Located more or less in the heart of the state, the capital city of Montgomery
is an ideal place to start your Alabama vacation. From minor league baseball
games to interesting museums, the Montgomery attractions cover a wide range
of interests, and if you want to learn more about America's civil rights struggle,
then it's an ideal place to be. Montgomery Alabama is where Martin Luther King
led the famous 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was sparked by Rosa Parks's
refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. It's Montgomery's attachment
to such significant events that brings in the bulk of visitors, who come from
across the nation and from around the world. The Rosa Parks Library and Museum
and Children's Wing is arguably the top draw when it comes to the Montgomery
attractions, but there's plenty more to see and do here as well.
Many of the main Montgomery attractions revolve around the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, and they include the Rosa Parks Museum and the National Voting Rights Museum. Both of these museums boast stunning galleries that help visitors gain further insight into the country's past racial struggles. Should you be interested in learning more about the civil rights movement in and around Montgomery Alabama, then you can also include such pertinent attractions as the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, which is where Martin Luther King, Jr. first served as a pastor, and the National Voting Rights Museum, which is found in the nearby town of Selma. If you don't get the chance to make it down to Selma, which is about an hour's drive from Montgomery, the state capital surely boasts enough civil rights-related attractions to keep you busy. Other such attractions include the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which is housed in a small bungalow that served as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s residence between the years of 1954 and 1960. After visiting one or more of these Montgomery attractions, you might make your way to the Civil Rights Memorial and Center, which is part museum, part monument. The Memorial itself was designed by Maya Lin, who is also the architect behind the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Like the larger Alabama city of Birmingham, Montgomery offers some of the best civil rights-related attractions in the entire country.
When it comes to finding things to do in Montgomery, visiting the city's cherished civil rights attractions isn't the only thing worth adding to the itinerary. Civil War buffs will certainly not want to pass on the chance to stop by the First White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis and his family once resided. Should country music be an interest of yours, the Hank Williams Museum is also worth checking out. Few country singers from the past or present can rival Hank Williams's influence on the music industry, and he is widely regarded by many to be one of the best overall singers of all time. If country music isn't your thing, but literature is, then the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is surely not to be missed. The couple lived in the home where the museum is housed for quite some time, and while the museum is fairly modest, it's the only one on the face of the earth that so honors one of America's most famous writers. If you still haven't had your fill of museums after visiting some of these destinations, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is always worth checking out as well. In addition to displaying regional art and some well-known pieces by some of the old masters, the Museum of Fine Arts also boasts ARTWORKS, which is an interactive section dedicated exclusively to children.
It's easy to see why more and more people choose to travel to Montgomery, as it's full of great things to do. Once you finally get your fill of the city's museums, heading off to the Blount Cultural Park to relax and take a break is something that might pique your interest. You can also see what the Riverfront Ampitheater has to offer. Overlooking the Alabama River, the outdoor Riverfront Ampitheater is an excellent place to catch a concert, see a play, watch a movie, or even enjoy a picnic. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, seeing a minor league baseball game is another option when it comes to fun things to do in Montgomery. The Montgomery Biscuits is the city's minor league baseball team, and they play all of their home games at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. For those who like to play sports more than they like to watch them, heading to one of the area golf courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a good place to start.
The list of fun things to do in Montgomery is a lengthy one, and suffice it to say that keeping busy during your visit shouldn't be an issue. Don't forget to include a visit to Old Alabama Town as well during your Montgomery Alabama getaway if you like history, and for those who like to shop, hitting the Old Cloverdale boutique shops just south of downtown is always an option. With so many great Montgomery attractions to choose from, you might just want to consider staying a few days longer than you originally anticipated. The Montgomery hotels are none to expensive on the whole, so staying a few extra days shouldn't break the bank.