18 Best Things to Do in Montgomery, AL

Montgomery, AL
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Montgomery is one of the most important historic cities in the United States.

It has been the scene of several watershed historical events.

The most famous of these relate to Martin Luther King.

Also, the city was the seat of the First White House of the Confederacy.

You can time-travel into these exciting events by exploring the structures and artifacts related to them on your trip to Montgomery.

In addition, Montgomery has a rich cultural life with a thriving art scene.

It is host to the famous Alabama Shakespeare Festival and houses major art centers like the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Further, the city has many natural attractions, parks, and an impressive zoo.

You would choose to skip this city from your holiday bucket list at your peril!

When you holiday to Montgomery, our list of the major sites and activities there will help you plan better while enjoying the maximum pleasure.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Rosa Parks Library and Museum
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Rosa Parks Library and Museum salute the courage of Rosa Park for taking her historic stand in 1955 by occupying the site of that event, the Empire Theatre.

The museum is stocked with exciting exhibits.

You can also watch informative multi-media shows about the event and Rosa at the in-house 103-seater auditorium.

You can know in detail about the struggles of civil rights pioneers.

Some of the interesting artifacts in the six areas of the museum include a 1955 station wagon, a replica of the famous bus on which Rosa refused to vacate her seat for a white man, and rare documents from that period.

The museum is set up with a mission to pay tribute to Rosa and keep her legacy alive by preserving items related to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Civil Rights Memorial Center

Civil Rights Memorial Center
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Another Civil Rights heritage site, the Civil Rights Memorial Center pays homage to the 41 brave souls who sacrificed their lives for their cause and racial equality between 1954 and 1968.

The exhibits in the center relate to the event and lives of these martyrs.

The 56-seat theater showcases real footage and dramatized versions of the events.

Educational activities are available in the classroom.

Finally, the 20 foot by 40 foot Wall of Tolerance etches the names of more than half a million signatories who pledged to fight hate and prejudice.

You can also ascribe to the pledge and they will inscribe your name on the Wall as well.

First White House of the Confederacy

First White House of the Confederacy
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This magnificent Italian-styled mansion served as Jefferson Davis' residence during his Presidency in 1861.

At that point in time, Montgomery was the capital of the Confederacy.

The friendly Mrs.

Davis hosted many of her famous parties in this building itself.

Thus, the mansion was a thriving social hub back then.

Originally built near the Alabama River, the house occupied its present-day location only in 1921.

At that time, public bodies restored it and opened it for public visits.

Many items from Mrs.

Davis’ original collection, including furniture and art pieces still are in the house.

You can catch a sneak peek into the lives of the First Family during the tense times of the Civil War era.

Montgomery Zoo

Chimpanzee napping at Montgomery Zoo
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Book your trip to dense South American jungles, African savannas, and Asian mountains all in one place by visiting the thralling expanses of the Montgomery Zoo.

You can then enjoy a wide variety of animals such as zebras, tigers, camels, and monkeys.

The zoo spreads over and a 40-acre area and is special for having no cages.

Animals roam here in the artificially created landscapes resembling their native habitats.

Lush green fields fill in the spaces between the habitats.

When tired from all the walking, you can stretch out and refresh yourself.

The zoo also offers a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the tiger habitats.

Dexter Parsonage Museum – Dr.Martin Luther King Home

Dexter Parsonage Museum
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Dexter Parsonage Museum occupies the house where Dr.Martin Luther King once lived with his family.

12 Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church pastors were this house’s celebrated residents from 1920-1992.

They have restored the house into its form when Dr.King lived in it.

You can see Dr.King’s original furniture preserved to this day.

The Interpretive Center located on the outside features impressive photographs of the 12 famous pastor-residents.

In addition, you can see the wisest quotes from the pastors carved on the Pastoral Wall.

Finally, there are rare pictures of Dr.King and other ministers from their days during the bus boycott.

Museum of Alabama

 Alabama Department of Archives and History works
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The Museum of Alabama occupies the same building where the Alabama Department of Archives and History works.

You can catch exciting exhibits narrating Alabama’s rich history.

Some of these date from pre-historic times.

The most prominent display is The Land of Alabama which informs visitors about the state’s unique geology that impacted its history.

You can also learn about The First Alabamians and the history of the years of the Native American inhabitation.

For the more recent history of the state, head over to the Alabama Voices.

This exhibit displays items related to the many events of historical importance in Alabama from the 1700s to the present times.

The Museum of Alabama is vast and its extensive collections boast of having more than 800 items along with several images and letters.

Finally, they host rich multi-media presentations about many of these events, including the turf-wars, economic disputes related to the cotton trade, the Civil War, WWI, and WW II, and the civil rights movement.

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama State Capitol
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Alabama State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark for being the birthplace and original seat of the Confederacy government.

It currently serves as the seat of the state governor and high dignitaries from the executive wing.

Other notable historical events featuring the State Capital include the famous Selma march which culminated at this building.

The in-house museum amply depicts the building's historical legacy with displays about its role in Alabama politics.

The building is an architectural marvel featuring rich elements of the Beaux-Arts movement along with the Greek Revival style.

