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Living In Montgomery County

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Montgomery County boasts a wealth of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Stroll through the grand gardens of Jasmine Hill, or visit one of the many museums highlighting the area’s history in the civil rights struggle. Enjoy the competition of the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival or the cuisine of the Riverwalk Wine Festival. And don’t miss the mix of grace and athleticism of the Montgomery Ballet.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of Montgomery County have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.

Flimp Festival

www.mmfa.org 

Hosted by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the annual Flimp Festival in early May celebrates art, entertainment, food and family activities. Browse art created by professionals and make some of your own. The museum provides chalk and parking lot space so students and adults can transform the pavement into a chalk gallery. The festival also has a treasure hunt in the rotunda, where participants search for answers to clues about artwork in the museum’s galleries.

Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival

www.montgomerydragonboat.org 

Held in Riverfront Park in late August every year, the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival attracts nearly 10,000 spectators. More than 60 teams race long, ornately decorated boats down a stretch of the Alabama River to raise money for Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama. The festival also has live music and entertainment, vendors, exhibits, a children’s village and more.

Montgomery Marathon

www.montgomerymarathon.com 

In March, the Montgomery Marathon in downtown Montgomery features fitness, food and fun. Runners can choose from the traditional marathon, half-marathon or a 5K run and walk. For children, there’s a 1-mile fun run and the Mayor’s Challenge, a nine-week training program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade that ends with a 1-mile race. By the end of their training, children will have run the equivalent of a half-marathon.

River Bend Brewfest and River Jam

http://visitingmontgomery.com/calendar/event/riverbend-brewfest 

The River Bend Brewfest in Riverfront Park in May highlights more than 70 regional and national craft beers and microbrews. Following an afternoon of brews, River Jam kicks off and plays into the night. The free live music and entertainment fills two stages with pop, Latin, jazz, blues, country and rock.

Riverwalk Wine Festival

http://visitingmontgomery.com/calendar/event/riverwalk-wine-festival 

Enjoy an afternoon of wine on the water at the Riverwalk Wine Festival in October, when distributors represent more than 100 wines at the downtown Montgomery Riverfront in company with food vendors and live music. When the festival ends, take a sunset wine cruise up the Alabama River on the Harriott II Riverboat.

 

Arts

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Montgomery County residents enjoy numerous artistic endeavors, from theaters to music to dance and more.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

1 Festival Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-271-5353
www.asf.net 

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is a professional regional theater, and its approximately 10 world-class presentations each season have Shakespeare productions as their artistic core. The theater also offers Broadway musicals, children’s shows, American classics and world premieres. Performances are held at the Carolyn Blount Theatre’s 792-seat Festival Stage and 262-seat Octagon Stage. The theater also has a restaurant, the Black Swan Bar and Bistro.

Capri Theatre

1045 E. Fairview Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-262-4858
www.capritheatre.org 

Built in 1941, the Capri Theatre was the first neighborhood theater in Montgomery. Originally called the Clover, the theater was remodeled and renamed in 1962. The Capri Theatre is operated by the Capri Community Film Society and is Montgomery’s sole independent cinema. Visit the theater’s website for information about movie schedules, tickets and more.

The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts

251 Montgomery St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-241-9567
www.troy.edu/davistheatre 

The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts opened in 1930 as the Paramount Theatre, a movie palace for the new talkies and vaudeville shows. When the theater was updated with a state-of-the-art audio system and lighting, many original details were restored or reproduced, including the plaster ornamentation, chandeliers, the building’s exterior and the grand marquee. Today, the 1,200-seat theater hosts events from musicals to shows, chamber music groups, orchestras, dance ensembles, ballets and more.

Montgomery Ballet

2101 Eastern Blvd., Suite 223
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-409-0522
www.montgomeryballet.org 

Founded in 1958, the Montgomery Ballet, which performs at the Davis Theatre, is the only professional ballet company in the Capital City and River Region. The ballet maintains 30 full-time dancers and a ballet school, which offers more than 2,200 classes to students each year. For information on upcoming performances, visit the ballet’s website.

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre

201 Tallapoosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-481-5100
www.mpaconline.org 

The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, a first-class, 1,800-seat facility in downtown Montgomery, hosts entertainment events including Broadway shows, concerts, opera, comedy, dance and children’s productions. Visit the center’s website for information on upcoming events.

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

507 Columbus St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-240-4004
www.montgomerysymphony.org 

For more than 40 years, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has provided musical entertainment for the community as well as sponsoring the Montgomery Youth Orchestra, which performs two concerts annually. Though most of the symphony’s concerts are at the Davis Theatre, its popular holiday pops concert is held at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, and its fellowship series is at the Wilson Auditorium in the Montgomery Museum. For information on upcoming concerts, visit the orchestra’s website.

 

Museums

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Learn about Alabama’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

624 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36130
334-242-4435
www.archives.alabama.gov 

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the oldest state-funded archive in the nation. It features a genealogical research facility and more than 500,000 museum artifacts that tell the stories of the people of Alabama. Subjects of the collections include Native Americans, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Alabama politics. Admission is free.

