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What is There to Do in Montgomery, Alabama?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor at a Baptist Church in Montgomery from 1954 to 1960.
Visitors to Montgomery can enjoy a picnic in one of many parks to choose from.
Sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached in Montgomery.
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If you’re planning a trip to Montgomery, Alabama, you’ll be pleased to learn that this beautiful city offers a number of visitor attractions. As the capital of Alabama, Montgomery is known for its southern hospitality.

Although Montgomery was once known as the capital of the Confederacy, the city became the center of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Montgomery was the site of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church from 1954 to 1960. You can learn more about the city’s role in promoting racial equality by visiting the Civil Rights Memorial Center in downtown Montgomery.

If you love animals, you’ll want to stop at the Montgomery Zoo. This charming local attraction features more than 700 animals from five different continents. All animals are housed in “barrier free” habitats to allow you to observe them in surroundings that are as natural as possible. Guided tours of the zoo are available for groups of up to 30 people. In addition, the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum provides detailed information on the state’s conservation efforts.

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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has been promoting the visual arts in Montgomery for more than 70 years and is the fifth largest museum of its kind in the world. This impressive museum has an extensive collection of American art, including a number of paintings depicting the history of the south. This collection of regional art provides a unique look at the cultural heritage of the city’s residents and is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the “outsider art” movement.

Baseball fans will want to see the Montgomery Biscuits in action while visiting the city. This popular Class AA Southern League team is an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Games are played in the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, a facility with a seating capacity of approximately 7,000.

Montgomery’s mild climate and beautiful weather make it the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. After touring Montgomery’s most popular attractions, feel free to relax with a picnic lunch in one of the city’s 90 parks. There are also a number of golf courses and tennis courts for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to commemorate your visit to Montgomery, stop by Flea Market Montgomery. This 75,000 square foot flea market offers an impressive array of trinkets and treasures for every taste. In fact, Flea Market Montgomery proudly proclaims it’s “just like a mini-mall.”

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golf07
Post 4

Does anyone know what the Montgomery schools are like? My husband is looking at a possible job transfer to Montgomery, and I have been trying to do some research on the best schools.

This would be a big move for us, as we have lived on the East coast all of our lives. We don't have any family in Alabama, so the whole move would be a big thing for our family.

The warmer winter weather does sound like a big plus. If my husband wants to keep his job with this company, he will either need to transfer to Montgomery or another city located on the West coast.

Any where we go will be a big transition. Is Montgomery really as hospitable as most people say?

LisaLou
Post 3

We like to take our kids to the Montgomery zoo at least once a year. This is our favorite zoo because it is big enough to have a large variety of animals, but small enough you can easily see everything in half a day.

Our kids always look forward to feeding the giraffes, penguins and sea otters. I think this is the highlight of their trip.

It can get pretty hot in the summer time, but they have a lot of shaded areas where you can cool off. We took some family there over Christmas one year.

They had lights displayed all around the zoo, and we enjoyed the train ride that gave us a tour of the zoo and lights.

Because of the "barrier-free" set up, you get a chance to see what the natural habitat is for these animals. The Bengal tiger attraction is one you don't want to miss.

andee
Post 2

I had never even been to the state of Alabama until my son attended Auburn university. Since this is close to Montgomery, we have visited this city many times.

My husband is a fan of Hank Williams so the first thing he wanted to do is visit the Hank Williams museum. Montgomery is the city where Hank Williams began his career, so the museum is full of all kinds of memorabilia.

This city has a lot of culture and history, and I always found many interesting attractions. Since we live in the Midwest, I always liked visiting Montgomery in the winter and enjoying the warmer weather.

honeybees
Post 1

If you are interested in the history of the Civil Rights movement, you will find many interesting places to visit in Montgomery.

When we were there visiting family, we had the chance to visit several of these places. My daughter had been involved in a Rosa Parks play at our local community theater.

The Rosa Parks museum and library were very interesting to her and really gave us a better idea of that particular place and time in history.

The Martin Luther King Jr former home is also another place we really enjoyed. The tour guide was very informative and shared many personal and interesting stores regarding the King family.

We found the city of Montgomery to be friendly and full of interesting history.

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