The website of Alabamas dynamic capital proudly proclaims that “Montgomery is a city rich in history, yet clearly focused on the future.” And this may just be the perfect way of capturing the enigmatic essence of the “Capital of dreams.”
One of the oldest cities in the South, Montgomery played a historical role in the early development of the United States — and is most prominently known for being an important center of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. In recent years, the city has become a hotspot for smart urban development, tech, art, culture, and economic development.
Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, Montgomery has a lot to offer: here is a quick list of seven of our favorite ideas.
- Tour Montgomery’s Many Civil Rights Landmarks. From the Civil Rights Memorial Center in the heart of downtown, to Martin Luther King Jr´s former home on the near east side, Montgomery is full of historical testaments to the civil rights movement as fascinating as they are moving. The Rosa Parks Library, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and the Rosa Parks Arrest Site are a few more must sees, most of which are within close proximity of one another.
- Spend an Afternoon at the Montgomery Zoo. For families, couples, and animal lovers alike, the Montgomery Zoo, located on the city’s north side, is sure to impress!
- Visit the Alabama State Capitol. Constructed in 1851, the Alabama State Capitol is one of the oldest capitol buildings still in use. Its long history and impressive architecture make the self-guided tours well worth the effort.
- Explore a Museum…or Three. Downtown Montgomery is full of interesting museums, most of which have very reasonable admission fees. The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Hank Williams Museum are a few of the most popular options.
- Take a Coffee Break at a Downtown Cafe. The newly revitalized downtown area offers a diverse array of dining and entertainment options. But whether you are planning a day out or a night on the town, a refreshing coffee break at a trendy downtown cafe such as Prevail Union Montgomery or The Coffee Bean should be on your agenda. Get your caffeine fix, take advantage of some high speed internet, and continue your day out with a new and energized outlook!
- See a Show at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. One of the best small city theaters in America, the ASF offers professional shows year round, and is sure to be a memorable attraction for kids and grownups alike.
- Check out Riverwalk Stadium/Riverfront Park. A lot of Montgomery’s revitalization has centered around the south shore of the Alabama River. The highlight of these new projects is, without a doubt, the Riverfront park — which includes Montgomery’s minor league baseball stadium Riverwalk Stadium. Catch a game, watch some fireworks, or just spend a peaceful afternoon in the park. You are sure to have a wonderful time!