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Romantic Things to Do in Dothan, Alabama

Romantic Things to Do in Dothan, Alabama

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Located in southeast Alabama, Dothan is a sweet southern spot to escape to with your loved one. Dubbed "the peanut capital of the world," Dothan hosts a peanut festival each November and offers a mix of cultural, historical and recreational activities. Dothan is just 30 miles from the Florida border, so spend a night or two in the city as you drive down to the beach.

Taste Bud Temptations

One of the best ways to discover a new destination is by sampling local flavor -- literally. Visit Maria's Vineyard (mariasvineyard.com), which features lush vines of Muscadine grapes. Stroll the vineyard and pick your own to take home or on a romantic picnic. The u-pick vineyard is also available to host weddings and other special events. If you're visiting Dothan during June or July, fill your picnic basket with what you find at the Poplar Head Farmers Market (poplarheadfarmersmarket.com), which offers fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, nuts and locally prepared foods. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Don't forget to pick up a little something for each other at the market's arts and crafts booths.

Outdoor Activities

Golf enthusiast couples can challenge each other at the Highland Oaks Golf Course (rtjgolf.com), which is situated on the state's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Highland Oaks offers three nine-hole championship courses, along with a nine-hole short course. Nature lovers can find romance in the beauty of nature at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens (dabg.com). The center is home to 50 acres of cultivated gardens and outstanding nature trails set in a rustic, wooded landscape. Tour the southern heirloom garden during the summer months when roses, poppies, petunias and zinnias are in full bloom. Write your names on a padlock and place it on the gardens' "lock gate" to declare your everlasting love.

Dinner Theaters

Enjoy a meal and a live show at one of Dothan's dinner theaters. Spend an evening at the Featured Players Theatre Company (freewebs.com/featuredplayers), where dinner and a show costs $25 per person at the time of publication. Dinner, which includes grilled chicken, vegetables and dessert, is served at 6:30 p.m. and the theatrical performance begins at 7 p.m. The Opus Nostrum Dinner Theatre (opusnostrum.com) treats patrons to performances by local and guest artists, and has been producing shows since 1984.

Spa Pampering for Couples

After a long day or work week, indulge in a couples massage and other pampering body treatments at a Dothan day spa. In a serene environment, the Westwood Day Spa (westwooddayspa.com) offers Swedish, hot-stone, therapeutic and deep tissue massage in addition to reflexology hand treatments, facials and body wraps. At the Rituals Day Spa (ritualsdothan.com), you can also have a sweet-smelling aromatherapy massage. For an all-day escape, choose the spa's Spa Day Retreat package which includes a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure and salt glow treatment.

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Thirty years ago Dothan was classed as one of the “Worst Places to Live in the United States,” since that day a lot has changed and the city now boasts a good economic structure and a lot of things to do whilst in the city.

Dothan is a small city in Alabama with only 70,000 residents living within it, but that has led to the real sense of community that you get when you arrive here. You will notice that everywhere you go you will see references to peanuts and Dothan has fondly accepted the title of “The Peanut Capital of the World”

With lots to see and do lets take a look at the top 25 things to do in Dothan.

1. Spend The Day At Adventureland

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For those looking to have a family day out with the children whilst in Dothan this is an excellent place to start, there are many fun things for the children to do and play with, including go carts, bumper boats and arcade games. There are also two miniature golf courses for the whole family to get involved with. Family tickets can be purchased and the park is also open in the evenings during certain times of the year. A real fun place for children of all ages.

2. Catch A Movie At Continental Drive-In

Continental Drive-In

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If you have never been to a drive-in cinema you really should, the one in Dothan is really great and should definitely be on your list of things to do in the city. Owned by Jeff and Chase Taylor the cinema is THX certified and has four different screens to choose from. When you arrive at the cinema you pay for the screen and it includes two films back to back with a ten minute interval between each one, just change your radio frequency to the chosen screen, sit back in your car, and relax.

3. A Night At The Opera With Dothan Opera House

Dothan Opera House

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The Dothan Opera house has been open for over a hundred years and entertained thousands and thousands of guests, the acoustics are so good inside the opera house that the Atlanta Symphony chose to travel over and record their music here. The building has undertaken various renovations over the year but has always stayed true to its roots. The intimate venue has 590 seats and regularly puts on opera as well as beauty pageants and community theater. There is always a full calendar of events coming up across all genres so be sure to check it out when in town.

4. Make A Visit To Cherry Street AME Church

Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest of its type in the state of Alabama, The church celebrated its 135th anniversary in 2012 and is still going strong year after year. The church started with very humble beginnings in 1877 when it was just a wooden structure next to an existing graveyard. As time went by local school children would pick up bricks that the local brickyards no longer wanted and started using them to build the church. The church is right at the heart of everything this community does and is warmly loved by the locals here.

5. Come To The National Peanut Festival

National Peanut Festival

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Each year in Dothan they hold the nations largest peanut festival, many may not know this but Dothan is known as the “Peanut Capital of the World” nearly all peanuts grown within the U.S. come from within a hundred miles of this city. The festival started off as a small event but now it lasts for ten days and see’s 150,000 people attend each year, during the festival there are various attractions, concerts and events for the whole family and of course countless peanuts. The first festival was held in 1938 and has been held every year since with the only break being during World War II

6. Look Up At The Peanut King

Now that we know that Dothan is the “Peanut Capital of the World” you might want to go and take a look at the Dr. George Washington Carver Monument. The monument stands at over six feet and is in honor of the man who invented over 3oo different uses for a peanut. He also opened the very first National Peanut Festival in 1938.

7. Admire The Plant Life At Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

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The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is a fifty acres piece of land that consists of nature trails, cultivated gardens and wooded landscape. The gardens are ran by a group of volunteers and have been open to the public for nearly twenty years. There is so much to see and enjoy here that you will easily lose track of time as you are busy exploring. There is the vegetable garden that provides food to the local food bank, the gazebo and love gate which are often used for weddings and the outdoor classroom that is hidden away from all except nature.

8. Go For A Bowl At The Dothan Lanes

Dothan Lanes

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Sometimes you just get the need to go tenpin bowling with your family and friends, it is great for moral and always a lot of fun. There are always great offers to be had here including a regular promotion where kids get to bowl for free all summer. The lanes were refurbished a couple of years ago so are in a good condition and the staff always friendly and willing to help.

