Located just north of the city of Montgomery, Wetumpka is a thriving town that boasts both beautiful landscapes and a rich history that can be traced back many centuries. Take in the natural beauty of the area by canoeing or kayaking down the Coosa River or enjoy a stroll through the Jasmine Hill Gardens, where you’ll find an impressive amount of Greek and Roman sculptures. You’ll also want to learn more about the area’s fascinating history and you can do just that at places like the Fort Toulouse-Jackson Park or Elmore County Black History Museum. These are just a few of the places you’ll want to visit during your trip; read on for more inspiration on things to do in Wetumpka, Alabama.
1. Stroll through Jasmine Hill Gardens & Outdoor Museum
Featuring both an abundance of blooming flowers and glorious sculptures, Jasmine Hill Gardens & Outdoor Museum isn’t to be missed. The site covers approximately 20 acres (8.1 hectares) and after looking at a map of the grounds, you’ll notice a heavy Greek influence. Most of the sculptures you’ll find are reproductions of many popular Greek and Roman art pieces, including the Head of Hera and Venus de Melos.
Jasmine Hill Gardens & Outdoor Museum
Address: 3001 Jasmine Hill Rd, Wetumpka, AL 36093
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
Price: 6 USD onwards
2. See history close up at Fort Toulouse-Jackson Park
Built by the French in 1717, Fort Toulouse served as the eastern-most post in the Louisiana Territory before the onslaught of the French and Indian War. Fort Jackson was built over the site in 1812 before being decommissioned in 1817; today, the site is overseen by the Alabama Historical Commission and is a wonderful place to visit while in Wetumpka. You can explore parts of the reconstructed forts, visit the Indian Mound or enjoy watching history being recreated during one of the park’s living history weekends.
Fort Toulouse-Jackson Park
Address: 2521 W Fort Toulouse Rd, Wetumpka, AL 36093
Website: Fort Toulouse-Jackson Park
Opening hours: 8am - 4pm (daily)
Price: 1 USD onwards
3. Enjoy getting outdoors at Corn Creek Park
Corn Creek Park encompasses the land surrounding Corn Creek, Coosa River and the areas in between the two. The park is a great place for bird watching, hiking along the trails that run through the area, or bringing your friends and family along for a picnic. Corn Creek Park is heavily wooded, so be sure to bring your bug spray during your outing.
Corn Creek Park
Opening hours: 7:30am - 6:30pm (daily)
4. Hike along the Swayback Bridge Trail
Located along the southern banks of Lake Jordan, Swayback Bridge Trails are great to hike through the wilds of Wetumpka. The trails are approximately 4.6 miles (7.4 kilometers) of moderately difficult hiking that take you near the lake and back again. While the trails are primarily for hiking, feel free to bring your mountain bike too. You can explore the trails at any time throughout the year, and as long as you have them on a leash, you can bring your best dog pals along for the journey.
Swayback Bridge Trail
Address: Jordan Dam Rd, Wetumpka, AL 36092
5. Hang out at Gold Star Park
Another great place to enjoy being outside while in Wetumpka is at Gold Star Park. It’s a great place to visit with your family as there are plenty of things to see and do. You can hike along the trails within the park, launch a boat in the river for some fishing or let the kids go crazy on the playground. The park features an abundance of photographable scenery, making this a good place to snap a few shops to keep your Instagram followers envious.
Gold Star Park
Address: 212 S Main St; Wetumpka, Alabama 36092
Website: Gold Star Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
6. Check out the happenings at Wetumpka Civic Center
Wetumpka’s Civic Center is a great venue that hosts numerous events throughout the year. You can check out their website or Facebook page to see what events are taking place during your scheduled trip to Wetumpka, you might find something that you’d love to attend. Depending on your reasons for visiting the area, the civic center can be rented for family or other events, and has the capacity to hold up to 500 people at a time.
Wetumpka Civic Center
Address: 410 S Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Wetumpka Civic Center
7. Stop by Wetumpka Impact Crater marker
One thing you may not know about the town of Wetumpka is that it was hit by a meteor 1,100 feet (335 meters) in diameter approximately 84 million years ago. The impact affected a large area, encompassing both land and a shallow sea, as it hit the earth with the force of 175,000 bombs like those that were dropped at Hiroshima. Today that area is a 5-miles (8 kilometers) ring within the bedrock of Wetumpka and unfortunately for the public, exists mostly on private property, which is why you’ll have to make do with visiting the crater’s historical marker.
Wetumpka Impact Crater marker
Address: 6246-6422 AL-21, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Wetumpka Impact Crater marker
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
8. Chow down at Champs Barbeque
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No trip to the southern region of the United States would be complete without enjoying a savory barbeque meal and the best place to do just that in Wetumpka is at Champs Barbeque. On the menu, you’ll find items such as sandwiches or full plates, which include one to two types of meat, two sides, and bread. Champs also features a kids menu for the younger members of your party, salads and family-sized entrees.
