Summer Family Fun in Aurora, CO

Aurora is filled with exciting, memorable, and creative things to do. Explore a range of activities for children, families alongside places for exploring the mountain views.

Summer is here! Explore Rocky Mountain views, waterparks, the best ice cream spots, horseback riding, and more perfect summer activities for kids of all ages.

Three friends pose on their paddleboards at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora Colorado

Day at 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! Cherry Creek State Park is home to 880-acres of freshwater. Explore kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, and even boating on this massive water oasis. If you're looking for a local's secret, head over to Quincy Reservoir for a peaceful retreat and the best fishing and bird watching in Aurora.

A young boy rides a horse at 12 Mile Stables in Aurora Co

Jump on the Saddle

Experience Aurora’s natural landscape like a true local – on horseback! 12 Mile Stables sides 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 on their website.

A young girl holds an interesting ice cream at Snowl in Aurora CO

Sweet Tooth

Between Volcano boba 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 Milkroll Creamery 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.

A family holds intertubes in the lazy river at Gaylord Rockies in Aurora CO

Speed Down a Water Slide

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. Explore the indoor/outdoor pools at Gaylord Rockies in Aurora. Hotel guests are welcome to enjoy the lazy river throughout the summer months or race down the water slide (don't worry - it's timed so everyone can compete). Between lap pools, water features, and whirlpools, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Read more about water fun in Aurora.

A young bison stands close to its mother in spring time in Aurora Colorado

Discover Wildlife

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.

Two sisters pose with a scooter at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora

Out and About

Aurora is filled with unique stops and must-sees that are perfect (and perfectly priced) for families. Check out these options.

Wings Over the Rockies

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.

Stanley Marketplace

This aviation factory-turned marketplace is filled with fun (and usually free) things to do. From restaurants to shopping, there is much to do and explore. 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.

Southlands

Explore Aurora's Main Street with festivals, kid-zone, farmer's markets, concerts, and other events. Southlands is an outdoor lifestyle center with a four-block Main street and community plaza surrounded by additional retailers, restaurants, and an AMC theatre.

Aurora History Museum

As the third-largest Colorado city, Aurora is home to diverse cultures and historical relevance. Stop by the admission-free Aurora History Museum, Tuesday through Sunday, to explore the Gateway to the Rockies city a little differently. Snap a picture inside a restored 1913 trolley or learn more about Aurora’s role in history from the rotating exhibits.

DEFY Denver

Perfect for a rainy day, experience the countless hours of fun that Defy Denver 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.

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