Things to do in Aurora
Aurora Cultural Arts District
A 16-block area located along the historic commercial corridor from Clinton to Geneva streets on East Colfax Avenue that features arts-related venues and a thriving theatre scene that includes the Aurora Fox Arts Center and the Vintage Theatre
Aurora History Museum
A community-based cultural center featuring a permanent exhibit on Aurora history and two changing exhibit galleries touching on topics related to history and decorative arts. Educational programs, tours, workshops and family events are offered for all ages throughout the year.
Colorado Freedom Memorial
Located near Buckley Air Force Base at Springhill Park, this memorial’s glass panels contain the names of nearly 6,000 of the state’s military service personnel killed in action since Colorado became a state.
Dry Dock North Dock
This award-winning brewery’s production facility at 2801 Tower Road also features the Canoe Room tap room with 12 taps on draft, and an 18-hole disc golf course.
Restored suite in Building 500 at the Anschutz Medical Campus where President Dwight D. Eisenhower spent seven weeks recovering from a heart attack while vacationing in the area in 1955; restoration completed through careful review of photographs, archival notes and press accounts; tours are by appointment
If you have time to play, the city of Aurora owns five public golf courses ranging from championship layouts to an 18-hole executive course: Aurora Hills, Meadow Hills, Murphy Creek, Saddle Rock and Springhill.
Jubilee Brewing Co.
Get some fresh roasted, in-season coffee, espresso and pastries in a place with a laid-back coffeehouse vibe that doubles as a creative space for artists.
Head over to the Anschutz Medical Campus at 2100 N. Ursula St. to get your caffeine fix from a place that claims to inspire the world through craft, care and conscience.
Peak to Peak Tap & Brew
New location in the Aurora Cultural Arts District at 9735 E. Colfax Ave. features Peak to Peak’s own brews like Chocolate Rye Stout, Fire & Ice Green Chile Ale, To Each a Peach Blonde Ale and NITRO Vanilla Caramel Cream Ale.
Plains Conservation Center
Take a trip back in time to Colorado’s high plains and pioneer life in the mid-1800s. Preservation space for 1,100 acres of native shortgrass prairie located north of Hampden Avenue at Picadilly. Open to the public with a variety of educational programs provided by the Denver Botanic Gardens and the city of Aurora.
Aurora Reservoir features an eight-mile loop trail and a certified 5K soft-surface trail. Quincy Reservoir offers a 3.5-mile soft-surface trail. Boat rentals and swim beach are closed for the season.
Star K Ranch/Morrison Nature Center
Star K Ranch provides important habitat for wildlife and has several trails for nature exploration. You can also access the Sand Creek Greenway Trail from the property. Parking for Star K Ranch is located off Smith Road, a half-mile east of Chambers Road on Laredo Street.
This historic aviation manufacturing facility has been transformed into a community of more than 50 independently owned Colorado businesses featuring great places to eat, drink, shop, play and more.
The People’s Building
This performance and event space in the heart of the Aurora Cultural Arts District provides high-quality music, dance, theatre and events on both weekends and weekdays.
This award-winning brewery on the Anschutz Medical Campus brews up great beers like Forellen Pilsner and Brood Patersbier, and even the gluten-free Fizzics with Cherry and Lime Hard Seltzer.
The Vintage Theatre
This award-winning theatre in the Aurora Cultural Arts District produces both classic and cutting-edge productions on three stages Fridays through Sundays.