Aurora Tourist Information and Tourism

(Aurora, Colorado - CO, USA)

The city of Aurora is the third-biggest city in the state of Colorado, after Denver and Colorado Springs. Its close proximity to the metropolis of Denver certainly adds to its overall appeal and in fact, these two cities are less than 10 miles / 16 km apart, being connected by the East Colfax Avenue in approximately 20 minutes.

In Aurora itself there are a number of worthy distractions and tourist attractions, while in Denver, the list of tourism offerings is certainly longer and the choice more extensive. However, with cheaper accommodation and good connections to Interstate I-70, many people choose to treat Aurora as a central base for a vacation, exploring what the city has to offer and then heading to Denver and other nearby tourist destinations, such as the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Often referred to as being the 'Gateway to the Rockies', the city certainly offers easy access to some of Colorado's most breathtaking, untouched and magical countryside. When you first arrive in the city, you may like to head to the Aurora Municipal Center on the East Alameda Parkway for some official tourist information, as well as for maps and information about public transport in this part of Colorado, and general directions.

Aurora Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Located on the southeastern side of the city, in between the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and the Aurora Reservoir, the Arapahoe Park Racetrack will likely be of interest to gamblers and those who enjoy an afternoon of summer horse racing (open late May until mid-August). A basic clubhouse is on hand, along with some tasty hot snacks to stave off the hunger pangs, such as hot dogs and nachos.

Performing arts, culture and evening entertainment can all be found at the Aurora Fox Art Center, where you may well be lucky enough to catch a concert performed by the locally acclaimed Aurora Symphony Orchestra. Nature enthusiasts should not miss a day out at the Star K Ranch Park, where wetlands, a butterfly garden and a boardwalk all provide an easy way to see native Colorado wildlife, just minutes from downtown. More information about Aurora Tourist Attractions.

A truly impressive assortment of historical landmarks and sites are to be found within the boundaries of Aurora, with the city officially managing over 25 different attractions of this nature alone. These range from memorials and monuments, to historic schoolhouses, villas, mansions and late 19th-century houses. Particularly old and noteworthy is the Gully Homestead, which dates from the 1970s, while the Centennial House was built in the early 1890s for a local real estate tycoon as something of a status symbol. The city ensures that its most important structures remain in a good state of repair, thanks to its successful Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, which actively works to maintain and protect the city's important heritage for future generations and tourists. More information about Aurora Landmarks and Monuments.

Being something of a suburb to adjacent Denver means that museum-goers will be able to spend days and days indulging their passion. In the city center and close to the public library is the Aurora History Museum, with its extensive private collections and information about the Vietnam War, as well as a room for children, decorative arts, guided tours, fun workshops and free admission. Just over a mile away is the city's popular Bicentennial Art Center, where changing art exhibitions and special themed events provide something fresh all through the year. Both the Plains Conservation Center and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum are two further cultural draw cards within easy reach of downtown Aurora. More information about Aurora Museums.

Whether you choose to rent yourself a hire car or rely upon public transport, it is worth noting that you will need to travel outside of downtown Aurora if you want to ensure a truly memorable holiday. Of course, with Denver being so nearby, a day or two sightseeing, shopping and dining out in this giant city really is something of a must, but you should also consider the attractions of nearby Centennial and its neighbouring Peak Meadows shopping complex. In the nearby city of Thornton, a couple of further modern shopping malls are useful rainy day attractions. At less than an hour away from Aurora and to the northwest, the city of Boulder is another tempting day trip destination and offers up some very appealing attractions, such as the Pearl Street Mall, the Lafayette Miner's Museum and the Flagstaff Mountain. There are also a series of national parks, natural woodlands and nature conservation areas within driving distance of the city, including the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. More information about Aurora Attractions Nearby.

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