Spotlight on Houston & Henry Counties: Culture & Recreation

“Mamma Mia!” being performed at the Dothan Opera House.

Houston Counties

Dothan Area Botanical Gardens 

The gardens offers 50 acres of cultivated gardens, nature trails and undeveloped, wooded landscape, plus outdoor classroom and event space.

Dothan Opera House • This elegant 1915 facility hosts theatrical productions, ballets and symphony performances. Look for the hidden mural on the stage fire curtain.

G.W. Carver Museum & Monument 

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This museum is focused on educating individuals of all ages, races and creeds on the rich historical contributions of African Americans. 

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre • This theatre was formed in 1974 and offers shows and the opportunity to act or help stage them.

Landmark Park • Visit an early 1900s farmstead complete with farmhouse, outbuildings and animals or check the nature trails or planetarium show.

Murals of the Wiregrass • Peanuts, Tuskegee Airmen, singer Johnny Mack Brown and historic events — all are subjects of murals in Dothan’s historic downtown.

Water World • Enjoy the triple-flumed and great whitewater slides, a giant wave pool, video arcade and more. 

Wiregrass Museum of Art • Located in Dothan’s old Municipal Light and Water Plant, the Wiregrass Museum of Art collects and exhibits contemporary work by artists from Alabama and around the Southeast. 

Peanuts Around Town • Four-foot peanut sculptures, each sporting its own creative design, are scattered throughout downtown, helping to proclaim Dothan as the “Peanut Capital of the World.” Find the city’s Visitor Information Center at the golden peanut.

The Fun Zone • Family entertainment center houses an indoor skating rink, laser tag arena, soft play gym with tunnels and slides, arcade and more.

Adventureland Theme Park

Family-oriented mini-theme park has two 18-hole miniature golf courses, figure-8 go-cart track, water-gun/bumper boats, arcade, batting cages and the Mad Max virtual roller coaster. 

Joseph Monument • A 10-foot cast bronze sculpture, the centerpiece of Millennium Park, depicts the Bible verse “For I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan,’” in Genesis 37:17, which inspired the city founders in 1885 to change the name of the town from Poplar Head to Dothan.

Shute Pecan Co. • This pecan and peanut store was established in 1929 in Dothan. Three generations later, it still buys, sells and ships nuts.

Todd Syrup Farm  Learn how seven generations have built a family business of making cane syrup from their sugar cane farm. Visit the expanding museum of syrup making and watch the bottling process. 

Folklore Brewing & Meadery 

Dothan has its own microbrewery, on the outskirts of town in an old family farm.  Folklore also features human foosball and giant Jenga. Must be 21. 

World’s Smallest City Block

Recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, this land triangle features a stop sign, yield sign and street signs. 

Cherry Street AME Church

Identified as the Mother Church of the A.M.E. denomination in Alabama, this church was organized in 1877.

Hangar 38 brings eight lanes of bowling and a lot more to Dothan.

ER Porter Hardware Museum

Before it closed in 2014, Porter Hardware was the oldest working hardware store in Alabama. Now, it has been transformed into a museum, preserving the hardware store as it was when it was in operation.

ParksWestgate Park, Dothan’s largest, offers sports fields plus biking and walking trails. Westgate Softball Complex has five lighted fields and hosts local, regional, state and national softball tournaments. Westgate Tennis Center has 20 courts and is the 18-year host of the USTA Professional Tennis Pro Classic.

GolfHighland Oaks, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, features 36 holes, plus pro shop, dining and lounge. Roundabout Plantation Golf includes a driving range and staff members who can help golfers improve their game. Dothan National Hotel and Golf Club, an 18-hole course, was built in 1968 to complement the Hot Mineral Pool. The architect, Robert Simmons, has built some of the most beautiful courses in the country. 

Henry County

Lake Eufaula • This lake offers a wide variety of fishing and boating activities
in north Henry County, including Hardridge Creek Park, Highland Park, White Oak Creek Boat Landing, Baker’s Landing and White Oak Bass & Go. Snoring Bear Lakeside Grill, on White Oak Creek, features indoor and outdoor dining and live music. Abbie Creek Park is located on the Chattahoochee River.

A sampling of the fare at Huggin’ Molly’s in Abbeville.

Huggin’ Molly’s • Named for one of the legendary ghosts in Abbeville,
Huggin’ Molly’s is a classic soda fountain-style restaurant. Its chicken fingers with a “comeback” sauce is listed as one of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama. 

The ATTA Library of STEM and History • Slated to open this fall in Abbeville, The ATTA will offer interactive displays for all ages.

Todd Farms • This working cane farm includes a café, and the family makes syrup, cane juice for beverages, jelly, pickles, barbecue sauces and salsa. 

Ravenwood Sporting Clays • More than skeet shooting or simple target practice, “golf with shotguns” is very popular here.

Keel & Co. Distillery • This distillery produces rye and bourbon whiskey along with other products and is featured on the state’s Distillery Trail. 

CornDodgers Farm • This Headland attraction offers down-home fun on the farm in the fall, with a corn maze, pony rides, wagon rides and more.

Southern Cross Ranch • This event venue also offers horse boarding and training and a campground. 

Headland Country Club • A semi-private golf course with pool.

Rosa Parks Childhood Home • Parks was born in Tuskegee but grew up in
Abbeville on a 260-acre farm. It still stands today but is not available for tours.

HEADLAND Doughboy Statue • This marble statue in Headland is in the town square. 

Bethune/Kennedy House • This historic home in Abbeville was built around 1870 by local physician William Calvin Bethune and changed hands several times before being acquired by William and Mollie Kennedy in 1885. 

“Soldier in the Window” Stained Glass Memorial • This stained-glass window in the Methodist church in Abbeville is a favorite of visitors. It depicts a soldier in his World War I uniform, a Doughboy, holding a rifle. An angel hovers over the soldier. 

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