Category: Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama

A- Overview:
Something magical happens when you visit Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The moment you arrive, the world starts to fade away. Maybe it’s the sound of waves gently lapping the shore or the smell of coconut oil. Perhaps it’s the white sand beach and sparkling emerald water. Suddenly building sandcastles moves to the top of the “to-do” list. This, and more, awaits the visitor to this seaside town.

No matter how long a visit, there is plenty to occupy every hour of the day. Putter around a bit on one of the championship golf courses or cast a line for deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip. Travel back in history with a visit to Fort Morgan, the site of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Visitors can even commune with Mother Nature as they hike through one of the many wildlife areas and gaze at gators and shorebirds in the process.

The Gulf coast area has a mild climate with an average annual temperature of 67.4 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 67 inches, and the growing season is 292 days. The beaches are pleasant for sunning and walking year round. Water sports begin in the spring and are at their peak in summer and early fall. Festivals and fantastic scenery occur year round. And with all that sun, it’s a great time to explore some of the many attractions in and around Orange Beach. A must see attraction is Adventure Island.

With a variety of things to do such as mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, as well as over 100 arcade games, it’s a place the whole family can enjoy. For history, Fort Morgan should be included in the activity schedule. Located in nearby Gulf Shores, its “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. For a hands on experience, the nearby Gulf Coast Exploreum is a science adventure for all ages. With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience, it’s a playground for the mind!

Now it’s time to get packing for Orange Beach. It’s a place where visitors can slow down, let loose, rediscover themselves and their loved ones. It’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and it will cast its spell over you.

B- City Information:
Population: 3,784

Elevation: 10 feet above sea level

Land Area: 10.4 square miles

Location: Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Alabama

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Orange Beach, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Orange Beach observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
50.5
53.4
59.8
65.7
73.2
79.2
81.5
81.1
77.3
67.9
59.5
52.7

High temperature (°F)
60.9
64.3
70.6
76.6
83.5
88.7
90.5
90.1
86.8
79.3
70.5
63.2

Low temperature (°F)
40.0
42.5
49.0
54.8
62.9
69.7
72.5
72.0
67.8
56.5
48.4
42.2

Precipitation (in)
5.9
5.1
6.7
4.4
5.0
5.8
8.2
6.6
6.1
3.7
5.2
4.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
6
7
10
14
13
9
5
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
9.1
9.4
9.9
9.5
8.6
7.6
6.9
6.7
7.6
7.9
8.3
8.9

Morning humidity (%)
82
82
84
86
87
84
86
87
85
82
82
81

Afternoon humidity (%)
65
61
62
60
62
61
65
66
63
57
61
65

Sunshine (%)
48
53
61
63
67
67
57
58
60
71
64
49

Days clear of clouds
8
9
9
10
9
7
4
6
10
13
11
9

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
9
11
15
17
15
11
9
8
7

Cloudy days
16
13
14
11
11
8
10
10
9
9
11
16

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

The gulf coast area has a mild climate with an average annual temperature of 67.4 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 67 inches, and the growing season is 292 days. The beaches are pleasant for sunning and walking year round. Water sports begin in the spring and are at their peak in summer and early fall. Festivals and fantastic scenery occur year round.

How to Get There:

By Air

Pensacola Regional Airport

850-435-1746

The airport is located approximately 30 miles east of the town. It is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the airport.

By Car

Orange Beach is easily accessible by car. From the north, take I-65 to I-10 east, to U.S. Hwy 59 south. From the east, take I-10 to I-110 south, to U.S. Hwy 98 west, to U.S. 59 south.

How to Get Around:

Due to the numerous popular sites and attractions within an hour’s drive of the town, the most convenient way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-974-1500
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. See the Volcano erupt nightly!

Kayak Safari

1000 Captain Trent Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251- 981-1FUN (1386)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Paddle in Paradise! Come enjoy nature at its finest and explore the islands where Pirates once plundered!!! Tours and rentals available.

Nearby Attractions:

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-5731

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes; plus a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, gift shop, concessions, and a shaded picnic area.

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA)

One Academy Drive
Daphne, AL 36526
251-626-3303

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am- 5pm

Admission Free Dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature.

Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Highway 98
Elberta, AL 36530
251-986-8375

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Preserving the county’s rural heritage in a rambling building that resembles a turn-of-the-century barn with a working windmill and several outdoor agricultural exhibits.

Bart Rockett Magic

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-967-BART (2278)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This magical production features state of the art lighting, sound, and special effects with spectacular illusions, amazing ventriloquism, and hilarious fun for the whole family.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Rd
Theodore, AL 36582
251-973-2217
800-247-8420

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Located on the lovely and tranquil Fowl River, Bellingrath is a 65 acre lushly landscaped garden and museum home with all the charm and beauty of the Old South.

Biophilia Nature Center, Native Nursery & Bookstore

12695 County Road 95
Elberta, AL 36530
251-987-1200
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Come see carnivorous plants, wildflowers, plant and butterfly nurseries, turtles, forests, and nature library/bookstore with the resident biologist of this private 20-acre ecological restoration project.

Bird of Paradise

3190 Airport Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-609-2043
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy. 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7720

Office hours: 7:30am-4pm Monday-Friday

Admission Charged
Refuge has 4-5 miles of hiking trails and beach access.

Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division

21055 Mildred Casey Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-968-7576
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp.

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

109 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-2120
The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest. Multiple walking trails allow the birder miles of habitat for Neotropical migrants.

The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-7500
Hours: Open daily, call for exact hours

Admission Charged

Visual displays and interactive exhibits highlight Mobile’s estuary system.

Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992

Open seven days a week, 9am – 5pm.

Admission Charged

Where History spans three centuries.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7125
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

“Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense fortifications

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government Street

Mobile, AL 36633
251-208-6883
877- 625-4FUN
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Hands-on, interactive science adventure for all ages! With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience, it’s a playground for the mind!

Minamac Wildflower Bog & Country Gardens

13199 Mac Cartee Lane
Silverhill, AL 36576
251- 945-6157
Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

Admission Charged

From early April through September, more than 300 varieties of native Southern wildflowers bloom in this five-acre preserve.

Mobile Bay Ferry

51 State Highway 180 West
Pensacola, FL 32501
251- 540-7787
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours.

Sky High Parasail

19180 B County Road 10
5749 Bay La Launch
Foley, AL 36535
251-946-9000
Hours: Call for schedule

Admission Charged

A safe and smooth ride over scenic inland waters.

