Since accepting the role as Tourism Director of Phenix City-Russell County, AL, our office has been working to show you all the incredible things to do here, so let's start with a "Top 9 To Do":
1. Museum of Wonder: The first "Drive-Thru Museum" in the world was founded off Highway 431, and nearby land is the home, that started in the 1970’s as Butch Anthony’s taxidermy shop and artifact room, of the Museum of Wonder. NPR, Roadside America, New York Times, Garden and Gun, American Pickers, and more, have all payed a visit, and featured it! Visitors from around the world come to experience the unique art, artifacts, antiques, and some very strange, authentic items mostly from Alabama. Butch Anthony is a prolific, international, folk artist, and you may get a personal tour from "the man in overalls".
2. East Alabama Speedway: One of the south's most famous and longest running motor attractions, with a NASCAR sanction! Founded in 1973 by Jimmy Thomas, a Georgia Motorsports Hall of Fame winner and NASCAR cup team National 500 winner. After his NASCAR exploits, Jimmy Thomas scouted land and analyzed all the best speedways in the country for a year, then incorporated it all in one to build one of the best race facilities in the country. Every Saturday night April - September experience the roar of the cars and crowds! Special events, lasting for several days, like National 100 and AL State Championships, happen in February, March, and November. Enjoy your quintessential beer and top quality food pairings at the track, or bring your cooler. You can have the VIP treatment and be in "the pit" area for $30, or $20 for adults and $15 for children in the grand stands. This speedway has it all, with stock car racing, monster truck events, firework shows, and events where you can pay to ride in a race car. To get all the dirt, go to www.eamsdirt.com.
3. Whitewater rafting/ropes course/zip-line/disc golf: If you are looking for adventure, you can do all these activities and don't have to leave our gorgeous river and riverfront. You can raft or kayak the longest, urban white water rafting course in the world!