9. Time For a Round At Dothan National Club

Dothan National Club

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The Dothan National Golf Club was built in 1968 and has a full 18 holes, designed as a championship course it has hosted the SEC Championship on numerous occasions. The course is 7500 yards long with a rating of 75.8. The course is set in the lower hills of Alabama and you will notice the beautiful pine trees that line many of the holes around the course. There is a lot of wildlife in the area and particular attention should be paid to the white and black fox squirrels that run around the greens. The club is open to all and the green fees are competitive.

 10. The United States Army Aviation Museum

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The Aviation Museum houses the largest collection of helicopters and airplanes that have been used by the army over the years. The army would have used these vehicles for moving troops or cargo and for carrying out observations on enemy territories. There are various permanent and changeable exhibitions at the museum including a tribute to the 4,347 personnel that lost their lives in Vietnam. The museum also houses an Army Aviation Hall of Fame that shows off the most decorated soldiers and their heroic deeds.

 11. Take A Trip To Farley Nuclear Visitor Center

The Farley Nuclear Power Plant provides power to the people of Dothan and has a visitor center where you can learn all about the energy that is produced and how it is generated. Construction began in 1970 and the plant was finally opened in 1977 at a cost of 1.57 Billion dollars. The Nuclear Plant plays an important role in the local community not just for the power it produces but the jobs that it provides as well.

12. Learn African-American History At The G. W. Carver Museum

G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum

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Apart from the National Peanut Festival and the monument erected in his honor, there is also a George W. Carver Interpretive Museum. A museum that is focused on educating people about the rich historical contributions that African-Americans gave to the United States. The museum has permanent exhibitions titled ‘Designing the World We Live In’ and ‘Black Scientists, Inventors and Explorers’, there is also the Carver Room that is dedicated to the works and achievements of the great man himself.

13. Take A Look At Joseph Monument

Joseph Monument

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Sitting in the middle of Millennium Park is Joseph Monument, a ten foot tall sculpture that has been cast in bronze, the piece is the centerpiece of the park and it has a scripture from the bible at the base. “Let us go to Dothan” the scripture is taken from the book of Genesis, chapter 37 verse 17. It is this verse that inspired the founders of the city to change the name from Poplar Head to Dothan.

14. Explore Landmark Park

Landmark Park

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Landmark Park is Alabama’s Official Museum of Agriculture and a place for you and your family to rest, relax and explore. The park is 135 acres and sits just on the outskirts of Dothan, there is much to see and do when you arrive. There is an 1890’s living history farm, a one-room school, a planetarium, a drug store and much more. The park features nature trails, picnic areas, boardwalks and wildlife exhibits. There really is so much to do and a constant calendar of events to participate in.

15. Time For A Farmers Market

Farmers Market Dothan

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Every Saturday morning during the summer months the locals of Dothan head down to Poplar Head Farmers Market, An open air market that sells fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and locally produced specialties. the market is located in the historic part of the town and is a firm favorite with the residents. There are always activities for the children to get involved in and sometimes a spot of live music.

16. Anyone For Clay Pidgeon Shooting?

Ravenwood Sporting Clays

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Set on forty three acres of woodland just a few minutes away from Dothan is Ravenwood Sporting Clays. The facility is an excellent place to practice your shooting or take part in local competitions. There is a new clubhouse that has big screen TV’s, a kitchen and an all important fire pit. There is also a three level practise facility where you can warm up before heading out to the course. The facility has invested in digital technology to make the day run as seamless as possible and give you the maximum shooting time.

17. Play A Round At The Roundabout Golf Course

Roundabout Plantation Golf Course

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The Roundabout Plantation Golf Course is an excellent place to go for a mornings golfing when in town, the course if of championship standard and features beautiful tiff eagle greens. There are five beautiful lakes to enjoy whilst you carry out you round and the whole course offers beautiful trees and greenery. The length of the course is 6769 yards and features a full 18 holes. It is open all year around to the public and a true delight to play. There are sometimes promotions on so it is worth checking with the course before you arrive.

18. Visit The World’s Smallest City Block

World's Smallest City Block

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Dothan is home to a rather odd world record, the world’s smallest city block. A small triangular piece of land that now has a stop sign and a monument that states the facts.  The record is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as well as the Believe It or Not! Museum. The block is said to have consisted of one building that was 38 feet long and 27 feet wide.

19. Murals Of The Wiregrass

Mural in Dothan

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Historic downtown Dothan has many murals scattered around the city and it is worth taking a drive or a walk to see them all. The best place to start is in Museum Avenue and follow a guide of the local roads that will show off the artworks.  The murals are of local places and events that have occurred in the city, including some of early commerce activities in the city as well as the Fort Rucker Army Base. A relaxed tour of these sites will both educate you and show you some of the great scenes from the cities history.

20. Spend Time At The Wiregrass Museum

Wiregrass Museum

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In 1986 Dothan was listed in a national magazine as one of the “Worst Places to Live in America” as a result of this article the mayor at the time appointed three of the local citizens to carry out a study on the feasibility of opening a museum. Two years later it was decided a museum showing visual arts would be built. The museum showcases some local art and constantly renews its exhibitions so there is always something new to be seen. Previous exhibitions have included features on Blues music and American Folk Artists.

21. Go For A Skate At Fun Zone Center

Fun Zone Center

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Fun Zone Skate Center in Dothan offers 20,000 square foot of entertainment for kids of all ages, the center has laser tag, a rock wall, gyro chair, bumper cars and video games. The main attraction of the center though is of course the skating. The skating zone is huge and has something for all levels of ability including lessons for those that want to brush up their skills. There are regular roller discos put on for the whole family to enjoy, complete with an in house DJ.

22. Make A Splash At Water World Water Park

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Water World Water Park offers entertainment for the whole family, whether you decide to go in the pool as a group or sit at the side and watch, the choice is yours. The park houses a giant wave pool that is sure to get the kids excited as well as a triple flume water slide. For the young children there is a kiddie splash pool to keep them safe. A new ride has just been put in called the Great White Slide that is sure to get your heart beating just that bit faster if you are brave enough to try it. When you are finished with getting wet head over to the video arcade to play with the latest games on offer.