Tanger Outlet Centre

2601 S. McKenzie
Foley, AL 36535
251- 943-9303
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Discover the best brand names and guaranteed low prices at over 120 outlet stores including Gap Outlet, Polo, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and more!

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-8111
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged for Rides

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601
251-433-2703
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Features the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama the Submarine U.S.S. Drum, military aircraft and equipment.

Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park

13650 Smiley Street
Silverhill, AL 36576
251-988-1950
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Passengers are treated to unique views as the trains travel for a mile past Victorian style buildings, a 4-acre lake, fields, gardens, playgrounds, woods, and wetlands.

Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-948-2106
Hours: Open daily, hours vary by season

Admission Charged

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park located in the beach resort community.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-974-1500
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. See the Volcano erupt nightly!

Kayak Safari

1000 Captain Trent Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251- 981-1FUN (1386)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Paddle in Paradise! Come enjoy nature at its finest and explore the islands where Pirates once plundered!!! Tours and rentals available.

Nearby Attractions:

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-5731

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes; plus a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, gift shop, concessions, and a shaded picnic area.

Bart Rockett Magic

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-967-BART (2278)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This magical production features state of the art lighting, sound, and special effects. Spectacular illusions, amazing ventriloquism, and hilarious fun for the whole family.

Bird of Paradise

3190 Airport Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-609-2043
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7125
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

“Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense fortifications.

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-8111
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged for Rides

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601-0065
251-433-2703
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Features the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama, the Submarine U.S.S. Drum, military aircraft and equipment.

Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park

13650 Smiley Street
Silverhill, AL 36576
251-988-1950
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Passengers are treated to unique views as the trains travel for a mile past Victorian style buildings, a 4-acre lake, fields, gardens, playgrounds, woods, and wetlands.

Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-948-2106
Hours: Open daily, hours vary by season

Admission Charged

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre water park and amusement park located in the beach resort community.

E- Events & Entertainment:
January

Annual Polar Bear Dip
Held on January 1
Location: Flora Bama
251-980-5116
What is a polar bear dip? A group of people joining hands and wading into the Gulf for a free drink and of course, the traditional black-eyed peas!

February

Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Annual Tour of Homes
Held in mid February
251-967-3212

Call for exact location

March

Fun In The Sun Corvette Show
Held in mid March
Location: Sawgrass Landing, Gulf Shores
251-968-6994

This show is a display of Corvettes for the general public to enjoy and to vote for their favorite Corvette. Trophies are awarded according to the most People Choice votes.

Mobile Arts Council Presents
Held in mid – late March
Location: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, University of South Alabama
251-476-8794

Call for performance schedule
A variety of performances are held and vary by year.

April

Spring Bird Banding
Held in early – mid April
Location: Fort Morgan
Watch the Hummer/Bird Study Group as they record height, weight, health and species of the many birds returning north for the summer.

International Migratory Bird Day
Held in early April
Location: Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary

The birds will provide the major attraction. A crawfish boil Friday with Sunday wrapping up mid-day.

May

Annual Art in the Park

Held in early May

Location: John B. Foley Park

251-943-4381

Artists and craft persons from the tri-state area present their art for show and sale. Entertainment and food booths are also available.

June

Fort Morgan Candlelight Tour

Held in early June

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

251-540-7202

Costumed interpreters tell the story of Fort Morgan’s early Civil War service through historic vignettes based on actual events.

Annual Low Country Boil

Held in mid June

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

This is an “all you can eat” Cajun picnic, served on tables, buffet style. Drinks are sold separately. Money from this fund raiser goes toward Zoo improvements.

A Fort Morgan Big Bang Celebration!

Held on July 4

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Experience Fort Morgan’s own brand of celebrating Independence Day! Cannons will be fired celebrating the Nation’s Independence.

August

Civil War Living History

Held in early August

251-540-7127

Demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay

Annual Sandstock Festival

Held in mid August

Location: Flora Bama

251-980-5118

September

Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Scramble

Held in early September

251-968-6904

Annual Sandman Triathlon

Held in early September

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

Swim .6 miles, Bike 15.8 miles, Run 4 miles.

October

Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphine

Held in early October

251-861-6992

A living history weekend exploring life on the Gulf Coast before the Fort was built.

Orange Beach Charter Fishing Rodeo

Held in early October

Location: Orange Beach

251-981-2300

All passengers fishing aboard a member Orange Beach Fishing Association Charter Boat are eligible.

Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo

Held in October

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Held in mid October

Location: Gulf Shores Public Beach

251-968-6904

Featuring arts and crafts, music, entertainment, and food, guests agree this is one event not to miss!

The Annual Coast Artillery at Mobile Point in World War II

Held in October

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Uniformed interpreters depict the garrison of Fort Morgan during its last period of active military service.

November

Annual Veterans Day Ceremonies
Held on Veterans Day
Location: 22 miles west of Gulf Shores on State Highway 180 West
251-540-7127

Uniformed interpreters will honor veterans, past and present.

Blue Angels Air Show
Held in mid November
Location: Naval Air Station, Pensacola
850-452-BLUE
See the Navy’s Blue Angels in action as they perform amazing gravity defying loops, rolls, and maneuvers!

December

St. Anne’s Christmas Lights
Held late November – early January
Location: At. Anne’s Church, Pensacola
850-456-5966

Over a million lights illuminate the church grounds in a spectacular display that also features free refreshments.

Let It Snow
Held in early December
Location: Foley Heritage Park behind the Depot Museum
251-943-1200

This is an alcohol free party with lots of snow, hot air balloon rally, games, prizes, music, storytelling, food and other entertainment.

Foley Christmas Parade
Held in early December
Location: The streets of Uptown Foley.
251-943-1545

Floats, bands, clowns, scouts, Santa Claus and many others celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season.

Annual “Christmas at the Fort”
Held in early December
Location: 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island
251-861-6992
1861 Christmas with the Confederate garrison. A living history weekend.

Gulf Shores Women’s Club Annual Tour of Homes

Held in mid December

251-948-6333

Gulf Shores, Alabama

A- Overview:
Warm water, salt air, sparkling white sand stretching to the horizon line, fabulous sunrises and sunsets: these are just a few guaranteed ingredients of the exceptional vacation that awaits visitors to aptly named Pleasure Island.

