Take a Charter Bus Tour to Learn about Dothan’s Historic Agricultural History
There are Educational Science Centers for Kids and Parks for People of All Ages in Downtown Dothan, AL
For thousands of years, before early European settlers found Dothan, the area was home to a large number of indigenous people, who had complex cultures and were hunters and gatherers in the area’s large forests. It was between 1763 and 1783 that European settlers found the Indian Spring, naming it Poplar Head. After the country’s Civil War, which affected the city’s early settlers, there was the Reconstruction Era which saw the introduction of the Pony Express route and the city began to grow as a larger community, attracting families and groups from other parts of Alabama. The railroads were saviors for local farmers because they found a way to harvest and sell the local produce and to transport them to other parts of the country which includes masts, lumber and other related products. The farmers who initially focused on planting cotton began to diversity after pests destroyed much of the crops and the farmers turned to growing peanuts and related products. In fact, to this very day, a quarter of the country’s peanuts are grown and locally produced in Dothan and during Fall, there is a two-week fun festival called the National Peanut Festival and it would be an amazing time to learn about the city’s rich agricultural heritage. The city continues to be known by its nickname - Peanut Capital of the World. Dothan also serves as an important transportation and commercial hub for a large part of Southeast Alabama and South West Georgia. On top of relying on its agricultural industry, tourism is also important to the city as hundreds of thousands of people pass through Dothan when they are on their way to neighboring Florida beaches.
So, there are fun local festivals for people of all ages to enjoy in Dothan - there’s the Downtown Christmas Festival which is held on the first Saturday of December, Snow Zone with their cookie decoration and sledding contests, professional barbecue festivals like the Tri-State BBQ Festival and PorktoberQue, and not forgetting, the Toadlick Music Festival which is a three-day country and southern rock music festival that the locals and visitors enjoy very much. Be sure to also make your way to the beautiful Dothan Area Botanical Garden, Highland Oak Golf Course and the iconic ‘World’s Smallest City Block’ in downtown Dothan.
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Dothan is a Very Unique and Charming City in the State of Alabama
Friendly people, welcoming communities, a thriving art scene and lots of historical points of interest
to explore and learn about in Dothan...and that’s precisely what will keep you extremely busy during your trip to this charming Southern city.
Entertainment & Amusement Parks — One of the best places to bring kids in Dothan is Water World, as the theme park boasts of a massive wave pool, triple flume slide, water slides of all shapes and sizes as well as picnic areas, kiddie pool and pavilion which can be rented for special private events. The experience at an attraction like Camp Butter and Eggs in Troy is completely nature-based and they focus on bringing the best, most customizable private tours where guests will get to zipline, do some canoeing, kayaking, mud runs and rock climbing. You should also consider bringing the charter bus to Adventureland, a family-friendly themed amusement center offering bumper boats, bumper cars, go-kart facilities, putt putt golf, batting cages and arcade games but if you prefer skating, you can always count on the people of Fun Zone Skate Center in downtown Dothan to deliver. On top of offering a roller skating rink, you can take on a laser tag game or hop on a bumper car with your family and friends. Visitors can also have a bowling night-out at an attraction like Boland Lanes & Amusements in Enterprise or get some popcorn and check out the latest movies showing at Clark Cinema I and II or College Cinema.
Art & Culture — If this is your first time visiting Dothan and would like to get as much information about the city and its attractions as you can, bring the charter bus to the very unique Peanut Monument and Visitor Information Center. Don’t forget to snap a few quick pictures with the large gold peanut structure at the attraction which is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, considering that it is a monument dedicated to Dothan’s history of being the ‘Peanut Capital of the World’. There’s a nice mix of historical folk performances and modern art and culture at Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, offering more than just LIVE performances as it has special events and programs throughout the year, aimed at promoting art in the region. The Johnson Center for the Arts is housed in an old post office building and today, you can either check out their extensive collection of art or enjoy its countless educational programs and for something more intimate, head on over to The Nature Gallery where there is a showcase of beautiful and unique pottery and paintings, Southern Broadway Dinner Theater for their large variety of fun productions and All About Art in Enterprise where there are mosaic and clay sculptures as well as paint pottery classes.
Restaurant & Shopping — In downtown Dothan, there are the conventional fast-food restaurants, burger joints and convenient pizza eateries everywhere but you might want to get your hands on Italian Stallion and Greek-inspired pizza at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill if you are serious about your pizza. You can also sample traditional American cuisine in a fantastic sports bar and pub environment at Beef O’ Brady’s, order some Mexican fish tacos to go with your favorite drinks from Cactus Flower Cafe, indulge in fiery Thai dishes like Volcano Chicken and Penang Curry from Thai House, discover a whole new world of delicious Cuban cuisine at The Dreams Cuban Cafe or maybe sink your teeth into delicious Puerto Rican-inspired sandwiches and rice dishes at an establishment like Willie’s Place. And after that, wash it all down with the countless wheat, red, pale ale, porter and red wines offered by Folklore Brewing & Meadery, get your favorite drinks and dance to LIVE country music at one of the region’s top and most genuine honky-tonk bar at Cowboy’s, or celebrate your friend’s birthday at a classic and chic wine bar like Sips on the Square.
Historical Sites & Landmarks — The World’s Smallest City Block has been recorded and acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records and it consist of a small tiny gravel with a stop sign, yield sign, street sign and a monument, all within a small triangle block. Be sure to take pictures with this iconic landmark in Dothan. The Boll Weevil Monument is in Enterprise and was built in 1919, dedicated to the intrusion of agricultural pest simply because it was both a blessing and a curse. Cotton crops were affected when the pest found their way here but with the destruction, farmers found a way to diversify, introducing the residents to many other types of crops that can be grown on their land. It is the only monument in the world, as far as they know back then, that was erected to honor an insect and a farming pest. A field trip to Pioneer Museum of Alabama would introduce visitors to what rural life was like in the 18th and 19th century; the halls are filled with educational exhibits like quilting and weaving machines and ancient farm equipment. You can also organize a tour around the Conecuh River Depot to learn about how various wars had affected the people and American life or bring the charter bus to GW Carver Interpretive Museum in downtown Dothan which was named after George Washington Carver. The attraction aims to educate the public about the historical contributions of the African-American community throughout the country’s historical timeline.
Parks & Outdoor Activities — Landmark Park is more than just an ordinary park, as its name might suggest, it is a historical 1890 preserved farmstead. Its interpretive center brings you a large number of wildlife exhibits, nature tours with picnic areas and, not forgetting, a fun planetarium. There are poppies, roses, orchids, Black-Eyed Susans and seasonal vegetables like okra and corn at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens and it is open all year round and if you like hiking around botanical and wooded areas, head on over to Johnny Henderson Park Trail and spend some time at its fun splash pool, sports complex and let the kids hang out at the playground too. Visitors will also get to enjoy large softball and soccer facilities, walking trails and picnic areas at Enterprise Recreational Complex and fitness facilities and youth sports programs at Troy’s Parks and and Recreation.
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