Ask anyone about Dothan, Alabama, and they will tell you one thing: It’s nuts.
That’s a good thing, considering we’re The Peanut Capital of the World. That’s right. Approximately half of the peanuts in current circulation are grown within a 100 mile radius of Dothan. So it’s only appropriate that we celebrate them 365 days a year, culminating with our biggest event of the year, The National Peanut Festival, held at the end of every harvest season.
But we’re not just nuts - We’re a lot of fun, too. When you’re planning your next trip or event, we’d like for you to think of Dothan just like we do: friendly, open, and full of life.
Life begins in Dothan with our thriving social and community atmosphere. There’s Foster Fest on summer Friday nights when the city shuts down the coolest street in downtown for residents and guests to mingle in and out of shops and restaurants to the sounds of live music and street vendors. There’s also Landmark Park, a living museum with a focus on community events like Touch a Truck and annual quilting shows. Toadlick Music Festival takes over for 3 days in June, where you can celebrate big name country and rock music.
Don’t forget about the arts. Dothan is home to an active community theatre who performs quarterly shows of the likes of Les Miserables and Hairspray. The exhibits are always changing at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. The Dothan Opera House has been home to shows since 1915, and its Victorian architecture has placed it on the National Historic Register. Be sure to check out our murals decorating our buildings downtown that celebrate our hometown heroes while you’re here, too.
We’ve got quirks, too. Dothan’s most unique and most popular attraction is the Peanuts Around Town exhibit. Local businesses display 4’ fiberglass peanuts decorated to the nines by local artists. There’s a cowboy, an armadillo, a salute to the Armed Forces, and even Elvis, who lives in our Visit Dothan Headquarters.
And sports! Dothan is home to Highland Oaks - a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Course, as well as the premier tennis complex in Alabama, hosting an annual USTA event. Dothan also hosts an annual USA BMX National Event, the Alabama State Games, the Future Masters Golf Tournament, and numerous baseball, softball, and soccer tournaments throughout the seasons. If you’re interested in outdoor travel, we’ve got the Beaver Creek trail, a 10 mile mountain biking trail in the Forever Wild Land Project system right in the heart of town, as well as several walking/biking trails in our city parks.
While you’re here, you’ll get hungry. Don’t worry – Dothan has you covered. Taste from the variety of local flavor at your fingertips. We’ve got farm to table delicacies, a craft brewery, wood-fired pizza, and fresh Apalachicola oysters daily. Our barbecue is wet and sweet, and we believe strongly in the power of fried chicken and fresh veggies from the fields.
Dothan is a gateway to Florida’s most beautiful beaches, sitting at just an hour and a half north of Panama City Beach. We are also in proud proximity to Fort Rucker, an Army Aviation base with an incredible Aviation Museum. Dothan is easily accessed by US Highways 231 and 84, and is less than 30 minutes from I-10 in the Florida Panhandle.
Don’t just take it from us. Experience it for yourself. Visit Dothan. We’ll meet you there for some fresh boiled peanuts. Sure, you can eat them raw or roasted, but boiled is the tried and true Dothan way. Let us show you.