Gulf Shores, located on Pleasure Island, has grown since the bridge connecting the island to the mainland was constructed in 1933. Residents and visitors have been drawn to the area’s beautiful sandy beaches, mild climate and numerous business opportunities. Traditionally regarded as a tourist resort community, Gulf Shores is now home to 5000 year round residents. Tourists raise the population during the busy summer months to over 40,000, yet it retains a delightful, small town atmosphere.

The warmth of the Gulf waters makes water sports possible year round. Other popular activities are deep sea fishing, bird watching and hiking. Off the beach, families enjoy the water slides, bungee towers, miniature golf, the zoo, and the go-cart tracks. The area also boasts some of the most attractive and most challenging golf courses in the country.

This is an ideal spot for family vacation fun on the Gulf Coast. Waterfront activities occupy the Spring and Summer months. Fireworks light up the beaches on summer evenings as the City of Gulf Shores sponsors 4th of July celebrations. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is also held in July at nearby Dauphin Island. The Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival in the fall is always well attended.

Historic Fort Morgan and the battleship USS. Alabama are in nearby Mobile, and Ft. Morgan hosts Civil War day camps and reenactments in the summer. There are also plays, concerts, sporting events, historic home tours, and of course, Mardi Gras. Restaurants in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach & Perdido Key serve the freshest and finest of seafood in every season.

For those seeking nature-based travel opportunities, Gulf Shores has the adventure you’re looking for! Hiking, biking, canoeing and sailing are all there within local parks and recreational facilities. Comprised mostly of quartz, Alabama’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. It is easy to lose track of time in any season exploring these shores.

The Alabama coast has mild temperatures throughout the seasons. Not surprisingly, the first and foremost activity available at all times is pure relaxation in a fabulous setting. Indoors or out, from music to history, sports to festivals, parades to plays, there are activities for the entire family in Gulf Shores at any time of the year.

B- City Information:
C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard

Orange Beach, AL 36561

(251) 974-1500

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. The Volcano erupts nightly.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 968-5731

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes, plus Reptile House, Aviary, Petting Zoo, Gift Shop, Concessions, shaded picnic area.

American Dream Cycle

328 East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-8688

Toll Free: (877) DRM-RIDE

Located at 328 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores is dedicated to helping visitors realize their dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Audubon Sanctuary on Dauphin Island

109 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-2120

The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest. Multiple walking trails provide miles of habitat for neotropical migrants.

Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Highway 98

Elberta, AL 36530

(251) 986-8375

Preserving the county’s rural heritage in a rambling building that resembles a turn-of-the-century barn. Includes a working windmill and several outdoor agricultural exhibits.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Rd

Theodore, AL 36582

(251) 973-2217

Toll Free: (800) 247-8420

A 65 acre lushly landscaped garden and museum home displays the charm and beauty of the Old South. Located on tranquil Fowl River.

Bon Secour Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy. 180

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Office hours: 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

(251) 540-7720

Refuge has 4-5 miles of hiking trails and beach access. Open from sunrise to sunset.

CJ Watersports, Inc.

328 East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-3599

Ride the waves on a Kawasaki Jet Ski, parasail or paddle the surf in an ocean kayak.

Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division

21055 Mildred Casey Drive

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 968-7576

By appointment only. The center conducts studies that enhance understanding of the life history of red snapper and oysters.

The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-7500

Open daily. Admission charged and group rates available. Handicapped accessible. Visual displays and interactive exhibits highlight Mobile’s estuary system.

Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-6992

Open seven days a week.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 540-7125

Living history demonstrations and self-guided tours.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government Street

Mobile, AL 36633

(251) 208-6883

Toll Free: (877) 625-4FUN

Hands-on, interactive science adventure for all ages! With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience.

Gulf Shores Amusement Park

104 West Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-6511

Rides, go-carts, and arcade games.

Gulf Shores Museum

244 West 19th Avenue

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 967-4733

See different Gulf Coast objects used to shrimp and fish. Learn how hurricanes form, and the devastation they cause. Special exhibits are Fishing the Lagoon & Pilot Town and the Hurricane of 1906.

Gulf State Park

20115 State Hwy 135

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-7275

Toll Free: (800) ALA-PARK

This Gulf Coast gem boasts 6,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of beach, fresh water lake, nature trails, and beach pavilion.

Historic Blakeley State Park

33707 State Hwy. 225

Spanish Fort, AL 36577-7279

(251) 626-0798

Visit the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Enjoy 10 1/2 miles of hiking and bike trails, camping and a serene boardwalk next to the Tensaw River.

LA Watersports

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-7433

Pontoon boats, waverunners, kayaks, parasail, aqua trampolines and Dolphin tours.

Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Parkway US 98

Spanish Fort, AL 36577

(251) 626-5529

Situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, this 1,327-acre park features two self-guided nature trails that highlight the flora & fauna of this unique area.

Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25850 John Snook Avenue

Orange Beach, AL 36561

(251) 981-8545

Showcasing early exploration and settlement of the area.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf

3201 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 968-4653

Two 18-hole courses among waterfalls, caves, tropical plants, a pirate ship and sea fog.

Sky High Parasail

19180 B County Road 10

Bear Pont Marina, Orange Beach

Foley, AL 36535

(251) 946-9000

Website: www.skyhighparasail.com

Safe! Smooth ride! Scenic inland waters.

Tiki Isle Mini-Golf and Batting Cages

East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-8454

18 holes of Mini-golf and batting cages.

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 968-8111

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, bungee jumping and refreshment center.

Waterville, USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-2106

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Off State Highway 180 at the 13-mile marker; 251-540-7720.

Open year-round from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

This 6200-acre refuge with beach access protects and preserves the unique plants and animals of the Gulf Coast. Hike the scenic, four-mile Pine Beach Trail or the one-mile-loop Jeff Friend Trail. Catch bass, bluegill and bream in the 40-acre freshwater Gator Lake (canoes and electric trolling motors only). On the nearby lagoon, cast for trout and flounder or scoop up crabs. See a large migratory bird stopover in April, May, September and October.

Gulf State Park

Headquarters: 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores; 251-948-7275.

Free to enter park; individual attractions may charge a small admission or parking fee.

This Gulf Coast park offers 6000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of beaches on four preserved stretches of sand. Inland, 900-acre Lake Shelby hosts freshwater fishermen, boaters, skiers and swimmers; nearby nature trails wind through the wooded land. Scheduled educational nature activities include beach walks, hikes, slide presentations and nature films. Wildlife exhibits at the Nature Center are open year-round.

