Auburn is home to 16 parks, which include Chewacla State Park (a 700 acre site in the Appalachian foothills), Kiesel Park (200 acres of meandering trails), and Lake Martin. Families can enjoy Hickory Dickory Park for picnicking and Family Fun Junction for miniature golf, go-cart racing, batting cages, and arcade games. There is a fine art museum, the Jule Collins Smith Museum, located in Auburn, and it holds a collection of 19th and 20th century art. Art by Georgia O'Keeffe, James Audubon, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and other renowned artists can be found in the museum. In Auburn are also two theatres, an orchestra, and various dance schools.
The economy in Auburn is intertwined with education, as Auburn University is one of the city's largest employers, employing over 4,000 people directly. Manufacturing and research are also large components of Auburn's economy, and Auburn is home to four technology parks.
Auburn, being a college town, places high importance on education. Auburn University, where over 27,000 students are enrolled, offers excellent engineering, business, bioscience, and agriculture programs. Research extends beyond the classroom and there are many research centers located in the city. The primary and secondary education in Auburn is also excellent, and Auburn's pubic school district is recognized as one of the best in the nation. As of 2018, Auburn has added a brand new high school.