Dothan, AL Attractions

by Thomas West

Dothan, Alabama, known as the "Peanut Capital of the World" and located in the southeast part of the state, has established itself as one of the premier places to visit in the South. Whether you are interested in nature or the history of agriculture, or just want to have some fun, this Alabama city has a bit of something to offer everyone, tourists and locals alike.

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

If you want to get closer to nature, visit the Dothan Rea Botanical Gardens (www.dabg.com). On these 50 acres, you can walk down nature trails, tour the cultivated gardens -- home to several local plant species -- and enjoy the undeveloped wooded landscape. You can also visit the Outdoor Classroom, in a secluded area perfect for quiet contemplation or larger gatherings. To embrace the Southern charm of the place, visit the Southern Heirloom Garden, with such native species as poppies, petunias, zinnias and black-eyed susans.

G.W. Carver Museum

If you're interested in the life and career of famed inventor George Washington Carver, a visit to the G.W. Carver Museum (www.gwcarvermuseum.org) should be one of your first stops. The museum educates not only about the life and works of this famous Southern agriculturalist, but also about the contributions of other African-American scientists, innovators and explorers, as well as the contributions and influences of early African cultures.

Wiregrass Museum of Art

If you're looking for a cultural attraction that will immerse you in the art world, look no further than the Wiregrass Museum of Art (www.wiregrassmuseum.org). In a historic building in downtown Dothan, the museum houses a significant number of pieces from American artist Frank Stella, one of the leading figures of Minimalism. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. Admission is free.

Landmark Park and Alabama Agricultural Museum

The Landmark Park and Alabama Agricultural Museum (www.landmarkpark.com), on 135 acres, is a great place to visit if you want to know more about the agricultural history and culture of this Alabama region. You can explore numerous aspects of early agricultural life, including touring a living history farm -- which includes mules, cows and chickens -- and walk through the one-room schoolhouse, country store and old church. It also hosts special events such as festivals and antique car shows.