Thursday, July 28, 2016

100 Things to do within 100 miles of Fort Rucker: The Ultimate Day Trip List

A few months ago I created a list of 25 Stay-cation attractions near Fort Rucker.  I put this list together as I researched things that my family could do during Spring Break. That post has become a valuable resource for people who are looking for things to do in the Wiregrass Area. I am very happy with that list, but it's always felt incomplete to me.  For instance, I didn't include any water things on that list because I put it together with Spring Break in mind.  However, water centered things are some of the only things that you can do during the summer in the Deep South.

I always intended to update the list, and include even more Wiregrass area attractions.I often hear complains that there is nothing to do in this part of Alabama.  And while I will admit that the area isn't bursting with tons of things to do - that doesn't meant there is NOTHING.  To the contrary, there are plenty of things to do - you just have to know where to find them.  

As I started to brainstorm ideas for the longer list I came up with a crazy sounding idea.  Would it be possible to find 100 things to do within 100 miles of Fort Rucker?

Over the past few weeks I've scoured maps and guidebooks.  I've haunted Facebook discussions about things to do in the area. I've googled just about every small town within 100 miles to see if there's anything of interest.  All my research paid off.

I am pleased to present to you 100 things to do within 100 miles of Fort Rucker.  

Before I show you the list here are a few thing to keep in mind.  I've listed these places in order of distance from the Fort Rucker Aviation Museum.  This is huge list so I've divided it into four sections.  North, East, South, and West.  Click on the name of each attraction to be taken to a post with a contact info and a description for each place.

Also, these places are all within 100 miles driving distance, not as the crow flies. Thanks to Fort Rucker's rural location you have to travel on twisty back roads to reach towns that wouldn't be that far away if there was a straight road leading to them.

Unlike other lists I've made, I haven't sorted out the expensive things from this list.  So there are a few destinations on here that don't exactly fit the "51 cent adventure" mold.  I'll leave it up to you to decide if something is worth the money or not.

Without any further ado, here is the 100 things to do within 100 miles of Fort Rucker: The Ultimate Day Trip List

North
1. Ann Rudd Art Center (Ozark)
2. Eagle Aviation (Ozark)
3. Ed Lisenby Lake (Ozark)
4. Blue Springs State Park (Clio)
5. We Piddle Around Theater (Brundidge)
6. Troy University - Drama and Dance Performances (Troy)
7. Troy Pike Cultural Arts (Troy)
8. Butter and Egg Adventure (Troy)
9. Pioneer Museum of Alabama (Troy)
10. Dream Field Farms (Union Springs)
11. Josephine Arts Complex (Union Springs)
12. McCelland's Zoo (Banks)
13. Shorter Mansion (Eufaula)
14. Lakepoint State Park (Eufaula)
15. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (Eufaula)
16. Florence Marina State Park (Omaha, Georgia)
17. Providence Canyon State Park (Lumpkin, Georgia)
18. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site (Tuskegee)
19. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Tuskegee)
20. Tuskeegee National Forest (Tuskegee)
21. Old Town Alabama (Montgomery)
22. Riverfront Park (Montgomery)
23. Alabama Capitol Building (Montgomery)
24. Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church (Montgomery)
25. Civil Rights Memorial and Center (Montgomery)
26. Rosa Parks Library and Museum (Montgomery)
27. Freedom Riders Museum (Montgomery)
28. Montgomery Zoo (Montgomery)
29. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball (Montgomery)
30. Jasmine Hill Gardens (Wetumpka)

East
1. Battle of Newton Reenactment (Newton)
2. Riverside Motorcross Park (Newton)
3. Continental Drive In (Wicksburg)
4. Holiday Spectacular Park (Wicksburg)
5. Adventureland (Dothan)
6. Fun Zone Skate Center (Dothan)
7. Waterworld (Dothan)
8. Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan)
9. Wiregrass Commons Mall - Carousel and Mini Golf (Dothan)
10. Murals and Peanut Statues (Dothan)
11. Landmark Park (Dothan)
12. Dothan Botanical Gardens (Dothan)
13. National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds (Dothan)
14. Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant (Dothan)
15. Flying Pigs Petting Zoo (Ashford)
16. George T Bagby State Park and Lodge (Fort Gaines, Georgia)
17. Kolomoki Mounds State Park (Blakely, Georgia)
18. Seminole State Park (Donalsonville, Georgia)
19. Earle May Boat Basin and Cheney Griffin Park (Bainbridge, Georgia)
20. Gadsden Arts Center (Quincy, Florida)

South
1. Alpin Farms (Dothan)
2. Falling Waters State Park (Chipley, Florida)
3. Vortex Springs (Ponce de Leon, Florida)
4. Ponce de Leon Springs (Ponce de Leon, Florida)
5. Cypress Springs on Holmes Creek (Vernon, Florida)
6. Three Oaks Winery (Vernon, Florida)
7. DeFuniak Lake/Chipley Park (DeFuniak Springs, Florida)
8. Walton County Museum (DeFuniak Springs, Florida)
9. Chautauqua Winery (DeFuniak Springs, Florida)
10. Florida Caverns State Park (Marianna, Florida)
11. Bear Paw Adventures (Marianna, Florida)
12. Blue Springs Recreational Area (Marianna, Florida)
13. Econfina Creek Canoe Livery (Youngstown, Florida)
14. Panhandle Pioneer Settlement (Blountstown, Florida)
15. Pine Log State Forest (Panama City Beach, Florida)
16. Camp Helen State Park (Panama City Beach, Florida)
17. Piers of Panama City Beach (Panama City Beach, Florida)
18. Wonderworks (Panama City Beach, Florida)
19. Ripley's Believe It or Not (Panama City Beach, Florida)
20. Zoo World (Panama City Beach, Florida)
21. Amusement Parks/Mini Golf (Panama City Beach, Florida)
22. Rick Seltzer Park (Panama City Beach, Florida)
23. Deep Sea Fishing (Panama City Beach, Florida)
24. St Andrew State Park (Panama City Beach, Florida)
25. Panama City Publishing Company (Panama City, Florida)
26. Oaks by the Bay Park (Panama City, Florida)
27. Grayton Beach (Santa Rosa, Florida)
28. Eden Gardens (Santa Rosa, Florida) 
29. Village of Baytown Wharf (West Miramar Beach, Florida)
30. Henderson Beach State Park (Destin, Florida)
31. Air Force Armament Museum (Eglin Air Force Base, Florida)
32. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park (Destin, Florida)
33. Eglin Beach (Destin, Florida)

West
1. Main Street in Enterprise (Enterprise)
2. Country Best Farm (Enterprise)
3. Depot Museum (Enterprise)
4. Two by Two Petting Zoo (Enterprise)
5. J and J's Place at the Springs (Coffee Springs)
6. South Alabama Speedway (Kinston)
7. Pea River Outdoors (Elba)
8. Mayor James E. Grimes River Walk (Elba)
9. Frank Jackson State Park (Opp)
10. Rattlesnake Rodeo (Opp)
11. Florala City Park (Florala)
12. Britton Hill - Highest Point in Florida (Paxton, Florida)
13. Christmas in Candy Land - Snow in South Alabama (Andulusia)
14. Three Notch Depot (Andulusia)
15. Conecah National Forest (Andulusia)
16. Boggs & Boulders Off Road Adventure Park & Campground (Andulusia)
17. Sepulga River Canoe Trail (Greenville)


I hope this list will help keep you busy on the weekends while you are living on or near Fort Rucker.  And make sure to leave a comment if you find somewhere of interest that isn't on this list.  

And make sure you check out my list of 25 things to do on Fort Rucker.

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