Top Auburn Attractions
Auburn is a unique blend of southern tradition, history, and game day action. Being an Auburn Tiger, Auburn University’s mascot, means being part of a family forever. From boutique shops in the city's historic downtown to the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Chewacla State Park, Auburn holds its history, and community, close to its heart.
JULE COLLINS SMITH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Each year, the museum attracts more than 30,000 visitors and offers more than 200 programs and events. Its growing collection consists of approximately 2,000 pieces of traditional and contemporary art.
TIGER TRAIL OF AUBURN
Located on the sidewalks of the city’s downtown area, Auburn’s Tiger Trail honors outstanding Auburn University community members. Each year new honorees are inducted, including coaches, athletes, and administrators.
The last Saturday of each April turns into Auburn’s largest outdoor spring festival. Enjoy creations of incredible artists, food, and entertainment with friends or family in an event loved by all.
ALABAMA FARMERS PAVILION
Known by locals as the Red Barn, this gorgeous structure is nestled in Auburn’s Ag. Heritage Park. Although used for dining events and functions, students love taking photos outside this colorful setting.
AUBURN AREA COMMUNITY THEATER
More than 30 actors, artists, and crew members aid in three to four productions per year in this Auburn community staple. Founded in 2003, The AACT Academy and Young Performers’ program initiatives aim to enrich youth creativity.
The Great Outdoors
Auburn is the city for outdoor adventure. Want to go biking, hiking, or camping? The area holds a wide number of outdoor parks, lush arboretums, farmers markets, and beautiful lakes, for your choice of relaxation or adrenaline.
LOUISE KREHER FOREST ECOLOGY PRESERVE & NATURE CENTER
An outreach program of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, this first class discovery and nature center is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Walk five miles of scenic trails, hike to the pond, enjoy the butterfly garden and end at the waterfall. Animal lovers will enjoy a human-size eagle’s nest, the beavers lodge, and reptile rest.
GEORGE’S FARMERS MARKET
When you’re looking for the freshest ingredients to cook with friends, visit George’s Farmer’s Market. Just a short, scenic drive from Auburn, you’ll find homegrown produce including varieties of fruits and vegetables, sold at local restaurants. Don’t leave without a sweet jam or pepper jelly!
TUSKEGEE NATIONAL FORREST
Love mountain biking? Just a short drive from Auburn lies a 12-mile trail, ready for the biking experts and thrill seekers. Start on the Bartram Trail and ride up to the Pleasant Hill Trail intersection, for an afternoon adventure.
With a wide range of donut shops, unique cafés, and upscale dining options, Auburn is a food lover’s paradise.
Enjoy a spin on traditional southern dishes, just three blocks from the heart of Auburn. Giant glass windows and large farm style tables make for a nice dinner with family, classmates, or neighbors.
STEEL CITY POPS
Need a sweet treat on a hot day? These icy delights come in flavors like passion fruit and coconut, and make for a cool, quick treat after a day of shopping downtown.
URSULA’S MUSEUM CAFÉ
Part of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, this French-inspired café is the perfect ending to an art-filled day.
A gorgeous brick interior makes this café an Auburn stand-out, and ideal Sunday breakfast spot. Whether you’re looking for classic American pancakes, or spicy seafood chowder, Amsterdam Café is open seven days a week.
UNIVERSITY DONUT COMPANY
Home to many sweet treats, University Donut Company’s mouth-watering donut flavor combinations are a fun expression of Southern creativity.