The famous landscape artist Frederick Law Olmsted carefully manicured the beautiful grounds surrounding the main building.

Incredible as it may seem, you can still see some of the trees he originally planted.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest in Alabama dedicated to the arts.

Beautiful sculptures and paintings created by talented local artists adorn the museum's galleries.

In addition, they feature exquisite artwork by renowned international artists as well.

The American art section houses some of the best 41 paintings from artists of the country include well-known names such as Edward Hopper, John Singer, Sargent, and Winslow Homer.

Classical works in the print by Old Masters section include paintings by legendary artists like Durer, Rembrandt, and Whistler.

The museum also displays temporary exhibits from upcoming artists.

Kids can have a first-hand taste of fine arts in the in-house studio called ARTWORKS.

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

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F.Scott Fitzgerald was among the finest storytellers of the last century, while his adorable wide Zelda is known for founding the “Flapper Movement.

” Zelda spent her early years in Montgomery and returned to the city after marriage in 1931.

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is the only museum in the world that celebrates the life and achievements of this writer-socialite couple.

It now occupies what once used to be the Fitzgerald residence.

Julian McPhillips was the visionary force behind this museum when he bought the house in 1986 and filled it with its rich collection.

You can explore exciting photos, letters, books, and memorabilia belonging to the Fitzgeralds.

Additionally, you can attend their many social events to have a healthy mix of entertainment and meaningful conversation.

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium

Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
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Catch a refreshing game of America’s favorite game at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium.

The Montgomery Biscuits are the home team, and they play in the Southern League.

The area used to house a historic train station, but now the exquisite stadium can seat 7,000 spectators.

More than 20 luxury suites are on offer for those looking for a special experience.

Technology also features in this well-maintained stadium its gigantic LED video board.

Hank Williams Museum

Hank Williams Museum
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Hank Williams entertained countless generations of country music lovers.

He rightfully earns the title of the first country music superstar helping kick-start whole new genres, including blues, Rockabilly, and Rock and Roll.

The Hank Williams Museum celebrates the life and music of this legendary artist-showman.

Sadly, Hank Williams left us at the early age of 29 when he suffered heart failure in his blue Cadillac.

This blue Cadillac is the most prominent item in the collection.

Additionally, you can see many of his iconic suits, guitars, and much-loved ties.

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park
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Riverfront Park is a popular hangout destination for locals in Montgomery.

You can hike and bike to your heart’s fulfillment over the beautiful trails.

There are also other fun activities on offer.

Carry along with your lunch basket with friends and family, and enjoy a relaxing picnic.

Additionally, go kayaking on the glorious waters.

If you have the patience, put your angling line to business and hope for a big catch.

Even art lovers can something for their taste something in the concerts and plays staged at the Amphitheatre.

The Harriott II Riverboat next welcomes you aboard for an exciting excursion into the river waters.

Onboard fun activities include dinner, dancing, and live shows.

Old Alabama Town

Old Alabama Town
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Travel back in time to the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian eras at the Old Alabama Town.

You will be able to see townhouses from the 19th century and 20th-century mansions, churches, and schools.

All the structures are restored into their current forms.

The rich artifacts depict scenes from plantation life and other early pioneers.

More than 50 old-age-styled buildings are present here.

Freedom Rides Museum

Freedom Rides Museum
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The Freedom Rides Museum narrates the events of the Civil Rights movement with its rich displays and a timeline on the exterior wall.

You can take a guided tour to learn about the famous bus ride and the terminal.

The gallery features representations of important incidents from the movement with interesting interpretations.

W.A.Gayle Planetarium

W.A.Gayle Planetarium
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Learn exciting facts about astronomy at the multimedia theater in the W.A.Gayle Planetarium.

The place is special for being the world’s first full-color single-lens planetarium.

Visitors can have surreal experiences of outer space because of the cutting-edge audio-visual technology.

You can have real-time updates about the Earth as they display satellite data about the planet’s oceans and land.

Governor’s Mansion

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The 107-year old neo-classical Governor’s Mansion is the official residence of the state’s first family.

The half-hour-long guided tours take the guests through the luxurious main floor and the beautiful grounds.

You are gifted with cookies for completing the tour at the in-house Gift Shop.

Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College
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You can walk across the hallowed portals of the Huntingdon College at its beautiful Montgomery campus that dates back to 1908.

The famous Frederick Law Olmsted whom we met on one of our items above also designed the landscapes for this prestigious college.

You can roam around the vast 70-acre campus while the main building lets you know the wisdom of the college's high ideals.

Montgomery Ballet

Enjoy some of the finest ballet performances with the Montgomery Ballet.

The professional company has been regaling the state residents with its exquisite performances since 1987.

Some of their best shows include “Two for Love” and “The Messiah”. You will find their outdoor performance of the Ballet and the Beasts at the Montgomery Zoo especially entertaining.

Montgomery is a highly sought-after holiday destination owing to its rich history.

It was a major center of the Civil Rights Moment and you can explore several sites related to it.

Additionally, it goes even further back as one of the initial centers of American politics and the bloody Civil War.

The city also features many modern places for tourists of every taste to enjoy.

You can’t get much wrong by traveling to this delightful city.

We look forward to hearing about your experiences on your trip!