Quality of Life

Recreation & Climate

GOLFOur relatively mild climate allows outdoor sports enthusiasts to enjoy more time on the court, course or water. Located in the Sunbelt, our average seasonal temperatures are 48.9°F winter, 64.3°F spring, 80.4°F summer and 66.1°F fall. While we do experience scattered thunderstorms during the year, they are usually brief and only intensify the area’s natural beauty. On average, we receive less than 50 inches per year with the heaviest precipitation occurring in January, February and March.
The population of Selma and Dallas County swells several times a year as sportsmen and women flock to this area abundant in game. The year really begins with the height of deer hunting season. The region’s long growing season and miles of pine plantations and acres of soybeans, peanuts, and corn provide ample protection and food for Black Belt white-tailed deer, wild turkey, quail, dove and duck. Hunting flourishes and a number of lodges and camps offer various amenities and hunting opportunities. For fishermen our lakes, the Alabama River, and its tributary system provide for some of the most abundant aquatic life in the United States. While hunting is a huge draw, our many outdoor recreational opportunities provide plenty to do. With three local golf courses, plus our proximity to the Robert Trent Jones courses in Prattville and Greenville, great golf is little more than a pitching wedge away. With the Alabama and Cahaba rivers, boating, fishing and camping are popular activities. In addition, we have an abundance of parks, tennis courts, and swimming pools. If you enjoy the beach, Gulf beaches are a short three-hour drive.

History & Arts

Vaughan-Smitherman_BuildingThere’s no shortage of places to visit in Selma and Dallas County. The real question is where to start. From early American Indian tribes, explorers and settlers to the War Between the States and the struggle for voting rights, there is much to re-live in historic Selma and Dallas County. We invite you to come see the sites and spend the night in Alabama’s second oldest city. With an eclectic mix of architecture, historic styles, and people; we hope you’ll find an enlightening background to better understand the important role Selma and Dallas County played in the history of Alabama and our nation. Selma is also home to one of the oldest functioning Antebellum Riverfront Hotels in the United States. The St. James Hotel, originally built in 1837, retains southern hospitality as much as it makes history come alive.
The arts are alive in Selma and Dallas County, with a full calendar of events from community and children’s theater, choral presentations to community concerts, art shows, and performances and lectures at Selma’s three colleges. Selma hosts a Historic Pilgrimage, Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Selma, and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee annually. Thirty miles east of Selma is the Lowndes County Interpretive Center offering a state-of-the-art historical perspective of the struggle for voting rights. Just 45 minutes away, in Montgomery, is the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and acclaimed arts complex presenting exhibits and performances year-round.