Things to do in Auburn
Welcome to the coolest college town in the South. The Hotel at Auburn University is steps away from all of the excitement of Auburn and the University. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure there are plenty of things to do in Auburn, Alabama. Our town is comprised of a tight-knit community that treats everyone like family. Check out these top Auburn attractions, we’re going to make it hard for you to leave!
- Robert Trent Jones Grand National: A golf lover’s dream course lives right here in Opelika, Alabama. The Grand National also known as the single greatest site for a golf course features 54 lakeside holes and scenic views of Lake Saugahatchee.
- Rolling Toomer’s Corner: An absolute rite of passage for every Tigers fan is celebrating a win at Toomer’s Corner. A longstanding tradition for the community, this is the only town that encourages TP-ing the streets after an Auburn Tiger’s victory.
- Chili Dogs & Milkshakes at Mrs. Story’s: Satisfy your chili dog craving at Mrs. Story’s Dairy Bar. They have perfected the chili dog after 60 years of serving them from their 50s style walk-up window.
- Auburn Cityfest: Mark your calendar for the last Saturday in April for the city’s largest event. Held in Kiesel Park in Auburn, Alabama more than 40,000 attendees and over 100 vendors participate in a day of delicious food, live music, and fine arts. No better way to spend a day with your Auburn family.
- Live Jazz at Piccolo: When you’re ready to unwind with a cocktail in hand, join us right here at Piccolo, located next to A*T Ariccia Trattoria. Hotel guests and visitors of Auburn are all welcome to cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy the sweet sounds of live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.
- War Eagle: We might be bias, but the best and most iconic college football pregame tradition is right here in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Imagine yourself amongst a crowd of almost 90,000 Tigers fans as our Golden Eagle soars over you and flies-free in circles around the stadium and lands itself amongst it’s pseudo-prey. Our War Eagle VII, endearingly named Nova, is a resident of Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center. She has been raised and trained to commence every home game in this inspiring fashion.
- On the Tracks: Taste all of Auburn at the On the Tracks Food and Wine event. Held twice a year in the historic Downtown Opelika follow the tasting trail of delicious food and wines sponsored by our local foodies and restaurateurs. At On The Tracks, they guarantee three things: A great time, Great wine, and Great food!
- Toomer’s Drugstore: A beloved Auburn anchor, Toomer’s Drugstore has been open since 1896 and a trip to Auburn would not be complete without having a cup of the world famous fresh squeezed lemonade. The award winning lemonade received recognition in 2001 from Esquire magazine and ranked number one on their “162 Reasons It’s Good To Be An American” list. Every cup is made to order and has been quenching thirst for over 100 years.
- Dale Chihuly Chandelier: Instagram posts encouraged when viewing this unique installation at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Alumni, Dale Chihuly created this three tiered masterpiece of more than 600 individual pieces of hand-blown glass. The 17 foot tall sculpture weighs more than 1000 pounds and took four days to install.
- Christmas in Downtown Opelika: The quintessential Southern Christmas lives in Downtown Opelika. The historic Victorian homes are dressed in Old World Christmas Wonderland. Local artist Jan Jones decorates the town with life-size Santas, angels, teddy bears, and all things Christmas. A self-directed driving or walking tour is encouraged this time of year to view the carolers, costumed homeowners, and other festivities.