Tradition, hospitality, and creativity: that's Auburn-Opelika. It's all here, from the bustling businesses in downtown Auburn to the cafes and shops on 8th Street in Opelika. However, it’s the passionate, dedicated, and brilliant-minded people who truly make Auburn and Opelika special.
A-Day Weekend is right around the corner and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the A-Day game coming up on Saturday, April 6. War Eagle!
Whether you're cheering on your alma mater, rooting for the “Cinderella” team, or hoping your bracket doesn’t get busted in round one, the big dance is always one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. With that in mind, check out a list of prime locations in Auburn-Opelika to watch the tournament from the first round to the National Championship.
Adventure awaits in every corner of Auburn-Opelika. Whether you are exploring scenic hiking trails, indulging in luxury camping experiences, or rallying in a game of pickleball, Auburn-Opelika is a great destination for all ages. Regardless of what kind of outdoor adventure you are seeking, this charming Alabama destination will certainly blow you away.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Auburn and Opelika area is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other, or spending quality time with your best friends. Whether in a long-term relationship or gearing up for a first date, it is a wonderful time to create memories filled with love.
It might be just a few weeks into the new year, but what better way to celebrate than to check out some new activities to try in Auburn-Opelika, as well as revisit a few old favorites. This list of 12 activities to try in Auburn-Opelika has something for every month of the year of 2024!
Embark on a delightful journey through East Alabama, exploring the charm and unique character of four captivating towns—Auburn, Opelika, Loachapoka, and Waverly. Discover the hidden gems and genuine Southern hospitality that define these East Alabama destinations.
Enjoy a weekend of calm in Auburn-Opelika, where life's pace slows, providing a welcome break from the usual hustle. In this guide, we uncover the quiet corners of our community, offering a retreat for those seeking simplicity. From exploring local book spots to enjoying a relaxed cup of coffee, explore the unhurried charms of our town.
We're making spirits bright here in Auburn-Opelika with a full list of holiday festivities for you and your family to enjoy! From parades to 5Ks to one of the largest gingerbread villages in the Southeast, there's something for every crew. Matching holiday jammies accepted. Cheers to the holidays and happy New Year!
It's no secret that Auburn and Opelika have a lot of history, and not all of it is SEC championships and a booming railroad industry. Check out this list of myths, legends, and scary stories that haunt this cozy destination. Below you'll find a list of the areas most haunted locations, ranked from least spooky to super scary. Do you believe in ghosts?
For almost 85 years, Chewacla State Park has been an area favorite for those looking for an outdoor escape. Established by the state in 1939, the park was originally a beautiful unclaimed wooded area with two creeks flowing through it. The workers of Wrights Mill, a nearby sawmill, often cooled off in the creek after a hard day's work, making the land a local favorite for over a 100 years now.
The Irritable Bao might be a funny name, but their food is seriously yummy. A tiny storefront in the heart of downtown Auburn, the Irritable Bao is known for long lines that snake all the way to Toomer’s Corner, incredibly delicious authentic Chinese bao, and one of the funniest personalities you’ll ever meet.
As the new football season approaches, Auburn fans are excited to return to the Loveliest Village on the Plains. If you haven’t visited our spirited destination since last year, boy are you in for a treat! Check out this list of everything that’s changed since last football season - from pancakes to Publix, there’s always something new in Auburn-Opelika!
Ladies love him, children adore him, and men want to be him. Aubie the Tiger is the official mascot for Auburn University. Aubie is charismatic, creative, and loved by all. He has infectious energy and a playful attitude that have made him into one of the most well-known college mascots.
Decked out in their orange and blue gameday gear, screaming and cheering fans line both sides of the street to catch a glimpse of their most loved players, an established tradition at Auburn University, known as the Tiger Walk. The atmosphere is loud and bustling as fans are gearing up for another Saturday in Jordan-Hare.
The Flower Store is a place that locals love and visitors never forget. Upon entering the shop, you're greeted by stunning table settings of fine china, ornate glassware, and high-end home décor. The store is beautifully and artistically decorated with home goods, luxury gifts, and gourmet food items.
The Laurel Hotel & Spa, along with 1856- Culinary Residence, is rolling out something big: an immersive, luxurious wine and culinary experience. The Epicurean Experience is a well-rounded adventure of the most exquisite food and wine pairings. This three-day event includes an intimate rooftop dinner, wine tastings, and a nine-course dinner at 1856- Culinary Residence.
Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the person who has it all? No idea what to buy your in-laws? Need to amp up your gift-giving game this holiday season? Check out this list of experiences offered in Auburn-Opelika so you can give a memorable gift to those who love AO this holiday season.
We're making spirits bright here in Auburn-Opelika with a full list of holiday festivities for you and your family to enjoy! From parades to 5Ks to one of the largest gingerbread villages in the Southeast, there's something for every crew. Matching holiday jammies accepted. Cheers to the holidays and happy New Year!
Get ready to experience the brand new, state-of-the-art, Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, home to the Laurel Hotel and Spa. The center brings a brand-new array of experiences, revolutionizing the hospitality management program at Auburn. From the luxury spa to the Hey Day Market, this new facility is the only one of its kind in the world.
Homecoming Week is right around the corner and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the Auburn vs. Missouri game coming up on Saturday, September 24, War Eagle!
Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.

