Summer Fun: Family Edition
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August 07, 2018
Soak up the summer sun with the kids in hand. Take a look at some of these family-friendly activities for an afternoon or weekend in Aurora.
JUMP ON THE SADDLE
Experience Aurora’s natural landscape like a true local – on horseback! 12 Miles Stables resides on more than 3,300 acres of the seemingly untouched prairie landscape. Gather the family for a guided horseback tour across the 27 miles of riding trails. While this activity is ideal for older children, 12 Miles Stables has Pony Rides for younger kids. See hours and prices here.
A DAY ON THE BEACH
Colorado might be a landlocked state, but you can still enjoy the white sand beaches of the Aurora Reservoir. Bring the kids (and plenty of sunscreen) and head out early to this hidden gem. Splash around in the clear blue water, rent one of their standup paddleboards for a little adventure, or bring your bikes to cruise around the 8-mile bike trail. Feel free to pack a picnic! See hours and prices here.
COOL OFF WITH A SWEET TREAT
Between Happy Tea, Ice Cream Las Mariposas, Snowl and so many more, there are plenty of places to grab an ice cream or another sweet treat. Try something trendy at Happy Tea’s egg waffle cones and be blown away by the unique flavors and cuteness. Check out this list of best places to grab a frozen treat in Aurora to get started.
SPEED DOWN A WATERSLIDE
Race down one of two water slides or test your courage off the high dive at Del Mar Aquatic Center. Operated by the City of Aurora, Del Mar has a full water playground, diving boards, water slides and lots of places to play. Get there early to snag a covered cabana to beat the heat. Admission prices are very reasonable ($5 per person and under) and last all day. Read more about hours and prices here.
Wherever you’re at in Aurora, you’re never too far from wildlife. Take a hike at the Pronghorn Natural Area at sunset to look for pronghorn deer and red fox darting in-between the tall grass. Spend an afternoon at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Nation Wildlife Refuge to see American bison roaming the plains right from your car. Get up early and make the trip to The Wild Animal Sanctuary to view tigers and lions rescued from captivity.
Looking for more family-friendly ideas? Visit our website for kid-approved activities and things to do.