Heading home for the holidays, but you don't want to spend the entire time sitting around your parents' house?
Or maybe you're stuck in your apartment after all your friends leave Auburn? Either way, here are four fantastic ways to get outside during the break!
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Every year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden throws an “electrical extravaganza” called Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. This event consists of lights, Christmas decorations, and model trains spread throughout the garden for visitors to view and enjoy. This year, the event is held from Nov. 12 to Jan. 7, making it the perfect winter destination.
Grab a hiking buddy and head for the hills! Being in Alabama, we are surrounded by states with amazing hiking opportunities. Tennessee, for example, is full of mountains with beautiful hikes. Plus, the bare trees and increased visibility make the views even better.
Huntsville’s Skating in the Park
This traditional winter activity isn’t something that most Southerners have access to. But luckily for us Alabamians, Huntsville has an annual outdoor ice skating venue that brings the wintery North down to us. Located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art and open from Nov. 18 to Jan. 3, this is a great outdoor activity for people of any age.
Home is Where the Heart Is
While maybe an obvious option, home is a great place to go over Christmas break. Your area’s local parks and attractions are sure to hold some fantastic outdoor experiences. Besides, where else can you combine outdoor adventures with home cooked meals, free lodging, and time with family and friends?
Don’t just wait for the summer months to get outdoors. Grab a friend, your best flannel, and start adventuring!
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Henry G.
Isabella, is from Hilton Head, South Carolina and is majoring in marketing. This is her first semester working for Campus Recreation and she is excited to see where the adventure takes her.
Isabella likes to hike, travel, listen to music (especially Twenty One Pilots), and participate in Auburn’s campus ministry, RUF.
Having grown up in a military family, Isabella has moved every three years since she was born. Originally from California, she often wishes she could be back hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or on the cold Pacific coast.