The Heart of Art Haus

by Travis Harrison

The Art Haus in historic downtown Opelika turns heads with its unique design, large windows, and beautiful brick courtyard. However, not everyone knows what it is or the story behind it.
Think fast - Father's Day is coming in hot! Treat your dear ol' dad to an experience you can only find in Auburn-Opelika! Make this Father’s Day one to remember by thinking out of the box and enjoying everything from breweries and brunch to the great outdoors and special events!

Wining & Dining in Auburn-Opelika with the Dining Winos

by Merideth Davis | The Dining Winos

Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.
In honor of Burger Wars, Opelika's annual burger grilling contest coming up on June 4, we've expanded the burger competition! You can put your taste buds to the test and enjoy these competing burgers at their respective restaurants starting May 1 leading up to the big event. The 2nd annual Burger Battles is on!
Chef Eron Bass, executive chef at Café 123, is all about good food done right. He has been working behind the scenes of the white-tablecloth restaurant for almost 19 years. When the café opened, he began as sous chef under Chef Chris Cannon, longtime friend, executive chef and co-owner with John Robert Wood. Eventually, Cannon left Café 123, and Chef Eron took over as executive chef.
Roses are red, Violets are blue - Auburn is the perfect wedding destination for you! With summer rapidly approaching, wedding season is already here. Don't worry brides, Auburn-Opelika has every aspect of the wedding planning process covered. From historic venues to Southern catering and TV-famous bakeries, our wedding scene is ideal for those who love the Loveliest Village.
Graham Hage is the owner and executive chef of Zazu Gastropub, located in historic downtown Opelika. Diners will be hard-pressed to decide which is better: the elevated, farm-fresh cuisine or the converted industrial space. Chef Graham is responsible for both.
Counting down the days until Auburn football returns to the Plains? Head coach Brian Harsin isn't the only new addition to the Auburn Family in 2021. Check out this top 10 list of new things to do and see this football season! War Eagle and welcome back to the Loveliest Village.
What if we told you there was a way to enjoy live music, visit multiple venues around downtown Opelika, and support local musicians and schools? The Opelika Songwriter’s Festival is back and ready to blow your socks off! This three-day weekend festival will transform downtown Opelika into an immersive experience filled with music you’ve never heard before, awesome venues, and a whole lot of fun.
August here which means this endless summer is coming to a close. But don't rush into fall just yet! Summer is our specialty her in in Auburn-Opelika, so save this list and cross off these activities son your Looking for fun things to do in Auburn-Opelika this summer? We’ve got you covered. AO has everything from shopping to hiking to fun local events. Read on for some of our must-do’s this summer
Experiencing food at the peak of freshness is a joy unlike any other, and in a world where we’re increasingly becoming more aware of the importance of understanding where our food comes from, knowing who your farmer seems like a no-brainer! In Auburn-Opelika, there are countless ways to support local farmers, connect with the community, and enjoy the benefits of feeding your family fresh food.

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021

by From your friends at Auburn-Opelika Tourism

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.

Bring on the Beignets

by Emma Donaldson | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Get those stretchy pants ready to go because you won’t be able to stop eating these deep-fried pastries covered in snow-white powdered sugar. Visit the shop starting Friday at 7:30 a.m. located at 155 College Street.
Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of the Miss Alabama USA pageant coming up on January 9-10, 2021. Auburn-Opelika Tourism has the unique pleasure of introducing the 2021 contestant representing our area. Meet Bayley Albinger or as we called her, Miss Auburn-Opelika USA 2021!
Serenity beckons. Hot stones. A soothing rub. Self-care is the name of the game in 2020. The heady scent of fresh grounds brewing to your exact specifications. A decadent dessert board and a glass or two of the deepest red before you tuck into a fluffy comforter with a new book from a local purveyor and a soul that feels restored. Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready.
Is it a minivan with seats for the kids and the dog? Or a 2-seater convertible for a couple of hip empty-nesters? Grab your masks and buckle up because it doesn’t matter who you are, Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready!
When you’re ready, we look forward to welcoming you back to Auburn-Opelika. As Auburn University re-opens and students return to campus, our businesses are open and ready to serve you. Nothing is more important than your safety and comfort, which is why Auburn-Opelika Tourism supports our businesses' efforts to follow recommended safety guidelines such as the Alabama Restaurant Promise...

