Discover local things to do
Aurora is one big city! Discover local eats and things to do near your neighborhood.
Southeast Aurora is where the prairie plains are at their best. Home to Colorado’s largest Lifestyle District, Southlands, Southeast Aurora is a playful mix of residential, outdoor adventure, and places to stay. Follow the guide below for our hand-picked neighborhood itinerary, all within a 10-15 minute drive.
Gear up for the ultimate golf experience at Saddle Rock Golf Course. Its outstanding reputation in the metro area goes far beyond its beautiful fairways, expansive driving range, and top-notch pro shop. This challenging 18-hole course rewards its dedicated players with mountain views, native landscapes, and extraordinary sunsets. Bask in the views while grabbing a beverage or meal at their clubhouse or hit a bucket of balls on one of the largest practice tees in the metro. Read more on pricing here.
Step away from reality for a bit while discovering the sandy beaches at the Aurora Reservoir. This oasis is filled with fun water activities, including paddle boarding and sailing. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a day on the beach--pack your lunch to turn it into an afternoon! If you’re feeling a little waterlogged, hop on the 8.5-mile paved trail and explore a different side of the reservoir. Read up on admission and rentals here.
Watch live racing and place your bets at Arapahoe Park. Open May-August, Arapahoe Park is home to horse and dog racing Friday through Monday. Enjoy outdoor seating, a full bar, and snack items as thoroughbreds and quarter horses fly to the finish line. Learn more about entry fees and hours here.
A place where burgers, bourbon, and brews collide! Discover this locally-owned restaurant complete with dozens of styles of bourbon and twelve taps. Aside from Colorado beverages, their American-grill menu comes with all the classics, like Angus Burgers, and some twists, like balsamic and bleu cheese chips. Get there early for an expansive breakfast menu. Also, note this place is kid-friendly too!
Enjoy a locally-brewed beer and give back to a good cause. At Two22 Brew, $2.22 of every $10 is donated to Aurora/Denver charities. Their mission is rooted in creating great craft beers that people can feel good about drinking. With unique and seasonal flavors like Watermelon Gose and Western Slope Patio Peach, you can try something new to you. Or go the classic route with an English Ale or Blonde.
Discover the state’s largest Lifestyle District, Southlands! With more than 150 shops and restaurants, Southlands is filled with things to do, places to see, and of course, shopping! They’re home to major retailers like H&M, Eddie Bauer, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Looking for a piece of Colorado to bring in your carry-on? Visit The Local, a market-like store filled with Colorado made snacks, accessories, clothing, home goods and more. Hit up Southlands rooftop patio at Bar Louie to enjoy some of the best mountain sunsets in the city. Read more about hours and businesses here.
Breakfast is everyone favorite meal, right? Belly up to the ultimate breakfast menu at Three Griddles, a family-owned contemporary breakfast spot. Choose something off their special menu, like a homemade frittata or corned pork hash. Or go the classic route with poached eggs and toast. Open 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM, it’s the perfect place for a weekend brunch with the family.