Friday, July 27, 2018 / by Jessica Knight
Montgomery is home to Alabama’s state capital and many, many historical events and important figures. From humble beginnings, Montgomery has grown into the 4th largest metropolitan area in the state and continues to grow and improve still today. Everywhere you turn, you will find a learning experience and there is something for every member of every family.
1. Historical Sites and Museums
Montgomery, Alabama has a very colorful history and has been at the center of many major, and at times tragic, events known worldwide. Because of this, Montgomery is the home to many historical sites and museums that are dedicated to remembering these events and people. Listed below you will find just a few of these popular tourist spots:
Old Alabama town is a collection of restored buildings that were home to the earliest settlers of the area now known as Montgomery, and they begin to tell the story of how Montgomery came to be what it is today.
The Fitzgerald museum is the former home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and is the only museum in the world that is dedicated to their lives and legacies. F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for his iconic novel “The Great Gatsby,” which has managed to transcend time and is still being read today!
“Experience the history of the first Country Music superstar and see how Hank Williams transformed country music and sowed the seeds of what was to become American Music, Blues, Rockabilly and even Rock and Roll.” – Hank Williams Museum
“In this National Historic Landmark, see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This 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.” – Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
Located at 115 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104
“As a physical site and an outreach program, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration is an engine for education about the legacy of racial inequality and for the truth and reconciliation that leads to real solutions to contemporary problems.”- The Legacy Museum
“Set on a six-acre site, the memorial uses sculpture, art, and design to contextualize racial terror. The site includes a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments to symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims in the United States and the counties and states where this terrorism took place.”- The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
2. Outdoor Activities
Family friendly fun is all over Montgomery, with more than 60 parks, trails, and the ever-popular Montgomery Zoo. Check out this brief list of some local family favorites:
“What began in a small downtown park in Montgomery, Alabama has now grown, expanded and become a premiere American zoological facility. The Montgomery Zoo started with humble beginnings as a small children’s zoo as a part of a local community park in the 1920s.”- Montgomery Zoo
Blount Cultural Park
LOCATED AT 3 FESTIVAL DR MONTGOMERY, AL 36117
“Serving as a regional destination for park users, this 77 acre park is home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and is the site of the Bark Park, as well as the private grounds of the world renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The park features ponds, miles of walk trails and exquisite statuary throughout both properties.” – Blount Cultural Park
LOCATED AT 335 COOSA STREET MONTGOMERY, AL 36104
“Anchored by the Amphitheatre, the Harriott II Riverboat, and the historic Union Station Train Shed, Riverfront Park is an entertainment destination on the banks of the Alabama River. Riverboat rides, events, concerts, baseball in Riverwalk Stadium and access to the river via a boat ramp make this park a fun and exciting place for people of all ages.” – Fun in Montgomery
LOCATED AT 1010 FOREST AVENUE MONTGOMERY, AL 36106
“Historic Oak Park is home to 40 acres of gardens, a fish pond, playgrounds, open space and numerous mature trees. Multiple walking trails circle the park, and picnic shelters and a band shell add to the allure for park users. Sheltered picnic tables and a wi-fi hot spot welcome visitors at one entrance. The park is also home to W. A. Gayle Planetarium and the administrative offices of the Parks and Recreation Department. The picnic shelters are available for rent.”- Fun in Montgomery
Wright Brothers Park
Located at 544 Maxwell Blvd Montgomery, Alabama 36104
“Wright Brothers Park, formerly known as Overlook Park, features beautiful views of the Alabama River and the surrounding area. Picnic shelters with off-street parking provide a pleasant place for a family picnic.”- Fun in Montgomery
3. Indoor Activities
“Today, Pump It Up is Kids' Favorite Place with centers across the country. It has set the industry standard for indoor inflatable safety, while providing your community with a fun and healthy family activity.” - Pump it Up
“Newtopia is a 13,200 square foot indoor playground designed specifically to keep your children happy for hours. We have a three level indoor play structure that has a variety of activities for your kids to enjoy such as: a giant 4 person wave slide, battle balls, pyramid obstacles, web net bridges, spinning plates, play panels…and the list goes on. And if that were not enough, we have soft play rides like a challenge courses volcano with slide, and more.”- Newtopia Fun Park
Indoor trampoline park that is a great birthday party venue, as well as a place to take the kids to burn off that extra energy.
Family-friendly arcade, pizza restaurant, and party venue all wrapped up in one!
Vicki’s Lunch Van
Voted best hamburgers in the state of Alabama.
LOCATED AT 2520 FAIRGROUND ROAD MONTGOMERY, AL 36107
Chris’ Hot Dogs
Local favorite for over 100 years and counting!
LOCATED AT 138 DEXTER AVE MONTGOMERY, AL 36104
Famous with the locals as the best meat and three.
LOCATED AT 1796 CARTER HILL RD MONTGOMERY, AL 36106
If Montgomery sounds like your kind of place, visit www.searchhomesinmontgomery.com to browse homes in the area, or call Camelot Properties at 334-730-0771 to schedule a time to meet with one of our knowledgeable agents!