Aurora, Colorado is the state's third largest city, and it's known for its cultural food, artistic exhibits, outdoor recreation, and relaxing atmosphere. Sailing, golfing, art, fast-pitch softball, and live theater are examples of common things to do in the city. Its proximity to Denver has long kept it in the realm of Denver suburb. But that is changing as it gains more and more recognition as a city worthy of its own distinction. During the fall of 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower recovered from a heart attack in the city and world attention was then focused on Aurora.
The City of Aurora Cultural Arts Program offers the public classes in such subjects as fine arts, dance, pottery, and music. The Aurora Fox Arts Center offers performing arts classes. A summer music concert series as well as concerts in the park are offered. The Aurora History Museum has excellent exhibits chronicling the history and culture of the town. There is a great deal of art in public places around town, which gives Aurora a unique image and allows the city to establish a distinctive aesthetic character. Pottery and fine art sales are common throughout the year. Dance recitals and other performances are held regularly through the City of Aurora Cultural Services Division.
Aurora sports fans can attend Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, and Rockies games. Sports Park in Aurora offers regional and national softball and soccer tournaments on 22 multi-use fields and 12 baseball/softball fields. There are a wide variety of golf courses for the golf lover. These include Saddle Rock, Murphy Creek, Meadow Hills, Aurora Hills, Fitzsimons, Springhill, and Centre Hills. There is always some sports or leisure activity to be a part of, such as cooking, dance, dog training, drama, fitness, gymnastics, mini golf, pottery, racquetball, tennis, and swimming.
The outdoor lifestyle is a common one in Aurora because the city is close to so much natural beauty. Grandview Dog Park has 5 acres of off-leash dog exercise space just near the Aurora Quincy Reservoir. There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails to cruise along and enjoy the sunshine. The Morrison Nature Center and Star K Ranch near the Sand Creek Greenway has riding trails, nature hikes, and public workshops. There are two different reservoirs that give people the opportunity to wind sail, bike, walk, or just dive in the water. Garden of the Gods is a beautiful red rock formation at the base of Pikes Peak. Royal Gorge has the world's largest suspension bridge. And Rocky Mountain National Park is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in North America.
Those looking for ethnically diverse dining will find more than 100 different restaurants to choose from throughout the city of Aurora. Flavors from across the globe make for an appetizing eating experience any time of year. Nearby Denver has been slowly developing a stellar reputation for young, creative chefs and eclectic dining experiences. Bars, nightclubs, and theater also make for an exciting night on the town.