One of our favorite places to visit no matter what time of year is Auburn, Alabama. Whether we’re cheering on the Auburn Tigers or looking for our next adventure, we always have a great time here. Today we want to share with you 14 things to do in Auburn!
About Auburn, Alabama
Located in southeastern Alabama and just across the Georgia border is Auburn, Alabama, widely known for the prestigious Auburn University and its powerhouse football team. Auburn University employs roughly a quarter of the city’s workforce. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 16 parks and what will feel like endless miles of trails to hike and explore.
14 Best Things to Do in Auburn, Alabama
Whether it’s your first visit to Auburn or your 100th, we want you to have a great time. That’s why we’re sharing the 14 best things to do in Auburn.
Check Out Toomer’s Corner
Toomer’s Corner is at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue. Experience the spirit, rich history and get a sense of the identity of what makes Auburn a special place. Toomer’s Corner is named after the historical Toomer’s Drug Store. Auburn Tiger fans often celebrate big victories at this corner.
Explore Chewacla State Park
Chewacla State Park covers almost 700 acres and includes a 26-acre lake. This state park offers boat rentals, a swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, and much more. The modern campground has 36 full hookup RV sites, 10 primitive sites, and six stone cottages suitable for year-round lodging. This park offers something for everyone!
Check Out a Farmers Market
A farmer’s market is a great way to discover unique local treats and connect with residents. Two great Auburn farmers’ markets are The City Market and The Market at Ag Heritage Park. The City Market farmers’ market is held at Town Creek Park rain or shine (June-August). The Market at Ag Heritage Park is an open-air market on the campus of Auburn University and open on Thursdays from 4:00 pm-6:30 pm (June-July). Choose from locally grown fruits and vegetables or any other products produced in Auburn.
Experience Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn is home to the only accredited university art museum in Alabama, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. You can explore seven (7) acres of beautiful landscaping and outside sculptures or the 40,000 square feet of interior space. You can view works from Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other famous artists. You’ll be inspired by the impressive collection and rotating exhibitions.
Catch an Auburn Tigers Game
Join Aubie the Tiger in singing “War Eagle” as you root on the Auburn Tigers in any of the 19 varsity teams. Cheer on the next generation of professional athletes. Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, Cam Newton, and Frank Thomas are just a handful of former Auburn athletes. Visiting on a Saturday in the fall means Auburn football. You can cheer the Tigers on from one of the 87,451 seats of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The electric environment will reveal the rich tradition sports have played at Auburn University.
Southeastern Raptor Center
Auburn University is the home to the Southeastern Raptor Center. This rehabilitation and education facility provides medical care to injured raptors, educates the public about raptors, and inspires others to protect raptor habitat. Medical professionals provide the utmost care to the raptors and different bird species in their care. Connect with the Southeastern Raptor Center on Facebook to schedule your trip to Auburn during a public presentation.
Learn History at the Museum of East Alabama
At the Museum of East Alabama you’ll discover the history of the region, from Civil War days, a WWII German POW camp, and even information about local paper mills. This small town museum is packed with information that you won’t lfind anywhere else. The staff takes pride in sharing their knowledge with guests. Admission is free and guests can expect to spend one to two hours learning and experiencing the various exhibits.
Take Kids to Play at Hickory Dickory Park
Hickory Dickory Park a perfect place in Auburn to let kids run off some energy. This 12,000 square feet park was constructed in 1999 and includes two playgrounds with age-appropriate toys for preschool and elementary age children. The thick layer of mulch on both playgrounds provides a soft landing for those playground mishaps. Bring a picnic or a ball to throw around in the enormous grass field.
Grab a Bite at The Hound
One of the best ways to experience a city is to through your five senses, especially taste. The Hound has an extensive selection of craft beers, and also a wide selection of bourbon. You’ll feel right at home in the rustic lodge atmosphere. Brunch and dinner menus include many unique dishes, including bison burgers, meatloaf, and several new and inventive dishes.
Check Out Kiesel Park
At 124 acres, Kiesel Park, is the largest park in Auburn. This park includes a garden, a pond, and a 2.25-mile walking trail. Many local dog owners enjoy bringing their dogs to the popular fenced-in off-leash dog area. Auburn City Fest, the largest festival in Auburn, is held every April in Kiesel Park.
Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve Nature Center
With seven different natural habitats spread over 120 acres, the Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve Nature Center makes for a relaxing environment. Children can enjoy the nature playground consisting of ditches, logs, tunnels, fallen trees, boulders, and many natural structures. 30 hiking trails cover five miles and are perfect for novice and as well as experienced hikers.
A visit to Davis Arboretum introduces visitors to many of Alabama’s plants and natural habitats. Of the almost 900 trees, all 39 species of oak trees found in the southeastern region can be found in this collection. The Founder’s Oak is a highlight of the oak collection and is believed to be 150 years old. Open 365-days from sunrise to sunset with free admission, the Davis Arboretum is a can’t miss for nature lovers.
Grab a Drink at the Avondale Bar and Tap Room
The Avondale Bar and Tap Room overlooks Toomer’s Corner and offers quality spirits, craft beers, and wine by the glass. Enjoy a conversation and a drink while watching the bustle of downtown Auburn. The entrance is a hidden staircase next to The Auburn Popcorn Company. If you’re looking for a bar that isn’t dominated by college students and has an upscale feel, Avondale Bar and Tap Room is for you!
Head Downtown for Live Music in the Evening
Throughout the warmer months (May-July) Auburn comes alive with live music throughout the city. From the weekly Noon Tunes on the courthouse square to the Opelika’s Songwriters Festival over Memorial Day weekend, you’re bound to find music that’s pleasing to your ear. Be sure to search the Auburn event calendar for up-to-date concert and event information.
The University of Auburn is a prominent part of this community, but as you can see there’s much more to see and do. No matter how long you spend in the area, let us know what you did and any activities you might recommend.