Top places to go at Fort Rucker

Explore all the great sights and attractions around Fort Rucker.

Down in the warm, sunny climate of southern Alabama, the Fort Rucker Army installation is a wonderful post to be stationed on. Located near the towns of Enterprise, Dothan and Ozark, Fort Rucker is just a short trip to major southern cities like Montgomery and Mobile, and less than 100 miles to the Gulf Coast. 

At Corvias, we know all about the excitement and the challenges you'll experience when you're adapting to a new home. That's why we're here to help you find the best local attractions and businesses so you can get acquainted with your new installation. From fun activities to keep the kids entertained to special date nights you can plan with your spouse, this great location will provide all your family needs to have fun and stay connected. 

Relocation to Fort Rucker
Situated just north of the Florida border, Fort Rucker's location provides residents with a strong local community while still allowing easy access to a number of nearby cities and towns. Water enthusiasts will love the proximity to the beautiful Lake Tholocco, where you can hit the water for boating, fishing, kayaking or swimming. You're also just a short drive to the Geneva State Forest, which is the largest state forest in Alabama. It's a great place to go hiking, camping or to just do some sightseeing. 

"Fort Rucker offers a great community full of helpful neighbors."

There are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy these natural attractions, because the weather at Fort Rucker is beautiful nearly all year long. Summertime highs are usually in the upper 80s to low 90s, and even in the coldest months daytime temperatures are still usually in the 50s. While you may see some showers or thunderstorms at times, you usually don't have to worry about ice and snow at Fort Rucker and will have plenty of days of sunshine. 

The base has two schools, the Fort Rucker Primary School and Fort Rucker Elementary School. The Fort Rucker School Liaison Officer can help parents and students make the transition to on-base schools and will also help families find the right local off-base schools for older students. 

Fort Rucker offers a great community full of helpful neighbors. Choosing on-post housing will help connect you to your neighbors and become more easily integrated into your new setting. Housing provided by Corvias allows you to choose the style of home that best fits your family's needs, with a full range of amenities included. Our staff is eager to help you set up your new home and can guide you as you navigate the moving and resettling process. 

Fun Facts About the Fort Rucker Area

  • Fort Rucker was established in 1942 to help the U.S. military bolster its defenses during World War II.
  • The base was named after Colonel Edmund W. Rucker, who was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. He was named an honorary general after the war.
  • Fort Rucker became an inactive base after World War II, but reopened to assist in the Korean War. 
  • The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence is located at Fort Rucker.
  • Fort Rucker is also home to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

Staff Recommendations
If you're looking for a fun way to beat the heat in Alabama, slather on that sunscreen and pack your beach bags for Water World in Dothan. This water park is perfect for all ages, with a variety of slides and pools to suit anyone's preference. Dothan is also home to an Adventure Land park that includes some water games, batting cages, mini golf and go karts.

"Try any number of the area's indoor activity centers."

When the weather isn't cooperating but you still have active kids with energy to burn, try any number of the area's indoor activity centers, like the Fun Zone Skate Center. You can skate, rock climb, play laser tag or take a ride in the bumper cars for an action-packed afternoon. You can also test your wits with fun interactive puzzles at Escape Dothan

To take your kids somewhere that will be both interesting and educational, try one of the area's many fantastic museums. The Pea River Historical Society Depot Museum in Enterprise is located at an old railway station and educates guests on the transportation system that helped revolutionize America. It also contains artifacts so patrons learn about the local history in the area.

The Historic Rawls Building was a grand hotel built at the turn of the 20th century. Still operating as a bed and breakfast, as well as a restaurant and bar for short-term patrons, it's a fascinating piece of local history. Some even claim the building is haunted and will visit in an attempt to come across the ghosts of the hotel!

A little piece of history you have to make time to see when you're in Enterprise is the famous Boll Weevil Monument, which has been standing in the city since 1919. 

If learning about art is a bigger interest to you, then you'll love spending the day at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. There are more than 600 pieces on permanent display in the museum, as well as a rotating selection of specialty exhibits that allow you to make repeated trips and still experience something new. 

Landmark Park is a nearby agricultural museum that also includes a planetarium and plenty of trails and games to offer lots of activities to choose from. Another way to connect to nature is at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, an exquisite attraction featuring local and exotic plants in beautiful arrangements. 

There are also a number of beloved local festivals and events held throughout the year, like Foster Fest, the National Peanut Festival and Fabulous Fourth Friday

"There are many beloved local bars and restaurants."

Looking for a fun date night activity for you and your spouse? Go dancing or play some pool at District Ultra Lounge, or take a tour at Folklore Brewing and Meadery.

There are many beloved local bars and restaurants in the area that make perfect nights out, including Taj for Indian food or Kinza for Japanese. The local Buffalo Wild Wings is a popular spot for sports enthusiasts to grab a drink while they watch the game. 

For those who love Italian food, residents rave about the Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill and Bella's. Fire Stone offers unique creations like the spicy El Diablo, the Short Rib barbecue pizza and the Figgy, which comes with black mission figs and bleu cheese crumbles. Bella's fine dining menu includes such specialties as chicken marsala, almond crusted mahi mahi and a black angus ribeye. 

If you prefer to cook for yourself at home, be sure to swing by Corks and Cattle for some specialty wines and steaks to prepare. They also feature creative barbecue sauces, craft beers and gourmet gifts, making it a great culinary one-stop shop. 
 
Weekend Destinations

  • Montgomery, Alabama, about one and half hours away.
  • Tallahassee, Florida, about two hours away. 
  • Panama City, Florida, about two hours away. 
  • Pensacola Florida, about two and a half hours away.
  • Mobile, Alabama, about three hours away.
  • Atlanta, Georgia, about three and a half hours away. 
  • Biloxi, Mississippi, about four hours away. 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, about five hours away. 
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, about five hours away.

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