Drink from artesian wells, walk in a bamboo forest, enjoy Autauga Creek
Nicknamed “The Fountain City” for its many artesian wells, Prattville is overflowing with things to do. This suburb of Montgomery features a good quality of life and a median income of $75,000 for families, and parents can enroll their kids in a high-ranking Autauga County School System.
Here are some reasons why Prattville is such a nice place to visit:
Enjoy the Scenery
Industrialist and architect Daniel Pratt was a New England native who brought a specific New England style to houses that were built after he founded Prattville in 1839. The result today is Prattville having a blend of upscale modern homes with classic older houses, which provides an unusual and interesting New England look in the heart of the Deep South.
Several artesian wells produce free-flowing clear water each day in Prattville, and the wells are open to the public. Have a refreshing drink under the tin-roofed well shed on Doster Road, or sip in the backyard of Prattaugan Museum. Another popular water site is at Heritage Park overlooking Autauga Creek.
Hit ‘Em Far and Straight
Prattville is a golf destination thanks to Capitol Hill golf courses that are part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The three 18-hole courses at Capitol Hill are named Judge, Legislator and Senator.
Check Out the Gin Mill
Take a walk along the Pratt Cotton Gin Mill property that was a big part of Prattville’s history. The factory manufactured cotton gins from 1848-2007 and isn’t open to the public, but the building’s exterior and adjacent dam make for a popular photo site.
Bring Your Credit Card
There is plenty in store at the open-air High Point Town Center, a 481,000-square-foot shopping plaza with about 50 stores anchored by Bass Pro Shops, Belk, Best Buy, JC Penney and Publix. Also in Prattville is a variety of independently owned downtown shops.
Many outdoor recreational activities are available to residents and visitors, including canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hiking and fishing. A popular destination is the Autauga Creek Canoe Trail, while the city’s Creekwalk is a fun way to view nature and get some exercise.
Get the Kids Wet
Take your children to Pratt Park to experience a $50,000 Splash Pad that opens from April through September. The attraction is very safe with a rubberized surface and closed fencing.
Drizzle and Sizzle
Independent restaurants are easy to find in Prattville, including hotspots like Uncle Mick’s Cajun Café, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Las Casitas and Chappy’s Deli. Other savory choices include Chicken Salad Chick, Islamorada Fish Company, La Taste Vietnamese and Tokyo Japanese Steak House.
Walk Among Bamboo
An unusual attraction in the middle of town is Wilderness Park, a pretty bamboo forest with huge bamboo shoots and trees. The path stretches about 3/4 mile, is well maintained and has gravel for easy walking.
Tour the Museum
Exhibits detailing the Civil War and how Daniel Pratt established a worldwide cotton gin industry are two of the highlights at the Prattaugan Museum in downtown Prattville. The museum is in a beautiful house that itself is worth seeing.