23. Time For Lunch At The Basketcase Café

The Basketcase Café has long been a favorite with the people of Dothan, Donna Blevins Balzaratti opened the café in 1989 and it has gone from strength to strength over that time. The Basketcase Café has been featured in countless magazines and Donna Balazaratti has even been on the TV as well. When the menu arrives head straight to the sandwich section and check out the famous Chicken Salad and Soup, it is a chicken salad on a homemade bun with a cup of soup, the meal has gained notoriety among the people and they keep coming back for more.

24. The Best BBQ In Alabama At BBQ Shack

BBQ Shack

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If you are looking for a BBQ restaurant then this is the place to come, the BBQ Shack has been serving North Carolina style barbecue food and using the same barbecue sauce recipe for three generations. The pulled pork is the specialty here and the famous sauce is offered sweet, mild, medium or hot. Many patrons feel this is the best BBQ restaurant in Alabama and perhaps Georgia too. Apart from the pork don’t forget to check out the fried green tomatoes.

25. Spend The Night In The Luxurious Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

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If you are looking for somewhere to stay that offers a bit of luxury and is within close proximity of Dothan Airport, then the Hilton Garden Inn is a great choice. Featuring an outdoor pool and a fitness center, allowing you to have a workout before heading to the Great American Grill Restaurant for some dinner. Take your pick of rooms from a small bedroom to a King suite. Nothing could relax you more after your long journey and leave you feeling ready for the sights of Dothan.

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25 Best Things to Do in Dothan (AL):

  • Spend The Day At Adventureland
  • Catch A Movie At Continental Drive-In
  • A Night At The Opera With Dothan Opera House
  • Make A Visit To Cherry Street AME Church
  • Come To The National Peanut Festival
  • Look Up At The Peanut King
  • Admire The Plant Life At Dothan Area Botanical Gardens
  • 8. Go For A Bowl At The Dothan Lanes
  • Time For a Round At Dothan National Club
  • The United States Army Aviation Museum
  • Take A Trip To Farley Nuclear Visitor Center
  • Learn African-American History At The G. W. Carver Museum
  • Take A Look At Joseph Monument
  • Explore Landmark Park
  • Time For A Farmers Market
  • Anyone For Clay Pidgeon Shooting?
  • Play A Round At The Roundabout Golf Course
  • Visit The World's Smallest City Block
  • Murals Of The Wiregrass
  • Spend Time At The Wiregrass Museum
  • Go For A Skate At Fun Zone Center
  • Make A Splash At Water World Water Park
  • Time For Lunch At The Basketcase Café
  • The Best BBQ In Alabama At BBQ Shack
  • Spend The Night In The Luxurious Hilton Garden Inn
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15 Best Things to Do in Dothan, Alabama

Dothan is a small city in Alabama that is lovingly known as the “Peanut Capital of the World.” There are several family-friendly places, museums, natural parks, adventurous attractions, and restaurants that you can visit while you’re there, such as Landmark Park, the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, Adventureland, and the George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Landmark Park

Landmark Park

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Landmark Park is a 135-acre park that preserves the cultural and natural heritage of Alabama’s Wiregrass Region. Visitors of all ages love the exhibits and programs that the park offers, like in their 1890s living history farm. The farm comes complete with an old farmhouse, a cane mill, a smokehouse, a syrup shed, and a range of farm animals like cows and pigs. The Digitarium Planetarium is a wonderful place to learn about the night sky under their special 360-degree dome with real-time simulations of the sky. End your visit taking a walk in the park’s many nature trails or viewing their wildlife exhibits for an exciting end to the day.

430 Landmark Drive, Dothan, AL 36303, 334-794-3452

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2.Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

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The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens is a beautiful garden complex has invites people to enjoy the stunning beauty of their landscape. The magnificent garden started with the planting of roses in 1997. There are 15 specialty gardens that focus on azaleas, roses, and many other flowers. Visitors who are interested in Southern history and heritage will love exploring the Southern Heirloom Garden, which was created as a means of preserving plants from the past, such as Confederate jasmine, larkspur, and more. The grounds also have boardwalks, walking paths, statues, preserved wilderness areas, water fountains, and so much more to enjoy.

5130 Headland Ave, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-793-3224

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3.Adventureland

Adventureland

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Adventureland is a place for friends and family to come together and have a safe and fun day filled with, well, adventure! There are so many exciting activities offered at the park, ensuring that visitors of all ages have a wonderful time. Thrill-seekers can head to the go-kart track, while there’s nothing better on a hot day than spending time out on the Bumper Floats. Other spaces include the batting cages as well as the 18-hole mini-golf course. Re-energize yourself with a delicious slice of pizza, a hot dog, or some nachos at their snack bar – you can also treat yourself to some cooling Dippin’ Dots.

3738 W Main St, Dothan, AL 36305, Phone: 334-793-9100

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4.Water World

Water World

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Water World is every bit of fun and exciting as you would expect an aquatic adventure park to be. They have a 450,000-gallon rip tide wave pool with waves that can get to over 3 feet high, making it the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day. Relax and sunbathe in the surrounding “beach area,” complete with lounges you can lay on while sipping a cool drink. Other attractions include the Great White, which is a four-story high slide, the 400-feet-long Bonsai Pipeline with three unique slides, and the Tadpole Hole with a separate kid-friendly swimming pool and slides.

401 Recreation Rd, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-615-3750

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5.Peanuts Around Town

Peanuts Around Town

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Peanuts Around Town is something that many restaurants and shops in downtown Dothan take part in. The area is known for its booming peanut industry, so it only made sense for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association to start a project that involved various artists designing peanuts to place all around the town. The designs may include characters from Charles M. Schulz’s famed comic strip as well as statues, figures, and paintings. You can see them at the Southtrust Bank of Dothan, in front of the Dothan Fire Department, and at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. The peanuts are often designed in fun and endearing costumes that reflect where they are located.

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6.Wiregrass Museum of Art

Wiregrass Museum of Art

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The Wiregrass Museum of Art is a must-visit for those who appreciate the visual arts. Their diverse range of exhibitions, permanent collections, and educational programs all work hand-in-hand to engage guests and preserve the arts in Dothan, Alabama. Audiences of all ages will love spending a day there as they explore pieces from the early 20th century to the present. There are over 1,100 objects in the permanent collection, including works by Frank Stella, John Kelly Fitzpatrick, and other state and national artists. There are several classes, workshops, and camps held throughout the year for adults and youth, which focus on various types of art whether it be drawing, painting, sculpting, or more.

