Alabama, located in the heart of Dixie Country, provides entertainment for sports buffs, nature enthusiasts, history lovers, and many more. Enjoy relaxing beaches in the southern portion of the state, the rolling hills at the tail of the Appalachian Mountains, and the big city fun in central Alabama.
The capital, Montgomery, sits in central Alabama and is home to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, attracting thousands of audience members as the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the world. Downtown Montgomery boasts Old Alabama Town, a six block stretch of genuine 19th and 20th century structures.
For sports fans, Alabama boasts two of the top programs in all of college football. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Auburn University in Auburn, are archrivals the Southeastern Conference. This state is also the host of the annual GMAC Bowl game in Mobile and the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham. Alabama also offers a variety of minor league baseball with teams located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery.
Outdoor lovers will adore the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. While in Gulf Shores visitors can go visit Fort Morgan, which was built in 1843 and was pivotal in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Children will love the exotic animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. For great shopping, visit Bayou Village, where you will find Sharkey’s Arcade and Cleopatra’s Oasis. Resorts welcome visitors to explore miles of beach used for hiking, sailing, surfing and relaxing. Meaher State Park tours 1,327 acres of wetlands giving visitors a close look at the Mobile Delta.
Birmingham, the “Magic City,” features McWane Science Center, a popular destination housing four floors of interactive exhibits that strive to inspire scientific wonder in visitors. You will also find an IMAX Dome that places the audience in the middle of the action. The Alabama Adventure Theme Park in Birmingham is Alabama’s only combined water and theme park giving families yet another activity option for their visit.
Other points of interest in Alabama include the Huntsville, home to the Marshall Space Flight Center, Dothan, proclaimed the “Peanut Capitol of the World,” and Mobile, where you can find the Bellingrath Gardens, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, and the Dew Drop Inn, famed home of the cheeseburger recipe that inspired Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”