EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) – Are you looking for a vacation close to home? Or a quick drive for some family fun this weekend? Take a one tank trip to Eufaula!
We visited these Eufaula landmarks: the Shorter Mansion, Lake Eufaula and the World War I Memorial.
When you begin the drive into Eufaula, the first thing you'll see is beautiful homes and family mansions which are all part of the Eufaula Pilgrimage, Alabama's oldest tour of homes.
The Shorter Mansion is a museum where you'll see beauty in every room and of course a lot of history too. If you do stop to come inside, it only costs $5 for a tour of the mansion built in 1884.
Shorter Mansion executive director Pam Snead says the Eufaula Pilgrimage is their biggest event every year, "At first they said we're going to have a pilgrimage every year and we're going to ask private homes to open. That's going to be one of our main fundraisers. That was 51 years ago, this is the 51st pilgrimage that we just had this past year. It was the biggest pilgrimage we've ever had."
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Eufaula Pilgrimage: March 31- April 2, 2017. For more information, click here.
Next up on the trip: Lake Eufaula, the big bass capital of the world.
Lakepoint State Park is the perfect place for summer family fun, says Alabama State Parks superintendent Mark Jackson, "It's a nice, affordable place to come for 3 or 4 days or a week or whatever to get away from your work life or whatever. And it's not far away from home so you can come stay in a cabin with us and have a little home away from home."
But what's the one thing you have to do when you visit Lake Eufaula?
"Fish! You got to get out on the water. If it's not fishing, get out on a pontoon boat and come rent one here at the marina. Get out and just enjoy the day, enjoy the wildlife refuge and enjoy the lake," said Jackson.
You might just meet some new friends like an alligator, who's home is Lake Eufala and could be your next vacation destination.
For more information on Lakepoint State Park, click here.
And when you walk down Broad Street, you'll notice The World War I Memorial in Downtown Eufaula which is one of many statues commemorating the military service of the city's residents throughout U.S. history.
So if you're looking to take a one tank trip, maybe a walk thru beautiful historic homes, or spend a day on the lake fishing at the big bass capital of the world, or honor those who have protected and served for our freedom? There's a place close to home in Eufaula.