50+ Field Trips

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Gabby Meredith

Community Programs Coord

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2946
  2. Email: gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Please register in advance for field trips at the Harris Center Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Summer registration begins Monday, May 7th. The first two weeks of registration are reserved for Auburn residents.

June 11th: Blue Heron Adventure Zip Lining, Columbus, GA

Take flight on the Blue Heron Adventure in Columbus, Georgia! Crossing the Chattahoochee River, experience the only dual-zip line that connects two states reaching speeds up to 40mph. The first flight on the Blue Heron is a gravity defying dual-zip totaling 1,200 ft. This zip not only connects Georgia and Alabama, but it will have your feet dangling 100 ft. over the Columbus, Georgia Whitewater course. Watch out! Rafters will be floating through the famous CutBait rapid below! The final zip will have thrill seekers gliding along the riverside of Phenix City, Alabama for their final dual, 400 ft. zip. Individuals must weigh no more than 250lbs to participate. Please wear closed toed shoes that will not slip off and athletic/comfortable clothing. Cost of the trip includes transportation and zip lining. Please bring extra money for lunch. $35. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday Date: 6/11 Time: 9am - 2pm Location: Harris Center

June 15th: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA

Shortly after taking office as President, Jimmy Carter expressed interest in building a Presidential Library “someplace in Georgia.” The Carter Presidential Library was built by Atlanta architectural firm, Jova/Daniels/Busby, in cooperation with Lawton/Umemura/Yamamoto of Hawaii who designed the structure. The facility includes the presidential library (donated to the federal government) and privately maintained spaces such as President Carter’s office, offices for foundations he supports, and The Carter Center of Emory University. Continuously, the Jimmy Carter Library actively solicits material of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, major figures in the Carter administration, the Carters’ political or close personal friends, figures of secondary importance with significant aspects of the Carter administration, and President Carter’s family. Today, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library houses 40,000,000 pages, 1,000,000 photographs, 2,200,000 feet of film, and 2,500 hours of video. The cost of the trip includes transportation, and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $10. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 6/15 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Location: Harris Center

June 25th: Birmingham Food and Beer Tour, Birmingham, AL

Come hungry and eat your way through The Magic City with Red Clay Tours! First we will visit Gus's Hot Dogs, the last of the classic Birmingham hot dog stands and the Birmingham style of hot dog created by Greek immigrants way back when. Next is The Peanut Place located on the oldest road in downtown Birmingham where we will enjoy roasted and boiled peanuts. Our third stop is the famous Saw's BBQ where we will try a special plate of pork n' greens, BBQ chicken with white BBQ sauce, potato salad, fried green tomatoes and a deviled egg. Getting thirsty yet? We will wet our whistles at Ghost Train Brewing Company with a flight of beer, Golden Flake potato chips and a Bud’s Best cookie as well as . Our final stop is Lichita's Paleteria y Neveria (Popsicles and Ice Cream), a new Mexican dessert spot in the Pizitz Food Hall. The cost of the trip includes transportation, tour and all food. Please do not attend if you have a peanut allergy! Some stops will be standing room only. $65. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday Date: 6/25 Time: 8:30am - 4 pm Location: Harris Center

July 10th: Annie, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL

The sun will come out tomorrow! Adults and children alike can’t resist the irrepressible optimism of Annie’s story of a special little orphan girl who refuses to give up hope. With a delightful cast and memorable song-and-dance numbers, such as “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” Annie delivers “the ultimate feel-good musical.” – Time. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for dinner prior to the show. $50. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Date: 7/10 Time: 4 - 11p.m. Location: Harris Center

July 24th: The American Village, Montevallo, AL

Bring your imagination and sense of adventure to the revolutionary American Village - a venue so unique, it’s a national treasure! The American Village brings to life our nation's stories of liberty and sacrifice. Three major elements dominate the master site plan of the American Village. Independence Circle represents Liberty drawing the thirteen colonies together in common cause. Atop the hillside, Constitution Green represents the enshrinement of that liberty within the Constitution. Around that green are major structures representing the Executive (Washington Hall), Judicial (Courthouse), and Legislative (future Independence Hall) branches of the Republic. A grand avenue rises upward from Independence Circle toward Constitution Green, signifying the upward American experience from the colonial period to the new American Republic. Along that avenue is sited the Chapel. This draws from L’Enfant’s early plan for the new capital city, where he placed a “temple” along the “grand avenue” linking the Capitol and President’s House. The temple was considered by L'Enfant as a place for “…public prayer, thanksgivings, funeral orations, etc., and assigned to the special use of no particular sect or denomination, but equally opened to all.” There will be a lot of walking on this tour so dress comfortably and for the weather. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring money for lunch after the tour. $10. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Date: 7/24 Time: 7:30 am - 4 pm Location: Harris Center

August 3rd: Marietta Fire Museum and Gone with the Wind Movie Museum, Marietta, GA

The Marietta Fire Museum features a collection of items used by the Marietta Fire Department since the 1800s. The collection includes vehicles, clothing, equipment, antiques, photos, displays, and more. Museum highlights include a Silsby Steamer, a horse-drawn steam-powered pumper purchased in 1879 and used until 1921. It is one of only five still in existence. The collection also includes the vehicle that replaced the steamer, a 1921 American LaFrance pumper, a 1929 Seagrave Pumper and a Pirsch Ladder Truck, one of the highest-reaching ladders in north Georgia. After our fireman-led tour and lunch we will visit The Gone with the Wind Movie Museum in their new location! The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum has been a mainstay in downtown Marietta since April 2003 when it opened in the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building. With an extensive collection of memorabilia provided by Dr. Christopher Sullivan, the museum is sure to delight and intrigue any Gone with the Wind fan, from novice to aficionado. Highlights of the museum include the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in the movie, several of Margaret Mitchell's personal volumes of the novel, the personal script of Ona Munson, who portrayed Belle Watling in the film and much more! The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $10. Payable to the AAB.

Age: 50+ Day: Friday Date: 8/3 Time: 7:30 am - 4 pm Location: Harris Center

August 28th: KIA Motor Manufacturing USA, West Point, GA

On Nov. 16, 2009, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) began mass production of the 2011 Kia Sorento, the first vehicle produced at the brand new state-of-the-art facility in West Point, Ga. There were several important events leading up to that momentous day at Kia’s first North American automobile manufacturing plant including the announcement on March 13, 2006, that a Site Acquisition and Development Agreement had been signed between the State of Georgia and Kia Motors America (KMA), Kia’s sales and marketing headquarters in the United States, to bring the $1 billion plant to the 2,259-acre site in Georgia. This project is the largest in the state’s history. A grand opening ceremony was held at the plant on Feb. 26, 2010, and attended by guests from across the world, including Mr. M.K. Chung, chairman of the Hyundai Motor Group, and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Since then, the Kia Sorento has taken off as the most successful Kia vehicle of all-time in the U.S., leading the way with record-breaking sales since production began. This is a testament to the focus and pride each KMMG team member places on building a quality vehicle. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. We will NOT be stopping for a meal on this trip. All visitors must have on long pants and enclosed toe shoes. Anyone who does not comply will likely not be able to participate in the tour.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Date: 8/28 Time: 11:00 am - 3 pm Location: Harris Center