Gulf-side facilities include a public pavilion, 825-ft. fishing pier and boat ramps.

Biophilia Nature Center & Native Nursery

On County Road 95, three miles east of Elberta and 1/4 mile south of U.S. Highway 98 251-987-1200 for Nature Center hours and cost of admission.

Butterflies courting and laying eggs, sparkling sundews catching bugs, and blue-tailed skinks streaking about are potential sights at the 20-acre Biophilia Nature Center and Native Nursery in Elberta. This ongoing ecological restoration project includes young forests, wildflower meadows, a carnivorous plant bog, a swamp, an 11-foot alligator, turtles, a butterfly garden, a screened butterfly room and caterpillar nursery, and a bookstore/library.

Minamac Wildflower Bog

Located five miles east of Fairhope

251-945-6157

From early April through September

Open for tours by appointment only. Admission is charged, and group rates are available

more than 300 varieties of native Southern wildflowers bloom in this five-acre preserve..

Shopping

The area offers many shops ranging from casual apparel and beachwear to upscale fashion and specialty boutiques. If you are a bargain hunter, you can find 120 factory outlet stores located in Foley.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Parks And Recreation

The nearest state park is Gulf State Park

(334-948-7275).

The 6,000 acre park area offers campsites, picnic areas, 18-hole golf course, 825-foot fishing pier, and convention center.

Other parks in the area include

Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge

334-540-7720

Meyer Park

334-968-4420

Johnnie Sims Park

canal park & kids park

334-968-4420

Wade Ward Nature Park

334-968-4420

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Alabama Mysteries and Legends

Location: Adult Activity Center, Gulf Shores

Free Admission

251-968-1465

Mad Hatters Ball

Location: Holiday Inn White Sands Resorts, Gulf Shores.

251-967-4737

Dress is casual, and food will be provided. Cash bar will be available. Music, dancing and a hat competition in several different categories. All proceeds go towards buying school clothes for the children in need of assistance in Pleasure Island.

Pine Needle Basket Weaving Session 2

Location: Biophilia Nature Center 12695 County Road 95, Elberta

251 987-1200

February

Historic Sites of Alabama

Location: Adult Activity Center, Gulf Shores

Free Admission

251-968-1465

Gulf Shores Womens Club Annual Tour of Homes

251-948-6333

House tour hours: 10 am – 4 pm.

Tickets available at Jubilee Gifts, Gulf Shores

Red Snapper Seafood Festival

251-974-5790

Grilled and fried fish plates, fried shrimp plates and grilled chicken plates will be for sale. Plates include coleslaw, corn fritters, grits, tea or coffee. Soft drinks and water will also be available at an additional charge. Don’t miss the Hogs and Hotrods Exhibition! In addition to food, there will be arts and crafts, onsite music, a silent auction and souvenir t-shirts for sale. The Orange Beach Sportsplex located on Public Works Road, just south of Canal Road (AL Hwy. 180), approximately 3 miles west of Orange Beach Blvd. (AL Hwy. 161). From 10 AM to 5 PM.

White Sands 5K Sweetheart Run/Walk

Location: Starting at Ribs & Reds Restaurant. Post race party at Ribs & Reds Restaurant, Gulf Shores.

251-962-4066

Here is your chance to have a super fun-filled weekend at our beautiful beach and contribute to a worthy cause. L.A. Fleet Feet Run Club and Ribs & Reds Restaurant present the 2003 White Sands 5K Sweetheart Run and Walk for the kids of Baldwin County. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. T-shirts to all registrants. Variety of age groups.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Location: Erie Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores

251-968-1172

March

Annual “Taste of the Colony”

251-861-6992

Explore life on Isle Dauphine in the 1700-1800’s. authentic camping in the fort, candle-dipping, open-hearth cooking and tasting, blacksmith demonstrations and more.

Annual Foley Mardi Gras Parade .

251-943-5630

Other Mardi Gras Parades:

Krewe de Spaniards Parade

Location: Spanish Fort

Shadow Barons Parade

Location: Daphne

Floral Parade

Location: Mobile

Knights of Mobile Parade

Location: Mobile

Mystics of Time Parade

Location: Mobile

Arrival of King Elexis

Location: Foot of Government Street, Mobile

Mardi Gras Parades, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

251-968-6904

Call for route.

Pleasure Island Festival of Art

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf Shores

Free to public.

251-981-1852

More than 50 artists will exhibit their works on the banks of Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby.

Soldiers of Fort Morgan-1834-1944

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Annual Historic Mobile Homes Tours

Admission

Representing Mobile’s rich & diverse architectural past. Experience Creole cottages, Federal-style townhouses, Greek Revival mansions and turn-of-the-century Victorian & Neo-Classical residences.

Annual Outdoor Art Show

251-928-2228

Over 150 exhibitors from all over the country will be exhibiting works in over 20 different mediums!

Azalea Trail Run 10K / 1 & 2-Miler

(251) 473-7223

April

A Civil War Living History Weekend

251-861-6992

Hosted by the 45th Alabama Regiment, you will experience a weekend of the soldiers lives during the Civil War. There will be Roll Call, Mail & Pay Calls, Company Drills, Camp Life Impressions, Displays and Camp cooking.

Annual Alabama State Chili Cook Off

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

251-968-5731

May

Annual Art in the Park

Location: John B. Foley Park (Corner of Al Hwy 59 and U.S. Hwy 98)

251-943-4381

Artists and craft persons from the tri-state area present their art for show and sale. Entertainment and food booths are also available.

June

Fort Morgan Candlelight Tour

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Costumed interpreters tell the story of Fort Morgan’s early Civil War service through historic vignettes that are based on actual events. Candlelight tour starts at 7:00 p.m

Annual Low Country Boil

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

This is an “all you can eat” Cajun picnic, served on tables, buffet style. Drinks are sold separately. Money from this fund raiser goes toward Zoo improvements

Fort Morgan Civil War Day Camp for Kids

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Fee.

251-540-7202

For a day, young soldiers from ages 9-12 experience the life of an Artilleryman from 1861-1864.

July

A Fort Morgan Big Bang Celebration!

July 4 Annually

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Experience Fort Morgan’s own brand of celebrating Independence Day! Cannons will be fired celebrating the Nation’s Independence.

