Sleep Inn & Suites East Chase
10150 Chantilly Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 356-5400
Fax: (334) 356-5477
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.
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.
Known as Alabama's Little Corner of Greece, the Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum features over 20 acres of year-round floral beauty and classical sculpture, including new statuary honoring Olympic heroes and mythical gods. A tour of Jasmine Hill offers spectacular and ever-changing views, including a full-scale replica of the Temple of Hera ruins as found in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Flame.
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.
The Armory Learning Arts Center offers a variety of art-related classes including visual art, voice, and photography. In addition, the Armory is hometo the Arts Council of Montgomery, Alabama Dance Theatre, and the nationally recognized Armory Gymnastics.
Dr. King and his family lived here from 1954 to 1960, when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Featured on the National Register for Historic Places, The First White House of the Confederacy is a significant landmark in Montgomery. Best known as the former residence of President Jefferson Davis and his family, the house itself showcases Italianate architecture and the interiors are furnished with a number of pieces from the '50s and '60s. Montgomery became the Confederates' capital in 1861 which is when the First White House of the Confederacy was conceived. Find out about slave trade, the president's life and how the house has been preserved for so many years. To know more about this Montgomery landmark, do log onto their website.
A National Historic Landmark, the Alabama State Capitol is also included in the National Register of Historic Places. The building is built in the Greek revival style with a hint of Beaux-Arts designs and was renovated several times. Now, open to the tourists, one can explore important areas like the old Governors Office, old Senate Chamber and so forth. You can visit and explore this historical landmark sans any admission price.
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. A visit to this site will tell 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. Check website for more details.
Home of Alabama's Supreme Court, this building also houses the Courts of Criminal and Civil Appeals and the State Law Library.
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.