We love Montgomery! What’s more, we believe in Montgomery…and in the State of Alabama, too.
Why else would we get married there?
If you’d like to make a long weekend of it (or visit another time!), here are some things you might like to do or see. Several of these are free of charge, but some museums require admission fees.
Blount Cultural Park · 6065 Vaughan Road
Blount Cultural Park boasts 300 acres of grassy hills, three lakes, the Shakespeare Garden, and excellent trails should you wish to go for a walk or a run. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival are also housed here.
Civil Rights Memorial · 400 Washington Avenue
Designed by Maya Lin, the memorial honors the achievements and memories of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement. Just across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the monument is “a contemplative area,” says Lin, “a place to remember the Civil Rights Movement, to honor those killed during the struggle, to appreciate how far the country has come in its quest for equality, and to consider how far it has to go.”
The Rosa Parks Museum · 252 Montgomery Street
This “interpretive museum,” built on the site of the Empire Theatre, showcases “materials related to the events and accomplishments of individuals associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott” and provides a centerpiece for the revitalization of Downtown Montgomery. The Children’s Wing features a “time machine,” and the museum is linked to the Rosa Parks Library and Research Center.
Capri Theatre · 1045 E. Fairview Avenue
Built in 1941, “The Clover” was Montgomery’s first neighborhood theatre. Remodeled and renamed in 1961, The Capri is now Montgomery’s only independent theatre. You can find The Capri, excellent local eateries, and other shops in the Cloverdale Historic and Business District, just a few steps from Huntingdon College.
The Green · Huntingdon College · 1500 E. Fairview Avenue
Originally designed by the Olmstead Brothers Firm, The Green is the center of life at Huntingdon College. No pictures can do it justice. Even if you only have time for a short walk before or after the ceremony, it’s worth your time.
The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum · 919 Felder Avenue
The Fitzgeralds and their daughter lived in Montgomery from October 1931 to April 1932. (Of course, Zelda grew up in Montgomery.) This house is their only remaining residence.
Old Alabama Town · 301 Columbus Street
A museum village made of 19th and early 20th century homes saved from demolition, Old Alabama Town hosts many cultural events, including the Alabama Book Festival. Admission is free for children under five.
The First White House of the Confederacy · 644 Washington Avenue
Residence of Jefferson Davis and his family before the capitol of the Confederacy moved to Virginia. Furnished with period pieces and host to many personal effects belonging to the Davis Family, the First White House is maintained by the White House Association, first established in 1900. The house was built circa 1835 by William Sayre, an ancestor of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.
Riverfront Park · 335 Coosa Street
Another gem among Montgomery’s revitalization efforts, Riverfront Park runs along the Alabama River and includes a riverboat, playground equipment (with splash pad!), and the historic Union Station Train Shed. (If you happened to want to take a riverboat cruise, one is scheduled for May 26. For details, click here.)
The Ice Palace · 1000 Eastdale Mall
An ice rink! In Montgomery! $8 gets you skates and time.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill · 2600 Constitution Avenue · Prattville, Alabama 36066
About a twenty-minute drive from downtown Montgomery, this course offers three 18-hole championship courses: The Judge, The Legislator, and The Senator.
The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum · 1919 9th Street · Calera, Alabama 35040
If you especially enjoyed our engagement photos and have a lot of time to spend in Alabama, you might consider taking a trip to Calera to visit the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historically significant railroad equipment, the museum features working trains, a display of switches and other control equipment, and a yard full of train cars and engines for your perusal.