126 Museum Ave, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-794-3871

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7.Murals of the Wiregrass

Murals of the Wiregrass

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Over the years, Dothan has become famed for its murals, many of which portray the area’s rich history. You can see the stunning works of art on historic buildings in the downtown area, making them come to life with depth and color. Lovingly called Alabama’s Mural City, make your way through the downtown area on a self-guided tour to see various works of public art. Pieces include The Steamboat Era on N. Foster Street, Salute to the Peanut Industry on the side of the Liddon Furniture building, and Chief Eufaula: Creek Indian Removal on South Saint Andrews Street. There are many more, each of them reflecting an important part of the land’s rich past.

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8.George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum

George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum

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The George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum is a creative cultural attraction that can be found in the heart of the city. The museum focuses on educating its visitors on the rich historical contributions that African Americans have made over time. The exhibits follow a timeline that showcases how America has become the place it is today because of the dedication of these individuals. The two permanent exhibitions are titled Black Scientists, Inventors, and Explorers and Designing the World We Live In. The Carver Room, dedicated to Dr. George Washington Carver, is also a wonderful place to explore his life and times. Visitors of all ages will love the interactive displays and all there is to see and do.

305 N Foster St, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-712-0933

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9.Dothan Civic Center

Dothan Civic Center

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The Dothan Civic Center was constructed in 1975 and functions as a hub for business, culture, and leisure. Today, the 3,100-seat arena hosts a diverse range of events throughout the year. Depending on when you’re there, you’ll be able to catch sporting events, concerts, trade shows, and so much more. The center is such an integral part of Dothan’s history and has been the base for many of their community events over the years. If you’re looking to host a special event, you won’t regret hosting it at the Dothan Civic Center.

126 N St Andrews St, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-615-3000

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10.Taj Cafe and BBQ

Taj Cafe and BBQ

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Taj Cafe and BBQ is a lovely restaurant with an international menu comprising Indian, Greek, and Italian foods. It may sound like a lot for one place to take on, but their professional and knowledgeable kitchen staff will guide you to pick some of the most delicious food in Dothan to feast upon. The setting is contemporary and chic, while the menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, breads, mains, desserts, barbecue, and a separate section with meals that younger patrons will love. Their sizzling kabobs are a crowd favorite and are served fresh from being roasted in their clay tandoor oven.

3102 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-699-3200

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11.Escape Dothan

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If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping, adventurous activity for you and your friends to enjoy while in Dothan, then head on over to Escape Dothan. The escape room resembles a live-action video game that demands teamwork, critical thinking, and performance under pressure. You and your friends will have one hour to identify clues, crack codes, and solve problems that will help you escape. There are four different room types to choose from: Bazaar Battle, the 13th Floor, Time Warp, and Murder at the Mansion, where you have to find out who murdered a wealthy businessman, with what weapon, and why they did it. Escape Dothan is excitement at its finest.

3759 Ross Clark Cir, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-446-7135

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12.Folklore Brewing & Meadery

Folklore Brewing & Meadery

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Folklore Brewing & Meadery is a family-owned operation that is the first “packaging brewery” in the area since the Prohibition. The brewery creates delicious craft beers that reflect the passion and dedication of the Pate family while instilling the traditions and folklores of their Southern heritage. The brewery itself is housed in the family’s old barn, and visitors are welcome to go on a tour of the production facility and sample what they’re currently concocting. Their delicious ales and lagers, such as the Irish-style Green Eyed Monster and the Front Porch American pale ale, can be enjoyed at any time at the Fly By Night Grill adjacent to the property.

153 Mary Lou Ln, Dothan, AL 36301, Phone: 334-702-2337

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13.Hunt's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Hunt's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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Hunt’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar claims to serve the best steak, seafood, and oysters in Dothan, Alabama – they are so sure of how delicious their food is, that they guarantee that if you don’t love your meal, it’s free. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving favorites you can’t go wrong with such as burgers and sandwiches. Patron favorites from their dinner menu include blackened crab claws, Hunt’s Famous Oysters served with homemade cocktail sauce, their famed steak and shrimp, the seafood gumbo, and the shrimp pasta tossed in homemade alfredo sauce and served with garlic toast.

177 Campbellton Hwy, Dothan, AL 36301, Phone: 334-794-5193

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14.Conestoga Steak House

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The Conestoga Steak House is a local favorite that has been serving Dothan with delicious food for over 30 years. The family-owned and operated restaurant guarantees fresh meals – so fresh, in fact, that they’ve never had a freezer on their premises and have never used frozen meat. They have a varied menu of steaks that keep customers coming back time and time again: These include the New York strip, filet mignon, T-bone, or rib eye, all of which can be served with your choice of home-cut fries, sweet potato, baked potato, daily-made yeast rolls, salad, or broccoli.

3549 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-794-4445

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15.Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill

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If you can’t go to Italy for authentic pizza, then head on over to Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill. The locally owned pizzeria and grill is situated in downtown Dothan and focuses on creating delicious food with ingredients and methods that have been used for generations. All of their pizzas are made with fresh ingredients that are delivered daily and in wood-fired ovens that were imported from Tuscany. There is also a full array of soups, salads, appetizers, and sandwiches as well as a fully stocked bar with several choices of liquors, bottled beers, draft beers, and aged wine.

250 S Oates Street, Dothan, AL 36301, Phone: 334-446-1234

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15 Best Things to Do in Dothan, Alabama


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  • Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, Photo: Courtesy of Frans - Fotolia.com
  • Adventureland, Photo: Adventureland
  • Water World, Photo: Water World
  • Peanuts Around Town, Photo: Peanuts Around Town
  • Wiregrass Museum of Art, Photo: Wiregrass Museum of Art
  • Murals of the Wiregrass, Photo: Murals of the Wiregrass
  • George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum, Photo: George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum
  • Dothan Civic Center, Photo: Dothan Civic Center
  • Taj Cafe and BBQ, Photo: Taj Cafe and BBQ
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  • Folklore Brewing & Meadery, Photo: Folklore Brewing & Meadery
  • Hunt's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Photo: Hunt's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
  • Conestoga Steak House, Photo: Conestoga Steak House
  • Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill, Photo: Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza and Grill
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Attraction Spotlight: Wiregrass Museum of Art

Southeastern Alabama’s Wiregrass Museum of Art is located in Dothan, Alabama. The museum’s mission is to inspire a lifelong appreciation for the arts in each visitor through educational programming, display of the permanent collection, and temporary exhibits.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art collects American fine art, decorative arts and design work from the 20th century to the present. Most of the items in the collection are works on paper. Over 1,100 items make up the permanent collection, which includes the largest public collection of prints by the American artist Frank Stella, known for his minimalist and abstract paintings and sculptures. Other highlighted artists among the collection include Victor Vasarely, Joseph Albers and Robert Indiana. A collection focused on contemporary Alabama art includes the work of Scott Stephens, Carolyn Sherer, Beverly Erdreich and John Kelly Fitzpatrick.

