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Auburn (Alabama)

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Auburn is in the River Heritage region of Alabama. Auburn University is located in downtown Auburn.


During Auburn University home college football games, the town fills up with thousands of alumni and college football fans for a weekend of tailgating.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Most people traveling to Auburn fly into either Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA or Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, AL, both of which are are about 120 miles away.

The nearest commercial airports are Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) in Columbus, GA or Montgomery Dannelly Field (MGM) in Montgomery, AL. Both are about 50 miles from Auburn.

Robert G. Pitts Auburn-Opelika Airport (IATA: AUO) is in Auburn off Glenn Avenue, but has no service from major air carriers. There is one FBO located on the premises (Auburn University Aviation Services).

By train[edit]

There is no passenger train service to Auburn.

By car[edit]

Auburn is accessible from Interstate 85, which runs four miles south of Auburn.

  • I-85, providing access to Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL. Exits 51 (College Street) and 57 (Glenn Avenue) provide the most convenient access to Auburn.
  • US-29, providing access to Troy and points south.
  • US-280, providing access to Birmingham, AL. It is fastest to take AL-147 from US-280 into Auburn, as US-280 continues to Opelika.

By bus[edit]

  • BIG GAME BUS, +1 334 715-0444, [3]. Provides gameday bus service to the Auburn area from Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA. The buses drop off passengers on campus at the Draughon Extension, less than 0.5 miles from Jordan-Hare Stadium. Excellent customer service by email and phone. Owned by a married couple--both Auburn alumni!
  • Greyhound, +1 800 231-2222, [4]. Provides service to the Auburn area. The depot is at Exit 62 off of I-85 next to a Big Cats gas station.
  • Express85, +1 888 238-7738, [5]. Provides airport transportation between Auburn and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The depot is on Glenn Avenue near Dean Road (across from Hastings). Excellent customer service via email.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Downtown Auburn is easily traversable on foot. The sidewalks and pedestrian crossings in and near downtown are heavily utilized by Auburn's student population which means that cars will often stop if they see a pedestrian waiting at a crosswalk. However, the further one gets from downtown, the greater the distances become. Eventually, you will need to reconcile yourself to using car or bicycle.

Areas outside of Downtown and north Auburn, especially areas along South College and Wire Road, lack sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and are not suitable for pedestrian traffic.

By bicycle[edit]

Bicycles are a common method of transportation in Auburn, allowing one to cover longer distances than when on foot. Most areas in Auburn can be reached by a short bike ride of any other point. Auburn was voted a "bicycle friendly city" by the league of American Bicyclists because of the city's bike plan, bike lanes, and advocacy efforts. Both the City of Auburn and Auburn University have established bicycle committees.

Be aware that Auburn City Police will occasionally cite bicyclists for riding on the sidewalk. In Auburn (like the rest of the U.S.), bikes are considered traffic just like cars, though drivers will often ignore bicyclists. Be aware of your surroundings.

A unique transportation option in the downtown area are pedicabs. TigerShaw [6] gives people around campus and downtown a chance to rest their feet if they don't feel like walking a mile to their destination. This service is available to Auburn Citizens and Auburn University Students.

By taxi[edit]

  • Tiger Taxi, +1 334'' 444-4444, [1]. Provides personal transporation services geared towards Auburn University and the surrounding area. The service is offered 24 hours a day, takes credit cards and will take reservations for long distance pick ups.  edit
  • Twin City Taxi, Auburn, 1-334-246-0416, [2].  edit

By transit[edit]

TigerTransit, +1 334 844-4757, [7]. Provides transportation services geared towards Auburn University's student and faculty population; it is not commonly used by those not associated with the university. TigerTransit's primary goal is to get students and to and from the university, and therefore is not convenient unless that is where you need to go.

By car[edit]

Cars are the most popular form of transport in and around Auburn. Traffic can be bad during short periods of time near downtown Auburn. Parking can also be difficult to find near downtown Auburn at certain times of the day. On Friday and Saturday of home football game weekends, traffic and parking are particularly bad.

Visitors are advised to pay close attention to any notices concerning the towing of unauthorized vehicles. Towing notices are enforced on a regular basis. In particular, towing from apartment complexes may occur at any time of the day or night.

By limo[edit]

Tiger Limo, 1-334-444-4444, Ext.3 [8].

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1-800-261-7331, [9].
  • Thrifty, 1-800-847-4389, [10].

