Aurora Travel Guide

© L K Kelley

Aurora, the third most populous city in Colorado, is now also a fast-growing tourist destination for those who love all the excitement that the great outdoors has to offer. It has parks with trails and water features that make for excellent hiking, horse back riding and boating. It also has conservation centers that showcase the beauty and wonder of the outdoors. Aurora experiences all four seasons in full, so just be ready with your rain gear in case it suddenly turns cold after a few hours of brilliant sun. That's just the way it is in the Rocky Mountains, so it's always good to be prepared.  



From historical sites to pristine parks, there is plenty of outdoor fun in Aurora. Begin your tour at the Aurora History Museum where family events and different exhibits make every visit engaging. Be sure to check out the performances at the Aurora Fox Theater. Outdoor education areas include the Plains Conservation Center and the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch. There are also numerous parks in the city where you can bike, horse ride or walk. Some of the more popular ones include Sand Creek Regional Greenway, Cherry Creek State Park, Jewell Wetland and Expo Park Aurora. You can also find more open space at the DeLaney Farm which allows access to High Line Canal, an organic garden. This is also a haven for golfers as there are seven golf courses in this area. The Saddlerock Golf Course, the Fitzsimons Golf Course and the Aurora Golf Course are just three of these. At the Aurora Reservoir, you can swim, fish, sail or go on a picnic.



There are typical American-style restaurants and fast-food places in Aurora, as well as Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian and other cuisines. They can be found along South Havana Street, Iliff Avenue and East Colfax Avenue. There are also dining places along Peoria Street. The Stevinson Toyota East Food Court inside the Town Center at Aurora also has more eating options.



There are only two main shopping places in Aurora: The Town Center at Aurora and Southlands Shopping Center. There are more than 125 specialty stores in The Town Center, which include Hollister, Victoria's Secret and New York and Company. In the Southlands, you'll find more more specialty stores and a twice-weekly farmer's market. 

Where to Go in Aurora


Crystal Inn DIA

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3300 N Ouray Street

A favorite among business travelers

Saddle Rock Golf Course

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21705 East Arapahoe Road

Impressive Panoramic Views

Armando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

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expert pick

16611 E Smoky Hill Rd

Good drinks and great pizza

Legends of Aurora Sports Grill

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13690 E Illif Ave

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