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

2150 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-323-6665
www.ashof.org 

Dedicated to the celebration and history of Alabama’s sports heritage, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is packed with sports treasures. More than 5,000 artifacts are displayed in the 33,000-square-foot building, including Super Bowl and Heisman trophies, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s houndstooth hat and Charles Barkley memorabilia.

Civil Rights Memorial

400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-956-8479
www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial 

This memorial honors those who died during the civil rights movement. The circular black granite table is inscribed with names of the martyrs and the history of the movement. The Civil Rights Memorial Center adjacent to the memorial houses exhibits, a theater and educational activities, as well as the Wall of Tolerance, which displays the names of more than a half-million people who have pledged to take a stand against hate and work for justice and tolerance in their daily lives.

Dexter Parsonage Museum

309 S. Jackson St.
Montgomery, AL 36103
334-261-3270
www.dexterkingmemorial.org/tours/parsonage-museum 

The Dexter Parsonage Museum has been the historic home of 12 pastors of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The parsonage was the residence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his young family from 1954 to 1960. The nine-room, clapboard parsonage was built in 1912. It has been restored to its appearance during King’s residence. At the Interpretive Center next to the parsonage, guests can view videos and photos of King’s life. The center includes a gift shop.

The King-Johns Garden for Reflection is at the rear of the parsonage. A circular walkway in the magnolia tree-lined garden symbolizes unity and is a quiet place for thought.

The Hank Williams Museum

118 Commerce St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-262-3600
www.thehankwilliamsmuseum.net 

The Hank Williams Museum contains the most complete collection of the late country singer’s memorabilia: more than 35 showcases of personal artifacts, including his 1952 baby blue Cadillac, two life-size portraits, records, awards, suits, clothing and accessories, the microphone and stand he used during his last performance and more.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

1 Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-240-4333
www.mmfa.org 

Founded in 1930, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts mounts rotating displays of historical American art, old masters, porcelain and glass collections, Southern regional art and more. Visitors can enjoy traveling exhibitions, schedule a tour, or check out the museum gift store and cafe. Admission is free.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

252 Montgomery St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-241-8615
www.troy.edu/rosaparks 

A tribute to Rosa Parks, this museum highlights the civil-rights era with video, artifacts, historical documents, a statue of Parks and a replica of the bus on which she refused to give up her seat.

The Fitzgerald Museum

919 Felder Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-264-4222
www.thefitzgeraldmuseum.org 

The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is dedicated to celebrating the lives and works of the Jazz Age couple. The museum is in the house where Scott, Zelda and their daughter, Scottie, lived from fall 1931 to spring 1932. There, Scott worked on his novel “Tender Is the Night” and Zelda worked on her only novel, “Save Me the Waltz.” The museum holds special events throughout the year, including an annual gala.

W.A. Gayle Planetarium

1010 Forest Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-625-4799
www.troy.edu/planetarium 

One of the largest planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans, the W.A. Gayle Planetarium accommodates more than 200 theater-style seats. Built in 1968, the planetarium recently underwent a major renovation, adding 22 projectors and a new sound system. The planetarium offers family programs, special events and enchanting and educational shows about space. For information on current shows, visit the planetarium’s website.

Parks

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The parks system in Montgomery County is dedicated to getting you out to a greener place. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Alabama Nature Center

3050 Lanark Road
Millbrook, AL 36054
800-822-9453
www.alabamawildlife.org 

The Alabama Nature Center is at Lanark, home of Alabama Wildlife Federation headquarters. Consisting of 350 acres, Lanark and the Alabama Nature Center give visitors a chance to explore some of the natural beauty of the state. Five miles of boardwalk traverse wetlands and ponds, trails and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion.

Blount Cultural Park

3 Festival Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-625-2300
www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/blount-cultural-park 

Reminiscent of the English countryside, Blount Cultural Park holds ponds, miles of trails and a natural amphitheater. The park is also home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Bark Park, a dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, wash stations, benches and fountains.

Flatwood Park and Community Center

360 Williams Drive
Montgomery, AL 36110
334-832-7181
www.mc-ala.org/Departments/ParksRecreation/Pages/CountyParksCommunityCenters.aspx 

A basketball court, a baseball/softball field, a playground, picnic tables and barbecue areas, plus a quarter-mile walking trail are all available here. The community center can be rented for special events.

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum

3001 Jasmine Hill Road
Wetumpka, AL 36093
334-567-6463
www.jasminehill.org 

Referred to as “Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece,” the Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum showcases more than 20 acres of classical sculptures and natural beauty. Stop by the Olympian Centre for a video presentation of the park’s history and a display of Olympic memorabilia. Guided tours are available. The center’s facade is modeled after the Temple of Hera, the oldest sacred building in Olympia, Greece. The more than 40 sculptures and attractions include a marble bust of Homer and replicas of the Nike of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. The park also has a 300-year-old marble fountain from Cairo.