Independence Day Celebration

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Fort Morgan Civil War Day Camp for Kids

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Fee.

251-540-7202

For a day, young soldiers from ages 9-12 experience the life of an Artilleryman from 1861-1864.

Annual Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Tournament

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

August

Civil War Living History

251-540-7127

Demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay

September

Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Scramble

251-968-6904

Annual Sandman Triathlon

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

Starts at 7:30am. Swim .6 miles, Bike 15.8 miles, Run 4 miles.

Annual Lost Bay Regatta

Location: Pirate’s Cove Marina, Josephine

251-987-1119

The race will begin at 1:00 pm on the main of Perdido Bay. All pre-race registration and celebration will be held at the Point Yacht Club facilities. The race is open to monohull sailboats 20 ft. or longer.

Greek Fest

Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 50 South Ann Street, Mobile

251-438-9888

11am-10pm Thursday 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday.

Live, Laugh, Sing and Dance

October

Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphine:

251-861-6992

A living history weekend exploring life on the Gulf Coast before the Fort was built.

Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Honeybee Festival

Location: Robertsdale

251-947-8950

Robertsdale will start their annual Honeybee Festival with a parade at 10:00 am.

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Location: Gulf Shores Public Beach

Free to public.

251-968-6904

From Arts & Crafts, music, entertainment, and the Food, we guarantee this is one event you won’t want to miss!

The 50th Coast Artillery at Mobile Point in World War II

Location: Fort Morgan

540-7127

Uniformed interpreters depict the garrison of Fort Morgan during its last period of active military service.

Annual Shrimp Festival 10K Run

Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

World War II at Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Annual “Boo at the Zoo” Kid’s Halloween & Costume Party

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual Renaissance Festival “GATALOP 20”

Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

251-861-6992

See Knights in armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges, watch The Lords and Ladies, and visit a Medieval merchant

November

Annual “Ladies Encampment”

251-861-6992

A Civil War Ladies workshop hosted by the 21st Alabama Ladies Aid Society. See the women go about their daily lives during the Civil War period.

Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremonies

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Fort Morgan uniformed interpreters will honor all of our veterans, past and present.

Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

850-492-7664

Musicians from all over the world bring magical music to the Gulf Coast. Music of all genres wil be heard throughout the festival.

Annual TRIM-A-TREE Grand Opening

Foley Performing Arts Association, 119 W. Laurel Ave.in Foley

251-943-4381

Over 250 southeastern fine artists and craftsmen have created one of a kind ornaments and decorations to be sold on consignment. Grand Opening Nov. 14-15, 10am-5pm with lunch served on the 14th. The event continues through Dec. 23. Hours Dec. 17-23:10-4.

Zoolabration Fall Festival

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual “Christmas at the Fort”

Admission

251-861-6992

Experience the 1861 Christmas with the Confederate garrison. A living history weekend for the whole family.

Sandy Claws

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Nautical Night of Lights Boat Parade

Orange Beach

251-968-6904

Lighted boat parade featuring holiday decorations

Annual Symphony By The Sea

Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach

251-981-9811 ext. 103

Christmas concert will feature the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in an elegant evening of traditional and classical holiday music.

Montgomery, Alabama

A- Overview:
Located on the Alabama River in the center of the state, Montgomery is a thriving city with an impressive amount of history and distinctly southern style of living. The city is filled with culture and history, but the passage of time is gracefully slow and easy, in the southern style.

Montgomery is a cosmopolitan city. From its famous Shakespeare festival to its symphony orchestra to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Museum, there are activities of substance that are culturally significant. Visitors should check with the Arts Council before coming so they can plan ahead as to which of the many activities they will try to attend.

In the 1860s, Montgomery was part of the Confederacy and the first Confederate White House still stands. Montgomery is justifiably proud of its history, and the many aspects of that history have united to form a strong cultural identity. Montgomery’s Confederate Trail Itinerary covers a fascinating route from the State Capitol, past many buildings connected with that time in history, ending at the Confederate prison and cemetery.

Montgomery’s is one of a few state capitol buildings designated a National Historic Landmark. Known as the birthplace of the Confederacy and of the Civil Rights movement, The Alabama State Capitol is where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America and where the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights March ended with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering a moving speech from the bottom of its steps. The historic Senate and House of Representatives Chambers, the old Supreme Court Chambers and several official offices have all been restored to their Civil War-era and turn-of-the-century appearances.

The Hank Williams Memorial honors the country singer, who is perhaps best known for his ballad, “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” The memorial is downtown in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex . Weekdays, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on Forest Ave., presents sky shows and science programs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Montgomery from 1954 to 1960, and there is a monument to the Civil Rights movement. Completed in 1989, the Civil Rights Memorial stands in the front plaza of the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., as a monument to those who died in the struggle for racial equality. The memorial features the top of a circular marble table covered with a thin sheet of flowing water and is inscribed with dates of key events and names of people involved in the civil rights movement

In Old Alabama Town, costumed interpreters guide visitors through life in the 19th and early 20th centuries in a fascinating 4-block “town.” There is the opportunity to over 40 buildings from schoolhouses to cotton gins and experience life as an Alabamian in the state’s infancy.

Maxwell Air Force Base, where the Wright Brothers’ Flight School once stood, is the site of the Air University, the Air Force’s center of professional military education. Trolleys travel through the downtown area, providing transportation to Montgomery government buildings, historical sites, the Riverfront Amphitheatre and Riverwalk Stadium, home to the Class AA Montgomery Biscuits. The trolleys run continually from 9-6, Monday through Saturday for ease of transportation in reaching the city attractions.

Montgomery offers several parks in which to enjoy a family picnic. Chief among these is Blount Cultural Park, with its 300 acres of hills, lakes, and culture. Then take a walk to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts or the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Shakespeare Gardens.

The highlight of the year in Montgomery is Jubilee CityFest which takes place during Memorial Day Weekend. CityFest appeals to a diverse crowd by offering the best of just about every genre of music including pop, country, alternative, zydeco, blues, jazz, folk, gospel, oldies and classic rock. Other Jubilee CityFest attractions include KidsFest, ArtFest, Symphony Pops Concert, Jubilee Run, “Thunder Over The River” fireworks and a Sunrise Celebration Service. It is easy to see why Montgomery is such a popular vacation destination at any time of year!

