Things to Do in Auburn, Alabama

Known as “The Loveliest Village on the Plains,” Auburn, Alabama not only fits the description, it’s also the state’s fastest-growing metropolitan area, and is regularly included on various “Best Places to Live” listings. Combining a vibrant, progressive outlook with the region’s natural beauty helps to make Auburn an increasingly popular destination, whether to visit or to live. Following is a list of “can’t-miss” things to experience in Auburn.

The Hound – 124 Tichenor Ave.

At first glance, The Hound is far from imposing, but the filled-to-capacity parking lot and the steady stream of clientele attest to the popularity of this downtown Auburn dining favorite. Their hunting lodge decor adds local flavor, but it’s their extensive, diverse menu and friendly Southern hospitality that brings people back.

Toomer’s Corner – 100 N. College St.

For a quick and refreshing thirst-quencher, Toomer’s renowned lemonade is guaranteed to satisfy the most-parched visitor. In addition to their signature frosty treats, they also offer a wide variety of soups, sandwiches and desserts. Toomer’s has been an Auburn institution for over 100 years.

Auburn Oktoberfest

Downtown Auburn celebrates this annual German tradition each October, featuring food trucks, micro-breweries, live entertainment, arts & crafts booths, competitions and demonstrations and many other activities.

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts – 901 S. College St.

Located on the Auburn University campus, this 40,000 sq. ft. the facility features six exhibition galleries displaying more than two thousand 19th-20th century American and European works by such noted artists as O’Keefe, Bearden, Chagall, Dali, Picasso, and Renoir.

Chewacla State Park – 124 Shell Toomer Parkway

For avid outdoor enthusiasts, Chewacla offers nearly 700 acres of activities including birdwatching, boating, cabin rentals, camping, biking and hiking trails, fishing, picnic areas, a playground, and swimming. A mere 5-10 minute drive from downtown, this long-time (est. 1939) recreation area provides both locals and tourists with an up-close nature experience that’s guaranteed to satisfy.

Jordan–Hare Stadium – 251 South Donahue Drive

No doubt when “Auburn” is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is college football. On fall Saturday afternoons and evenings when Auburn is playing at home, legendary Jordan-Hare Stadium is packed to capacity with 87,451 rabid War Eagle faithful, cheering on their beloved Tigers. Opened in 1939, the stadium and surrounding area are transformed into a virtual city on game days, hosting tailgating get-togethers and alumni events. Inside the stadium, fans can follow the action taking place on Pat Dye Field via the massive 57 by 190 feet LED video board, the largest in all of the current college sports.

 

Whether it’s dining, outdoor pursuits, shopping, sightseeing or thrilling college football, Auburn can offer it all. If you are planning your stay to the area, consider one of the many beautiful hotels! The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn is a brand new hotel that just opened that is only steps away from all Auburn has to offer.

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