See[edit][add listing]

  • Auburn University [11], the scenic campus is home to 23,000 students and features buildings in the Greek Revival through the Modern styles.
Wilmore Laboratories at Auburn University
  • Donald E. Davis Arboretum, The arboretum features native trees, shrubs and wildflowers of the southeastern United States, including 150 different tree species native to Alabama and the Southeast. Located on the corner of Mell Street and Simmons Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.
  • Eagle's Nest, located on top of Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. The highest point in Lee County provides a fantastic view of campus and the surrounding countryside. Can only be accessed by Auburn University Student Recruiters and War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, so take a campus tour starting from the Upper Quad.
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium [12], the 87,451-seat venue for Auburn University's football team located in the center of campus. No admission except on gameday, but still a terrific sight.
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, a 40,000 square foot art museum opened in 2003, featuring visiting collections as well as a permanent collection devoted primarily to 19th and 20th century American and European Art. Also features 15 acres of botanical gardens featuring large-scale sculpture, a three-acre lake, and a landscape that incorporates walking paths, benches and water features. Located on South College at Kimberly Drive. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and college students and children under 17 free.
  • Lovelace Athletic Museum [13], a museum dedicated to the history of Auburn Athletics, primarily focused on Auburn football but showcasing Auburn's success in other arenas. Located on the corner of Samford Drive and Donahue Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Roll the trees at Toomer's Corner (intersection of Magnolia and College streets in downtown Auburn) following an Auburn victory.
  • Get lemonade at Toomer's Drugs, located at Toomer's Corner.[14]
  • Have a beer at the War Eagle Supper Club, routinely voted one of the country's best college bars.[15]
  • Follow the Auburn University Walk of Fame on the streets of downtown Auburn.
  • Take a bike ride on Auburn's many on-street bike lanes and off-street bike paths (or, in absence of a bike lane, ride on the street because bikes rule the road in Auburn!). [16]
  • Tuskegee National Forest is located just West of Auburn and contains the 8.5 mile long Bartram National Recreation Trail which is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching.[17]
  • Chewacla State Park is a pleasant park to unwind which is located just off I-85.[18]


Golfing is an enormously popular outdoor sport in Auburn among both visitors and those associated with the university. The area's mild winters mean that the game can be played year-round, and a number of fantastic golf courses are located in and around the Auburn area. Auburn was also ranked as the number one city in the nation for Golf in 2005 by Golf Digest [19]. Among them:

  • Robert Trent Jones Grand National [20] is a stop on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and features 54 holes of golf along Lake Saugahatchee. Green fees are from $40 to $62.
  • Auburn Links at Mill Creek [21] features large TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens and rolling fairways along Parkerson's Mill Creek. Green fees are from $18 to $39.
  • Indian Pines features 6,213 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Green fees from $25 to $30.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Anders Bookstore [22], located on Magnolia Avenue near College Street. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • Auburn University Bookstore [23], located in Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • J&M Bookstore [24], located on College Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
  • Tiger Rags [25], located on Gay Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue, Auburn University souvenirs and the unofficial official gameday and victory T-shirts.
  • Big Blue Bookstore, 1655 South College St., 334-821-4440. Auburn University souvenier, books. and tailgating equipment  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

In addition to the usual fare found in most American cities, Auburn has some excellent local and regional restaurants:

  • Amsterdam Cafe, on the corner of Gay St and Samford Ave, +1 334 826-8181, [26]. Seafood & southern-style seasonal fare served in a cozy cafe setting, fresh and local, with a great drinks selection and patio.
  • The Hound, located near the parking deck between College St and Gay St downtown, +1 334 246-3300, [27]. Bacon and bourbon is the name of the game here. The menu is small but the quality is amazing, with an extensive liquor selection and many truly choice bourbons.
  • Acre, 210 E Glenn Ave, +1 334 246-3763, [28]. featuring fresh, locally-sourced foods, Acre offers farm to table Southern cuisine with a good cocktail menu.
  • The Depot, 124 Mitcham Ave, +1 334 521-5177, [29]. Located in in a historic renovated train depot, the Depot prides itself on the freshest and highest quality seafood and has a nationally recognized bartender mixing cocktails.
  • Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar, in the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on College Street at Thach Avenue, +1 334 821-8200, [30]. A pricey but excellent Italian restaurant that is a great place to take a date.
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger, +1 334 826-0845, [31]. Burger joint located on College Street in downtown Auburn.
  • Laredo's, on Opelika Highway, +1 334 826-2724. A good Mexican place. Wednesday night is Margerita Night.
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza, downtown Auburn on College Street, +1 334 887-6356, [32]. Pizza joint with a great atmosphere and is always hopping, one of the best beer selections in town.
  • Momma Goldberg's Deli, on the corner of W. Magnolia Ave and Donahue Drive, +1 334 821-0185, [33]. An Auburn landmark, the run-down shack conceals some of the best sandwiches to be found anywhere. Known locally as "Momma G's". Be sure to try the "Momma's Love all the way." The newer location, at 217 e. Thatch Ave, has the widest selection of beers on tap in Auburn.
  • Niffer's Place, 1151 Opelika Rd., Auburn, AL 36830, +1 334 821-3118, [34]. A local casual dining restaurant with good hamburgers, salads, wings, and sandwiches.
  • Tenda Chick, on the corner of Glenn Avenue and Dean Road, +1 334 821-8543, [35]. Excellent all-around chicken restaurant but famous locally for its chicken fingers.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Toomer's Corner is the heart of Auburn