B- City Information:
Population: 201,568

Elevation: 250 feet above sea level

Land Area: 155.4 square miles

Location: Located in the central part of Alabama at the intersection of Interstates 65 and 85

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Montgomery, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Montgomery observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
46.4
50.2
57.6
64.0
72.0
78.6
81.5
80.9
76.0
65.2
56.0
48.8

High temperature (°F)
57.4
62.1
70.2
77.1
84.2
90.2
92.4
91.9
87.4
78.5
68.5
60.1

Low temperature (°F)
35.3
38.3
45.1
50.9
59.8
67.0
70.6
69.8
64.6
52.1
43.4
37.5

Precipitation (in)
5.0
5.3
6.0
4.3
4.0
4.2
4.8
3.5
3.8
2.6
4.2
4.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
11
9
10
8
8
9
12
9
8
6
8
10

Wind speed (mph)
7.7
8.2
8.3
7.3
6.1
5.8
5.7
5.2
5.9
5.7
6.5
7.1

Morning humidity (%)
82
80
82
86
88
88
90
91
89
89
87
84

Afternoon humidity (%)
64
60
57
57
60
60
64
64
62
58
60
64

Sunshine (%)
47
52
59
65
63
62
61
63
62
64
55
49

Local Seasons:

As both a major business city as well as a tourist destination, Montgomery has something of interest taking place virtually every day of the year. With a moderate climate year-round, anytime is a good time for a visit. Summer temperatures peak in the mid 90’s F during the day, with the evenings dropping to a more comfortable 70 F. It is often cloudy and rainy during this time so be prepared. Spring and fall bring cooler temperatures and more sunshine. This is an ideal time to take advantage of the many outdoor activities available. Winters are mild with little or no snow.

How to Get There:

By Air

Montgomery Regional Airport

4445 Selma Highway
Montgomery, AL 36108

334-281-5040

The airport is conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown on U.S. Hwy. 80 W. It is served by a few of the regional airlines as well as charter services.

By Car

Montgomery is easy to reach as two interstate highways, I-65 and I-85, intersect within the City. Additional highways serving Montgomery are U.S. 31, 80, 82, 231 and 331, and are all connected by a four-lane perimeter road encompassing the City.

By Train

Amtrak

950 West South Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36105

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

950 W South Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36105

334-286-0953

How to Get Around:

When visiting the downtown area, the Lightning Route Trolley System transports visitors to attractions throughout the area for a small fee. Rental cars are also available.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Confederate Memorial Day: 4th Monday in April

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Jefferson Davis’s birthday: 1st Monday in June

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Columbus Day: 2nd Monday in October

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
General Richard Montgomery Riverboat
334-834-9862
This gracious, old-fashioned riverboat still plies the river just as similar boats did in the past. Visitors will enjoy a little history and a great ride in the “Montgomery”.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
454 Dexter Ave
334-263-3970
Guests can visit the beautiful Baptist church where Martin Luther King, Jr. ministered from 1954 to 1960. The church offers some information on King, and his life and ministry.

Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus St.
334-240-4500
Frequent tours visit more than 40 restored Alabama structures. Visitors can learn about life in Montgomery in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Montgomery Zoo
329 Vandiver Blvd.
334-265-2637
This zoo, which calls itself “the most exciting zoo in the Southeast,” boasts 500 animals representing over 150 species. Featured exhibits include Australian, Asian, African, and North American realms.

First White House of the Confederacy
644 Washington Ave
334-261-4624
This house was built in 1835 and served as the White House of the Confederacy for several months in 1861. Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived here until Richmond became the new Confederate capital.

Alabama Archives and History Museum
624 Washington Ave
334-261-4361
Visitors to the archives can view a vast collection of historical documents and information about Alabama. The museum also offers exhibits on Native Americans, Civil War battles, and features a hands-on gallery.

Alabama War Memorial
334-262-6638
This war memorial honors the citizens of Alabama who have died in the defense of their state and country. This is a “must see” for those interested in southern and American history.

Alabama Science Center
244 Dexter Ave
334-832-3902
This center has more than 50 exhibits designed to educate and entertain, and is a favorite with Montgomery teachers and students.

Governor’s Mansion
1142 S. Perry St.
334-834-3022
This mansion has been the home for Alabama’s governors since the 1950’s. The mansion itself was built in 1907 and is a wonderful example of Southern Colonial architecture.

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum
334-263-1440
The garden and museum cover 17 acres of beautiful land. Fountains, pools and statuary help make this one of the loveliest spots in Montgomery.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
One Museum Dr
334-244-5700
This museum has a renowned collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Southern regional art is featured, as are some interactive exhibits for children.

Pike Pioneer Museum
248 US Hwy 231 North
Troy, AL
334-566-3597
Located on 15 acres of land, this museum focuses on pioneer life in the early 19th century featuring exhibits on households, farming and even printing.

Alabama State Capitol
State Capitol Bldg
334-261-2900
Alabama’s state capitol building is more than 140 years old. It has been completely renovated and houses remarkable historical and cultural collections.

Civil Rights Memorial
400 Washington Ave
334-264-0286
Dedicated in 1989, this memorial was designed by the architect who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial’s impact on visitors is strikingly powerful and beautiful.

Family Fun

Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus St.
334-240-4500
Frequent tours visit more than 40 restored Alabama structures. Visitors can learn about life in Montgomery in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Montgomery Zoo
329 Vandiver Blvd.
334-265-2637
This zoo, which calls itself “the most exciting zoo in the Southeast,” boasts 500 animals representing over 150 species. Featured exhibits include Australian, Asian, African, and North American realms.

First White House of the Confederacy
644 Washington Ave
334-261-4624
This house was built in 1835 and served as the White House of the Confederacy for several months in 1861. Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived here until Richmond became the new Confederate capital.

Alabama Archives and History Museum
624 Washington Ave
334-261-4361
Visitors to the archives can view a vast collection of historical documents and information about Alabama. The museum also offers exhibits on Native Americans, Civil War battles, and features a hands-on gallery.

Alabama War Memorial
334-262-6638
This war memorial honors the citizens of Alabama who have died in the defense of their state and country. This is a “must see” for those interested in southern and American history.

Alabama Science Center
244 Dexter Ave
334-832-3902
This center has more than 50 exhibits designed to educate and entertain, and is a favorite with Montgomery teachers and students.

Governor’s Mansion
1142 S. Perry St.
334-834-3022
This mansion has been the home for Alabama’s governors since the 1950’s. The mansion itself was built in 1907 and is a wonderful example of Southern Colonial architecture.