Summer Adventures at the Kreher Preserve

by Emma Donaldson | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Summer is here and that means it's time to explore the outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. With numerous on-going events coming up and great camp opportunities for kids to enjoy this summer, there is something for everyone at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center.

If Pilot Pete Got Our Advice

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Who else loved watching Madi and Peter explore our great city for their Hometown Date? It got us thinking about what we'd like to see on our perfect Auburn Bachelor date. Check out our ideas below!

Ristretto Lounge: the sweetest part of the community

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Tucked away in its own corner of Opelika, Ristretto Lounge offers the Auburn-Opelika community a unique coffee shop experience. It’s at once fresh and inviting, sleek and minimalist while somehow also warm and familiar. It’s like sitting in a friend’s living room—if their living room was effortlessly modern and tastefully decorated.

Auburn's Mardi Gras Parade & Krewe Krawl

by M. A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

The fourth annual “Krewe Krawl” and Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The parade is organized by Krewe de Tigris and hosted by the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s parade is dubbed “Mardi Gras and All that Jazz.”
Municipal Park, located on Park Road in Opelika, has been affectionately known as "Monkey Park" to locals for as long as they can remember. Many might not know, however, that this nickname dates back to the 1950's, when the park housed eight real spider monkeys.

War Eagle, Fly Down the Road

by Auburn-Opelika Tourism

There’s a new tradition to add to your Auburn experience, and even new visitors (also known as future fans!) will be delighted when they take a trip down North Donahue Drive near the Big Red Barn. The area’s first musical road now exists, thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of Auburn Engineering alum Tim Arnold. First there were tigers and toilet paper. Lemonade and soaring eagles.
One of the most highly-anticipated sporting events in the state, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Super 7 State Football Championships will take place December 4-6, 2019, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

Be our Guest: Lucy's Premieres Guest Chef Series

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Known for its modern vibe, culinary wonders and extensive cocktail list, Lucy’s neighborhood eatery is debuting an exciting new guest chef series. Each guest chef will collaborate with Lucy’s executive chef Brian Paolina to bring a different experience and exciting dishes for guests to enjoy.

Bones & Boos is Back at the AU Arboretum

by Cat Bobo | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Come explore the natural world at the second annual Bones & Boos at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum, October 12, from 12 – 4 p.m. This one-day outdoor exhibit of animal skeletons is hosted by the Davis Arboretum, the Auburn University Museum of Natural History and the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
1st Avenue in Opelika is quickly becoming the hippest block in town. North of the railroad tracks in historic downtown Opelika you'll find Mama Mochas Coffee Bodega, Griff Goods, Resting Pulse Brewery and more!

Opelika Main Street welcomes new Executive Director

by Staff Report Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Opelika Main Street is excited to announce Ken Ward as the new executive director. Ward brings a young perspective to the historic main street community. He is a recent graduate of Auburn University with undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.
Resting Pulse Brewing Company is an environment where you can come to find your “resting pulse” – to relax and spend time with friends and family while exploring new and exciting local craft beers. Our goal was to retain the rustic industrial design of the original building while providing for a relaxed atmosphere both inside the brewery and in our outdoor patio.
Auburn, Alabama was put on the map after this year's basketball success took the team to the Final Four. With the sudden national attention, Auburn University took to social media to educate the vast amount of new followers. Enjoy this mini-lesson on the coolest college town in the South as told by Instagram

Where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn-Opelika is full of great venues and artists. Want to see for yourself, but don't know where to start? No worries! We've compiled the best places to catch some live tunes around town for you. Check out our list of where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika!
Meet the coolest college town in the South. Auburn University might be legendary, but it's only the beginning of our authentic and compelling story. Check out this list of Auburn-Opelika's best ways and places to spend your time. You might not get to them all, and that's the best reason we can think of for you to come back.

Auburn-Opelika's "Achievement Center" is here to help

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Easter Seals Achievement Center in Opelika is a service unmatched in the Auburn-Opelika area. The Achievement Center provides industrial services to the community and employment and vocational services to individuals with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities.

Things to do this Valentine's Day in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's that time of year again and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Don't have your plans together just yet? Don't sweat it! Whether you're with your special Valentine or your best Galentines, Auburn-Opelika has plenty of ways to make the holiday one to remember.
Grab a buddy and head to the Twin Pines Dual Slalom at Chewacla State Park. This exciting mountain biking trail where friends can compete in a head-to-head race was built in the summer of 2018 by Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers, or CAMP. This slalom is the only one of its kind in the Southeast, making it a mountain biker's must-see!
Whether you’re the bride-to-be or a newbie maid of honor, the wedding planning process can intimidate even the most decisive among us. Save this list of lovely local vendors specializing in everything from whimsical flower arrangements to Aubie cake pops.
Supporters of the Auburn University Hospitality Management Program donned their sequins and tuxedos Thursday evening for the 27th annual Hospitality Gala. Gala guests enjoyed a meet and taste with chefs and winemakers during the Tattinger champagne reception, where they bid on a variety of silent auction items. Visiting chefs showcased a delicious variety of small bites while guests mingled in the
A trip to Chewacla State Park is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Hiking, biking, spending time on the lake, and basking in nature. Get outside and enjoy the sounds of the plentiful songbirds, look for wildlife, picnic and hammock with your family, or explore miles of trails.

