Visitors to Enterprise and the surrounding Coffee County region can enjoy a vast selection of places to stay, along with an abundance of attractions and events occurring throughout the year. To make the most of their time in Enterprise, visitors are always encouraged to stop by or contact the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Inc. or Visit Enterprise, the Enterprise Tourism Office. Both offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we are always happy to assist in providing valuable information about the community. The chamber website is www.enterprisealabama.com. The city website can be accessed at www.cityofenterprise.net. The chamber can also be reached by e-mail at email@example.com and by phone at (334) 347-0581 or (800) 235-4730. Visitor information can be viewed at www.visitenterprise.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 334-389-1554.
There are plenty of activities and special events year-round. For those who have a need for speed, April brings Thunder on Tholocco and the thrill of powerboat racing to Fort Rucker. A popular event in May is the Children’s Festival in the Park. This award-winning festival offers inflatables, a small children area, a petting zoo, entertainment and fireworks. Held at Johnny Henderson Family Park, the event draws thousands of children from throughout the region. In mid-May, the downtown streets come alive with music at the Downtown SummerFest. Cyclists enjoy the rolling hills of Coffee County during the Boll Weevil 100 Bike Ride.
For those who enjoy the unusual, Enterprise hosts the World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Consisting of one person of Irish decent, the parade has been featured by worldwide media, including CBS’s Sunday Morning. The parade has enjoyed national, as well as local, attention and draws many visitors each year.
Aviation buffs and others who enjoy a great air show flock to the Enterprise Airport for the Aviation Expo. Aerial acrobatics, free airplane rides and lots of exhibits attract thousands of visitors and locals each year.
In October, the downtown Boll Weevil Festival draws crowds from throughout the area. With an emphasis on something for the entire family, the festival includes a children’s costume contest, wholesome entertainment, pony rides, children’s activities, arts, crafts, a farmers’ market and a taste of great southern foods.
Enterprise is host to a wide variety of activities throughout the year, including the “Y” Day, Christmas Parade, Relay for Life, Farm-City Week and many school, church and club-sponsored special events. Nearby Fort Rucker also offers several large events, including the Fourth of July FreedomFest celebration. The day includes nationally-recognized singers, vendors, an Army Band concert and, of course, spectacular fireworks.
Hotels offer accommodations to suit any traveler. Business travelers, visitors and vacationers can find the perfect place to relax and stay a while with over 600 hotel rooms to meet any need.
For those searching for a unique bed and breakfast experience and a piece of history, the historic Rawls Bed & Breakfast and the Marley House offer a unique experience and a glimpse of days gone by.
Recently renovated and featuring an upscale restaurant, the Rawls Building also has several comfortable and beautifully appointed suites for travelers wishing to spend a weekend in a National Historic Landmark.
One of the great ways to view the history and beauty of Enterprise is to experience Walk! Enterprise. Giving visitors an excellent opportunity to visit historic sites, an array of restaurants and many of the wonderful downtown shops, Walk! Enterprise is a planned “strolling excursion” of historic downtown. Maps of Walk! Enterprise are available from the chamber website www.enterprisealabama.com or www.visitenterprise.com.
No trip to Enterprise can be called complete without a visit to the Boll Weevil Monument. Standing in the center of downtown, the Boll Weevil Monument was dedicated on December 11, 1919 and stands as a testament to man’s ability to overcome adversity. At the base of the monument reads the inscription: “In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity, this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.” The monument continues to remind citizens and visitors alike that resilience and resourcefulness are trademarks of Enterprise citizens.