Nicknamed “the loveliest village on the plains” from a poem by Oliver Goldsmith, Auburn thrives with cultural and arts venues hosted by Auburn University. With a state park, arboretum, raptor rehabilitation centre and numerous craft brewpubs, Auburn rolls out a hearty welcome for visitors to eastern Alabama.
Things to do in Auburn
The natural world receives plenty of attention in Auburn, starting with the native plants and Alabama habitats inside Donald E. Davis Arboretum. Explore the living plant museum and discover botanical connections to the natural world. Hit the hiking and biking trails at Chewacla State Park for creek fishing and grilling up your catch in picnic areas.
Travelling with the kids? Treat them to a thrilling educational experience at the Southeastern Raptor Center, home to rehabilitated eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. You can also learn about wildlife at Mann Museum & Outdoors, which is known for its lifelike bear exhibit.
Visit Amsterdam Café for Southern cuisine and smoked brisket brunches and stay for the quirky art mimicking famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings. Snag a seat at this trendy venue for pre or post-game dining near Jordan-Hare football stadium.
Craft breweries and posh pubs set the tone for nightlife in Auburn, starting with The Hound taproom, which serves dozens of craft beers in a barn-style setting. For an intimate “conversation bar” experience, climb a hidden staircase overlooking Toomer’s Corner to reach The Avondale Bar & Tap Room. Local brews and high-end spirits blend with low-lit living room-style seating and sparkling views of downtown Auburn at night.
Getting around Auburn
Downtown Auburn is pedestrian-friendly, with options for bike hires, pedicabs and taxis. You can rent a car at Columbus Metropolitan Airport, about a one-hour drive away.