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum
334-263-1440

The garden and museum cover 17 acres of beautiful land. Fountains, pools and statuary help make this one of the loveliest spots in Montgomery.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
One Museum Dr
334-244-5700
This museum has a renowned collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Southern regional art is featured, as are some interactive exhibits for children.

Pike Pioneer Museum
248 US Hwy 231 North
Troy, AL
334-566-3597
Located on 15 acres of land, this museum focuses on pioneer life in the early 19th century featuring exhibits on households, farming and even printing.

Alabama State Capitol
State Capitol Building
334-261-2900
Alabama’s state capitol building is more than 140 years old. It has been completely renovated and houses remarkable historical and cultural collections.

Civil Rights Memorial
400 Washington Ave
334-264-0286
Dedicated in 1989, this memorial was designed by the architect who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial’s impact on visitors is strikingly powerful and beautiful.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus St.
334-240-4500
Frequent tours visit more than 40 restored Alabama structures. Visitors can learn about life in Montgomery in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Montgomery Zoo
329 Vandiver Blvd.
334-265-2637
This zoo, which calls itself “the most exciting zoo in the Southeast,” boasts 500 animals representing over 150 species. Featured exhibits include Australian, Asian, African, and North American realms.

First White House of the Confederacy
644 Washington Ave
334-261-4624
This house was built in 1835 and served as the White House of the Confederacy for several months in 1861. Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived here until Richmond became the new Confederate capital.

Alabama Archives and History Museum
624 Washington Ave
334-261-4361
Visitors to the archives can view a vast collection of historical documents and information about Alabama. The museum also offers exhibits on Native Americans, Civil War battles, and features a hands-on gallery.

Alabama War Memorial
PO Box 1069
334-262-6638
This war memorial honors the citizens of Alabama who have died in the defense of their state and country. This is a “must see” for those interested in southern and American history.

Alabama Science Center
244 Dexter Ave
334-832-3902
This center has more than 50 exhibits designed to educate and entertain, and is a favorite with Montgomery teachers and students.

Governor’s Mansion
1142 S. Perry St.
334-834-3022
This mansion has been the home for Alabama’s governors since the 1950’s. The mansion itself was built in 1907 and is a wonderful example of Southern Colonial architecture.

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum
PO Box 60011
334-263-1440
The garden and museum cover 17 acres of beautiful land. Fountains, pools and statuary help make this one of the loveliest spots in Montgomery.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
One Museum Dr
334-244-5700
This museum has a renowned collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Southern regional art is featured, as are some interactive exhibits for children.

Pike Pioneer Museum
248 US Hwy 231 North
Troy, AL
334-566-3597
Located on 15 acres of land, this museum focuses on pioneer life in the early 19th century featuring exhibits on households, farming and even printing.

Alabama State Capitol
State Capitol Bldg
334-261-2900
Alabama’s state capitol building is more than 140 years old. It has been completely renovated and houses remarkable historical and cultural collections.

Civil Rights Memorial
400 Washington Ave
334-264-0286
Dedicated in 1989, this memorial was designed by the architect who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial’s impact on visitors is strikingly powerful and beautiful.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Alabama Junior Miss Pageant

Held in January

Location: Garrett Coliseum

334-244-9066

Call for additional information

Every January, Montgomery College-Bound high school girls compete for scholarships and gain personal development.

Hank Williams Anniversary Memorial

Held on January 1

Location: Oakwood Cemetery Annex

334-262-3600

Call for additional information

Admission Free

Every year on January 1st, fans of the late Hank Williams gather for a Memorial Service at his gravesite in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex near downtown Montgomery and the Hank Williams Museum.

Annual History Symposium

Held in January

Location: Museum of Fine Arts

334-240-4500

Call for additional information

Join Old Alabama Town every January for the annual history symposium. This event is sponsored by the Landmarks Foundation, in cooperation with the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

February

Black History Month at Old Alabama Town

Held every Thursday in February

Location: Old Alabama Town

888-240-1850

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Join Old Alabama Town as they celebrate Black History Month with special guided tours every Thursday in February.

March

Celebration of the Season

Held in March

Location: Davis Theatre

334-241-2800

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Join the Alabama Dance Theatre in March for their annual Celebration of the Season performance. Each year the dancers perform a different production.

SE Livestock Rodeo Exposition

Held in March

Location: Garrett Coliseum

334-265-1867

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One of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi features livestock shows, cattle events, rodeo performances, wagon train, and PRCA with top cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation.

May

Jubilee City Fest

Held over Memorial Day Weekend

Location: Montgomery

334-834-7220

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Taking place each year during Memorial Day Weekend, Jubilee City Fest appeals to a diverse crowd by offering the best entertainment available. Whatever genre of music is your preference; there is something for everyone including pop, country, alternative, zydeco, blues, jazz, folk, gospel, oldies and classic rock. Other Jubilee City Fest attractions include Kids Fest, Artiest, Symphony Pops Concert, Jubilee Run, “Thunder Over The River” fireworks and the Sunrise Celebration Service.

July

July 4th Celebration

Held on July 4

Location: Old Alabama Town

334-240-4500

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Join the crowd at Old Alabama Town every July as they celebrate America’s independence. A special patriotic ceremony is held in front of Lucas Tavern. Boy Scouts post the colors of the flag, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem and a children’s’ flag parade follows. Tour Montgomery’s historic village and have fun as visitors return to the adventurous pioneer days.

September

AJBF River Jam

Held in mid September

Location: Downtown Montgomery

334-263-2523

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Sponsored by the Alabama Jazz and Blues Federation, River Jam takes place downtown on an autumn night in September and gives Montgomerians a chance to hear top notch jazz, blues and zydeco bands and artists.

Alabama Highland Games

Held in September

Location: Blount Cultural Park

334-272-2174

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Events include live Scottish performances, a parade, an individual athletic competition and piping & drumming competitions.

Ballet and the Beast

Held in September

Location: Montgomery Zoo

334-409-0522

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Enjoy entertainment under the stars as The Montgomery Ballet and the Montgomery Zoo present their annual September performance of Ballet & the Beasts. Stroll the grounds of the City’s magnificent Zoo before taking a seat to enjoy the performance. After sunset, The Montgomery Ballet takes the stage to offer an exciting and enchanting evening.

