Southern Living features Montgomery, Alabama in “best things to do” story

Downtown Montgomery, Alabama (City of Montgomery)

 Southern Living, the popular lifestyle magazine, wrote a story this month featuring the best things to do in Montgomery. Here is their take on ways to explore and have fun in the Gump.

Historical sights

Civil Rights Memorial In Downtown Montgomery
Civil Rights Memorial designed by Maya Lin. Photo via the Library of Congress prints and photos division.

Montgomery has a rich history, with roots in the Civil Rights movement, Civil War and cultural movements throughout the 20th century. There are many historical landmarks and museums to see, such as:

Other fun things to do

Montgomery Whitewater
(Montgomery Whitewater / Facebook)

Another enjoyable activity in Montgomery, according to Southern Living, is to visit the Riverwalk, which connects with Riverwalk Stadium, the home of the city’s minor league baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits. This game day pastime includes refreshments, giveaways and fireworks.

Here is their 2023 schedule

Did you know that Montgomery will soon become a mecca for white water rafting? A new, recently-created course will open this July. Montgomery Whitewater also includes rock climbing, mountain biking, ropes courses and walking trails.

Best Restaurants in Montgomery

(KPOT Korean Barbecue and Hot Pot Facebook page)

Southern Living, which is also known for its recipes and cooking tips, recommended these 13 delish restaurants! Note – the wide variety of cuisines from Korean to Vegan.

Where to stay

Trilogy Hotel Montgomery
(Trilogy Hotel / Montgomery)

If these activities have enticed you, Southern Living recommends either booking an Airbnb or staying at the Trilogy Autograph Hotel. Trilogy, according to Southern Living, is the earliest boutique hotel in Montgomery and in accordance with its name originated from three other historical spaces downtown, convenient to many of the sights mentioned.

Additional activities

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Pat Byington / The Bama Buzz)

Here are a few places and activities that did not make it on Southern Living’s list, but we at The Bama Buzz recommend. 

  • The Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum provides kids and adults an opportunity to see many different wildlife. From deer exhibitions to wild turkey to all the bears of North America (Polar, Grizzly, Brown, Black), these unique displays will be interesting to the whole family. 
  • The world-renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival in the Carolyn Blount Theatre in Montgomery is home to some phenomenal plays. 
  • Change into a sports coat or cocktail dress and head to the luxury cigar bar, 23 Court. With extensive cigar and spirit menus, this local favorite is sure to be a fun time. 
  • Speaking of drinks, the restaurant La Jolla’s wine list includes over 100 wines! With a daily happy hour from 4-6PM for even if you can’t make dinner. La Jolla has a little bit of everything, from delish small plates and salads to big entrees, with hybrid creations like korean-style barbecue salmon and blue cheese crusted bison ribeye. Yum!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Montgomery? Let us know @thebamabuzz!

Grace Brindley
Grace Brindley
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