Founded to commemorate the life and career of one of country music's most beloved stars, the Hank Williams Museum overflows with a tide of the late singer's possessions and memorabilia, including the blue 1952 Cadillac that Williams died in (the museum is only 1.5 miles from Oakwood Cemetery, where Hank and his first wife Audrey Williams are buried). Admire 17 of the icon's stylish suits, and eyeball more than 35 showcases packed with possessions, including toothpicks pulled from one of his suits. The museum also houses several shelves of Williams' records, Hank Jr.'s first cowboy boots, a 1952 steel guitar from Hank's guitarist Don Helms, and much more.
In lieu of mainstream Hollywood movies, the Capri Community Film Society screens an eclectic mix of contemporary independent and foreign films at its movie house, The Capri Theatre. In addition to the latest releases, the society also finds time to project repertory classics such as Vertigo and The African Queen back on the big screen. Besides indie and old-school cinema, the 1941-built theatre invites children to animated summer matinees and occasionally hosts directors for Q&As following their movies.
Thirty glossy lanes await pin pounders of all stripes at Bama Lanes, a locally owned bowling center that has been racking up spares and strikes for more than 35 years. Players are first outfitted with a rented pair of slide-friendly soles (a $3 value) allowing them to take to the lanes with the same smooth, slick grace of butter melting on a Motown record. Duckpin-hunting season commences as bowlers test their backspin techniques in two 10-frame games (up to a $7.50 value) that can be shared with a friend or played-out in a double-dose of skill-boosting solitude. Between frames, Bama Lanes keeps somnolent strike-throwers energized with a complete snack bar and pro shop, and a postgame party lounge hosts pocket billiards and joyous karaoke sing-alongs that may inspire pins to knock themselves over in silent protest.
The Montgomery Zoo houses more than 500 animals from five continents, including endangered species such as the Indian rhino, the slender-horned gazelle, and the jaguar. Explore more than 40 acres of landscaped, barrier-free habitats chock full of elephants and monkeys, and stop to feed otters, koi, and giraffes, who happily lap up treats from visitors as part of the zoo's Animal Encounters feature ($0.50–$2.00 for feed, not included in the Groupon). The aviary features birds flying about uncaged, taking instructions from loud-mouthed children, and the pedal-boat ride provides a 30-minute float on Crystal Lake.
Ace Bowling Center allows folks of all ages to hurl spheres at pins like Zeus flinging a planet at the Rockettes. Pick team names based on favorite ice cream flavors, perfect synchronized post-strike dance moves, and bond with overgrown marbles at Ace Bowling Center. Nineteen giant projection screens are mounted throughout the space to accommodate the regular sports fan, and channels can be changed to keep your telenovela-watching record intact. Cosmic bowling presents an alternative to weekend laser-show routines, setting the mood with dark lighting and lively Friday and Saturday crowds. Classic bowling shoes are included in the deal. The bowling center is open seven days a week, so stop in for your shoe fitting and get in on the pin-bashing fun.
Walking down the the streets of Old Alabama Town Montgomery, you might think you hear the sounds of clanking metal coming from the blacksmith shop, or you may swear you smell smoke wafting from a potbelly stove. Your mind might be playing tricks on you, but it's certainly understandable?the founders of this attraction had every intention of whisking visitors back in time. In 1967, the Landmark Foundation began buying historical homes, eventually purchasing 50 of them in a six-block radius. Seventeen of these homes have been restored to their original condition to give guests a glimpse of what 19th century life was like. Here are some more facts about this impressive ode to another era.
Eye Catcher: Ordeman House was the first property restored by the Landmark Foundation. SItting on its original site, the interior has been adorned with Queen Anne chairs, sumptuous window dressings, and intricate floral carpets. It looks like it most likely did in its 19th century heyday.
Don't Miss: Lucas Tavern?originally built in 1810?and its sleeping room, which features wooden daybeds, a writing desk, and a beautiful brick fireplace
Other Buildings: Besides restored homes, everyday businesses have been rebuilt, including an 1888 church and an 1893 blacksmith shop. There's also a one-room school house, which features a wood-burning stove, clapboard walls, and a ghostly apparition of a dunce cap.
Past Exhibits: The Richburg Quilt Collection showcased African-American quiltmaking traditions through the creations of mother-and-daughter quilters Sarah Ann Carpenter Simmons and Lovie Simmons Richburg. They were all created over a 110-year stretch from 1875 to 1985.
Something to Keep in Mind: Due to the age of the buildings and their historical accuracy, not all of them are wheelchair accessible. However, eight of them are, including the church, drugstore, and cotton gin
While You?re in the Neighborhood: Visit Rescue Relics (423 Madison), where you can browse salvaged fixtures and hardware from the restored homes. The collection includes sinks, doors, light fixtures, and balustrades.