Bow & Arrow to open on Nov. 7 in Auburn

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Bow & Arrow, David Bancroft’s Texas-style barbecue restaurant, will open its doors on Wednesday, November 7. The new restaurant will be located at 1977 East Samford Avenue across the street from Church of the Highlands in Auburn.
Auburn-Opelika is quickly becoming a food lover’s paradise. With a heavy agricultural influence, thanks to Auburn University, the area excels in locally grown, farm-to-table edible delicacies unlike anything else in the Southeast. Check out some of these mouth-watering Instagram accounts for the latest and greatest from nationally ranked chefs and restaurants located in the Auburn-Opelika area.

Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail 2018

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Get your tickets now for the second annual Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail on Friday, October 19. Don’t miss this chance to experience three wineries in East Alabama with a special farm-to-table lunch provided by Acre.

Bones and Boos at Davis Arboretum

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Join the Davis Arboretum for Bones and Boos, a one-day outdoor exhibit of animal skeletons! Hosted by the Auburn Museum of Natural History and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the event will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 12-4 p.m.

2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's 2018 Homecoming Week on the Plains and that means there is a lot to do in Auburn-Opelika! Check out these AUsome events that surround the Auburn vs. Southern Miss game coming up on Saturday, September 29. War Eagle!

On The Tracks Fall 2018

by Payton Beck Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

One of our favorite events, On the Tracks, is back! On The Tracks will be held Friday, October 19, from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Opelika with a few new twists.

2018 Oktoberfest Coming Oct. 6; Tickets on Sale Now

by Katy Harper Doss Here Molly Girl

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany are making their way to Auburn University’s Ag Heritage Park for the ninth annual Oktoberfest. The event will take place at the park on Oct. 6 from 3-7 p.m., and will feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines, food trucks, craft tables, and live entertainment.
Want to do something worthwhile to make a difference in your community? Auburn-Opelika Tourism offers area residents wide-ranging opportunities to share their hometown hospitality and enhance both leisure and business visitors’ experiences through its newly launched volunteer program, known as Volunteer AO.

Everything you need to know about Auburn Fan Day 2018

by Kirk Sampson Auburn Athletics Department

The annual Auburn Fan Day will take place Saturday, August 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. CT behind the Auburn Athletics Complex in the Indoor Practice Facility and Watson Field House. Fan Day is presented by Golden Flake, Auburn Athletics' oldest corporate partner and the "Official Salted Snack Food of the Auburn Tigers."
In honor of our annual AO Photo Contest (which you can learn more about by clicking here), we've decided to share some of our favorite bird's-eye views of this college town and railroad sister city. Check out these shots from above and be sure to tag us in your drone shots on social media!
These independent restauranteurs and talented chefs have created exceptional establishments with specialty dishes you'll find nowhere else in the world. Among these listings, you'll find something suitable for every taste and budget - whether it's a downtown student haunt or a white tablecloth dining room with a 300-bottle wine list.

Dog Days of Summer

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

No need to ruff-it with your pup indoors this summer, Auburn-Opelika has plenty of fur-friend friendly places for you to enjoy! Grab your dog and take advantage of these opportunities out on the town.

The Sundilla Concert Series

by Sara Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn’s Sundilla Concert Series started in 1993, with hopes to create a space for people to enjoy music and culture without having to drive hours to find a venue. Sundilla is celebrating their 25th year of bringing music from all over to the local area. Hosting around 12-14 artists a year, the Sundilla Concert Series is jam-packed with shows for you and your friends to enjoy.

Summer Kids Activities in AO

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Summertime brings an array of seasonal activities! We hope that you and your family soak up all that Auburn-Opelika has to offer! There are plenty of free and budget-friendly happenings for the whole family to enjoy. See below for a handful of our favorites!


by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opeika Tourism Bureau

The locals love summertime in Auburn-Opelika because the “traffic” dies down, you can actually find a parking spot downtown, reservations are easier, and time just slows down a little. The bulk of the students are gone, but a lot of the local families are traveling as well. Whether it's your first summer here or your tenth we want you to soak up all that summer has to offer.

