Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts
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Auburn, a city in Lee County, Alabama, is unofficially nicknamed “The Loveliest Village on the Plains,” a nickname so rightfully given as Auburn City is among the top ten of the United States’ list of the best places to live in. Auburn has a typically warm climate, experiencing hot, damp summers and short, mild winters and moderate autumns and springs.

Auburn is probably best known for Auburn University, Alabama’s largest university. But aside from housing the largest university in the state, Auburn also offers opportunities for fun and recreation for you and your family.

Are you up for a nature trip? You can head to Chewacla State Park. The park is 696 acres of scenic beauty with facilities such as a 26-acre lake, playgrounds, swimming area, picnic areas with tables, hiking trails and newly renovated cabins. Aside from Chewacla State Park, Auburn also boasts of 15 other parks including Kiesel Park and Louise Kreher forest Ecology Reserve.

Donald E. Davis Arboretum, another attraction in Auburn, is located on the campus of Auburn University—it features 150 different tree species found in Alabama and the southeastern United States as well as other native plants.

Want to get in touch with the artist within? You can head to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The museum showcases American and European Art from the 19th and 20th century. The exhibits include the Advancing American Art Collection, featuring art pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn and Georgia O’Keeffe among others. The exhibits also features works by Dali, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. Major sculptural works are also shown in the museum.

And if you’re up for a little bit of music, you can drop by Telfair Peet Theatre. The theatre performs plays and musicals each year including musical productions from the Auburn Community Orchestra, Auburn High School Honors Band and bands of Auburn University.

At Auburn you’ll never run out of things to do or places to see. So whatever it is that you feel like doing, Auburn is the place to be.

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