This small capital city has a lot going on. It is a major political and military center in the state thanks to its capital status and the presence of Maxwell Air Force Base. It is full of fascinating history ranging from the days of cotton plantations to the time when Montgomery was the capital of the Confederacy to the twentieth century when Montgomery was an important center of the Civil Rights. Plus, Montgomery has emerged today as a revitalized city with a strong, high tech manufacturing base. Altogether, these characteristics make Montgomery a fascinating city and a wonderful place to raise a family.
Culture is all around in Montgomery. Take a historical tour of your new home to learn about its antebellum heyday as a major cotton producing region. Tour the First White House of the Confederacy to learn about Montgomery's role in the Civil War. Be sure, too, to see Old Alabama Town, a part of town full of beautiful historic homes that have been renovated to their original glory. The whole family will love going to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts where there are collections of old southern art, European classics and more contemporary sculptures and exhibits.
A Friday night can be spent out on the town seeing the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra or the Montgomery Ballet. Plus, there are events every month as part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a local favorite. There are some more community oriented arts events in Montgomery as well. The Society of Arts and Crafts features the work of local artists, and frequently hosts gallery openings. The Jubilee CityFest is a great music festival held each year featuring great southern artists. It hails back to Montgomery's history of producing great musicians, like Hank Williams and Nat King Cole.
Family life is great in Montgomery too. The area boasts strong schools and excellent parks, like the South Germantown Recreational Park which has a pirate ship playground, a climbing wall, sports fields, and picnic areas. Your kids will love spending the afternoon there. The Montgomery Zoo is another family favorite. The zoo is home to over five hundred animals, many in natural environments. Your kids will love it. Mom and Dad can have a great date night out on the town, too. Downtown Montgomery has recently been revitalized as part of the development of a Riverwalk. Go out to dinner at the fancy Olive Room or watch the sunset over the river at the Capitol Oyster Bar at the Marina.
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