Fresh Air Market

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Join the local community in Chewacla State Park for the Fresh Air Market May 19th and 20th! This event will feature shopping vendors, food, and live music. This event is focused on fundraising for the Sheriffs Girls Ranch. The Ranch is home to abused, neglected and abandoned girls from local communities.

The Boogie

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Spring is one of the best times of the year in Auburn-Opelika for many reasons.... one being The Old 280 Boogie

Hop into Easter

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Get ready to hop into the Easter weekend! The Auburn-Opelika area is full of events your entire family will enjoy.

Johnny Ray Century Ride

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Mark your calendars for the Johnny Ray Century Ride coming up on September 22, 2018. This will be the 16th annual ride benefitting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's Disease and is a USAC sanctioned non-competitive event.
In a college town, coffee is in high demand. The Auburn-Opelika area has seven locally owned coffee shops to feed your caffeine craving. All of these local shops offer various types of coffee and a unique experience. Read more to find out which shop is the best fit for you!

Hoof on over to Auburn Equestrian

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Many people hear equestrian and aren’t sure exactly what that means. Auburn’s equestrian meets are not only a ton of fun, they’re also free! Hoof on over to the mane event this weekend. Saturday, March 3, No. 2 Auburn will face off with No. 5 SMU. The meet starts at 11 a.m. CST, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center.

The Waverly Local

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, head down Highway 280 to Waverly. The Waverly Local is a new restaurant located in one of Alabama’s first Ford dealerships, now filled with culinary delights. The current hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More Than a Golf Getaway

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Looking for more than a golf getaway? Visit Auburn–Opelika and enjoy a weekend of golf, local food and drinks all steeped in tradition. The Auburn-Opelika area is home to six different golf courses, two breweries and distillery, many local dining options, and the Auburn University campus, more than enough to keep you and your family entertained for the weekend.

The Collegiate Hotel

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

There is a new boutique hotel currently under construction on Gay Street in Auburn, Alabama. You may have lived there when you were a student or you may have studied there with a friend in her room. The old Wittel Dormitory, an off-campus female dorm, is being transformed into a 40-room boutique hotel!
Auburn, Alabama isn't supposed to be an awesome place to ride bikes in the woods. It's supposed to be obsessed with college football, fried okra, and southern hospitality; which makes what they've done in Chewacla all of the more impressive. It's not just about the 35-foot road gap, or the monstrous jump line, or the ever-expanding network of singletrack that makes good use of the final frayed

Alabama Birding Trails

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Have you been birding in the auburn-opelika area? Did you know birding was a thing? birding [bur-ding]: the identification and observation of wild birds in their natural habitats a recreation; bird-watching.
Chewacla State Park offers 696 acres of scenic glory! Located in Auburn, Alabama, immediately off I-85 at Exit 51, the park features a 26-acre lake, a swimming area, playground, modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, cabins, and plenty of mountain biking and hiking trails.
In a world where just about anything is an Add to Cart and 2-day shipping away, it’s easy to forget the joy of supporting small businesses. Artisans pour their heart and soul into their wares, and the care and attention to detail that each maker puts into their craft shows in the quality of the product they create.
Whether they’re serving up a place to rest your head, something to delight your taste buds, or the entertainment for the day, these places all have one thing in common: there’s nothing like them anywhere else! These are ten awesome places to eat, play, and stay in Auburn-Opelika.

Maker Spotlight: The LocAL Market

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

This eclectic retail space houses work by numerous artists, artisans, and farmers from all over the state. Each piece of art in the store is unique, telling a story about the area or the maker.

Iron Bowl 2017

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Iron Bowl is a much-anticipated tradition for every Auburn and Alabama fan. It is one of the biggest games of the SEC every year. There is a lot on the line… your pride, office bragging rights, and this year’s winner will affect who goes to the SEC Championship game. No pressure fellas.

Auburn-Opelika Holidays

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

We made a list of our favorites sure to keep your holiday spirits high! Join in on the “Santa hunt” at Kreher Preserve, explore the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, and do some Christmas shopping at the Holiday Art Sale!

46th Annual Pioneer Day

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Rise and shine this Saturday for Pioneer Day in Loachapoka! Formerly known as the Syrup Soppin and Historical Fair, this 9-hour festival goes from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the tiny town of Loachapoka, located just a few miles west of Auburn. Pioneer Day is a family-friendly event and is free to attend.

Maker Spotlight: Emma Jane Designs

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Jewelry from Emma Jane Designs is simple, elegant, and reasonably priced. Emma Jane Hunt, owner and creative director, has made a commitment to keep every piece under $100, but most are less than $50. In a world of over-sharing, over-buying, and overall “too much” -- we love the simplicity and clean lines of this handmade brand.

