Saving money when you are traveling can be difficult. Going to more obscure places, like Montogomery, Ala., can save you money. However, it is a good idea to have a list of free things to do in the area before departing so you have a plan. Here is a list of the best free things to do in Montgomery.
Free Things To Do in Montgomery, Alabama
Traveling on the cheap is easy when you have a plan for visiting free and cheap attractions. Anyone planning a trip to Montgomery should add the following stops on their itinerary.
Alabama Center for the Study for Civil Rights and African- American Culture
Located at Alabama State University, the Center for Civil Rights and African American Culture is an amazing place to see in Montgomery. Admission is free and gives you access to civil rights artifacts, documents, and memorabilia. It has a special focus on Montgomery and its role in the civil rights movement.
Alabama Department of Archives and History
You can visit the Alabama Department of Archives and History for free. The archives building and state museum are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Within the archives and history museum, there are more than 300 years of state history preserved.
Cooters Pond is another one of the free things to do in Montgomery. If you’re traveling with your pup, it is even better. The park has a dog park area where the pups can play. There are also plenty of trails and, of course, great scenery.
Eastbrook Antique Mall and Flea Market
Looking for something to bring home from a trip is always fun. Head over to Eastbrook Antique Mall and Flea Market to window shop. At the very least, you’ll get to see some cool stuff, and walking around is always free. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the perfect souvenir.
Hanks Williams Memorial & Grave
You can visit the gravesite and memorial for beloved icon Hank Williams and his close family members (wife, mother, and sister). For individuals who would like to visit and pay respect to someone who had a profound impact on the area and the country, this is a great stop.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Tours can be made by reservation to tour the Hyundai Motor factory in Alabama. There are set days of the week and times in which tours are permitted. Be sure to call ahead and confirm available times.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Another great activity among the list of free things to do in Montgomery, Ala. is to visit the museum of fine arts. The museum has more than 4,000 pieces of fine art including paintings, pottery, sculpture, porcelain, among other mediums. It is located within Blount Park, which has a number of walking trails and gardens. Admission is free.
The Mooseum in Montgomery, Ala. is a museum run by Alabama’s Cattleman Association. The museum offers an opportunity for both children and adults to learn more about the cattle industry. See a film and be guided through the museum by a virtual cowboy. This is a free attraction, but some of the events and other activities there may cost money.
This park is located near Montgomery, Ala. and has plenty of trails and gardens to explore. Not to mention, it is also home to some pretty amazing outdoor music and other live events. Admission to the park is free. On days there are live events, check the park website or call ahead to verify parking and admission details.
Shakespeare Gardens & Amphitheater
Shakespeare Gardens and Amphitheater is located within the Blount Cultural Park. This is one of seven gardens of its kind in the United States and features flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. Admission to the park is free.
Other Mentionable Low-Cost Activities
There are plenty of free things to do in Montgomery, but you may want to mix in a few other activities as well. The spots below have a low admission cost (or overall cost).
1048 Jazz & Blues
1048 Jazz & Blues is a jazz club that has live music every night of the week. There may be a cover charge some nights, however, it is a low-cost way to see some amazing live entertainment. If you are a fan of jazz or live music, this is a must while you are in Montgomery.
Dexter Parsonage Museum
The Dexter Parsonage Museum is actually located in the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It has been transformed into a museum and reflection garden. You can view photos of the 12 Dexter pastors, members of the bus boycott, and other significant civil rights events, as well as unpublished photos of Dr. King. Admission to the museum is $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 12.
Dexter King Ave Church
Inside the church, there is a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marking the church where the reverend first preached. Admission fees vary to the Dexter King Ave Church. There are some free or cheaper days. There are no available touring hours on Sunday. However, visitors are welcome to schedule a tour Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Montgomery Zoo is another relatively cheap thing to do while you are visiting Alabama’s capital. Admission for children ages three through 12 is $13 and adults are $17 each. For larger families, this can get pricey. There are often deals and freebies that you can take advantage of though. With admission to the zoo, visitors also gain access to the Mann Museum.
Montgomery City Planetarium
Another great place to visit while in Montgomery is the city planetarium. The cost to visit is extremely low (only $7.50 per person). For that low fee, you can tour the facility, see a movie, and have a guided tour through the stars.
Old Alabama Town
Old Alabama Town is a 19th-century village with authentic 19th and early 20th century homes and storefronts. Each of the buildings was saved from demolition, restored, and reopened. Now, it serves as a history museum to teach visitors about how people used to live and work in Central Alabama. The village is open to visitors Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is fairly cheap too with adult admission just $10. Children ages six through 18 cost $5 and kids under five are free.
Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The Rosa Parks Library and Museum is another beautiful place to visit while you are in Montgomery. It includes both permanent and temporary exhibits that provide educational content throughout the year. Admission fees are as follows: adults, $7:50; children, $5.50. Members of the military, AAA, and AARP are all given a $1 discount.