Aurora is filled with exciting, memorable, and creative things to do. Explore a range of activities for children and families alongside places for exploring the mountain views.
To add color and vigor to the neighborhood's already vibrant surroundings, you'll find murals in key spots around the city painted by Colorado artists. Make sure to visit East Colfax from Dayton Street to Florence Street, an event map is available so that people may see all of the murals in the area.
Festivals, kid zones, farmer's markets, concerts, and other events may be found on Main Street at Southlands, Aurora. This contemporary retail and community center spans four blocks and features a plaza encircled by local and national shops, eateries, and an AMC theater.
Routinely rated as one of the best zoos in the country, and open every day of the year, the Denver Zoo offers many learning benefits that will enrich the lives of animal lovers of all ages. Check out their events and get ready for a roaring good time.
As the third-largest Colorado city, Aurora is home to diverse cultures and had a rich historic significance. Stop by the admission-free Aurora History Museum, Tuesday through Sunday, to explore the Gateway to the Rockies a little differently. Snap a picture inside a restored 1913 trolley or learn more about Aurora’s role in history from the rotating exhibits.
This aviation factory-turned marketplace is filled with fun (and often free) things to do. From restaurants to shopping, there is much to experience and explore. Stanley Arcade on the upper level brings vintage arcade games to life and is open to the whole family. After games, taste-test sweet treats, and designer chocolates at Miette de Chocolat. Explore Mexican-inspired eats, BBQ, and sushi all in one spot. Check their events calendar for dozens of must-sees, including live concerts, pop-ups, and seasonal activities.
Experience the countless hours of fun that Defy Denver (previously Spider Monkey) has to offer. This trampoline park is enjoyable for kids and teens looking to jump higher, explore ropes courses, or practice gymnastics. Kids can soar through the air in the extreme dodgeball arena, climb above the foam pit, or hit the trapeze bar. Consider ordering your tickets online to save time.
Find yourself immersed in breathtaking nature at Cherry Creek State Park. This park offers trails both paved and unpaved, accessible for every member of the family. Explore the hundreds of acres of open space that are perfect for hiking, biking, trail rides, and horseback riding at 12 Mile Stables. During the warmer months, take advantage of the freshwater reservoir for paddleboarding and beyond.
Explore how flight and aviation have shaped history at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Open every day; this nationally-recognized museum is a hub for innovation, education, and events. With rotating exhibits and an airplane hangar filled with iconic aircraft, families can easily fill the day. Their newest exhibit, Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, is a high-flying examination of pilot-less flying. As a family, you can save money on entry tickets by purchasing them through the downloadable Visit Aurora Savings Pass.
Spend the afternoon viewing the incredible wildlife that calls Colorado home. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal provides protected space for bald eagles, bison, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, burrowing owls, and more. This admission-free refuge also has an 11-mile drivable trail, making getting around the park accessible to everyone. On their website, check out the bird tracker to discover their latest locations or sign up for a free guided wildlife tour.