Montgomery Travel Guide

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Montgomery Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful people 

  • Con
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     It is very hot and humid. They do drive like nuts here too! 

  • In a nutshell
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     You will learn a lot 

Montgomery Things to Do

  • Riverwalk Stadium

    In Montgomery, you can find Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits, the AA Minor League (roughly equivalent to a European 3rd League) affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. We thought it would be a worthwhile diversion, so a group of us went out to see the Biscuits play the Mobile Baybears (the AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres). All of...

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  • Alabama State Capitol Building

    The Alabama State Capitol, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the First Confederate Capitol, is the state capitol building for Alabama. It is located on Capitol Hill, originally Goat Hill, in Montgomery. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960.[2][3]Alabama has had five political capitals during its...

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  • Walking around Montgomery

    Gorgeous, well maintained fountain in the court square historic district. Although I was born and raised in Montgomery, I never knew the history of this landmark.I got further information from the Confederate Digest Blog:The Court Square Fountain in Montgomery, Alabama, was erected by the City Council in 1885 over one of the oldest city wells,...

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  • Court Square Fountain in Historic...

    The Court Square Historic District is a 17.6-acre (7.1 ha) historic district in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Centered on the Court Square Fountain, the district includes twenty-seven contributing buildings and two objects. It is roughly bounded by Dexter Avenue, Perry, Court and Monroe streets. Architectural styles in the district include...

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  • Montgomery Alabama Visitors Center

    I highly recommend everyone and anyone visiting Montgomery Alabama to start their day at the Visitor Center at the OLD UNION TRAIN STATION on the riverfront. If you go on Saturday, the parking is FREE here and every where downtown even the meters, so that is good to know. We parked and went inside. It opens at 9am and closes at 5pm. This building...

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  • River City Church

    Walking tour of Montgomery Alabama with My husband Tony Vanoy on Saturday January 12th, 2013 ...We were walking up Dexter Avenue from the town center fountain towards the Alabama State Capitol Building when we passed the Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church at 301 Dexter Ave. It is a large beautiful church located across from the Alabama Supreme...

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Montgomery Restaurants

  • Dreamland BBQ

    All the restaurants have their "sauce" instead of chili on hot dogs!!!Tony and I stopped in here to rest from walking around. It was 76 degrees on January 12th, 2013 and we walked around about 3-4 miles, so we worked up a sweat..so we stopped to get a Coca Cola and him a cold beer..The restaurant was crowded. It was lunch time. We did glance over...

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  • Chris' Hot Dogs

    Not sure what all the hype was about ...sauce is just ketchup and hot sauceOkay! I was TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED....what is all the HYPE about. It is located on Dexter Avenue near Dr. Martin Luther King's church..so I am sure he stopped in here to eat as well as Hank Williams Sr. ..it is reported it was his favorite restaurant. It has been opened since...

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  • Hungry Howie's Pizza

    This is our Second "Hungry Howie" experience...and we love it. While in Augusta Georgia we tried it and this is the first time in Montgomery...we have a tradition when we stay in a hotel we always order PIZZA in...it is a habit we started when the kids were younger and now its just something we do....good habits are hard to break...I checked on the...

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Montgomery Nightlife

  • Montgomery Brewing Company

    Montgomery Brewing Company is Montgomery's only brew pub, and is my favorite place in town. In the early afternoon, stop by for happy hour and appetizers with a glass of your favorite brew. In the evening, this is a great spot for a very nice dinner. As night rolls on, stick around for live bands, dancing, and pool.One of my favorite meals here has...

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  • Woodmere Taverns

    Woodmere is the local "Cheers" -- you'll meet a wide variety of people ranging in ages, cultures, races, and social classes. It's the local melting pot. Thursdays and the weekends are the busiest (after 10PM) and stays open until 2AM (then the locals head out to Doodlehopper's where they drink until dawn). There are 5 bars (the 5th is an outside...

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  • Photography at night!

    Being a photography nut, I love to go out and take pictures at night, but only if it is safe. Montgomery to me seemed pretty safe because everyone was so friendly. So I ventured out and took a couple of night time shots. I kind of figured they would have certain historical sites lit up a night, so I took advantage of it. So venture out and see what...

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Montgomery Transportation

  • Montgomery Regional Airport

    Montgomery has a modest airport with regional service (Airport Code: MGM), located a few miles southwest of downtown on U.S. Route 80. Four airlines fly to the airport: Atlantic Southeast and Pinnacle Airlines (affiliates of Delta Airlines) from Atlanta and Memphis respectively, U.S. Airways from Charlotte, and American Eagle (an American Airlines...

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  • MATS Buses

    Montgomery Area Transit System, or MATS, runs a total of 16 bus lines around the Montgomery area. All lines feed into a central bus terminal, where you can transfer to other lines. Fare is $1, $0.50 for students, seniors and the disabled. A weekly pass costs $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for seniors and disabled. A monthly pass costs $35...

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  • Trolley Service

    Another wonderful mode of transportation. It was only 25 cents to ride also and it gives you a tour of Montgomery from it and it was air-condition. Very clean and comfortable. My tour/trolley guide was informative of history of Montgomery. I had to giggle about this ride, because they called in the lightening route trolley. Located at the Union...

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Montgomery Shopping

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    by Yaqui Updated Aug 20, 2005

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    This is a very nice mall. Wasn't overly crowed, which suited me just fine. I found exactly what I was looking for and enjoyed window shopping very much. Not much of a shopper, but it was nice to be indoors from the heat.

    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10am-9pm
    Sun
    1pm-6pm

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Montgomery Local Customs

  • Don't be afraid to say hi.

    Montgomery has went through many trials and tribulations in it's past. From being the First Capital of the Confederacy during The War Between the States to being at the very front of the Civil Rights movement. This has made the people a very special group. Tied heavily to their traditions, and never afaid to give a wave and ask how things are.I...

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  • Say it with me "Excuse Me"

    It's hard for a person from the rude north to comprehend, and even harder to get into the habit. When in the south it seems as though you are meant to say excuse me if you come within 5 feet of someone's path.At first I was startled, then I got used to it and now I yern for it.People who believe hospitality is dead do not live in Montgomery,...

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Montgomery Warnings and Dangers

  • Fire Ants

    Do not walk in a field, a yard, the forest, or just beside the road with your head facing forward.You must look at the ground at all times to avoid stepping on a Fire Ant hill and having your day ruined by hundreds of unruly Ant bites. They don't call them fire ants because they feel good.

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  • Crosswalk Timers Excellent Idea!

    I thought these were neat. I saw these in DC and think they are an excellent idea. They had them all in the downtown area. Gives you what time to expect crossing some streets.

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  • Running Red Traffic Lights!

    This was the only really bad thing I did encounter in Montgomery. They run red light religiously. It was so bad. I was not happy about it, but it became a apparent when I was either walking around or driving around it happened at least two to three times each day of my visit. So, before you leap at a green light, wait a few seconds or look both...

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Montgomery What to Pack

  • by TamiKane85 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: In the summer, shorts and a tank is fine. The sky is blue, the sun is bright, the birds are out, the grass is green, and the land is open! Perfect place!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on weather.

    Photo Equipment: Camera is a MUST! This place is TOO beautiful to let go!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A hat! the sky is nice and clear, so the sun is out pretty strong.

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Montgomery Off The Beaten Path

  • F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

    I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to venture to see this even though the book "The Great Gatsby" was one of my first favorite literatures I had read at a very early age. Probably too young at the time, but I was very mature for my age. It turned out to be a very interesting visit and the curator Mr. Michael McCreedy was informative and helpful in...

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  • Nobles - Last place Hank Williams Sang...

    This is a wonderful little place to visit if it is for a drink at night or dinner. The folks here were so hospitable and so wonderful to talk too. I just wondered in because some loyal Hank Williams Fans said this was the last place he sang in just before he died. There is even a wonderful mural painted from the 1940's period on the wall too in the...

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  • Hank Williams Memorial Statue

    Hank Williams Statue is located in a wonderful park with a very relaxing fountain. I found it refreshing to sit and relax under some of the wonderful shade trees it has. It is located right across the City Auditorium where they had his funeral. Exit off from I-85 west onto South St turn left and then left onto Perry St

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Montgomery Sports & Outdoors

  • Believe or not, it's not a college...

    While driving in Montgomery, it's easy to spot the town's love of College Football.Alabama and Auburn are the main schools in Alabama, and Montgomery is a good halfway point between the two. If you are there during the fall on a saturday be prepard for many different forms of people showing their pride. A very normal salutation in the area is based...

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  • Skating at the Ice Palace inside...

    This was a wonderful find. I was shopping for a pair of shorts when I could hear all this laughing and screams and thought to myself what the heck. As I kept venturing more into the mall, I discovered they have this wonderful iceskating rink with happy children having a great time. It was nice and cool inside because of the rink, but it was hot and...

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  • Riverwalk Stadium - Biscuit's

    Don't know why places like this I am attrached too. I was such a tomboy growing up, I loved to play stick ball in the streets to playing little leaugue softball for girls. Except we would sneak a baseball into our practices every now and then. A baseball may be harder to hit, but you sure can make them sail if you connected just right. Still, this...

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Montgomery Favorites

  • Crape Myrtles

    While on a tour in Old Town Alabama, I stood underneath this tree. I kept feeling dropplets on my arms and thought it might be the buildings swamp cooler. I told the guide and he said, "Nope, it is the tree. It trips water through the branches." I saw these sort of trees, really they a a huge bushes all over town. So if you need to cool off some,...

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  • Beware of 30 Minute Parking Meters:-)

    Ok, I had to laugh about this one. I didn't know that the Red Parking Meters are only 30 minutes long and it is illegal to refeed the meters too! The Grey Meters are at least two hours, so look for those to park at.

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  • The Capitol Rotunda and Murals

    In 1926 the newly formed Alabama Arts Commission retained Roderick MacKenzie, a Scottish-born artist living in Mobile, Alabama, to design a series of murals to be installed beneath the Capitol Dome. The work was completed in July of 1930. Today the murals are as interesting for reflecting the way in which Alabama history was depicted in the early...

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