Broadway under the Stars

Held in September

Location: Blount Cultural Park

334-240-4004

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Admission Free

Join the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra every September as they bring Broadway show tunes and pop classics to the Blount Cultural Park.

Storytelling Festival

Held in September

Location: Kiwanis Park

334-240-4500

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Join Old Alabama Town every September for the Storytelling Festival. Each year they bring in noted storytellers from around the state.

October

Alabama National Fair

Held in October

Location: Alabama Agricultural Center and Fairgrounds

334-272-6831

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The Fair brings high quality entertainment and provides concerts and stage shows. In addition to the concerts, there are many exhibits, food concessions and over 60 awesome rides in the carnival on the midway. The Fair is held at the Alabama Agricultural Center and Fairgrounds and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery.

Festival in the Riverfront Park

Held the first Saturday in October

Location: Riverfront Park

334-241-2300

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Activities include over 100 exhibitors, a 5K run and 1 mile family fun run/walk, a young artist’s gallery for the kids, special performances for children, and lots of food.

Junior League’s Annual Holiday Market

Held in October

Location: Garrett Coliseum

334-288-8816

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Join the Junior League of Montgomery every October as they host Holiday Market and start the holiday shopping early. This three-day shopping extravaganza features a wide variety of specialty shops and attracts a large crowd of shoppers from Montgomery and the surrounding areas. Special events include the preview party and silent auction, live entertainment, children performances and pictures with Santa.

Montgomery Zoo Boo

Held in mid – late October

Location: Montgomery Zoo

334-240-4900

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Join the Montgomery Zoo two weeks prior to Halloween as it transforms into ghosts and goblins complete with a haunted hayride and train ride.

Tavern Fest

Held in October

Location: Lucas Tavern

334-240-4500

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Join Old Alabama Town every October as the celebrate Tavern Fest. Events include music and dancing. This event is centered around the 1818 Lucas Tavern located in the heart of downtown Montgomery. The historic landmark is the idea setting for a fall festival where attendees taste specialty brews, sample craft beers, listen to great music and dance in the streets.

November

ASU Turkey Day Classic

Held in late November

Location: Multiple Locations

334-229-4280

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Join Alabama State University as they host the Turkey Day Classic at Crampton Bowl against their biggest rival Tuskegee University. The day kicks off with a Turkey Day Classic Parade down Dexter Avenue.

Train & Doll Exhibit

Held November – December

Location: Old Alabama Town

334-240-4500

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This exhibit features trains & dolls from all over the world and from every time period.

December

Annual Glenn Miller Concert

Held in December

Location: Davis Theatre

334-953-2014

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Get ready to open the holiday season with the Annual Glenn Miller Holiday Concert.

Montgomery Holiday Lights

Held in December

Location: Montgomery Zoo

334-240-4900

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Join the Montgomery Zoo every December as the Zoo transforms into a Wintery Wonderland. Thousands of holiday lights illuminate the zoo in shapes of animals and Christmas themes. Hop aboard the train for a magical ride through the festive zoo.

Montgomery Holiday Parade

Held the first Saturday in December

Location: Court Square

334-240-4738

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The Holiday Parade begins at 5:30 pm. Immediately following the parade, the Mayor lights the city’s Christmas tree at Court Square Fountain. Floats in the parade include local school groups, local dance/gymnastic groups, civic organizations and local high school & college bands.

Train & Doll Exhibit

Held November – December

Location: Old Alabama Town

334-240-4500

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This exhibit features trains & dolls from all over the world and from every time period.

Entertainment:

Alabama Dance Theatre

1018 Madison Avenue

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-241-2590

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Alabama Dance Theatre is an eclectic dance company performing classical and contemporary works. ADT performs two major productions each year at the Davis Theatre: “Mistletoe”, a holiday favorite and “A Celebration of the Season”, an annual spring performance.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

1 Festival Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

800-841-4ASF

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This internationally acclaimed theatre is one of the ten largest Shakespeare Festivals in the world, presenting world-class contemporary and classic productions and educational programs throughout the entire year. Alabama’s Shakespeare Festival is one of the American theatres invited to fly the flag of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts

251 Montgomery Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-241-9567

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Completely restored 1930s fine arts palace and affiliated with Troy State University Montgomery, the subscriber series is comprised of touring productions from Broadway shows to concerts.

Faulkner University Dinner Theatre

5345 Atlanta Highway

Montgomery, AL 36109

334-386-7190

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Enjoy Broadway-style family entertainment in an elegant setting.

Montgomery Ballet

6009 E. Shirley Lane

Montgomery, AL 36117

334-409-0522

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Montgomery’s professional ballet company and school featuring classic performances throughout the year.

Montgomery Symphony

301 N. Hull Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-4004

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The Montgomery Symphony performs ten concerts each season and mounts a variety of educational programs.

The Capri Theatre

1045 E. Fairview Ave.

Montgomery, AL 36106

334-262-4858

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The Capri Theatre was built in 1941 as The Clover and was Montgomery’s first neighborhood theatre. It was remodeled and renamed The Capri in 1963. Today it shows independent films and award-winning classics.

Sports:

Montgomery Biscuits

Double A Baseball

Games played at Riverwalk Stadium

Season runs April – August

334-323-2255

Take in an exciting game of Double A baseball at the official home for the Montgomery Biscuits. Bring a picnic and blanket and view the game from the stadium’s picnic area. Every seat provides visitors with a wonderful view of the game courtesy of a state-of-the-art LED screen that’s capable of even showing instant replays. Children can frolic in the stadium’s playground and in the off season there are plenty of activities going on at this fun-filled stadium.

Montgomery Motorsports Park

2600 N. Belt Drive
Montgomery, AL 36110

Drag Racing

334-260-9660

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A NHRA sanctioned dragway that offers year-round drag racing including “Street Wars” on Friday evenings, which gives everyone a chance to be a race-car driver.

Victoryland Greyhound Racing

I-85 at Exit 22
Shorter, Alabama 36075

Dog Racing

334-727-0540

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Enjoy the thrill of racing excitement from the climate controlled clubhouse or the front row view of the grandstand or try your luck at a game of live Bingo or one of over 1,000 video bingo machines.

Southeaster Livestock Exposition Rodeo

Held every March

Held at the Garrett Coliseum

1555 Federal Dr.

Montgomery, AL 36107

334-265-1867

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Every March, rodeo stars from across the country converge on the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery for one of the most exciting rodeos held.