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Area Description

The unique character of the Auburn-Opelika area is the result of a combination of influences from the special atmospheres and energies provided by the diversity of communities in Auburn.

A key contributor to this winning formula is Auburn University, which brings to Auburn all of the educational and cultural opportunities associated with a world class university, as well as a youthful presence and major sporting events of interest to national audiences.

Opelika is a community that cherishes and preserves its rich heritage, while at the same time embracing all of the visions and opportunities for a bright future for our residents and businesses! This progressive city of the South has abundant cultural, recreational and educational opportunities balanced against a thriving business environment.

Why visit Auburn-Opelika?
It's a family that could easily become yours. It's a ball in a cup, one under if you're very lucky or very good. Eagles live here. And tigers too. It's a spirit that is not afraid. We take our football seriously but know that no one can play golf without a sense of humor, and people all around the world know we have the best of both. Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of Auburn University, Alabama's biggest, and the Robert Trent Jones Trail, the world’s finest. It's the coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top 10 cities in the US for small businesses, according to Forbes. Centrally located near Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika is easy to get to and easy to love.

Includes Cities/Towns: Auburn, Auburn University, Opelika.

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   Play Golf at Grand National:
Robert Trent Jones himself proclaimed Grand National as the “single greatest site for a golf course” he had ever seen. Recognized by writers, designers, and players from around the world, Grand National has received accolades for everything from the “world’s prettiest hole” to the “world’s best public course.” Featuring 54 lake-hugging holes open 364 days a year, try your luck at the championship Lakes or Links course, or if you’re pressed for time, 18 holes of one-shotters on the Short Course will still make your heart go pitter-pat.

Hike, Bikes, Swim, Picnic at Chewacla State Park:
Spread out over 696 acres, the Chewacla State Park has something for everyone. There is a 26 acre lake, swimming area, camping ground, playground, picnic area that comes with a grill and shelter, mountain bike trails and hiking. If you want to stay in the park overnight there are six stone cottages that you can rent all year round, alternatively you can pitch a tent at one of the many sites the park has to offer. If you are into fishing then the lake is full of bream, bass and crappie. Alternatively you can choose to fish in one of the two creeks. There really is so much on offer at this park for the whole family to enjoy.

Enjoy Local Craft Spirits:
Opelika is the proud home of not just one but two craft spirit makers: John Emerald Distiling Company has been making fine liqours including whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum since 2014, and Red Clay Brewing Company opened next door in 2015 offering a variety of rotating seasonal beers, including ales, IPAs, and ciders. Located in the hip arts district in historic downtown Opelika, the venues often offer or are surrounded by live music and a year-round calendar of special events.

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See the Dale Chihuly Chandelier at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art:
Opelika is the proud home of not just one but two craft spirit makers: John Emerald Distiling Company has been making fine liqours including whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum since 2014, and Red Clay Brewing Company opened next door in 2015 offering a variety of rotating seasonal beers, including ales, IPAs, and ciders. Located in the hip arts district in historic downtown Opelika, the venues often offer or are surrounded by live music and a year-round calendar of special events.

The Jay & Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center:
This 85,000 square foot building will provide high quality, performance venues in support of music, theatre, dance, spoken word and other events. The main performance venue will house approximately 1,200 guests with full support (box office, catering kitchen, wardrobe and dressing rooms, and office spaces). The second performance venue is will accommodate up to 1,500 as an outdoor amphitheater. Coming August 2019.

Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour:
The tour began in 1993 with just a few homes participating, but has grown to include 60 homes on North 8th and 9th street. The homes are decorated with life size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses and Christmas themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the southeast's top rated tourism events and featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living. The event is a self directed driving tour. However, on Saturday night North 8th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, neighbors and friends to stroll through the neighborhood. This enables everyone to leisurely enjoy the homes up close, listen to the carolers, and talk with residents dressed in Victorian costumes. This tour begins on North 8th street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. Admission to this spectacular production is free.

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East Alabama Medical Center:
At East Alabama Medical Center, our mission is high quality, compassionate health care, and that statement guides everything we do. We set high standards for customer service, quality, and keeping costs under control. We feel that our patients deserve nothing short of excellence, and we are committed to providing exceptional medical care with respect and compassion.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  33.6  44.3  55.0  5.2 "
 Feb  36.6  48.2  59.8  5.2 "
 Mar  43.4  55.2  67.0  6.4 "
 Apr  50.2  62.1  74.0  4.3 "
 May  59.4  70.2  81.0  3.6 "
 Jun  66.6  77.2  87.8  4.1 "
 Jul  69.8  79.9  90.0  5.6 "
 Aug  68.8  78.9  89.0  3.2 "
 Sep  64.4  74.6  84.8  3.7 "
 Oct  53.2  64.1  75.0  2.9 "
 Nov  44.2  55.2  66.2  4.4 "
 Dec  36.4  47.1  57.8  4.6 "


Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the upper 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's.

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Job or Volunteer Opportunities

There are always fun and diverse volunteer opportunities in this area. Whether you spend time working with the Food Bank or Boys & Girls Club, or helping the Tourism Bureau with events, there's something for everyone.

Volunteers are always need for large scale events such as Super 7 (the AHSAA Football Championships), Swimming & Dive events, AU campus events, etc.

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