foot domed ceiling. Available for birthday parties, it features the birthday person in a laser show with pictures of them and their guests. Oak Park with a playground is adjacent to the Planetarium. Open Mon-Fri.
The Ice Palace
1000 Eastdale Mall· Montgomery AL 36117
Ice skating inside of the Eastdale Mall is fun and a great way to escape the hot summer afternoons. Skate school and skate rental are available, as well as, birthday party packages.
Montgomery Skate Park
301 Bibb Street, Montgomery 36104
Montgomery’s only skate park, skateboarders enjoy the 5’mini ramp with a breathtaking street course. The park also hosts weekly sessions for BMX riders.
Montgomery Zoo & Mann Museum
329 Vandiver Blvd.
The 40-acre zoo represents five continents with lush vegetation, waterfalls and 700 species of exotic wildlife. The Mann Museum is on site and allows visitors a close-up look at the wildlife. 3-sided viewing and Interactive displays allow you to feel fur and hear the exotic sounds of wildlife. Open Daily..
Garden & Outdoor Recreation
Blount Cultural Park
6055 Vaughn Rd.
The Shakespeare Garden, one of seven such major gardens in the USA, is a 56,700 sq ft garden complex that features plants and flowers, willow arbors, shade trees, and garden shrubs. This facility includes a thatched-roof Pavilion, public restrooms, and a 325-seat Amphitheater.
Jasmine Hill Gardents
3001 Jasmine Hill Rd, Wetumpka 36106
“Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece”, now features over 20 acres of year-round floral beauty and classical sculpture. Open for touring during announced weekends in March, April and May.
Coosa River Adventures
415 Company Street, Wetumpka 36092
Canoe and sit-on-top kayak rentals on the Coosa River are available. Enjoy Class II and III rapids, breathtaking scenery, fishing, and nature watching. Novice to professional paddlers and outdoors-men can enjoy.
Coosa Outdoor Center
107 River Road, Wetumpka 36092
Canoe & sit-on-top kayak rentals and shuttles. Boats are available to rent for your company picnic or lake party.
Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club
4758 Lower Wetumpka Road, Montgomery 36110
Shotgun sports facility with fully automatic sporting clays course, state-of-the-art five stand, wobble trap, skeet range. Private club with one-day trial memberships are available to the public.
River Region Guide Service – Millbrook
431 Magnolia Loop
Millbrook, AL 36064
Guide services are available for half and full-day fishing trips on: Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell, Lake Jordan, Lake Martin and 3 acres of the Alabama River. Rods, reel and tackle provided.
Golf & Tennis
Lagoon Park & Tennis
2855 Lagoon Park Drive
Featuring 17 tennis courts with lighting and stadium seating for 2500, it is the Official site for the Blue Gray Junior Classic. It is managed by USTPR Tennis Professionals who provide lessons and manage the fully stocked pro shop. Men’s and women’s round robins and leagues, junior tennis programs and tournament are held year-round.
O’Connor Tennis Center
500 Anderson Street
Featuring 12 fully lighted courts, it is managed by a USTPR tennis professional who provides lessons and pro shop. Men’s and women’s round robins and leagues, junior tennis programs and tournaments are held year-round.
Lagoon Park & Golf
2855 Lagoon Park Drive
Lagoon Park Golf Course was designed for the City of Montgomery by Charles M. Graves and opened in October 1978. Lagoon Park is a beautiful, fully manicured 6,773 yard par 72 championship layout, which has hosted numerous tournaments of national and regional significance. It has also been rated one of the nation’s Top 50 Public Courses by Golf Digest. Lagoon Park golf course has also been voted, “Best Golf Course in Montgomery” every year that there has been a vote.
Gateway Executive Golf Course
3800 Davenport Parkway
Gateway Executive Golf Course was designed for the City of Montgomery by Ken Morgan and opened in April 2006. Gateway is a beautiful, fully manicured 5,862 yard par 32 nine-hole layout. It provides an aesthetic entrance into the City of Montgomery off Interstate 65.
Tallapoosa Lakes Golf Course
1501 Dozier Road
Montgomery, AL 36124
Voted #1 Golf Course by The Montgomery Advertiser’s “Reader’s Choice Awards” for the Tri-County Area. This 36 hole course has over 350 expertly maintained acres filled with local wildlife, tremendous oaks and scenic lakes, golfers are provided the pleasure of their golf game in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
The Pines Golf Club
307 Deatsville Highway
Millbrook, AL 36054
The 18-hole “Pines” course at The Pines Golf Club facility in Millbrook, Alabama features 6,318 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 68.5 and it has a slope rating of 113. The Pines golf course opened in 1991.
Capitol Hill – Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
2600 Constitution Avenue
Prattville, AL 36066
With three distinct championship courses to choose from, each poses its own challenges. The Senator is a traditional Scottish-style layout with 150 pot-hole bunkers. The Legislator, a more traditional course, plays in and out of pine trees along a bluff. The Judge plays alongside the 200 acre glistening backwaters of the Alabama River. With 14 holes adjoining the water and a stunning bulkhead island green, the Judge is described as simply magnificent.