Seven Things To Do In Montgomery, Alabama

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Embark on a journey through the heart of Montgomery with our guide to 7 must-do activities! From historical landmarks to cultural gems, explore the best of this Southern city.

Collage of pictures of things to do in Montgomery.

There are plenty of things to do in Montgomery, like visiting the Civil Rights Memorial Center, exploring the riverfront, or going on an adventure at Montgomery Zoo.

There are museums, parks, art galleries, and more! If you want to learn about our history or explore the arts scene, we have a lot of options for you. And if you need some food – Montgomery is home to many restaurants that will satisfy any craving.

This ain’t your momma’s Montgomery.  

Alabama Capitol at night.
State Capitol Building at Night

1. Tour Dexter Avenue Church

Dexter Avenue Church.

The historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church was founded in 1877 in a slave trader’s pen. The present-day building was constructed between 1883 and 1889 and still holds worship services and welcomes visitors.

Visitors from around the world come to see where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached his messages of love and non-violence.  Visitors on the tour will feel the love from the tour guides and will no doubt leave with a better appreciation for others.

Hymnal in the back of a pew.

The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is located steps away from the capitol building at 454 Dexter Avenue. 

Church tours are conducted Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm and on Saturday: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm.

2. Visit the Rosa Parks Museum

Rosa Parks Montgomery Boycott placard.

The Rosa Parks Museum is located across from the Davis Theater, not far from where Parks was arrested on  December 1, 1955.  The museum pays homage to Ms. Parks and others who lived during the era of segregation and had to stand up for their rights. 

At the museum, guests learn about the Montgomery Improvement Association, a grassroots movement that was formed after her arrest to help fight segregation, learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role, and as well as learn more about the role that women played in the movement.

Rosa Parks Museum.

The Rosa Parks Museum is part of Troy State University in Montgomery and the mission of the museum is to, “…honor her legacy and that of the boycott by providing a platform for scholarly dialogue, civic engagement, and positive social change.”

Old Holt Street car.

The Rosa Parks Museum is located at 252 Montgomery Street and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

3.  See F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s Home

Fitzgerald home in Montgomery, Alabama.

Though F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald only lived in Montgomery, Alabama for a year, their home on Felder Avenue is now the only museum in the world dedicated to their lives.

Old Woodstock typewriter.

Visiting their home is like stepping back in time with actual mementos and period pieces on display.

Once upon a time after Scott and Zelda lived there, the building had been converted into apartments.  Nowadays, not only can people visit the museum, but it’s possible to stay in one of the upstairs apartments via Airbnb.  (Enter “The Zelda Suite” in Airbnb’s search bar.)

Zelda Fitzgerald's flapper dress.

The Fitzgerald Museum is located at 919 Felder Avenue #919 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

4.  See the Greyhound Bus Station

Greyhound museum in Montgomery.

The Greyhouse Bus Station at 210 S Court Street has been transformed into the Freedom Rides Museum

There is a timeline on the outside of the building that is always open and it traces the Freedom Riders’ journey through the South as they challenged the non-enforcement of the United States Supreme Court decisions Morgan v. Virginia (1946) and Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional.

The museum is open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, Tuesday – Friday and from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. 

5.  Learn About Alabama Native Hank Williams 

Hank Williams Statue.

If you like both music and history, then the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery is a spot you will want to add to your list. 

The museum houses the most complete collection of Hank Williams’ Memorabilia, including his 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac (the one in which he died in on January 1, 1953). 

In addition to the car, there are over 35 showcases filled with Hank’s boots, clothes, hats, horse saddle, Steinway Piano, 1937 Gibson Guitar, Rickenbacher Lap Steel, microphone and stand Hank used during his last performance, blue suede shoes, briefcase, suitcase, pearl-handled pistol, and much more.

Kawliga Indian statue.

At the Hank Williams Museum, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about Hank.  (Did you know that he was only 29 at the time of his death?) 

The museum is located at 118 Commerce Street and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

6.  Learn About America’s History of Racial Injustice

Entrance to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery.

The Legacy Museum opened in 2018 at the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved.  The museum is part of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

The museum is dedicated to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society and is not to be missed.

Jars of dirt memorial.
Soil from lynching locations from around the country.  Part of EJI’s Community Remembrance Project. 

The museum is a somber reminder of America’s past and a call to action for equal rights for all for now and the future.  It is a first-class museum that sheds light on a sensitive subject that many try to shy away from. 

We must remember that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

The museum has interactive displays that bring the struggle that many people of color still face today.  

The Legacy Museum is located at 115 Coosa Street and is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 am until 7:30 pm and on Sundays from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for people ages 7 and older.

Men at wall memorial.

The National Memorial For Peace and Justice is another incredibly designed memorial.  It is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. 

County markers.

Sculptures and art are a visual reminder of the tragedy of lynching in the United States of America.  

Statues of three women.

The National Memorial  For Peace and Justice is located at 417 Caroline Street and is open every day except for Tuesday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

7.  Watch the Montgomery Biscuits Play Ball

Baseball game.

The Montgomery Biscuits are the local Minor League Baseball team and they are the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and are an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. 

Home games take place at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, a converted century-old train shed.  While watching the Biscuits make history, you’ll want to enjoy the full ballpark experience by indulging in a footlong hot dog.

Foot long hotdog with relish.

More About Montgomery, Alabama

This is just a sample of some of the things to do in Montgomery.  While there, be sure to eat some good old southern cuisine or check out some of the other parks and museums, such as:

For even more ideas of what to do in Montgomery, check out this video from Jenn:

Area Map

I was a guest of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.  All thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errors are my own. 

We would love to know what your favorite thing to do in Montgomery is. Please let us know in the comments below.

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  1. I hadn’t heard much about Montgomery until I read your blog. I’m surprised by how many interesting places you can visit there 🙂

  2. Very insightful post. I never realized that there was so much to see in Montgomery. Definitely a place with MUCH history, most very sad. I have never been to Alabama but would be interested in seeing these sites in Montgomery. Thank you for the enlightenment.

  3. I didn’t know there were so many things to do in Montgomery, Alabama! It sounds like it is so full of history. I would LOVE to visit Scott and Zelda’s house and maybe even stay in the Zelda Suite!

  4. There are way more things to do in Montgomery than I had heard of before. This is a great list for if we make it to the area!

  5. Wow, I’ve never heard of Montgomery, but now it’s somewhere I need to go. I’m not usually a museum person, but these sound like the perfect way to educate on America’s history.

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