Museums & Historic Spots
Alabama Governor’s Mansion
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 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Alabama State Capitol
(334) 242-7100 • http://ahc.alabama.gov/alabama-state-capitol.aspx
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.
Civil Rights Memorial
(334) 264-0286 • www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial
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
(334) 263-3970 • www.dexterkingmemorial.org
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.
First White House of the Confederacy
(334) 242-1861 • www.firstwhitehouse.org
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.
Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park
(334) 567-3002 • www.fttoulousejackson.org
Fort Toulouse is located on the banks of the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers and has over 5,000 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. “Living History” reenactments are routinely scheduled each month.
Hank Williams Museum
(334) 262-3600 • www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.net
This is the most complete collection of memorabilia dedicated to one of the world’s most respected country music singer/songwriters, Hank Williams Sr., and spotlights Hanks’ 1952 Cadillac in which he made his final journey. Oakwood Cemetery in which he and his wife, Audrey, are buried is minutes away.
Harriot II Riverboat
(334) 625-2100 • www.funinmontgomery.com
This 19th century riverboat is docked beside the Riverwalk Amphitheater and features cruises down the scenic Alabama River along with food, drink, music and entertainment.
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museu
(205) 668-3435 • www.hodrrm.org
An interactive, entertaining and educational railroad museum that often has Thomas the Train and historic train rides. At Christmas, check out the Polar Express fun.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
(334) 387-8000 • www.hmmausa.com
This 2-million-square-foot manufacturing facility is one of the most advanced in the nation and began producing vehicles in May 2005. Visitors can take an hour-long, 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.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
(334) 240-4333 • www.mmfa.org
Noted for its outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century paintings, the Museum also houses a collection of Southern regional art and American and Old Master prints, and hosts 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 all set amidst English-style park grounds.
(334) 265-1867 • www.bamabeef.org/about_the_mooseum.html
This one-of-a-kind, interactive, educational museum highlights the region’s agriculture heritage. Free.
Museum of Alabama
(334) 242-4435 • museum.alabama.gov
This state history museum displays artifact collections documenting Alabama history and “telling the story of Alabama’s people.” 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” where children can dress up and pretend using different items from different time periods. Access ancestry for free at the archives.
Old Alabama Town
(334) 240-4500 • www.oldalabamatown.com
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
(334) 241-8615 • www.troy.edu/rosaparks
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum offers insight into 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. and other early Civil Rights Leaders.
Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
(334) 264-4222 • www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org
This was the home of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Montgomery native Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Museum holdings focus on the personal artifacts that were a part of the couple’s public and private lives.
Wetumpka Impact Crater
US 231 & Bald Knob • Wetumpka
Alabama was the spot of an amazing natural disaster when 81.5 million years ago, an 6.5-kilometer-wide asteroid hit the earth. (Its base fits just inside the Auburn University football stadium.) On the earthquake’s richter scale, it would have registered 8.5-9.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
(334) 271-5353 • www.asf.net
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 and educational programs. English-style grounds surround the theater, offering visitors a spectacular view and scenic picnic sites.
The Capri Theatre
(334) 262-4858 • www.capritheatre.org
Built in 1941 as “The Clover”, this was Montgomery’s first neighborhood theater. Remodeled and renamed, it is Montgomery’s only independent film theater. It also shows children’s films in the summer with nominal fees to cover popcorn and drinks.
(334) 262-1530 • www.CloverdalePlayhouse.org
Now in its third season, this community theater is truly run by volunteers. It prides itself on bringing ambitious, challenging, edgy, and high-quality entertainment to the local community. Located in the historic Old Cloverdale district in a former church, they also offer affordable, professionally-taught classes for acting students year-round.
Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts
(334)241-9567 • www.troy.edu/davistheatre
Built in 1929, this meticulously restored “movie palace” showcases 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
(877) 840-0487 • www.faulkner.edu/campuslife/dinnertheatre.asp
Celebrating 20 years of dinner theater productions, the productions are family friendly in an alcohol- and smoke-free environment. Reservations are required.
Montgomery Performing Arts Center
(334) 481-5100 • www.mpaconline.org
Serving as the center for entertainment in downtown Montgomery, the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre is a state-of-the-art facility large enough for first run Broadway shows, yet intimate enough to view a wide variety of productions and concerts.
Way Off Broadway – Prattville Cultural Arts Center
(334) 595-0854 • www.prattvilleal.gov/departments/about-wobt.html
This Prattville community theatre produces four productions a year.
Wetumpka Depot Players
(334) 868-1440 • www.wetumpkadepot.com
Wetumpka’s Community Theater group since 1980, this successful group performs five-six productions each year and also has a Junior Wetumpka Depot Players group for children.
Montgomery’s Entertainment District is within walking distance of the Convention Center, Riverwalk Stadium and the Riverfront. Look for the historic water tower at the entrance of this New Orleans-style bar and restaurant area.
Cloverdale Shopping & Dining
East Fairview Avenue & Cloverdale Road – Featuring Entertainment District
Check out the trendy and long-time favorite spots in Old Cloverdale for dining and hanging out. Choices for dining are El Rey, Sinclair’s, A&P Social and Tomatinos. Pine Bar is a relaxed, neighborhood bar, and 1048 Jazz and Blues club features live music 365 nights a year.
Montgomery Biscuits Baseball
(334) 323-2255 · www.biscuitsbaseball.com
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 titles. Played in Riverwalk Stadium, games feature fun theme nights and many flexible seating options as well as activities and a playground for children inside the stadium.
(334) 240-4004 · www.montgomerysymphony.org
This community symphony group began in 1976 and features 10 concerts each year contributing the rich arts community in Montgomery.
The Ice Palace
(334) 277-2088 · eastdale-mall.com/icepalace
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
At Montgomery’s only skate park, skateboarders enjoy the 5-foot mini ramp with a breathtaking street course. BMX riders welcome anytime.
Montgomery Zoo & Mann Museum
(334) 240-4900 · www.montgomeryzoo.com
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. Open daily.
Riverwalk Amphitheater and Splashpad
(334) 625-2300 · www.funinmontgomery.com
The Amphitheater, a sprawling grassy area on the banks of the Alabama River, is perfect for picnics, concerts, movies, plays, productions and more. The Splash Pad offers a fountain of water for children to play in.
W. A. Gayle Planetarium
(334) 241-4799 · www.troy.edu/planetarium/
This planetarium simulates the natural sky by projecting images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects on a 50-foot domed ceiling. Oak Park with a playground is adjacent to the Planetarium. Open Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 2 p.m.
Prices: $6.50/person; $5.50/seniors; Free for children under 5