Quality Inn & Suites
4480 Northchase Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36110
Phone: (334) 270-0099
Fax: (334) 270-1124
Explore the 40-acre (16-hectare) Montgomery Zoo to get acquainted with the animal kingdom. Established in 1935, there are several exhibits of fauna categorized on the basis of continent of origin. Admire the greenery while watching the animals on this exciting adventure. A ride on the miniature trains helps get a better view of the animals in their natural habitats.
Enjoying life is what free masons are known for and 'Alcazar Shrine' serves as a venue to do just that. With a history that dates back to several decades this place is more of a fraternity than a religious place. Established by Dr. Walter Millard Fleming, this place organizes cocktail and dinner parties. They also run a hospital for children.
The sheer enormity of the Library on the Auburn University Campus is enough to make anyone's jaw drop. With a vast database covering an array of subjects, this library consists of some of the greatest academic works in history. It is a highly resourceful source of information for the students of the University.
A National Historic Landmark, the Alabama State Capitol is also included in the National Register of Historic Places. The capitol is actually the state's fourth capitol building and was designed in the Greek revival style with a hint of Beaux-Arts in 1851, and has been renovated several times. In 1861, when the Confederacy was formed, the building served as the capitol of the Confederate States of America. Now, open to visitors, one can explore important areas like the old governors office and old senate chamber among others. You can visit and explore this historical landmark sans any admission price.
Taking up six blocks in the historic district of Montgomery, Old Alabama Town aims at showcasing architectural and cultural history of the state of Alabama. The site includes 19th- and 20th-century structures that have been restored and preserved such as one-room schoolhouses, grist mills, cotton gins and more. This place also conducts interesting events and activities including the Alabama Book Festival. For information on tours, do visit their website.
Featured on the National Register for Historic Places, The First White House of the Confederacy is a significant landmark in Montgomery. Montgomery became the Confederate capital in 1861, which is when the First White House of the Confederacy was conceived. Best known as the former residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, the house itself showcases Italianate architecture and the interiors are furnished with a number of original pieces. The house also features exhibits on Jefferson Davis and the circumstances of the Civil War.
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is where the great Dr. Martin Luther King Junior began his movement for civil rights. The church not only holds regular services, but also offers tours to those who would like to explore the rich history of the church. There are specific sections of the church where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered motivational speeches; the Dexter Parsonage Museum is situated a few blocks away. This was also the epicenter of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A visit to Montgomery would not be complete without a trip to this National Historic Landmark.
The political center of Montgomery houses the Civil Rights Memorial. The memorial was designed in order to pay tribute to the 40 individuals who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through carved timelines, names and quotes, the site tells visitors the story of the struggles and achievements of the fighters during the political movement. A site steeped in history, it also houses a library and museum. The Wall of Tolerance is an interesting concept that displays the names of pledged visitors who have 'taken a stand against hate' and work to propagate justice and tolerance. Every story displayed here and every exhibit presented is indeed quite touching and inspirational. Certainly, a site worth discovering.
Union Station or Montgomery Station was built in 1898 by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company but by the 1960s the station was hardly used anymore and was eventually closed in 1979 by Amtrack. It now serves as a unique concert venue and also houses a visitor's center. The Union Station Train Shed has been declared a Monument of Historic Importance.
Inspired by the English countryside, this 250-acre park features the Shakespeare Garden, which contains plants mentioned in the Bard's works. In addition, the manicured grounds include other gardens, outdoor sculptures, a thatched-roof pavilion, lakes, trails, picnic areas, and a 325-seat amphitheater. Also located within the Cultural Park are the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater and the Alabama Museum of Art. Symphony concerts, ballet performances, a Renaissance festival, Scottish Highland games, and art fairs are among the many events the park holds throughout the year.
Alabama Governor's Mansion is the private address of the Governor of Alabama and family. This 17-room mansion is surrounded by a beautiful garden and is an example of Neoclassical Revival architecture. Built in 1907, it features on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the characteristics in its design include a double staircase, a pergola and a grotto.
Cooters Pond is a dog park where you can take your dog for a walk or let him run around. The fenced in area for dogs comes with trash cans and trash bags to clean up after them and a picnic shelter beside it from where you can keep an eye on your canine friend.