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Playing in Montgomery

When the work day is over, and it is time to play, Montgomery offers a variety of options. Widely known as the birthplace of both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery has preserved much of its history through its numerous museums, memorials and attractions. Montgomery is also home to several attractions that stand on their own as popular destinations. Let the Montgomery Area Visitor Center help make the most of your play time. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Montgomery, the Visitor Center can help plan your itinerary and put together a ticket package to area attractions. You can also hop aboard the Lighting Route Trolley from the Visitor Center for passage to Montgomery’s downtown destinations. And don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop to purchase memorable items with a Southern accent. For a full listing of places to play, including cultural attractions, restaurants, fun family activities, festivals, special events, shopping destinations, sporting events and much more, visit the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau online. Below are links to some of the area’s most popular leisure activities:

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Housed in a beautiful marble building completed in 1940, the Alabama Department of Archives and History is the oldest state-funded archives in the nation and features museum galleries and genealogical research facilities. Explore the history of Alabama through an extensive collection of portraits, memorabilia, documents, exhibits and artifacts. Children will enjoy hands-on play in “Grandma’s Attic.”

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

This internationally acclaimed theatre, located in Blount Cultural Park, is one of the 10 largest Shakespeare Festivals in the world and presents world-class contemporary and classic productions and educational programs throughout the entire year.

Alabama State Capitol

One of the few state capitols designated a National Historic Landmark, the Alabama State Capitol is where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as president of the Confederate States of America and where the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March ended with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a moving speech from the bottom of its steps.

 


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Blount Cultural Park

A lush oasis in the city, Blount Cultural Park is reminiscent of the English countryside. The park is home to beautiful trees, flowers, sculptures, a wood and stone bridge, and the unique architectural designs of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. 

Civil Rights Memorial & Center

Water flows over a table inscribed with the names of those who died during the modern civil rights movement. The wall behind the table is inscribed with excerpts from the Book of Amos quoted in the historical speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Memorial Center expands the experience of the Memorial by honoring the memory and achievements of those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to state-of-the-art exhibits and in-depth information about Civil Rights Movement martyrs, the Civil Rights Memorial Center houses a 69-seat theater, a classroom for educational activities, a section dedicated to contemporary social justice issues, and the Wall of Tolerance.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage

In this National Historic Landmark, see the modest pulpit where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood, and visit the parsonage where he lived with his family. The church was also a center point of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King’s civil rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.

First White House of the Confederacy

Enjoy a guided tour of the home where Jefferson Davis lived at the birth of the Confederacy. The entire house reflects the period in which it stood as the headquarters of the Confederacy, including many authentic artifacts used by Davis and his family.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 

 

The Fitzgerald House was the residence of F. Scott, Zelda and their daughter, Scottie, from 1931 to 1932. The Fitzgerald House was saved from demolition in 1986, making it the only remaining residence of the famous couple.

Hank Williams Museum

The music of this legendary singer and songwriter will haunt you long after your visit. See the car he rode in on the day he died. Hear his music, watch the videos and learn about the man behind the legend.

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant

Take a driving tour of the two-million square foot manufacturing plant that resides on 1,744 acres of land and includes a stamping facility, paint shop, vehicle assembly shop, a two-mile test track and an engine shop, where the all-new Hyundai 3.3 liter V6 engine is produced.

Montgomery Biscuits

Montgomery is home to the 2006 and 2007 AA Southern League champions the Montgomery Biscuits, affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Every visitor to Montgomery must take time to see this permanent collection of artwork that includes examples of 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculpture, Southern regional art, Old Master prints, and decorative art. This magnificent building, located in Blount Cultural Park, also houses Alabama’s first interactive fine arts gallery for children, ARTWORKS.

Montgomery Parks & Recreation

The Montgomery Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to bringing you quality leisure-time programs.

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

Serving as the center for entertainment in downtown Montgomery, this state-of-the-art facility is large enough for first run Broadway shows, yet intimate enough with 1,800 seats to view a wide variety of concerts, opera, comedy, dance and kids shows. 

Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum

Expect the unexpected as you visit five continents alive with lush vegetation, crashing waterfalls and more than 600 animals in the spacious 40-acre zoo. Enjoy a meal at the Overlook Café, visit the gift shop or take a fun train ride around the park. Stop in at the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum and feel the fur of a wolf or bear. The Museum at the Montgomery Zoo has one of the nation’s finest collections of professionally presented North American wildlife and lets you get closer to wildlife than you ever thought possible.

Old Alabama Town

Costumed interpreters guide you through life in the 19th and 20th centuries in this fascinating four-block “town.” Visit more than 40 buildings from schoolhouses to cotton gins, and experience life as an Alabamian in the state’s infancy.

Riverboat – Harriott II

Take a ride on Montgomery’s newest attraction, the Harriott II and enjoy a scenic ride along the Alabama River.

Riverwalk Amphitheater

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 in which children can play, and the surround sound system provides crystal clear quality for each event. The Riverwalk Amphitheater offers a stunning view of the river and a serene atmosphere for all who visit.

Rosa Parks Library & Museum and Children's Wing

Visitors to this fascinating interactive museum are able to put themselves in the place of Rosa Parks, who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. Additional exhibits lead visitors on an emotional journey through the days of the Bus Boycott, which became the first step on the often difficult path to civil rights in America. The Children’s Wing provides a museum experience that is tailored specifically for children’s age and comprehensive abilities. Through the use of a “time machine,” the Children’s Wing prepares visitors for the museum reenactment experience. A scholar’s research area that captures the history of Montgomery and the Civil Rights Movement features artifacts, oral histories, historical documents and art for high school students and adults.

Troy University’s Davis Theatre for Performing Arts

This theatre has been completely restored to a 1930s fine arts palace. Now affiliated with Troy University, the subscriber series is comprised of touring productions from Broadway shows to concerts.

Shopping

Shopping centers and malls are really playgrounds for grown ups! Montgomery and the River Region offer everything from the big national names you know to unique shops and boutiques. Use the directory below to find the best shopping the region offers!

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