If you’re visiting Auburn, Alabama and you’re looking for something to do, you’ve come to the right place.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of places to see and plenty of things to do in Auburn and you can see them all here at visitauburnal.com. Whether you’re going there to visit someone at Auburn University or stopping by for a sporting event, seeing family, or for any other reason, there are several things that you can’t leave town without partaking in.
Auburn University (and its sports)
If you happen to be in Auburn at any point in the fall, make sure to check out Saturdays on campus at Auburn University.
The home of the Auburn Tigers, Jordan-Hare Stadium has a capacity of more than 87,000 and comes alive as one of the nation’s premier sports experiences six times every fall. Even if you aren’t a huge college football fan, it would be a missed opportunity if you don’t take a few hours to take in the tailgating and the entire gameday experience.
If it’s springtime, head over to Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field, or, as it’s more formally known, Plainsman Park. While football is king across much of the south, baseball is still quite the experience. The Auburn Tigers’ home park was ranked the top college baseball venue in the nation by Baseball America in 2003, and with a capacity of just over 4,000, it has the perfect mix of not-too-big but still the feeling of a big-time stadium.
Nature and State Parks
There are several impressive natural sights to see within a reasonable drive from Auburn.
Chewacla State Park is a green area not too far from Auburn that is nearly 700 acres and includes a 26-acre lake. In and surrounding the lake includes a swimming area, playground, a huge picnic area, and a campground. Plus, there are even six fully-furnished cottages that you can rent for a weekend of fun, including trails for hiking and walking.
The Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center is a preserve that is operated as an outreach program of the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. It includes a nature playground, fire pit, educational pavilion, and an amphitheater. You can’t miss the 30 trails that combine for more than five miles, either.
Kiesel Park is a popular and versatile park that plays home to Auburn CityFest, which is a fall concert series. Plus, the annual Easter Egg Hunt is held there around the pavilion, pond, and garden. There’s also a four-mile-long walking trail.
Can’t-miss places to eat
While there are plenty of worthy places to eat at in Auburn, we’ll suggest a couple of the more well-known options.
The Depot is located – you guessed it – in a renovated train depot from 1847 in downtown Auburn. It’s more of an upscale eating spot with original marble floors, leather banquettes, and other fantastic touches that are easy on the eyes. The menu includes Southern-inspired cocktails, an award-winning wine list, and delicious dishes such as Carolina Mountain rainbow trout and a variety of Cajun-style foods, including Gulf shrimp, gumbo, crawfish, and more.
Acre is another upscale option that offers locally sourced, Southern-inspired foods. They are careful to only use fresh ingredients from their own local farms. The menu includes Georgia quail, Southern-fried catfish, blue crab salad, and much, much more.