An exhibit of works from the museum’s collection is permanently on display. Pieces occasionally rotate, and works from the permanent collection often serve as inspiration for the museum’s temporary exhibits.

History: The Wiregrass Museum of Art was founded in 1987 in response to a national magazine article that referenced Dothan’s lack of a museum. The mayor at the time, Larry Register, quickly mobilized a panel of 13 citizens to study the feasibility of a public museum.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art is city managed and is housed in Dothan’s historic Water and Electric Building. Originally built in 1912, the building is listed on the register of National Historic Places. The building was renovated and converted to a museum by local architects Joseph L. Donofro and Associates after twenty-one architectural firms were asked to submit proposals. The 30,000 square foot museum took approximately $3 million to complete.

The original feasibility committee was appointed as the museum’s first board of directors, and a four-stage plan was hatched for fully readying the museum for the public. Three of the four phases are now complete including the completion of 18,000 square feet of gallery space, storage and preparation space and a conference center, plus the offering of educational programming, and the hosting of traveling exhibits.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Guided tours are offered daily by trained docents or museum educators. Group tours may be customized to meet the interests and needs of the group. Educator resources are available for teachers and other group leaders to supplement their group’s visit. Topics include Alabama Landscape, Art from Recycled Materials, and Habitat Design among others.

Classes and workshops offered by the Wiregrass Museum include studio art classes for both youth and adults. Special workshops are led by visiting artists and have included indigo dying, origami and printmaking. Additional youth programming includes summer and winter art camps. First Saturday Family Day offers free arts and crafts activities for families, such as weaving, fabric dying, painting and sculpture. Youth Art Month takes place each March and displays juried artwork made by local children in addition to offer a variety of free educational and hands-on programming in studio arts and writing.

Events at the museum include Art After Hours, a quarterly celebration of new exhibits. The Thursday evening art openings offer food and small bites, and often include artist’s talks. Screen on the Green is a quarterly film series. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the outdoor event, and food trucks provide snacks and dinner. Yoga in the Galleries takes place the first Friday of each month. Yard Party for Art is an annual art and live music festival that happens each August.

Past and Future Exhibits: Many of the museum’s temporary exhibits are inspired by works in the permanent collection. “Echoes” is on display through December 2018 and displays work made by members of the Alabama Caucus for Women’s Art in response to works in the permanent collection. Over 20 artists are featured in the exhibit, including Patty Driscoll, whose “Lydia’s Purple,” a 2015 oil on panel presents a traditional still life with a feminist theme.

“Walks in the South” will be on display from January through March 2019. The show will feature the 2016 photography of Sydney A. Foster. The Alabama artist captures stories of every day people on the streets of Montgomery, Alabama. Upcoming from April to June of 2019 is Beverly Erdreich’s “Continuum” series. Each work on paper incorporates a detail from Goya’s 1808 Disasters of War series, with contemporary elements that remind the viewer how little the world has changed.

126 Museum Avenue, Dothan, AL 36303, Phone: 334-794-3871

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Attraction Spotlight: George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum

Dothan, Alabama’s George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum celebrates black history all year long with exhibits on the historic contributions of African Americans to progress in the United States, with a focus on scientists, inventors and innovators.

Permanent exhibits form a timeline of American history through two separate galleries. “Designing the World We Live In” and “Black Scientists, Inventors and Explorers” are the two main permanent galleries. A Social Progress Heroes Timeline is the culmination of these two galleries and displays a timeline of the experience of African Americans in the United States.

The Carver Room specifically highlights the achievements of Dr. George Washington Carver, the museum’s namesake, also known as “the peanut guy” for his groundbreaking research in the early 1900’s on improving soil conditions by alternating crops, specifically by alternating from cotton to peanuts.

History: The George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum itself is housed in a historic bus station in Dothan, Alabama that once had separate entrances for “whites” and “colored” people. On display are the separate restroom facilities from the segregated Greyhound terminal. The museum is the vision of Dr. Francina Williams, who founded the museum in the year 2000.

George Washington Carver was born in the 1860’s, his exact birth date unknown as was common for those born into slavery in the United States. After slavery was abolished, Carver had to travel 10 miles from his home to go to school, as blacks were not allowed to go to school in Diamond, Missouri where he grew up. Carver earned admissions at Kansas’ Highland University on the merit of his academic success, but was rejected for being black when he reported to school. He instead claimed a homestead near Beeler, Kansas and farmed for several years before attending the Iowa State Agricultural College to study botany. Carver was the college’s first black student in 1891.

Carver would go on to receive a Masters of Science in 1896 and soon after became Iowa State’s first black faculty member. He shortly thereafter invited by Booker T Washington to teach at the Tuskegee Institute, where he would remain on the faculty for another 47 years. While at Tuskegee, Carver’s work focused on best practices for crop rotation, a new theory at the time. He introduced several new cash crops to farmers in the south, mainly the peanut, as a means of rotating from cotton to improve soil conditions. Carver would take a mobile classroom of his design to the fields to teach farmers about the practice.

Rotating crops to restore nitrogen to soil drove Carver to fame. In the 1920’s he was invited to speak at a conference for the United Peanut Associations of America. He presented over 145 uses for the peanut as a way to encourage more peanut farming within the United States. His brochure on 105 peanut recipes was the most popular of 44 brochures he wrote over the years for farmers in the south.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Tours of the museum may be self guided or guided. Field Trip programs are available for homeschooled children, senior citizens, or any organized group. Field trip activities include hands-on science experiments designed to spur interest in science, invention and exploration.

