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Life in the Wiregrass

Life in the Wiregrass region has something for everyone. If you're looking for a family friendly outing, a date night, or an evening planned around a concert or show, Dothan can exceed your expectations.

Dothan is famous for its murals, which portray our rich history on the sides of our most historic buildings downtown. See our agriculture, a Tuskegee airman, a singing cowboy, and the women of the wiregrass all within walking distance of each other.

Cherry Street A.M.E. Church Mural.
Cherry Street A.M.E. Church Mural
Dancing Dave Mural
Dancing Dave Mural

A Salute to the Peanut Industry Mural
A Salute To The Peanut Industry Mural

National Peanut FestivalThousands of people from all over south Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle visit Dothan during our largest and most anticipated event of the year, The National Peanut Festival. On a near freezing cold day, Dr. George Washington Carver was the guest speaker at the 1st Festival. Dr. Carver introduced peanuts to the Wiregrass and they saved the area after boll weevils destroyed the cotton crops. Since 1938, each November the entire city comes alive with vendors, exhibitions, and all the excitement the festival brings.

With many local attractions and amenities life in the wiregrass is full of culture and excitement.

Dothan Opera House Hidden MuralTake in the arts at the historic Dothan Opera House. Built in 1915, the building represents the elegance of the turn-of-the-century life. Theatrical productions, ballets and symphony performances are still held in this landmark, which is on the National Historic Register. The Dothan Opera House also holds a hidden mural, which is painted right onto the stage's fire curtain.

Dothan Botanical GardensTake in nature's beauty at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens. Tranquil, paved nature trails meander through a series of wonderful gardens featuring roses, herbs, daylilies, camellias, azaleas, hydrangeas, and more! Enjoy butterflies, flowing fountains, a peaceful pond, Koi fish, gazebo, tropical house, meditation areas, outdoor classroom, boardwalk, wedding pavilion, and Lock Gate! This free attraction is open daily during daylight hours.

If you're looking for something more adventurous , take a trip down the Beaver Creek Trail. Winding ten miles on the northwest side of town, Beaver Creek Trail is brand new and full of challenges for trail biking and hiking. This trail is marked and easy to navigate, with two entrances - one on Flowers Chapel Road, and the other on Fortner Street

G.W. Carver Interpretive MuseumLearn more about the history of our area at the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum. The G.W. Carver creeds on the rich historical contributions of African-Americans. The museum boast a variety of exhibits including Dr. Carver's life, lab, and legacy; Social Progress Heroes; and Black Scientists, Inventors, and Explores.

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