This state-of-the-art natural science museum provides a hands-on, immersive experience where kids can explore, interact with, and learn about nature.
Completed in 1833, the Old State Bank serves as a monument to Decatur’s past and the development of banking in Alabama. A personal guided tour at the museum is recommended.
The Princess Theatre has been a north Alabama landmark for more than a century. She began as a livery stable in 1887 but was transformed into a silent film and vaudeville playhouse in 1919. In 1978, the Princess Theatre was purchased by the City of Decatur and began the transformation into the local performing arts center we know and love today.
Exhibits relating to Morgan County’s role in the Civil War and the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” trial where nine black boys accused of raping two white women stood trial in the 1930s.
Visitors can view an extensive model train layout plus numerous rare model trains, learn about Decatur’s railroad history, and watch trains go while standing on the outdoor viewing platform.
The historic Carnegie, built in 1904, is Morgan County’s first art museum and education center. The main level gallery presents different art exhibits throughout the year.
The Alabama Center for the Arts is a four year art college located in Downtown Decatur that provides visual and performing arts instruction. The Center is also a venue for local cultural arts, theatre, and music events.
Located by the Princess Theatre for Performing Arts and Cook Museum of Natural Science, 2nd Avenue is home to a variety of businesses from boutiques and home decor stores to salon and spas.
On historic Bank Street, located near Old State Bank and Decatur’s Historic Depot and Railroad Museum, visitors will find an array of specialty shops offering antiques, bridal wear, jewelers and fine dining.
The Decatur Farmers Market offers locally grown fruits produce and special events such as Strawberry Day, Corn Day, and Watermelon Day.
Jones Park, Walden Oaks Park and Casa Grande Garden are green spaces found throughout Downtown Decatur. These pocket parks are great for stepping away from the office on a lunch break and enjoying nature.
Downtown Decatur is home to one of the southeast’s largest intact historical districts. With some homes dating back to the mid-1800s, the different architectural styles of these neighborhoods highlight Decatur’s rich post-Civil War history.
Named for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Decatur’s oldest park features running trails, a playground, splash pad, picnic pavilions, tennis courts and basketball courts.
A major restoration and enhancement project is underway including an extensive tree planting program, historic architectural renovation and overall landscaping to include plantings and prominent landscape architectural accent components. The culmination of this initiative will result in the cemetery becoming a major park destination for the residents of Decatur as well as those visiting our city from other areas.