Sustainable Seafood in Auburn-Opelika

by Binh Nguyen Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

If you’re a crazed seafood fan and like your fish free of additives, then you’re in luck! The conversation about sustainable seafood is trending and several organizations in the Auburn-Opelika area such as Zazu Gastropub, Stinky’s Fish Camp, The Depot and even the upcoming Alabama Oyster Social are joining in to strengthen our oceans and the environment.

Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail 2017

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Get your tickets now for the first Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail coming up on Friday, October 27. Don’t miss this chance to experience three wineries in East Alabama with a special farm-to-table lunch provided by Acre.

Auburn/Opelika Hotel Becoming a Marriott Resort

by Bill Lang Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National

Currently ranked as one of the top five Marriott Hotels in North and South America (out of 365) for guest satisfaction, the Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National is about to join an even more elite group. In 2018 the property will become a Marriott Resort, one of 54 worldwide and only 17 in the United States.

5 Things to Know About BOW & ARROW

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Acre has been widely celebrated for its flavors, charm and chef/owner David Bancroft. You’ll be excited to know that Bancroft is bringing another restaurant to the Auburn food scene!

concourse/south art & music fest

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Concourse/south is a weeklong music and arts festival taking place in downtown Opelika on August 20-26, 2017. The extravaganza will benefit local organizations, including O Grows and the BigHouse Foundation, as well as future arts programming in Opelika. Each day will highlight different artists, makers, musicians and more in Historic Downtown Opelika.

2017 Oktoberfest Slated for Oct. 21

by Katy Harper Doss Here Molly Girl

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany are making their way to The Hotel at Auburn University and Conference Center for the eighth annual Oktoberfest.The event will take place in the hotel’s marquee on Oct. 21 from 4-9 p.m., and will feature traditional German fare, beers from breweries across the U.S., a selection of German wines and live entertainment.
Part of what makes Auburn the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” is the community that calls it home. That’s why Auburn Art is so passionate about featuring the work of local artists in their downtown store and online. The latest artist to be featured at Auburn Art is Thomas Kaufmann, an Auburn University grad who works as an artist, educator, preservationist and architectural illustrator.

Bring Your Bike to A-O

by Claire Gamble Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Visiting or live in the Auburn-Opelika area and love mountain biking? Cycling and mountain biking are a hot sport right now! Children and adults alike have found biking to be an experience that allows them to actively enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. The Auburn-Opelika area has many activities to offer!

The Nest at Chirpwood

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Chirpwood is an eclectic frame shop that additionally features local art and generously gives half of their proceeds back to the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program. But that’s not all….. They now have The Nest.

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk 2017

by Claire Gamble Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Summer time in Auburn is a special time of the year for students and locals alike! The streets stay a little quieter, but there is still plenty to do in this small town. Join us tomorrow night for SummerNight Downtown Art Walk - a free, creative evening in the downtown entertainment district.

Bee Auburn, a Celebration of Pollinators

by Whitney Morris City of Auburn

When most of us think about pollinators and pollination, we focus on the basics: bees, flowers and pollen. The truth is that pollinators are a much more varied and diverse group of animals and most of them have a direct impact on our daily lives in ways we never consider.

7 Reasons to Spend the Night in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

7 Reasons to Spend the Night in Auburn-Opelika: 1. Be a part of Auburn’s oldest traditions: Rolling Toomer’s Corner 2. Avoid the mayhem of post-game traffic 3. Experience a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Auburn-Opelika 4. Go out with friends to the local brewery and distillery5. Make memories with your family that will last 6. Get up early and take a hike at Chewacla State Park 7. Enjoy a savory brunch before you hit the road

Bluegrass on the Plains 2017

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Memorial Day may have come and gone, but he Bluegrass on the Plains is still pickin’ through Sunday, June 4th. Bluegrass on the Plains is a festival hosted by Mathan and Jill Holt at the University Station RV Resort located in Auburn, AL.

Downtown Auburn Restaurant Week

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Brace yourselves for an unforgettable savory experience coming to Auburn in just a few weeks! The first Auburn Downtown Restaurant Week will be June 18-24, 2017. This exciting new event will highlight the downtown culinary scene and features both fine and casual dining restaurants as well as specialty shops!
The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center has begun extensive renovations to give guests a re-imagined experience during meetings and events at the Hotel’s Dixon Conference Center. The Hotel is adding capacity to the main ballroom, as well as functionality that allows both ballrooms to connect. New technology additions, which include electronic displays outside each meeting room, are being added to keep guests informed on pertinent information related to their event and the hotel.

USA Softball Doubleheader Comes to Auburn

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn senior, Kasey Cooper, will be playing in a doubleheader exhibition series at Jane B. Moore on July 22, 2017, with the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Cooper is a two-time NFCA All-American from Dothan, Alabama, and was SEC player of the year in 2016.