Ongoing events at the George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum include art show openings for temporary art exhibits, lectures by visiting artists, historians and authors, and monthly meetings of Young People, a Christian organization. Other recent events have included Family Day, which invites parents to explore science and invention by doing crafts and Discovery Zone projects with their kids. Annual events include the museum’s Juneteenth celebration, honoring the 1865 abolition of slavery on June 19th. Celebrations involve art shows and outdoor concerts. The museum is available to be rented as an event venue.

Past and Future Exhibits: Renovations are currently under way for a future permanent exhibit titled “George Washington Carver’s Life, Lab, and Legacy.”

What’s Nearby: Dothan is a town of 68,000 in southeastern Alabama, the largest in Houston County. The area is known as the Wiregrass region for the wiregrass ecosystem on the Gulf coast. Things to do in Dothan include visiting the Wiregrass Museum of Art, the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, and the Adventureland and Waterworld theme parks. Murals of the Wiregrass are a series of large-scale outdoor murals on local businesses in Dothan, each representing the history and community of Dothan.

305 North Foster Street, Dothan, AL, 36303, Phone: 334-712-0933

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  • TripBuzz discovered 19 different types of activities for couples in the Dothan area, including Amusement Parks (All Ages) (like Adventureland), Bowling (like Dothan Lanes), Family Fun Center (like Fun Zone Skate Center) and Water Parks (like Water World), and much more.
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Folklore Brewing and Meadery produces wheat, red, pale ale, IPA, porter, and red rattler beers. The gift shop offers pint glasses, t-shirts, hats, and stickers for those who wish to purchase a souvenir.
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With 50 acres to explore, Dothan Area Botanical Gardens offers a variety of flora to see; from poppies, to roses, to Black-Eyed Susans. It also has a vegetable garden where volunteers grow okra, corn, and other seasonal vegetables.
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Amusement Parks (All Ages)3738 West Main Street, Dothan, AL 36305MoreLess Info
Adventureland is a family friendly theme and amusement park offering games, bumper cars, bumper boats, go-cart racetrack, putt-putt golf, batting cages and an arcade. Good for groups and birthday parties.
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A family entertainment center, Adventureland Theme Park features activities that include go-karts, miniature golf and bumper boats. The park also has a snack bar with food and drinks, arcade game machines and batting cages.
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Carmike Cinemas is a 12 screen movie theater that offers stadium seating. The movie theater features various specials on both tickets and concessions and offers access to a variety of nearby stores and restaurants.
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A community theater company that performs in a smoke and alcohol-free atmosphere, The Featured Players Theatre Co is composed entirely of local actors. The company stages five plays per year for adults as well as four for children.
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There are 130-acres of outdoor activities within Landmark Park. In addition to the standard nature natures and picnic areas, visitors can access an Interpretive Center, 1890s preserved farmstead, wildlife exhibits, and a planetarium.
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Dance Clubs4657 S Oates Street, Dothan, AL 36301MoreLess Info
Cowboy's is a genuine honky-tonk bar, where patrons come to dance to live country music or shoot pool while enjoying the several ample bars. Visitors must purchase a membership card to get in.
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Highlighting scenes of nature, The Nature Gallery showcases sculpture, pottery, and paintings from local artists. The shop also sells handcrafted wire jewelry and participates in the city's yearly Christmas festival.
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Featuring 24 lanes, Dothan Lanes provides open and league bowling along with automatic scoring and shoe rental. The bowling center has a snack bar with food and drinks, pool tables, arcade video games and a party room.
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17 Things to Do in Dothan, Al | Families, Friends, & Solo Travelers

With Florida to the south and Georgia to the east, Dothan makes for a great stop on a road trip or when exploring Southern Alabama. The city is home to many great things to do that will keep the whole family entertained and convince you to stick around for longer than you anticipated.

This quaint little city in Alabama that is fondly known as the Peanut Capital of the World. The peanut farms from the surrounding areas supply almost all of the country’s peanuts, so it is not surprising that Dothan celebrates the humble peanut in every way that it can.

Dothan is located in the Wiregrass Region that is named after the tall, wiry grass that is native to the area. The city is full of interesting history and rich in culture. It was once a derelict and forgotten place, but has gone through a period of rejuvenation over the last couple of decades!

Visit one of the many museums that preserve the rich heritage of the city, a park that displays the natural beauty of the area, or theme park that entertains the whole family. Each year the city hosts the largest peanut festival in the country! And if you aren’t able to make it, you can still check out these other awesome things to see in Dothan, Alabama.

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Top Things to Do in Dothan

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1. Browse the Murals of the Wiregrass

Dothan Murals

Dothan has come to be well-known for its many artistic and colorful murals, gaining the city its nickname Alabama’s Mural City! These murals often depict scenes from the city’s past, but you won’t need to be familiar with Dothan’s history to appreciate them.

The bulk of the famous murals can be found on old buildings in historic downtown Dothan. Walking around the streets admiring the artworks makes for a great self-guided tour of the city.

Some of the more important pieces include The Steamboat Era on N. Foster Street, Salute to the Peanut Industry on the Liddon Furniture building, and Chief Eufaula: Creek Indian Removal on S. Saint Andrews Street.

2. Get a taste of Dothan at Folklore Brewery & Meadery

Dothan Craft Beer

Folklore Brewing & Meadery will give you a taste of the local brewing scene in Dothan. This family-owned business is the first brewery to open in the city since the Prohibition. The brewery gets its name from the tradition of telling folklores in the South, something that is important in giving the people a sense of its heritage.

Folklore is located on the grounds of an old farm, while the beer is brewed in an old barn. Sometimes there is some live bluegrass music and outdoor games on offer, and dogs roaming around, giving the place a very homely feel.

There are many varieties of ales and meads to enjoy within the fantastic surroundings!

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Woodsvale

Woodsvale in Dothan is a good place to stay for all visitors to the city. This neighborhood has two of Dothan’s major shopping malls, and some fun attractions close by. It is predominantly a safe residential area with good accessibility to the rest of the city.

Places to visit:

  • Dothan Lanes
  • Fun Zone Skate Park
  • Water World

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3. Smell the roses at Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

Dothan Botanical Gardens

The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens consists of 50-acres of natural landscapes, manicured gardens and walking trails. The public gardens are favorable for the many different flowering plants on show, as well as many plants that played important roles in Alabama’s history.

