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Historical Attractions

Lee County Courthouse

Open Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This working courthouse located in Historic Downtown Opelika across from Courthouse Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovated structure was built in 1896 in the neoclassical revival style. [more]

The Opelika Northside Historic District

This Opelika neighborhood features turn-of-the-century homes restored to their original grandeur. Home of the Victorian Front Porch Christmas tour. Driving and walking tours for groups available through the Tourism Bureau. [more]

Opelika Train Depot

Built about 1920 and recently restored to its original style. Houses the offices of the East Alabama Arts Association and Opelika Mainstreet. [more]

Pebble Hill 

Built in 1847, Pebble Hill was once the home of Colonel Nathaniel J. Scott. Today, it is home of the Auburn University Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, which hosts periodic programs on art, history, literature and more. [more]

Tiger Trail of Auburn

Every year since 1994 the Auburn Chamber and the Auburn University Athletic Department have joined together with the Auburn community to honor outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators who have distinguished themselves during their time in Auburn. The Tiger Trial of Auburn began as a vision of the late Ken Brown, a leader in the Auburn Community. Each honoree is a source of pride to the Auburn family. Every fall during the height of football fever in Auburn, a new class of honorees is inducted into the Tiger Trail during a breakfast induction ceremony. Each inductee is presented with an engraved granite plaque to be placed in the sidewalk of downtown Auburn among the plaques honoring other Auburn greats. 96 of Auburn’s athletic elite are now part of the Tiger Trail. For a complete list of Tiger Trail inductees and plaque locations, visit the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. [more]

Toomer's Corner

The main intersection of Auburn and Auburn University where Auburn fans and friends gather to celebrate everything from athletic victories to the new year. Look for the orange tiger paw painted in front of Toomer's Drugs. 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. Home of world famous Toomer's Lemonade, a featured member of Auburn-Opelika’s Top 10 Eats. [more]

Whitfield-Searcy House

Open Mon-Fri 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1895 now serves as the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. Ask about the ghost who lives upstairs! [more]

Loachapoka Historic District

Historic homes and the Lee County Historical Society Museum are located in the district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home of the annual Syrup Soppin Day every October. [more]

Museums

Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University

Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Sat 10:00 a.m.to 4:45 p.m. 
For more than seven years, the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University has broadened the cultural horizon in Auburn & Opelika. Besides traveling and temporary exhibitions of international, national, and regional focus, JCSM has children's programs, concerts, films, lectures by artists and scholars, and a varied and interesting permanent collection that focuses primarily on American and European art. The third Thursday of each month is free night with extended hours to 8:00 pm. The museum café is open Tues-Fri 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & the Coffee Café operates Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum's gorgeous landscaping consists of 15 acres of gardens complete with walking paths and sun-filled terrace overlooking the front lake. Inside the museum, the lobby opens onto a central rotunda with a breathtaking, 17-foot chandelier by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Browse the eight galleries which house exhibitions from the permanent collections as well as traveling exhibitions, which normally change three to four times a year. There is a 126-seat auditorium that features the mural Alma Mater by Auburn University alumnus, William Baggett. We also feature children’s programs every other Saturday morning. Saturday Art Club is for children ages 7 to 14, and Stories in Art is for younger children ages 3 to 8.

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. No admission charge.

Constructed to better serve the artistic needs of the Auburn- Opelika area and provide residents and visitors with access to an outstanding, active schedule of exhibitions and more! Community Theatre, Ballroom Dancing, Featured Regional Artists, and Traveling Exhibitions are just a sampling of what the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center has to offer. The Community Arts Center was constructed to better serve the artistic needs of the Auburn- Opelika area and provide residents and visitors with access to an outstanding, active schedule of exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, art classes and special events for children and adults throughout the year. The Arts Center also provides artists, dancers, and actors the opportunity to offer programs and instructional art classes to area citizens.

Museum of East Alabama

Tues-Fri, 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.; Sat, 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Adjacent to the Lee County Courthouse square, the museum now houses over 5,000 artifacts Located in the heart of Opelika’s downtown historic district on the old Clement hotel site, the Museum of East Alabama first opened its doors in August 1989. The museum now houses over 5,000 artifacts including both 19th- and 20th-century local, state and general history items. Each year since its opening, more than 2,000 visitors have enjoyed being educated about the East Alabama area, Opelika and Alabama history.

Performing Arts

Telfair Peet Theatre

From classical to modern productions, Telfair Peet Theatre offers exceptional performances year-round, including five productions September through May, summer dinner theatres, and the annual autumn haunting of the theatre. 
Admission Charge. 

Auburn Area Community Theater

A group of more than 30 actors, artists, and crew dedicated to quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking theater to East Central Alabama. Three to four productions per year, including one children's production.

East Alabama Arts Center

A kaleidoscope of national and international performing arts events including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, opera companies, entertainers, jazz greats, and more! Late fall through spring of each year. Past performances include Gypsy, The Producers, An Evening with Garrison Keillor, and the world-renowned African Children's Choir. Admission charge.

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