USATH works to play in the Pan-Ams

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Opelika Mary Gary Fuller and the members of the USA Women’s National Handball Team invite you to join them for a celebration and fundraising event on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. The event aims to raise money to send the Women’s National Team to the Pam American Championships in Argentina.

Second Annual Make Music Day Alabama

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The second annual Make Music Day Alabama will be on Tuesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot in downtown Auburn. Last year hundreds of music-loving participants showed up in hopes of beating the Guinness record for the world’s largest band, almost claiming the title. Coming close to beating the record set by China with 953 people rocking out together, Auburn’s first-ever Make Music Day saw an impressive 850 musical attendees. This year Spicer’s Music is confident they will beat the record.
2017 will be the 61st consecutive year the League of American Bicyclists has declared May to be National Bike Month™. In support of the League, the City of Auburn is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 15-19 with Bike-to-Work day being Friday, May 19 and we are issuing a personal challenge for Bike-to-School Day on Wednesday, May 10.


by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Chirpwood, located in Opelika, is the areas only gallery for regional artists. The scent of southern pine fills the shop, with local artwork filling the handcrafted niches in the walls.

Visitor Spending in Auburn-Opelika Increases 91 Percent

by Robyn L. Bridges Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Alabama Tourism Department recently published its annual Economic Impact Report for 2016, providing statistical evidence that the travel & tourism industry continues to be one of the most viable segments of the Auburn-Opelika economy. Visitors to the area spent $438 million in the area’s hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments last year, representing a 12% increase over the previous year. The tourism industry also employs 6,243 individuals in Lee County, making it the area’s second largest employer behind Auburn University.

Barbasol Basics

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The 3rd Barbasol Championship at Grand National will be held on Thursday, July 20, until Sunday, July 23. The full field of golfers will include PGA tour golfers and Alabama professionals. The winner will again receive 300 FedEx Cup points. Below is everything you need to know after you purchase your tickets:

On The Tracks in downtown Opelika

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

On The Tracks, the biannual food and wine event in historic downtown Opelika will be hosted on April 21. On The Tracks takes you on a tasting trail of 25 stops, and offers a fun environment with live music and culinary treats.

The Sound Wall Grand Opening

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

After remaining vacant for over 15 years, the house required a lot of rehabilitation. However, The Sound Wall is now a tranquil spot for artists near and far to record. The couple seeks to attract artists to The Sound Wall as an escape from larger cities.

RTJ Celebrates 25 Years

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National is celebrating 25 years. Since 1992, RTJ has seen a lot of pars, birdies, sunshine and few eagles too!

South's Best by Southern Living

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bueau

Auburn, AL has been selected as one of the South’s Best by Southern Living. This list celebrates the spectacular sights, inspiring destinations, and cultural institutions that define the South in 2017. To create the first ever South’s Best list, Southern Living surveyed more than 22,000 readers on the best-loved places in 13 categories: bars, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, museums, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns, tailgates, and barbecue joints.

Auburn Youth Programs

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn Youth Programs offers over 100 summer camps to fill your child’s summer with building new skills, making friends and experiencing life at Auburn University.

locAL Market

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The locAL market is a non-traditional retail space that gives local makers and artists a platform to show their work in the heart of downtown Auburn! The locAL market is hosted by artist, Lauren Duncan and sponsored by J&M.


by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Valentine's Day is next week! That means you have less than a week for last minute gift shopping and ideas for celebrating. We have 10 fun suggestions for making this Valentine’s Day the best one yet. Enjoy!

The 3rd Annual Alabama Oyster Social

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

The third annual Alabama Oyster Social is this Saturday, January 28th at 6 p.m.! The social will be hosted at the ALFA Pavillion (The Red Barn) on Auburn University’s campus with featured chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Participants will enjoy an assortment of oysters, beverages and live music.

But First, Brunch

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Football season may have ended, but brunch season is very much still ON! The Auburn-Opelika area has a variety of local restaurants that offer brunch. Satisfy your cravings for coffee, biscuits and waffles while conquering one brunch at a time on the Plains. We have scoured the area to find our go-to places for weekend brunch, and compiled them into a list for you. Make sure to visit and take a picture at your favorite place using the hashtag #AuburnOpelika for a chance to be featured on our website. Cheers!
Christmas is a special time of the year for any small town and the Auburn-Opelika area celebrates BIG! We have Christmas in a Railroad Town, Christmas Parades, Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, Santa and more!

Experience Christmas in Opelika!

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Opelika, AL is known for their local shops, restaurants and historic homes that make up the cozy streets of downtown. The holiday season brings a host of traditions that are unique to the area. There are events for young, old and in between, but the two most popular are the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour and Christmas in a Railroad Town.

