The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the students of Auburn are slowly starting to emerge from their winter's hibernation. The warmth of sunshine has been gone so long, one can almost forget the pleasures that a spring on The Plain's can bring. With the absence of the chaos football season brings in the fall, it can be hard to figure out what to do with so much free time on the weekend. Check out these five places and events to fully enjoy an Auburn spring!
Chewacla State Park
Known for its intricate hiking trails, extreme bike paths, and cozy picnic spots, Chewacla State Park is truly the hidden gem of Auburn. Though only a few miles from Auburn University, Chewacla is a pristine spot to feel like you are away from the craziness of campus. Here one can enjoy 696 acres of pure, uninterrupted fun in the outdoors. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playground, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills, and shelters, cabins, hiking and mountain biking trails. Whether you want to mountain bike or work on your tan, Chewacla State Park has something for everyone. (Source: Wikipedia)
Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar
Known for its delectable milkshakes and incredible chili dogs, Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar is Lee County's premiere dining spot. Located nonchalantly on Peppermill Parkway, one has probably driven by this hot-spot multiple times without even realizing it. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has been around for over 63 years, passed down through the Story family for generations. Their milkshakes are made individually, and their chili recipe is an air-tight family secret. If you need a sweet treat one day this spring, Mrs. Story's is the place to go! (Source: TripAdvisor)
Each year in the Spring, a Founder's day celebration takes place in Auburn. To celebrate this event, Auburn's football team plays a scrimmage game allowing spectators to check out the Tigers before the upcoming fall. This game is called A-Day, and though it is not regulation time, fans get to enjoy all the splendor of a normal football game. This year, A-Day will be at 3:00 p.m. on April 9th. Admission is $5.00, but students can get in free with their ignited card. So bust out your game-day attire from the back of your closet, and come cheer on the Tigers! (Source:AuburnTigers)
Crepe Myrtle Cafe
Needing to escape the dreariness of studying indoors? Take your studies outside and head to Crepe Myrtle Cafe and enjoy a crepe and sunny weather. Located on Donahue, this cozy restaurant is adjacent to the back of the gardening store called Blooming Colors. One can satisfy their hunger by choosing from an array of sandwiches, salads and a multitude of different crepes (You can't go wrong with the Nutella crepe!) After eating, make sure to browse their market that has fresh produce, vegetables, and artwork from local vendors! (Source:CrepeMyrtle)
Auburn's CityFest is the largest outdoor festival that Auburn hosts each year. Auburn's CityFest is the family-friendly event that allows anyone of any age to enjoy live music, food vendors, art exhibits and much more.The event is absolutely free, so it definitely coincides with a college budget! Auburn's CityFest will take place on April 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kiesel Park. This event happens rain or shine, so regardless of the weather go enjoy a fun experience at CityFest! (Source: CityFest)
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