Address: 231 Old US Hwy 231, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Champs Barbeque
Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 10am - 2pm; Thu - Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat: 10am - 3pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
9. Grab a drink at Coosa River Craft House
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If you’re looking for the best place to grab a drink that the locals love, you’ll want to check out Coosa River Craft house while in Wetumpka. The bar serves up a selection of craft beers, with choices including Mad Bark cider and Mumbai Rye as well as a selection wine. Coosa has plenty of scheduled events throughout the year that you may want to check out, more information about these events can be found on their Facebook page.
Coosa River Craft House
Address: 108 S Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Coosa River Craft House
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 3pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 3pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm
10. Learn about local artists at Kelley Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery
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Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery was founded in 2011 with the hope of promoting local artists and their work within the community. Within the gallery, you’ll find both permanent and temporary exhibits, allowing you the opportunity to see an ever-changing display of works. Be sure to find out what will be on display during your trip to Wetumpka by visiting the gallery’s Facebook page, where you can also find out if the gallery is hosting any events you may be interested in.
Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery
Address: 408 S Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
11. Go canoeing across the Coosa River
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Beautiful Coosa River flows right through Wetumpka and is ready for exploration. Perhaps the best way to do just this is by renting a canoe or kayak and enjoying the flow of the water up close. One of the best places in town to rent a boat is at Coosa River Adventures, where you can also take a guided tour of the river from those that know its waters best! All tours are by reservation only, so be sure to book your tour today.
Coosa River Adventures Inc
Address: 415 Company St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Coosa River Adventures Inc
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 29 USD onwards
12. Try your luck at Wind Creek Wetumpka
If you’re feeling lucky, you should make your way to the casino of Wind Creek Wetumpka. Inside, you’ll find over 2500 games that are sure to keep you excited while the steakhouse, buffet, and grill will keep your hunger at bay as your winnings accumulate. Make an entire day (and night!) of it by booking a room at the adjoining hotel so you can keep the lucky streak going well into the night.
Wind Creek Wetumpka
Address: 100 River Oaks Dr, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Wind Creek Wetumpka
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
13. Attend a yoga class at Yoga4HIM
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Keep your workout routine on track while vacationing in Wetumpka by checking out the only yoga studio in town, Yoga4HIM. The studio practices yoga in a dehumidified, heated studio in order to promote better stretching and more relaxed muscles. Introductory pricing is available to new visitors, which is perfect for those looking to get in a workout or two during their stay.
Address: 102 E Bridge St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Yoga4HIM, LLC
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30am - 6:30pm; Sat: 8am - 10am (closed on Sun)
Price: 5 USD onwards
14. Dig into the past at Elmore County Black History Museum
The Elmore County Black History Museum began its life as Rosenwald School, which was the first school in Elmore County for African Americans. On display within the museum are a variety of exhibits that pertain to the history of local African Americans. The building was erected in 1924 and served as the primary school for African Americans in the area until 1966; it was 20 years later in 1986 that the site transitioned into the museum that stands today.
Elmore County Black History Museum
Address: 202 Lancaster St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Elmore County Black History Museum
Opening hours: Tue: 9am - 1pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm (closed from Wed - Sat & Mon)
15. Take a class at Alabama River Region Arts Center
The Alabama River Region Arts Center has been enhancing the community with art appreciation and classes since 2010. A variety of art classes are taught throughout the year, with mediums including pottery, sewing and painting. Classes are taught on Saturday mornings, so be sure to consult their website to see if what’s scheduled the Saturday of your trip is of interest to you.
Alabama River Region Arts Center
Address: 300 W Tallassee St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Alabama River Region Arts Center
Opening hours: Sat: 9am - 4pm (closed from Sun - Fri)
16. Explore Elmore County Historical Society and Museum
Wetumpka has plenty of rich history and a great place to learn more about it is at the Elmore County Historical Society and Museum. While the museum isn’t large, what it lacks in size it makes up for in fascinating content. You’ll find many permanent and temporary exhibits, all put together with the aim of educating visitors about the history of the county and the people that have lived in it.
Elmore County Historical Society and Museum
Address: 112 S Main St, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Opening hours: Tue, Thu - Sat: 10am - 3pm (closed on Sun, Mon & Wed)
17. Have fun at Skate Zone 2000
If you’re looking for a way to spend some time during the weekend while you’re in Wetumpka, think a bit outside the box and consider spending a few hours at Skate Zone 2000. If you’ve been missing your workout, this is a great way to get it in during your stay, as well as a fun way to do as the locals. A snack bar is located in the rink, so is an arcade that features a laser tag zone.
Skate Zone 2000
Address: 88 Red Eagle Dr, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Website: Skate Zone 2000
Opening hours: Fri: 7pm - 11pm; Sat: 2pm - 5pm, 7pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 2pm - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
Price: 6 USD onwards
Visit Wetumpka soon
The city of Wetumpka has a bevy of things that you as a visitor are sure to enjoy doing. Be sure to visit soon, and enjoy the rich history and beautiful scenery that Wetumpka has to offer.
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