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 Things to Do in & Near Aurora

From Aurora, several day trips can be enjoyed to take in the beauty of Colorado. See how the song "America the Beautiful" was inspired, and enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountain region.

Here is a list of just a few things to do:

Arapahoe Park

Check out the live action and bet on a winner at Colorado's only horse-racing track. Admission fee. [more info]

Aurora Fox Arts Center

Enjoy comedy, drama, musical productions and more at this restored 1940s-era movie house. Admission fee. [more info]

Aurora History Museum

A permanent exhibit tells the tale of Aurora’s past and present while unique traveling exhibits and a hands-on children’s area offer plenty of reasons to visit often. Admission is free. [more info]

Aurora Reservoir

This 2,500-acre site features swimming, diving, boating, fishing, an 8.5-mile hike-and-bike trail and more. Admission fee. [more info]

East End Arts District

Explore Aurora's burgeoning arts district featuring several galleries and a number of public art pieces. Admission is free. [more info]

Eisenhower Suite at Fitzsimons

Take a trip back in time to 1955 and see the newly restored Eisenhower Suite at Fitzsimons where the former president recovered from a heart attack. [more info]

Morrison Nature Center

The 200-acre Star K Ranch and Morrison Nature Center along the Sand Creek Greenway features riding trails, nature hikes and workshops. Admission is free. [more info]

Plains Conservation Center

The 1,100-acre Plains Conservation Center in Aurora provides an intimate look at the flora and fauna of Colorado’s eastern plains. Admission is free. [more info]

Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Highest cog railroad in the world journeys to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,110 ft./4,300 above sea level. Admission fee. You may also take the drive yourself up the high winding rode for free.

Garden of the Gods

A Magnificent red rock formation in a spectacular setting at the base of Pikes Peak. Admission is free.

Cave of the Winds

Guided tours through 20 caverns of outstanding beauty. Admission Fee.

Air Force Academy

One of three U.S. Military Academies with museum, fascinating architecture and aviation exhibits. Admission is free.

Flying W Ranch

An Old West town from the late 1800s with authentic chuck wagon supper and famous Flying W Wranglers stage show.

United States Olympic Training Center

Take a tour of the site where 12,000 athletes prepare every year for Olympic competition. Admission is free.

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

The only museum devoted exclusively to professional rodeo. Admission fee.

Royal Gorge

The world's highest suspension bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,050 ft/320 meters. Admission includes an aerial tram trip, which takes up down the world's steepest incline railway to the bottom of the Gorge.

Royal Gorge Route

A 24-mile roundtrip train ride through the base of Royal Gorge on a route that has been called, "the most arresting scenic site in all of American railroading.

Buckskin Joe Town & Railway

A Re-assembled Old West Colorado town that has been used as a filming location for dozens of Western movies with stagecoach rides, shoot-outs, horseback rides and entertainment. Admission fee.

Colorado Territorial Prison and Museum

Take a tour of the old prison known as a one of the "Hell Holes" of the Old West. Admission fee.

Blackhawk & Central City Casinos

There are more than 10,000 slot machines, blackjack tables and poker tables in 30 different casinos, many of them housed in historic old buildings.

Central City

Once called the "Richest Square Mile on Earth," this historic old mining town is dotted with the old gold mines and hundreds of Victorian buildings. More than a half billion dollars of gold was mined in the area and the town once boasted a population of 30,000. Today, there are 300 year-round residents. Along with Black Hawk, it is part of a National Historic District.

Central City Opera House

Ornate opera house originally opened in 1878 and still offers an ensemble repertory each summer performing opera classics in English.

Gilpin County Historical Society Museum

Includes mining artifacts and tours, Lost Gold Mine walking tour into an old mine shaft, it show how hard rock mining was done in the late 1800s. Teller House and old hotel where President Grant once stayed is now a museum with authentically furnished rooms and the famous face on the barroom floor.

Boulder

A delightful college town located at the base of the Flatirons, a series of vivid red rock formations that lie at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Home to the University of Colorado, the town has a four-block pedestrian mall that is lined with shops, outdoor cafes, bookstores, brew pubs and flower gardens.

Boulder Creek Bike Path

A Nine-mile long jogging/biking/rollerblading path that follows Boulder Creek from a mountain canyon through the town and out into the plains. Boulder Falls is located 8 miles/13 km west of the town.

Celestial Seasonings

The largest herbal tea manufacturer in the U.S. produces over a billion tea bags a year. Free tours and tastings.

Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art

The largest private collection of contemporary Western Art open to the public, this free museum has over 200 paintings and 85 bronzes by some of he best Western artists.

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Offers free self-guiding tours of exhibits that explore the wonders of the earth's atmosphere. The unusual modern building (used a location for Woody Allen's movie "Sleeper") is in a stunning location with panoramic views.

Anheuser Bush Brewery

Offers free tours of this new high-tech brewing center, which can produce 2,200 cans of beer every minute. Free samples to those over 21.

Colorado State University

This college campus has five art galleries open for tours as well as a beautiful grounds in the center of town.

Poudre Canyon/Red Feather Lakes

A narrow rock canyon near town, named in 1836 by a French group of mountain men. The area offers scenic views and hiking trails.

Horsetooth Reservoir

A pretty mountain lake and state park with boating, hiking trails and picnic areas.

Estes Park

An attractive resort village at the edge of the national park, this small town has shops, restaurants and flower gardens. Ideally suited for motor coach tours with motor coach drop off stations and parking in town. Admission is free.

Rocky Mountain National Park

One of the most scenic spots in North America, offers an opportunity to travel above the timberline on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the nation. The highway is usually open from May until late October due to snow; the rest of the park is open year-round. Wildlife viewing, hiking trails, fishing, mountain lakes, and meadows of wildflowers, horseback riding and camping are just some of the attractions. Admission fee.

Stanley Hotel

A 1909 historic hotel that inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining" (1997 movie version was filmed here). This hotel sits in a dramatic location at the base of the mountains. Admission is free.

Aerial Tramway

Offers a panoramic view of Long's Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park. Admission fee.


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