There are two self guided walking or driving tours available in the old Decatur and Albany districts, Alabama. I recommend taking them by foot as each tour can be completed within an hour. Now why you may ask yourself would you do such a thing, what’s so special about these two old districts? The key is in their names.
Both are listed on the national registrar of historic places and many of the buildings that are still standing date from the late 1800s, there’s is level of victorian craftsmanship that’s becoming increasingly rare, and it’s something you simply won’t find or see in a modern day big city. These old districts provide a wonderful glimpse in to the period’s architecture. It you want to experience quintessential Alambama Southern charm these self guided tours are highly recommended.
This is the perfect tour for teachers to take their students on as it will not cost you anything apart from two hours of your time. In addition it will keep students happy and occupied while allowing them to use their phone or tablets to follow the tour. All the while getting them to stretch their legs and be active. A win win in my book.
Obviously if you have bad luck with weather conditions you may have to opt for taking the tour via bus or car. Please be aware that unless indicated on the guided tour information, the buildings are under private ownership so be mindful and respectful of privacy and don’t enter the properties or their gated areas.
There are phone and tablet apps for each district tour available for Apple devices which you can download via the following links on iTunes.
For Android users you can download the self guided tour information to your device in PDF format.
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Old Decatur Tour
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For more information you can visit http://www.decaturalabamausa.com/mobile/