Decatur, AL Things to Do

Decatur features several arts and culture events and historical attractions.

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On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 14:09
Decatur, AL

Point Mallard Park

Decatur is home to the country’s first wave pool, Point Mallard. This family-friendly attraction features a 35-acre water area complete with kiddie pools.

For those who don’t want to get wet, you can tee off on Point Mallard’s 18-hole golf course or practice swinging at the batting cages, ball fields or lighted tennis courts. The indoor skating complex offers year-round exercise and fun.

Princess Theatre

See a show at the Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Princess Theatre was once a livery stable when it was first constructed in the late 1800s. Today, the theater is home to film series, music and dramatic arts.

Blue & Gray Museum

Learn about Decatur’s Civil War past in the Blue & Gray Museum. This historical attraction houses one of the United States’ largest private collections of Civil War relics that include everything from canteens to cavalry sabers. The museum is located in Parham’s Civil War Relics on Bank Street.

Festivals and Events

Decatur has a thriving tourism business, and it’s no wonder with the number of festivals that occur in the city.

The Alabama Jubilee is the oldest balloon race south of Kentucky. More than 100,000 spectators come to watch more than 60 balloons take flight. Ballooning has become so much a part of Decatur’s identity that the Alabama State Legislature has named Decatur “The Ballooning Capital of Alabama.”

Another event hosted in Decatur is the free Spirit of America Festival. More than 65,000 people attend the festival, which takes place in Point Mallard Park. The festival was named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society and features numerous events including a pageant and fireworks.

Check out Decatur’s don’t-miss attraction.