Q & A with the Auburn University Superfans

by Cat W. Bobo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Everybody has seen the wild group of painted bodies in the student section at Auburn University football games, but did you know that these "Superfans" have their own organization? The Auburn University Superfans are the real deal, so we decided to pick their brains for fun. Check out this Q&A with some of the group's officers.
With the leaves changing colors and the temperatures dropping, what could be a better way to spend a beautiful fall day than visiting one of our local pumpkin patches?

Fall Events in Auburn-Opelika

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Fall is a special time of the year for the Auburn-Opelika community. Although the weather is still warm, schools are back in session and football season is just a few weeks away. For this small town, that means Fall.
From concerts and street fairs to football and feathers – eagle feathers, that is – fall is the time for special events in the Auburn-Opelika area. Check out our full calendar of events online and contact the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau to plan your visit today.
"World famous lemonade." An original, soda fountain-style diner and drugstore, Toomer’s has been an Auburn tradition for over a century! Located in the heart of downtown Auburn where the city and campus come together, you’ll find delicious sandwiches, soda fountain specialties, and snacks along with a full line of Auburn souvenirs. Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm- 5pm.
Hamilton's is an intimate and casual atmosphere located in historic downtown Auburn one block from Toomer's Corner. We serve appetizers, salads and sandwiches all day. Our menu of diverse contemporary American selections includes beef, pork, fish and chicken of the finest quality. Our chef's entrees are prepared daily and creatively presented. Come and mingle at our friendly and inviting bar.
Alabama's home of bacon and bourbon. The Hound is a family owned restaurant and bar featuring over-the-top American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap. Our atmosphere was designed to be warm and welcoming- think hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old time Alabama. We source locally and regionally and harvest from the Hound family farm Lafayette, AL when possible.
An Auburn-Opelika tradition since 1952, the secret recipe for Mrs. Story’s famous homemade chili dogs reminds us that, thankfully, some things never change. Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm.
Auburn-Opelika’s answer to fun & unique casual dining! Niffer's has been an Auburn staple and community favorite since 1991. Fun, casual dining with an extensive menu of great food at great prices and terrific daily specials. Full bar and patio dining available.
Since 1993 the Warehouse Bistro has provided the Auburn-Opelika area a culinary escape from the ordinary. Owner- Chef Joe Hippely painstakingly prepares and embellishes each dish using only the freshest quality ingredients. The diverse menu is complemented by nightly Chef Specials, an award-winning wine list, and a full bar.
An American Seafood brasserie located at the Historic Auburn Train Depot. Featuring gulf-coastal cuisine, the Depot serves Alabama's freshest seafood and southern inspired dishes in a modern industrial Victorian-inspired space. Where the hook meets the line.
Auburn’s Chewacla State Park was one of eleven Alabama state parks awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, a travel website featuring traveler-generated content and reviews. The award celebrates establishments that provide excellent guest experiences and consistently achieve positive reviews on the TripAdvisor website,
Amsterdam Café welcomes the opportunity to share our family’s interpretation of the “Auburn Experience” with yours. We are proud of our role in re-establishing the fresh “from farm to table” principle that we deem vital in our community. Our restaurant highlights the bounty of artisanal and house-made ingredients, exceptionally fresh seafood, and the exquisite offerings of local farm fresh produce.
Tranquil park facilities include a 26-acre lake, rental boats, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground and more! Chewacla’s 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Also available are picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. You’re bound to fall in love with their rustic family cabins. Chewacla State Park is a great place to get away.
CAMP - Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers was founded in 2012 by a group of mountain bikers in the Auburn area who recognized the need for more trails and increased awareness for the sport in Central Alabama. In September 2012, CAMP, already a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, became an official IMBA-SORBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association & Southern Off-Road
Tranquil park facilities include a 26-acre lake, rental boats, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground and more! Chewacla’s 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Also available are picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. You’re bound to fall in love with their rustic family cabins.

Bo Bikes Bama 2016

by Cat W. Bobo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Grab your helmets and join hundreds for the 5thAnnual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride. This annual ride is led by Auburn legend, Bo Jackson, and raises money for the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund, which provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for the great state of Alabama.
At Zazu, people can expect a “fine dining” type of food in a relaxed public atmosphere. “We do a lot of different comfort foods from around the United States and a couple of different ones from around the world,” he said. “We make everything from scratch that we can, and we try to use as much local produce as possible.” Zazu has teamed up with Opelika Grows, Alabama Seafood Co., and Oakview Farms
Located in the historic Haynie’s Drugstore building in Downtown Opelika, Cafe 123 Owner John Robert Wood has created a classic fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Southern cuisine with French influence, Chef Eron Bass has prepared a menu rich with hand-cut meats, fresh seafood, and the highest quality ingredients, all prepared to order. Chef Specials and fresh cheesecakes offered.
Acre highlights new Alabama cuisine inspired by our Southern heritage. The kitchen sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Blackbelt Region, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine.