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All for Fun & Fun for All
Montgomery and the River Region boast a bounty of attractions and activities that entice the entire family. Here, mom, dad and kids of all ages find endless options for fun.
Education & Inspiration
Located inside the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Art Works is an interactive, hands-on wonderland where the world of the visual arts becomes child’s play. Visitors are encouraged to touch the art in ARTWORKS and to explore the many computers with a variety of art-related software. A mezzanine features an assortment of art-related books, games and puzzles.
The W.A. Gayle Planetarium in beautiful Oak Park promises an out-of-this-world experience. Its comfy auditorium is designed especially to simulate the natural sky by projecting images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and other celestial objects on a 50-foot domed ceiling.
Alabama is a treasure trove of history—some of it tumultuous, all of it interesting—and you can get an up-close-and-personal experience with the state’s multi-faceted heritage by taking the free, guided tour of the State Capitol Building. Built in 1851, Alabama’s State Capitol Building is one of the only state capitols designated a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest capitol buildings in the country. (And we think one of the most beautiful too!) The tour guides at the Capitol share a wealth of knowledge and insider information. FREE.
Visit over 40 carefully and authentically restored Alabama buildings depicting life in the 19th and early 20th centuries at Old Alabama Town. Structures include Lucas Tavern, a Schoolhouse, several houses and a Cotton Gin.
Take in the Alabama River’s natural beauty with a visit to the Riverwalk. But when the temperature heats up, so does the fun level, thanks to the Riverwalk Splash Pad. Parents can chill out while the kids cool off—running, jumping and, of course, splashing among rising and falling jets of water. FREE.
You’ll have a swinging good time at any of Montgomery-area Playgrounds (see center map for locations), but the abundance of swirling slides, monkey bars and more at Kiwanis Park (downtown) and Vaughan Road Park promise an afternoon packed with endless action. FREE.
The 350-acre Blount Cultural Park is reminiscent of the English countryside and houses the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a great spot for a picnic, a game of tag or for flying a kite. FREE.
Explore the River Region in a canoe or kayak. Whether you want the thrill of rushing rapids or just a lazy river float, the friendly folks at Coosa Outdoor Center or Coosa River Adventures are happy to assist you with everything you need for an exciting outdoor adventure.
Where the Wild Things Are
Go wild at the 40-acre Montgomery Zoo, where hundreds of animal species await in natural habitats divided into five continents. See rare white Bengal Tigers, African Elephants, North American River Otters and even hand-feed Giraffes at the Zoo’s Giraffe Encounter. Paddleboats, a playground and a train traversing the Zoo are additional amusements. And while at the Zoo, don’t forget about the Mann Museum, with its over 275 exhibits of wildlife. Kids can touch and feel a variety of the displays.