Alabama Saturday Walking Tours return in April
Montgomery, Ala (March 16, 2021) More than 20 Alabama towns will host walking tours on Saturday mornings in April as part of the Alabama Tourism Department April Walking Tours program. The free walking tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. and will be held on April 3, 10, 17 and 24, said tour coordinator Pam Smith. Tours were canceled last spring because of the virus pandemic.
The outdoor setting of the walking tours will allow the public to join in these events while following COVID-19 precautions, including social distancing, Smith said.
Communities participating in the 2021 Walking Tours include:
Athens-Limestone (starting from the Athens Limestone Visitors Center, contact: Teresa Todd 256-777-7836);
Attalla (starting from the Gazebo at 4th St. and 5th Ave., contact: Debby Carden 256-538-1872);
Bayou Le Batre (starting from Mariner’s Park, contact: Beth Fox 251-709-7687);
Birmingham (starting from the Fred Shuttlesworth statue at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, contact: Gina Mallisham 866-328-9696, ext 211);
Cullman (starting from Cullman County Museum, contact: Drew Green 256-739-1258);
Decatur is offering a virtual tour option for 2021. Pre-recorded tours will be posted at 10 a.m. each Saturday morning on the city’s website: www.decaturcvb.org.
Elba (starting from the Elba Chamber of Commerce, contact: Sandy Bynum 334-879-3125);
Elkmont (starting from the Elkmont Depot, contact: Richard Martin 256-732-3379);
Enterprise (starting from Pea River Historical Society, contact: Tammy Doerer 334-389-1554);
Fairhope (starting from the Fairhope Welcome Center, contact: Gabriel Gold-Vukson 251-929-1474);
Florence (starting from various locations, contact: Alison Stanfield 256-740-4141);
Foley (starting from the Foley Welcome Center, contact: LaDonna Hinesley 251-943-1200);
Mobile (starting from the Welcome Center at The History Museum of Mobile, contact: Patty Kiefer 251-208-2012);
Monroeville (starting from Monroe County Museum, contact: Penelope Hines 251-743-2879);
Montgomery (starting from Court Square Winter Building, contact: Marion Winn 334-261-1107);
Mooresville (starting from the Mooresville Post Office, contact: Nikki Sprader 256-445-2590);
Moulton (starting from Lawrence County Archives, contact: Loretta Gillespie 256-476-1166);
Pell City (starting from Pell City City Hall, contact: Urainah Glidewell 205-338-3377);
Prattville (starting from Prattaugan Museum, contact: Barbara Gaston 334-361-0961);
Selma (starting from Selma-Dallas County Public Library, contact: Sheryl Smedley 334-875-7241);
Sheffield (starting from Sheffield City Hall, contact: Jimmy Austin 256-627-2953);
Springville (starting from Springville Museum, contact: Carol Waid 205-837-2586
and Tuscumbia (starting from Coldwater Bookstore, contact: Susann Hamlin 256-383-0783).
In 2019, 30 communities across the state hosted tours, with more than 2,300 people taking part. Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. The state walking tours are being coordinated through the Alabama Tourism Department. More than 38,000 individuals have participated in the walking tours since the beginning of the program 18 years ago.
Another walking tour taking place in April is a “Civil War Walking Tour” at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park in Orrville. The event is scheduled for April 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This guided tour will immerse visitors in the history of Castle Morgan, the Prisoner of War camp at Old Cahawba, and explore the plight of these soldiers as well as the hardships endured by the town’s residents during wartime. Tickets are $8 for this event and are available via pre-sale at the Old Cahawba Visitors’ Center by calling 334-872-8058.
For more information about the April Walking Tours, or Alabama Tourism Department, please visit www.Alabama.Travel.
The Alabama Tourism Department has won top national and regional awards from World Travel Market: London, United States Travel Association, National Council of State Tourism Directors, Travel Weekly magazine, the Southeast Tourism Society and the Southern Public Relations Federation for its tourism marketing campaigns. As a result, more than 29 million travelers spent over $18 billion in the state in 2019. For more information, please visit: www.Alabama.Travel.
Andi Martin, Public Relations Manager, Alabama Tourism Department