Auburn has several good bars for both students and visitors. The bars in the downtown area regularly change names and redecorate, so keep an eye out for new bars.

  • War Eagle Supper Club [36]. An Auburn classic. Once ranked by Playboy among the best college bars in the country, Supper Club is a different kind of place. It draws all crowds and all ages, and is unrivaled for great live music. The beer is cheap, and the bar is dirty. Supper Club is a "private" bar, so you'll have to wait in line for a membership card on your first visit. However, that membership gives you the ability to drink until 4AM, so often the crowd shows up around 2AM, when the downtown bars shut down. 21+
  • Sky Bar, on Magnolia near College Street in downtown, [37]. Shares the same owner as the Pulse. The Sky Bar is a fairly recent addition to the Auburn bar scene, and is quite popular with the under 21 crowd. The bar attracts the younger crowd, although older students enjoy it as well. Sky Bar often has good live music. The front bar usually has acoustic, jam band, country, or piano man. The back bar has popular cover bands. It has become more of a music venue in the past year, showcasing Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, Nappy Roots, Pat Green, Pretty Lights, and Corey Smith. On Wednesdays there are drink specials $3 32 oz. wells 7-9. The bar has an open roof and is usually quite hot in the summer and cold in the winter. 21+ (Wednesdays 19+)
  • In Italy, at Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn. Requires appropriate attire, i.e. no sandals or T-Shirts. Opened Fall 2007 and is 21+
  • The Bank Vault, at Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn, [38]. The Vault is the only bar directly on Toomers Corner , and is another very popular downtown bar. The Vault draws an older crowd and is more laid-back than other bars in Auburn. The bar has probably the best draft beer selection in town, and sometimes has live music upstairs or on the patio. Additionally Tuesday nights is $2 taco and beer- can't beat that! It is a great place for football weekends and alumni just stopping by. 21+
  • Bourbon Street [39], a touch of the French quarter in downtown Auburn. Bourbon Street Bar is a great place to have a beer following a football game. Popular with students and especially with out-of-town visitors from opposing schools. Bourbon also has great live music, recently having Mama's Love, Mimosa, Two Fresh, and Boombox among others. 21+
  • The Pulse, on Opelika Highway between Dean Road and Shug Jordan Parkway. Formerly a bar called The Highlands, and now one of the largest bars in Auburn. People who don't really like the collegiate atmosphere of the downtown bars often try this bar out. 21+
  • 17-16, ("). A fairly large one story bar with a very relaxed feel. Pool tables in the back and an outdoor patio and bar in the back as well. Very popular with greeks and not very rowdy, A good place to go early in the night before Bourbon or Sky Bar. 21+  edit
  • Quixotes. A cool bar, with an awesome setup and great drink specials. Down college near the Brand X pizza and across from Mikata. 19+  edit
  • Amsterdam Cafe, 427 Gay Street.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 South College Street, (334) 821-8200, (800) 228-2876, [40]. A fantastic hotel located just across from central campus. Formerly known as the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, the hotel features 248 rooms also has a restaurant and lounge, Ariccia and a comfortable lobby area. $$$
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Auburn Opelika, 2257 Interstate Drive, (334) 742-2590, [41]. Stay with us at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Auburn Opelika Hotel and experience a location nearby Auburn University, in TigerTown- the area's largest shopping and dining district.
  • The Heart of Auburn, 333 South College Street, (205) 887-3462, (800) 843-5634, [42]. A smaller budget hotel convenient to downtown and campus.
  • The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn, 205 South Gay Street, (334) 821-2646, [43]. Stay at the Collegiate Hotel at Auburn for a luxurious getaway in the heart of Auburn, Alabama that features unique lodging, cocktail bar, wrap around porch, and rooftop lounge.

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