Former Capital of Alabama Boasts of Some of the Most Amazing Historic Sites
Bring the Charter Bus to Civil Rights Museums, Historic Mansions and Wonderful Parks in Montgomery, AL
Because of its close proximity to Alabama River, the land that Montgomery sits on today was home to various tribes of Native Americans like the Alibamu tribe and Coushatta who took over the other side of the river. Montgomery, today, sits on two former Alibamu towns, namely Ikanatchati and Towassa. Despite several encounters with European travelers, the first European settler in Montgomery was James McQueen, a Scots trader who married a local Native American. The residents thrived on the growing and sale of cotton, as with many parts of Alabama and it grew to the extent that the state capital was moved from Tuscaloosa in 1846, making it a very historic city in the state of Alabama. Montgomery, thanks in part to the return of Martin Luther King Junior and the rise of several civil rights activities, became a large part of the country’s civil rights movements and contributed greatly to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gives African American and other minorities in the country the right to vote. Agriculture continues to play an important role in the this Alabama city’s economy but it has since diversified and the city also underwent a very thorough downtown revitalization project, adopted in 2007. Various sites received make-overs and new attractions were introduced and restored in an effort to improve the city’s thriving tourism industry and it includes Court Square and its riverfront, Historic Dexter Avenue, a new environmental park on West Fairview Avenue and Montgomery National Historic Trail. On top of being home to some historical sites, Montgomery also has a large military presence, thanks to the presence of Maxwell Air Force Base. The city won various awards throughout the years and it includes the Best Historic City by USA Today, All-America City by the National Civic League and Top City for Job Growth by a popular travel website.
Due to large scale revitalization projects, visitors will get to enjoy sports stadiums like Montgomery Biscuit minor league baseball stadium, Riverfront Park, countless old warehouses were turned into modern apartments and malls as well as many restaurants, diners, coffee outlets, recreation centers for kids, malls and other entertaining attractions like skating rinks and bowling centers. So, whether you wish to hold a birthday party for your kids at a kid-friendly attraction, a bachelor or bachelorette party, a corporate function, exhibition, wedding reception, prom or other private social events, Montgomery is the perfect place to have them. And to make these events more smooth-sailing, US Coachways is ready to help you find the right vehicle at the right price without compromising either safety or comfort. Your event is very important to us and we are ready to walk, hand in hand with you, to ensure that every detail is dealt with professionally and in a timely manner.
It is Hard to Deny the Fact that Montgomery is One of the Most Unique Cities in the United States
Visiting Montgomery’s fun and educational sites and points of interest
is a must for visitors, whether you love history or art. They are sometimes interchangeable as most art galleries, museums and theaters have a long history behind behind them. This gives you the chance to kill two birds with one stone, really, and we can’t wait for you to check them out.
Entertainment & Amusement Parks — Instead of focusing just on educating the young ones, the exhibits at Montgomery City Planetarium are designed for people of all ages. You can take on a star-gazing tour, enjoy educational films and then shop around the gift shop before your trip is over. Better yet, the planetarium is located in a scenic park. For night time entertainment, rent a party bus for a fun trip to Creek Casino Montgomery. There’s golfing, on-site grill as well as thousands of different gaming machines to enjoy. Visitors can also have a birthday party, private lessons and group skating sessions at Eastdale Mall Ice Palace or hop onto a cable car at Jay Peak Aerial Tramway. Get your cameras ready to take memorable photographs of your trip to the top.
Art & Culture — Want to get your hands on useful information regarding all of Montgomery’s top attractions, restaurants and malls? The place to head to is Montgomery Visitors Center which is located in the restored former Union Station Train Depot. It is also a very historical site as it first opened its doors in 1898 and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival remains to be a top 10 largest and most active festival of its kind in the world. Annually, the festival attracts more than 300,000 art lovers from all around the world and on top of showcasing this meaningful festival, visitors can also check out more than 400 different plays staged all year round. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is an amazing place for historical art pieces. Some of the paintings date as far back as the 19th century featuring sculptures and paintings from all kinds of genres, including children’s work. Whether it is a dramatic performance, a musical or a comedy act, they can all be found at Montgomery Performing Arts Center. The venue can seat up to nearly 2,000 patrons for any of its featured shows and the balcony view is unprecedented. The performing arts center can be found in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery and there are fun events and art festivals for all to enjoy at The Davis Theater too so, be sure to check their website for its scheduled performances.
Golf & Sports — RIverwalk Stadium is home to Montgomery Biscuits and if you are a fan of baseball, be sure to bring the charter bus to this historic attraction which has year-round activities and festivals. It is, as some have said, is minor league baseball at its finest. When there isn’t a game on, visitors can enjoy some LIVE entertainment, community events and special outreach programs. And when it comes to golfing, the best place in the city of Montgomery is Capitol Hill Golf Course. The course belongs to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and features 18-hole courses like The Senator, The Legislator and The Judge. And if you are a member, the well-maintained clubhouse is a wonderful respite from busy city life.
Historical Sites & Landmarks — Montgomery is one of the most historic cities in Alabama and many are caught by surprise when they find out that there are sites like Dexter Parsonage Museum which is a former home to Martin Luther King. It has been included into the National Register of Historic Places and there’s also an educational tour around Civil Rights Museum, one of the most important historic landmarks in the country. Check out the circular black granite table with the names of important public figures who contributed to the country’s civil rights movement or you can drop by the Rosa Parks Library and Museum which is another spot dedicated to the country’s civil rights movement. The exhibits includes important documents, pictures and artifacts and also a replica of a public bus where Rosa Parks was arrested. You can also explore sample of manuscripts and other memorabilia at F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum (it is a wonderful place that celebrates the novelist and his wives’ lives and achievements), learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s tenure as a pastor at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, visit the Alabama Department of Archives and History where there are more than 500,ooo collection of artifacts, bring the charter bus to White House of the Confederacy along Washington Street which was built in 1835 and is included in the National Register of Historic Places or bring yourself to the work of one of the country’s top contemporary country musician at Hank Williams Museum. The Freedom Rides Museum is another attraction dedicated to a large non-violent protest held in 1961 while Alabama State Capitol remains to be the country’s first confederate capitol. The Greek-revival style building is stunning and historic at the same time. If there is time, be sure to check out either Hank Williams Memorial, Oakwood Annex Cemetery or Old Alabama Town too.
Parks & Outdoor Activities — Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park was named after the biggest American donor who made this place a possibility. Winton Blount was the United States Postmaster General and his 21 million donation went into building this American theater and outdoor space, together with the Museum of Fine Arts and Alabama Shakespeare Festival which is held at the park. When the weather is punishing, bring the charter bus to Riverfront Park which has a 6,000-seater amphitheater, splash pad as well as a spacious park for everyone to enjoy. In fact, pop by Harriett II, Riverboat and Union Station train shed if this is your first time at the park and for those who enjoy lakes and boating, the place to check out is Cooters Pond in Prattville. You will also enjoy the dog park and docking areas for boats.
Zoos & Aquariums — The residents of Montgomery are proud to have one of the largest and most popular zoos in the state of Alabama - the Montgomery Zoo. The attraction is home to animals from all around the world and it has a fun museum to explore where visitors gets to learn about the wildlife through various educational programs. Some of its exhibits are touring exhibits and you should also stop by the Animal Paintings and Animal Encounters sections at the zoo.
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