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Montgomery Visitors Center
Ranked #20 of 75 things to do in Montgomery
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

The visitor's center is in the old train station which has lots of history and charm. The folks working there are very helpful and there are lots of great kiosks that give good information about the history of Montgomery. The tour buses that carry visitors around the city and drop them off at historical sites leave and return to this location.

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

We took the trolley tour (actually, I've taken it 4 times now), and I loved Ray, the trolley driver. He's a wealth of information about Montgomery. He has all the people on the bus laughing and enjoying themselves.
The tour takes about 45 minutes and goes through downtown Montgomery. Ray points out all the historical sites and even the new ones, like a well-known Happy Hour spot, and a restaurant street called The Alley. Historical ones are mostly from the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil War. He takes you by the Capitol Building and points out other government buildings. He points out significant sites related to Hank Williams.

Don't miss the
1-Loeb-Stedman Building (I THINK I got that name right)----the owner of it wanted to be buried on top of the building, so his casket is up there! Not possible, yet it's really there!
2-One government building in downtown literally has a building built directly over it. The building on top is made mostly of glass, so you can see the original building through the glass.

The tour starts at the Visitor's Center, where you purchase tickets for $3 ($2 for seniors). There's also a restaurant in the Visitor's Center, so you could eat lunch right there when you finish the tour. It's called Lek's Taste of Thai. Don't expect it to be quick, though---it looks like quite a hot spot. We waited in a long line about 10 minutes, then we decided to go somewhere else because we were in a little bit of a hurry.

The tour is every hour on the hour, I believe, starting at 9 and I believe the last tour is at 3 (but do your own checking, I could be wrong). Ray doesn't take a lunch break.

If I were rating the attractions in Montgomery, this would definitely be rated #1. The ladies I took were amazed that Montgomery is so rich in history and color.

6  Thank TwinMomAlabama
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Reviewed 17 October 2012 via mobile

Very interesting town to visit. Be sure to take the trolley from the visitors center. Tickets were only $3/eac. They take you all around town showing lots if landmarks, historical sights and our driver Ray was so informative! He made the tour enjoyable with his great personality, knew so much history & knew how to make it fun too! Highly recommend you take the trolley!

3  Thank Leesa H
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

The visitor's center is located in front of the Montgomery River Walk in the old Union Station train depot. It is free to visit. I did not take a trolley ride that departs from here, but they are available. There are lots of free brochures and a friendly attendant. The architecture is nice and there is a large covered shed area behind the center that houses an original electric streetcar. If you are visiting Montgomery, you gotta stop here.

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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Well...lets just say that our last minute decision to daytrip to Montgomery could not have turned out better. We were offered free parking in behind the visitors centre which is right along the river and its pretty cool if you're a train buff, they have the biggest train shed i have ever seen, very impressive and remodeled Union station.
We decided to take the Trolley, luckily we had a Southern gentleman named Ray who took us around, i could not believe we were the only ones on this day, he gave us a 10 out of 10 tour for only $3 per person, we were amazed at Ray's professionalism and joy in showing his City.

We dropped off in front of Alabama State capitol, walked across the street to the free archives
building, and then toured the first white house of the Confederacy ( next door ) all for no cost. Ray came by where we were dropped of, he kept the tour fresh and insightful, showcasing the history and archetecture of the place. A big thumbs up!!

note: there was a gift shop and thai food restaurant located at this site

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