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.
As an award-winning studio, the Alabama Dance Theatre preps professional ballerinas for the stage and delivers classically driven performances to area audiences. The company’s production of The Little Mermaid foregrounds the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of mermaid love with dazzling, bipedal choreography and vibrant music. ADT's resident choreographer, Sara Sanford, invokes the longing of the titular mermaid’s desire to walk on land, find her one true love, and plausibly eat a bowl of soup. The show includes an additional live choir performance arranged by Foye DuBose, a comedic ballet, and a new abstract piece. Premium ticketholders receive a front-center orchestra-level seat, and regular ticketholders are granted a prime spot in the mezzanine. Check the seating chart for additional information. Guests can pick up their tickets at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre from February 28 to March 4, and it is recommended that will-call tickets be snapped up at least 30 minutes before show time.
Each fall, when the pumpkins are plump and the corn grows high, Dream Field Farms and Pumpkin Patch welcomes the public to its acres of family-friendly fun. Wander through the pumpkin patch to find the perfect canvas for carving a jack-o-lantern or place bets on the fastest looking piglet during high-stakes pig races. Elsewhere, a cow train chugs along toting passengers as little ones converse with farm animals inside the barn.
The seed of flight was planted when Erik Box was still a boy and his grandfather Lindbergh carved him a propeller from wood. Today, Box Aviation is the natural outgrowth of that lifelong love, giving Erik the chance to fulfill his passion each day. Stationed at Montgomery Aviation, the outfit provides fellow enthusiasts with services such as flight training, rental aircraft, and maintenance for personally owned planes. Newcomers to the field can get a taste of the open skies via a discovery flight, which places them next to an expert instructor for short loops through Montgomery airspace.
A broad front porch stretches across the main residence at Hidden Meadow Vineyard, inviting visitors to kick up their feet, tip back a glass of fruit wine, and admire the verdant view. Owners Bill and Janette Bailey manage the small, family-run winery, which specializes in bottles made from muscadine, concord, niagara, and cynthiana grapes. Their roster of wines includes blackberry and blueberry wines as well as scuppernong, a sweet, old-fashioned white wine.