The parks in Auburn cover approximately 50 acres.
Legion Memorial Park is designated a National Historic Park Site (one of six in the state of Nebraska). The granite and limestone building structures were part of the Works Progress Administration projects of President Roosevelt. The material used predominately throughout the park was the red granite boulders found in Nemaha County quarries.
The park is home to the city’s swimming pool and features a bandstand. The gazebo offers a beautiful setting for relaxing. A rock creek dissects the middle of the park for rain drainage and the rock bridges are still used by the pedestrians, originally designed to accommodate horse and buggy.
The Nemaha County Veteran’s Memorial, located in Legion Memorial Park, was dedicated in 2011. The names of more than 1,000 veterans are carved into the black granite on one side, while the other side displays murals depicting scenes from the Civil War through Afghanistan.
Legion Memorial Park also has a picnic shelter, tennis courts, basketball courts, and area for skate boarding.
Irvin Park has a nine-hole disc golf course, playground equipment, and a shelter with picnic tables.
Crestview Mini-Park is a five-acre park with playground equipment.
Ariens Nature Explore Classroom is a place where children can grow by playing outdoors with natural materials that will stimulate their imagination and creativity.
Rotary Island – Optimist Lake, located on the north edge of town, is a place to fish. A concrete trail around the lake was designed for walking and biking.
The Auburn Recreational Complex is a 30-acre facility that includes baseball, softball, and soccer fields, a picnic shelter, RV hookups, and a tent area. A 0.7-mile, 10-foot-wide concrete biking trail is being constructed and will be complete in spring of 2015. Educational and interactive stations will be added in the future.
The Wellness Center of Nemaha County is a full-service gym open to the community. The center offers a workout facility, basketball and racquetball courts, child care services, personal training, as well as many instructor-lead classes. Some of the classes include dance, karate, aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, boot camps, walk fit, yoga, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The Wellness Center also provides community events such as craft fairs, 5K fun runs, seminars, and more.
Auburn Country Club is a nine-hole, private membership golf course.
Area facilities include the Nemaha County Fairgrounds, bowling, hunting, and fishing.
Indian Cave State Park, 20 miles from Auburn, covers 3,000 acres and straddles the border of Nemaha and Richardson Counties on the Missouri River. The state park is located 10 miles south of Junction U.S. Highway 136 and Nebraska Highway 67 (west of Brownville), then five miles east on Nebraska Spur 64E.
The cave is a natural formation, created by silt and fine-grained sand deposits in a Pennsylvanian rock channel. Ancient Indian picture writings etched on the walls of the cave are the only known example of the kind found in Nebraska.
The park is open year-round and offers camping, hiking (20 miles of trails), horse-back riding (13 1/2-mile trail), and cross-country skiing. A public boat ramp provides access to the Missouri River. Grills and picnic sites are located throughout the park, as well as a picnic shelter. The park has showers, rest rooms, laundry facilities, a dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, and a playground. A Nebraska State Park Entry Permit is required.
The Nemaha Valley Museum in Auburn holds many articles of Nemaha County. Room displays include kitchen, law office, school room, church, and bank. Another area houses antique cars and agricultural equipment.
The State Theater in downtown Auburn was built in 1928. After many owners and renovations, the theater now houses a new high-definition projector and movable silver screen. In addition to showing movies, the theater also televises Nebraska football, volleyball, and basketball games throughout the year.
The Senior Center in Auburn provides meals and various activities such as card clubs and monthly pedicures and manicures. Meals on Wheels are provided to homebound residents. The senior center is available to rent.