The gardens were started in 1997 with the planting of roses. Now the stunning gardens boast 15 specialty areas that focus on different flowers and plants, including a vegetable garden that supplies produce to the local food bank!

There are also statues, water fountains and wilderness areas to enjoy. You may even witness a wedding or a class of students being taught in an outdoor classroom.

4. Play some games at Adventureland

Adventureland is quite literally a land full of adventure in Dothan! There are a plethora of activities and games to take part in that cater for the whole family. For a fun day out where everyone can take part, we highly recommend you make a stop here.

There are loads of fun games and activities to get stuck into at Adventureland, it can easily occupy most of your day. There are go-carts, bumper floats, mini-golf, arcade games and batting cages.

The food court offers typical American fare such as pizza, hot-dogs, nachos and Dippin’ Dots, in typical American sizes.

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5. Admire local art at the Wiregrass Museum of Art

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The Wiregrass Museum of Art is a visual arts museum that played an important role in the rejuvenation of Dothan. The museum showcases local art in a diverse range of exhibitions, including permanent and temporary displays.

Since the completion of the museum, the city has long left the tag of being “one of the worst places to live in America” behind, helping to put Dothan on the tourist map. There are artworks from Frank Stella and John Kelly Fitzpatrick on show, and plenty of regular workshops and classes to take part in.

6. Brush up on your history at George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum

George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum

The George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum is located in the heart of town and is a cultural attraction. The museum focuses on the history of African-Americans and their rich contribution to American society.

Inside there are many wonderful exhibits detailing the achievements of African-Americans and the dedication of individuals to improve the world we live in. These include showcasing black scientists, inventors, explorers, and designers in two permanent installations.

There is also a room dedicated to the late Dr. George Washington Carver that explores his life and achievements.

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Unusual Things to Do in Dothan

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7. Go nut hunting for Peanuts Around Town

Peanuts Around Town

Quite simply, Dothan is nuts about peanuts! The city is known for its booming peanut industry, and to commemorate this you’ll find many different pieces of art dotted around town dedicated to the simple peanut.

The Peanuts Around Town tour is a nutty art project with many peanut statues being decorated and painted in many different designs and characters. There are loads of them to discover, from one celebrating Dothan’s famous peanut peddler to one that looks like Elvis Presley.

Make a game out of it and see how many you can find and take a picture with. You’ll find many hilarious and interesting characters along the way!

8. Learn about the city’s heritage at Landmark Park

Landmark Park

Landmark Park is a large park that endeavors to preserve the old ways of Alabama’s Wiregrass Region. It serves as the official museum of agriculture, consisting of a living history farm that dates back to the 19th century, a schoolhouse, a planetarium and a drug store.

The 135-acre park is a great place to explore Alabama’s past or relax in a tranquil picnic area. There are also many nature trails to take advantage of and wildlife exhibits to see! For the kids, there is also a nice range of farm animals to see and learn about.

9. See the Worlds Smallest City Block

Worlds Smallest City Block

Dothan is proud to be the bearer of a rather unusual world record, it is host to the smallest city block in the world! It is so small that it won’t take you long at all to walk around it. In fact, it is a tiny triangular piece of land consisting of a stop sign, a yield sign, and a small granite marker.

The small triangle of grass formed by the convergence of three streets used to be slightly bigger, and once hosted a single two-story building and even a snack stand. Be sure to look out for it, but blink and you may miss it!

Safety in Dothan

Similar to other cities in Alabama, crimes do occur but usually in areas that are of little appeal to tourists. When visiting the city, it is a good idea to take precautions to ensure your personal safety. It also helps to have good travel insurance.

As Dothan is a small town with a small population, the crime statistics report being higher than the average for the state and the country, when calculated per 100,000 people. However, the more touristy areas tend to be safer compared to some of the poor neighborhoods.

It is best to use your discretion and not venture down badly lit alleys at night, and stay away from low-income areas. Read our tips for traveling safely before you fly and always get travel insurance. Check out our roundup of the best travel insurance.

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Things to do in Dothan at Night

Check out these spots for some evening entertainment in Dothan, Alabama!

10. Go bowling at Dothan Lanes

Dothan night time bowling bar

Dothan Lanes is the most popular bowling alley in Dothan. It features a whopping 24 lanes with automatic scoring and plays host to social and serious bowling leagues.

Look out for their specials, there is usually something on offer every day of the week. Sundays are usually the best time to take the whole family, with great deals for up to 6 family members.

Dothan Lanes is a great place to skittle some pins, have a few drinks and hang out with friends. The venue also features other activities such as pool and arcade games!

11. Enjoy live country music at Cowboys

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Head down to Cowboys to get a true Alabama experience. This nightclub is one of the best venues for live country music in the country, with an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else!

There are performances almost every night of the week, making it a great spot to go out for a few drinks whenever you visit. The lively honky-tonk will not only have you tapping your feet, but have you up on the dance floor showing off your best two-step!

Where to Stay in Dothan

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Dothan.

Best Airbnb in Dothan – Single Room

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Best Budget Hotel in Dothan – Red Roof Inn & Suites Dothan

Red Roof Inn and Suites Dothan

For a combination of great location and value-for-money, you can’t go wrong by staying at Red Roof Inn & Suites Dothan! The hotel has a pool, barbequing facilities and a picnic area. All rooms come with free WiFi, and there are flat-screen TVs in contemporary rooms. The morning breakfasts are really great!

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Romantic Things to Do in Dothan

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12. Catch a movie at Continental Drive-In

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What better way to induce some romance than by rolling back the clock to when drive-in cinemas were popular? At the Continental Drive-In, you can enjoy a movie under the stars as you did back in high school.

The Continental Drive-In has multiple screens and a full concession stand selling all sorts of snacks and drinks. A ticket includes two films played back to back with a ten-minute interval between them, and a radio to listen to your movie of choice.

All you need to do is sit back in your car, and relax!

13. Go out for opera at Dothan Opera House

The Dothan Opera House has been part of the local landscape since 1915. It has entertained millions of guests over the years with its array of live theatrical and musical performances.

The opera house has a beautiful Victorian interior design and boasts such good acoustics that symphonic orchestras regularly record their music there. It is an intimate venue, seating up to 590 and putting on opera, theatre and beauty pageants.

Be sure to check out the calendar for a list of performances during the time of your Dothan vacation.

