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Have a car-full of rambunctious children and no idea where to take them? No worries, as Montgomery has a number of kid-friendly destinations.
Feeling like you’re lacking in cow-knowledge? Then a trip to the Mooseum is definitely in order. This interactive museum is dedicated to teaching visitors about different facets of Alabama’s $2 billion cattle industry. Kids will love the museum for all the hands-on activities on offer. Admission to the Mooseum is free.
Another great destination for the entire family is Old Alabama Town. Stretching across six blocks, Old Alabama Town allows visitors to take a walk through Alabama’s early history. On the premises are more than 40 restored structures dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, each meticulously decorated with period pieces for an authentic feel. Both self-guided and group tours are available. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students aged 6 through 18, and free for children age 5 and under.
If your crew is more about animals than history, then check out the Montgomery Zoo. Over 700 animals are on display at this zoo, which features natural enclosures that mimic the animals’ natural habitats. Admission to the zoo is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children ages 3 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. The zoo is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Located adjacent to the zoo is the Mann Wildlife Learning Center, home to a large presentation of taxidermied North American wildlife, ranging from grizzly bears to fresh and saltwater game fishes. Admission to the center is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children ages 3 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. A combination ticket, offering admission to both the zoo and learning center is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 3 through 12, and free for children under the age of two.
An afternoon or evening at the ballpark may be on order if your family includes sports fans. While in town, catch a game at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits, a class AA Southern League team.
Finally, if the kids still have energy at the end of the day, then take them to the Ice Palace at Eastdale Mall. Here they can burn off some steam while also having the unique experience of ice skating inside a mall.
Just 25 miles southeast of Montgomery, you'll find Dream Field Farms (www.dreamfieldfarms.com), a pumpkin patch and corn maize that offers a taste of a simpler life. The kids will have plenty of room to run and play on this 100 acre farm, where they can also pick pumpkins, shoot a pumpkin cannon, have pedal tractor races, and learn more about farming while they're having fun. Season operation. Admission Charged.