Oak Park

1010 Forest Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-625-2300
www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/oak-park 

Historic Oak Park is a 40-acre park with gardens, a fish pond, playgrounds, walking trails and picnic shelters that can be rented. The park is home to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium and administrative offices of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Riverfront Park

335 Coosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-625-2300
www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/riverfront-park 

Riverfront Park on the banks of the Alabama River is the docking site of the Harriott II Riverboat and hosts events, sports, concerts and entertainment. The park also has a splash pad for summer fun.

Shopping

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From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Eastbrook Antique Mall

425 Coliseum Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36109
334-277-4027
www.eastbrookantiquemall.com 

The Eastbrook Antique Mall contains 60,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. More than 300 vendors sell everything from furniture and glassware to records and jewelry.

Eastdale Mall

1000 Eastdale Mall
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-277-7380
www.eastdale-mall.com 

Eastdale Mall has five department stores and more than 70 retailers, specialty stores and restaurants as well as the Ice Palace, a year-round indoor skating rink.

Farmers Markets

Montgomery County’s abundant agriculture means that its farmers markets are near their sources. The EastChase Farmers Market at the Shoppes at EastChase is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May through August. The Montgomery Curb Market, 1004 Madison Ave., is from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For more information on farmers markets in Montgomery County, visit the Farmers Market Authority website at www.fma.alabama.gov.

The Shoppes at EastChase

7274 EastChase Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-279-6046
www.theshoppesateastchase.com 

The Shoppes at EastChase combine more than 70 retailers, specialty stores and restaurants.

Sports and Recreation

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Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Montgomery County offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

City Golf Courses

www.playmontgomerygolf.com 

The city of Montgomery operates two golf courses, Lagoon Park Golf Course and Gateway Golf Course. For a list of golf courses in the county, visit the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website at www.visitingmontgomery.com.

Lagoon Park Golf Course is a par-72, 18-hole course with a traditional layout, manicured fairways and towering pine trees along with a driving range, putting green and an area for private instruction. The course can be reached at 334-240-4050.

Gateway Golf Course at 3800 Davenport Parkway is a nine-hole course and a golf learning center with a driving range, putting green and an area for private instruction. Six target greens and a large chipping green are great for working on short- and long-range shots. An indoor practice area uses up-to-date video teaching technology, helping students learn the game at least four times faster. Gateway Golf Course can be reached at 334-284-7920.

Coosa River Adventures

415 Company St.
Wetumpka, AL 36092
334-514-0279
www.coosariveradventures.com 

Enjoy whitewater rafting, kayak fishing or a relaxing canoe trip with Coosa River Adventures, which rents and sells water recreational gear, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and more. The 7-mile Coosa River trips average three to four hours, and highlights include rapids at the River Falls, Moccasin Gap rock island, a swimming hole and varying levels of river flows. For more information or to make a reservation, call Coosa River Adventures or visit its website.

Cramton Bowl Multiplex

220 Hall St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-625-3480
www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/multiplex-at-cramton-bowl 

The 90,000-square-foot Cramton Bowl Multiplex is a new indoor sports facility with volleyball courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts and wrestling areas adjacent to the Cramton Bowl. Call for hours.

Harriott II Riverboat Cruises

200 Coosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-625-2100
www.funinmontgomery.com/parks-items/harriott-ii-riverboat 

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Harriott II, a 19th-century riverboat in Montgomery’s entertainment district. Come aboard for food, dancing and live entertainment on cruise adventures and special events such as Cruising with Santa and the New Year’s Eve party cruise — fun for the whole family. Anniversary and birthday packages can be booked as well.

Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club

4758 Lower Wetumpka Road
Montgomery, AL 36110
334-420-3371
www.lwssc.com 

Montgomery’s newest shooting facility, the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club can help beginners and professionals alike with their skeet shooting needs. The complex has two sporting clays courses, a covered five stand and wobble trap targets, a skeet field and Continental pheasant hunts. Visit the club’s website for pricing and special event information.

Montgomery Biscuits

200 Coosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-323-2255
www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t421 

Montgomery’s own minor league baseball team, the Biscuits, plays at historic Riverwalk Stadium. For ticket information and a game schedule, visit the team’s website.

Montgomery Raceway Park

2600 N. Belt Drive
Montgomery, AL 36110
334-260-9660 
www.montgomeryracewaypark.com 

The Montgomery Motorsports Park facility presents drag racing events, concerts and car and bike shows. For more information about the track and upcoming events there, visit the website.

Montgomery Zoo

2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36110
334-240-4900
www.montgomeryzoo.com 

Stretching over more than 40 acres, the Montgomery Zoo displays animals from around the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia and South America. More than 500 animals are housed in natural, barrier-free habitats. Stand nose-to-nose with a giraffe, feed river otters, ride the miniature train, take a pedal boat ride or soar aloft in the Zoofari Skylift. Don’t forget to visit the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, which features touch-and-feel displays, animal habitats, fossils and mounted fish including stingrays, sharks and even a killer whale.

Slugger Sport Lagoon Park Batting Range

2855 Lagoon Park Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109
334-395-6699
www.sluggersport.com 

Slugger Sport’s batting range in Lagoon Park has five baseball and three softball batting cages and a full-service pro shop with bats, gloves, baseballs and softballs. Visit the batting range’s website for prices and hours of operation.

 

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