Located in the Lee County of the state of Alabama, U.S.A, Opelika is a city that is known for its rich cultural heritage, not to forget mentioning its magnificent championship golf courses.
With a centralized business environment, the city also has a diverse and yet thriving educational, cultural and recreational backgrounds that draw visitors to this region. Here is a list of some of the most popular tourist destinations in Opelika, Alabama should you choose to visit the destination any time in the near future.
Things To Do In Opelika Alabama
Grand National Golf Course
The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Grand National Golf Course happens to be one of the best championship golf courses in the entire country and covers over 600 acres of Lake Saugahatchee in Opelika.
Housing 54 holes, out of which 32 hug the lake shores, the Grand National Golf Course has a number of courses which have bagged top awards in several prestigious publications. Accordingly, the Links course made it to the 2nd spot in the ‘New Public Course in America’ list published by Golf Digest in 1993. The Lakes course along with the Links course is also a regular feature in the ‘America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses’ list published by Golf Digest.
Apart from the Grand National Golf Course, Opelika has a series of other golf courses that allow visitors to enjoy a game or two. These include the Auburn Links (located in Mill Creek), the Auburn University Club, the Indian Pines Golf Club and the Moores Mill Golf Club.
Saugahatchee Country Club
Located between the cities of Opelika and Auburn, the Saugahatchee Country Club is a private club that offers its members excellent dining, fitness, swimming, tennis and golf facilities.
Present within the premises of this sprawling country club are a 18 hole golf course, several restaurants and eateries, a large outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. The club also caters to a wide range of private events and programs that can be availed by members.
Opelika has its fair share of historical locations that speak volumes about the city’s cultural heritage. Some of the more prominent historical attractions that need to be added to your travel itinerary include the 1850’s Brownfield House, the 1896’s Lee County House, the 1920’s Opelika Train Depot, the Darden House, the 1895’s Whitfield Searcy House and the Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge.
Opelika has a good number of museums that house interesting relics and artifacts dating back several centuries. The more popular museums in the city include the Lee County Historical Museum, the Museum of East Alabama, the Auburn University Jonathan B. Lovelace Athletic Museum and Hall of Honor and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art.
Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
A must visit for families with children, the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum would give you a useful insight into the natural dwellings and habits of the North American Wildlife.
Indulge in interactive sessions that would enable you to touch or feed a wide variety of animals and birds in realistic settings. The Zoo’s Overlook Café is the best place to unwind and have something to eat after a hectic day.
If you even get bored of visiting the golf courses, historical monuments, museums or zoos, remember that Opelika has much more to offer the discerning tourist than just that. There are plenty of recreational zones and centers which are scattered across the city at regular intervals. All you need to do is choose a center that offers something that you like and have a whale of a time with family and friends!
Some of the more popular recreational zones in Opelika include the Calhoun Tennis Center, the Denson Recreation Center, the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatic Center, and the Covington Recreation Center.
Of course you can always choose to spend a day relaxing at one of the many outdoor parks, gardens and fields present in the city. If you wish to do so then here are your best options; the Floral Park, the George Brady Park, the Spring Villa Park, the West Ridge Park, the Shady Park, the Municipal Park, the Miracle Field, the Miles Thomas Field, the Lee County Lake, and the Saugahatchee Lake etc.
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