Life at Auburn

Top 10 Things to Do in Alabama

Boiled crawfish

From history to sports to the arts to natural beauty, the state of Alabama has it all. While pursuing your degree at Auburn, make time to visit some of the best sights and activities in the state, as recommended by Southern Living.

1. Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, AL with highway traffic.

At this Huntsville museum, you’ll find the most extensive collection of space artifacts in the United States.

2. Explore Alabama’s caverns and caves

Spectacular cave formations of Rickwood Caverns in Alabama.

Originally known as “Bat Cave,” the Cathedral Caverns were renamed because of their resemblance to a large church, caused by the beautiful rock formations known as “stalagmites.” At Rickwood Caverns you can see 260-million-year-old formations that were created by water.

3. Eat fresh seafood on the Causeway between Mobile and Spanish Fort.

Boiled crawfish

From the flaming oysters at the Bluegill, to crawfish at R&R Seafood and everything in between, there’s a dish and a view for everyone.

4. Go shopping at the Unclaimed Baggage Center

A packed suitcase with women’s clothing and accessories.

Search for fun, funky stuff as well as real treasures at the country’s only lost luggage store, in Scottsboro. It hosts more than a million visitors a year from every state and 40 countries.

5. Browse the Birmingham Museum of Art

Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown city skyline.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama was the scene of violent clashes as Martin Luther King led a march from Selma to Montgomery

The world-class offerings at the BMA include paintings, furniture, and objects ranging over a 4,000-year period, including an extensive Asian art collection. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden.

6. Walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma
Edmund Pettus Bridge Selma, Alabama

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama: Where Martin Luther King led a march from Selma to Montgomery.

Civil rights activists began a march for change at this Selma landmark.

7. Travel back in time at the Fitzgerald Museum

“Sacramento, California, USA – October 4, 2012: A 1996 USA postage stamp with an illustration of Jazz Age author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940). Fitzgerald is best known for his 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby.”

The former home of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, tucked away in Montgomery, is the only museum devoted to their story and legacy.

8. Watch a show at the Lyric Theatre

Birmingham, Alabama, USA – March 09, 2013: Exterior of the historic Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama on March 09, 2013, before its restoration.

This newly restored 1914 Birmingham theatre hosts concerts, symphonies, operas, and theatre productions as well as community events.

9. Relax on Orange Beach

Board walk on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama

Orange Beach is a small city located along the Gulf’s luxurious sandy coastline. Enjoy the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, or, if you prefer adventure, hire a kayak or paddleboard and get exploring.

10. Reflect on the past at the Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham, Alabama, USA – April 26, 2012: 16th Street Baptist Church is now a National Historic Landmark and civil rights icon. The church is known for the tragic racially motivated bombing in 1963.

Take a walk through Birmingham’s tumultuous past at this iconic museum and research center that depicts the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Find out more about Auburn, Alabama (one of “The South’s Best Small Towns of 2017” according to Southern Living and why 28,000+ students choose to study here.

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