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Venturing into the plains of Auburn

The LSU Tigers are venturing into the plains of Auburn on Saturday, September 15. We wondered what, if anything, there was to do for those die hard purple-and-gold fans in the city and area around Auburn. We chatted with Matt Stanley, the Assistant News Director at KSLA News 12. Matt, an Auburn alum, lived in the area for many years and knows where to go and what to eat.

Driving over early?

Check out the Chewacla State Park. It’s 696 scenic acres of rest, relaxation, and recreation. (Photo courtesy: alapark.com). Chewada Park venturing into the plains of AuburnIf your dog is coming along, take them to the largest park in Auburn is Kiesel Park. You’ll find a great area for your canine companion to run around.

While on campus…

You can check out a few things on the Auburn University campus. See over 2,500 pieces of art at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. It’s one of the leading art museums in the state. The Friday before the game, take a campus walking tour or visit Edgar B. Carter Educational Ampitheater for the Football, Fans and Feathers show. Hawks, eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey will fly overhead during the show. Tickets are $5 per person.

Let’s talk food.

Matt suggests Amsterdam which shares a great interpretation of the “Auburn Experience” – Niffer’s Place is a fun place for unique casual dining with 2 locations – Acre, where sophisticated charm meets stylishly modern food with roots deep in Southern soil – Toomer’s Drugstore where we hear the lemonade is Toomers venturing into the plains of Auburnto die for in this 1896 classic diner – Ma Fia’s Restaurante in nearby Opelika serves up some incredible Italian cuisine – The Hound Bar & Restaurant is a cool sports bar with 28 beers on tap and really good burgers – Ariccia Trattoria will let you dine al fresco near the university with Italian food and a breakfast buffet.

If your travels take you through Montgomery, see what’s going on there with our sister weekend site. www.centralalabamaweekend.com.

If you’re not venturing into the plains of Auburn. You can watch all of the action at 2:30pm on KSLA News 12.