Alabama Adventure – Explore, Learn and Enjoy

What do you say about the place that gave us Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Harper Lee and a 56 foot statue named Vulcan? What do you do if, like me, you’ve recently discovered that Alabama is way cooler than you thought back when you were just driving through it to get to Georgia or Florida? I’ll tell you what you do. You book a hotel reservation then go listen to “Sweet Home Alabama” three times in a row. While planning our very own Alabama Adventure for next year I got so excited over the possibilities of places we can visit- from historical sites to fun and quirky things-that I wanted to share them with you here. I hope this will help you while planning your own trip to Alabama. Enjoy!

Historical Sites

From Civil War to Civil Rights, from Native American history to historic homes, the great state of Alabama has a deep history to discover in these and many more attractions:

The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage Museum 

  • The church from where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. first organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The parsonage is where the King family lived from 1954-1960 and it has been restored to the way it looked at that time.
  • 454 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104 
  • http://www.dexterkingmemorial.org/

Rosa Parks Library and Museum 

The Rosa Parks Library and Museum on Troy University’s campus in Montgomery, Alabama by Chris Pruitt, February 8, 2009

  • This library and museum in Montgomery was made in honor of the woman known as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement”
  • 252 Montgomery St, Montgomery, AL 36104 
  •   https://troy.edu/rosaparks/

Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center

  • This monument sits on land that for centuries belonged to the Creek Nation (now known as Muskogee). It is from this site that their journey on the trail of tears began.
  • 561 AL-165, Fort Mitchell, AL 36856 
  • http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ALChatt1.html

Florence Indian Mound And Museum 

Ivy Green

  • Birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller
  • 300 N Commons St W, Tuscumbia, AL 35674                                                               
  •  http://helenkellerbirthplace.org/

Oakleigh Historical Complex         

Confederate Memorial Park 

Cemetery at Confederate Memorial Park

 First White House of the Confederacy 

The First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama by Chris Pruitt, April 11, 2009.

  • During the time when Montgomery, Alabama was capital of the confederacy this was the home of Jefferson Davis and his family.
  • 644 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36130 
  • http://www.firstwhitehouse.org/

State Parks

If you love nature and the great outdoors like we do, consider visiting these beautiful and scenic spots during your Alabama vacation:

Cheaha State Park       

Cheaha State Park – Skyway Mtwy (10/2011) by Martin Haeusler, November 14 2011

  •  This almost 3,000 acre state park has been open to the public for 85 years. It is the oldest state park in Alabama that is still operating today. Some of the amenities including hiking, fishing, swimming and camping.
  • 19644 Highway 281, Delta, AL 36258 
  • http://www.alapark.com/cheaha-state-park.

Cathedral Caverns State Park

Cathedral Caverns, near Woodville, AL, on the National Register by Bill Varnedoe, October 12, 2014

  • This one is a little bit different because it’s a cave. But not just any cave. This one has a waterfall, river, bats and a 45 foot stalagmite. Oh and a family lived in it during the Civil War. Sounds like a nice place to visit (but I wouldn’t want to live there)
  • 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776 
  • http://www.alapark.com/cathedral-caverns-state-park

Gulf State Park 

Gulf of Mexico at Gulf State Park, Alabama, USA by Jodybwiki, April 20, 2007


  • Two miles of white sandy beaches? Cabins within walking distance? I’ll be right there.
  • 20115 Alabama 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 
  • http://www.alapark.com/

Wind Creek State Park

Off The Beaten Path

We love the quirky and unusual things of life and Alabama has their fare share of them!

The Ave Maria Grotto                                                                                                           

St. Peters Church in Rome in miniature at Ave Maria Grotto

  • 4-acres of miniature reproductions of historic religious structures and buildings
  • 1600 Saint Bernard drive SE, Cullman, AL 35055 
  • http://www.avemariagrotto.com/

The World’s Smallest City Block

World’s smallest city block, located in Dothan, Alabama, March 2009 by An Errant Knight, March 20, 2009

World’s smallest city block, located in Dothan,Alabama, March 2009 by An Errant Knight, March 20, 2009

  • 201-209 N College St, Dothan, AL 36303
  • Sorry, the world’s smallest city block doesn’t have its own website.  

The World’s Largest Office Chair

World’s largest chair, Anniston, Alabama, United States by Qqqqqq, July 8, 2008

Vulcan Statue

Vulcan Statue Birmingham Alabama


Party Time

There is a time to learn, a time for quiet reflection, a time to scratch your head and wonder whose idea that was (I’m looking at you 25 foot brick) and there is a time to just relax and HAVE FUN! Here are some ideas when you’re looking for fun things to do in Alabama.

   The Wharf

Ferris Wheel at The Wharf

  • Shopping, dining, entertainment, lodging and a marina. This place seems to have a little bit of everything.
  • 23101 Canal Rd, Orange BeachAL 36561  
  •  https://alwharf.com/

Point Mallard Park

Hot Air Balloon Festival Point Mallard Park

U.S Space and Rocket Center

Rocket garden of United States Space & Rocket Center by Andreas Hörstemeier, February 7, 2007


We love animals and support responsible zoo’s who focus on conservation, research and education. Here are the ones we found in Alabama.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Display In Front of Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Montgomery Zoo

Beautiful bear habitat in the Montgomery Zoo. by kangotraveler, June 28 2006

  • In 1972 this zoo opened with 6 acres, a few monkeys and a petting zoo. It has now grown to 40-acres with over 750 animals.
  • 2301 Coliseum Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36110
  • http://www.montgomeryzoo.com/

Birmingham Zoo

A Red-and-green Macaw (also known as the Green-winged Macaw) at Birmingham Zoo, Alabama, USA. by Ralph Daily, April 2. 2011

  • This zoo sits on 122 acres, making it the largest zoo in Alabama. It has been open since 1955.
  • 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • https://www.birminghamzoo.com/


This list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all that Alabama has to offer. For more information visit the official Alabama Tourism Department at www.tourism.alabama.gov. And if you have suggestions of things to do in Alabama feel free to leave them for us in the comments below!

Have Fun!






Barbra Jones


  1. Well, here I am again looking at one of your amazing posts. I am such a big fan of white sandy beaches as I have visited almost all the islands in the Caribbean. That beach image you posted is spectacular.   As a matter of fact, you have an excellent touch with images. Not sure you managed to have them centered so well. Something I can aspire to for sure.

    I truly believe the Alabama  Chamber of Commerce is going to love you for this post.

    Really great work. Thank you for the excellent information on a state I have never had the opportunity to visit. Maybe now I will.

    • Hi Ray! Thanks for your comment. I think Alabama is often overlooked by people who haven’t been there. I was one of them for a long time. But it really does have a lot to offer and the beaches are spectacular! 

      It took some trial and error for me to get pictures centered the way I want. One thing that I think helps is I add my pictures after I hit publish. I then go in and edit the post in word press, add images and there is an option to center them there. I don’t know if it’s the best way but it works for me. 

  2. I have been through Alabama many times over the years and I had no idea that there was so much to see and do! This post on Alabama adventure has shown me that I have been remiss in not spending some time to see some of these attractions that you have meticulously listed.

    The ones that I would be most interested in seeing include the birthplace of Helen Keller and the state parks (all of them). I am a history buff too, so the other sites that are tied into the history of the country also would catch my eye and would be worth my time.

    Sometimes it takes a website like this and someone like you to get people’s attention on the things there are to see and do in places that you normally may not consider spending any time or effort to go to. This post is a perfect example, and you can bet that I will spend more time in Alabama the next time I am in the state. Great post!   

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