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14. Experience nature at Dothan Forever Wild Trails

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The Dothan Forever Wild Trails is a 10-mile trail network consisting of six trail loops through the naturally wooded wilderness. These trails are used by joggers, hikers and mountain bikers, ranging from half a mile to 2 miles in length.

The trails vary in difficulty from easy walking paths to technical biking routes. All the trails are linked by a series of bridges and boardwalks, so you can just keep on exploring as long as you like!

Head down to Forever Wild Trails to get a taste of untamed nature and some scenic views.

15. Check out the aircraft at US Army Aviation Museum

US Army Aviation Museum

The US Army Aviation Museum is home to a large collection of military aircraft, including one of the largest collections of military helicopters in the world!

There are over 160 planes and helicopters on show, a public photo gallery dating back to the Wright Brothers, various memorabilia and an Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

The museum details the army’s involvement in military aviation over the years and is the perfect stop for anyone interested in aviation and combat. The museum is located within an active military installation, so it also showcases the human side of military combat with a tribute to fallen soldiers!

Books to Read in Dothan

These are some of the greatest American novels of all time. Be sure to grab a few them of them while backpacking in America.

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Sometimes a Great Notion – A tale of a hardheaded Oregonian logging family that goes on strike, leading the town to drama and tragedy. Written by PNW legend, Ken Kesey.

Walden – The transcendental masterpiece by Henry David Thoreau that helped modern Americans rediscover nature and her beauty.

To Have and To Have Not – A family man gets involved with the drug smuggling business in the Key West and ends up in a strange affair. Written by the great Ernest Hemingway.

Things to Do with Kids in Dothan

Traveling with a young family? Don’t worry, here are a couple of fun things to do in Dothan for kids.

16. Splash around at Water World

Water Park Family Activity In Dothan'

Water World is undoubtedly the best place to cool off on a hot Alabama summer’s day, and a fun environment for the whole family to enjoy! The water park has a giant wave pool that mimics the rolling waves on a beach and is deep enough for adults to body surf.

There’s a number of fun and exhilarating water slides to zip down, including a four-story-high adrenaline-rush, called the Great White. For younger kids, there is a separate area with a shallow, safe splash pool and slides.

17. Go skating at Fun Zone Skate Center

dothan kids activities

Fun Zone Skate Center is the ultimate place for kids to get active and play. With over 20,000 square feet of games and play spaces, it offers some of the best kids entertainment in Dothan!

The main attraction is the skating rink that regularly hosts skating discos with live DJs playing great music. There is also a climbing wall for those that want to burn off some energy, bumper cars, arcade games, and laser tag.

Bring the family for a day of fun and adventure all under one roof.

Day Trips From Dothan

Thinking of exploring a bit farther out of the city? Here are a couple of great ideas for day trips that you and your friends and family can easily take from Dothan, without over stretching your time or your budget.

Visit the Historic Childersburg and DeSoto Caverns

Childersburg

Childersburg is a historic town that claims to be the oldest settlement in Alabama. The site of the city has been occupied for centuries and is an intriguing place to visit.

Records show that Spanish explorers inhabited the area back in the 16th century. There are plenty of old buildings and historical artifacts that can be seen all over the city.

Close to Childersburg is one of the most beautiful cave systems in the country, the DeSoto Caverns. The caves are both geologically unique and historically important.

The caves were named after a Spanish explorer that stayed with the local tribe. It is believed the caves were used as an ancient burial ground and held a sacred place in the Native American community.

Explore the Eufaula Wildlife Refuge

Chattahoochee River

Eufaula Wildlife Reserve is the perfect place to visit if you wish to see alligators and other local wildlife. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the waterway that separates Alabama and Georgia, the refuge is an 11,000-acre wilderness that is teeming with life!

Eufaula Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 to reduce the loss of natural wetland habitat. It is one of 560 refuges around the country managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eagles, deer, otters and coyotes are regularly spotted in the refuge, along with a whole host of migratory birds. If you’re timing is right you may even be fortunate enough to see bobcats, turkey and blue herons, too!

3 Day Itinerary in Dothan

Now that you know what the best Dothan attractions are, here is a 3-day itinerary to make the most of your stay!

Day 1 – Downtown Dothan

Downtown Dothan Alabama Ferris Wheel

Get your Dothan itinerary up and running with a visit to the center of town! We recommend walking around the city in an attempt to spot some Peanuts Around Town and some famous Murals of the Wiregrass.

Along the way, stop off to check out the Smallest City Block. You’ll want to reserve enough time to check out the Wiregrass Museum of Art and brush up on your history at the George Washington Carver Interpretive Museum.

End off your day with a live theatrical performance or a touch of music at the historic Dothan Opera House.

Day 2 – Nature, History and Fun

The second day of the Dothan itinerary combines a bit of everything into an action-packed day. Start out with a visit to Landmark Park to learn all about rural life in years gone by. From there, it’s a short drive to The Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, where you can smell the roses and relax in the tranquil gardens.

A fun afternoon is then spent splashing around at Water World, racing carts at Adventureland or skating around at Fun Zone Skate Park, depending on your choice of activity.

In the evening, head over to Dothan Lanes for a fun night of bowling and enjoying a few drinks. At the end of the day, you should sleep soundly after spending all that extra energy.

Day 3 – Adventure, Drinks, and Honky Tonk

group of people dancing

The third and last day of the itinerary includes some of the must-do Dothan points of interest that you didn’t have time for until now. Start off with a trip to Forever Wild Trails to get active and experience nature. There are a few great options to choose from depending on your level of fitness.

Next up, we recommend catching a movie or two at Continental Drive-In. This will roll back the days and make you feel like its the 1980s again.

After that, take a drive out to Folklore Brewery & Meadery to enjoy some good food and delicious beer! We know you won’t want the night to end, so thankfully Cowboys night club is just up the road.

Get your country on and enjoy the best ho-down live music in the state of Alabama!

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Conclusion

Whether you make this a stop-over on a road trip or decide to take a short vacation to Dothan, Al, you won’t leave disappointed. For a small city, there is plenty to do and loads of entertainment waiting for you.

Round up the gang and challenge your friends and family to some arcade games, or get out into the wilderness and enjoy one of the many wild trails outside the city. If it’s history you’re after, the museums will be right up your alley.

For the best time, try head over for the annual peanut festival – the atmosphere will be totally nuts!


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