Explore the world’s cultures in Aurora’s neighborhoods

Living in Colorado is all about being an explorer. Whether it’s the path to knowledge or the outdoors or the path to new experiences or belonging, Coloradans are always exploring where life can take them.

And all paths lead to Aurora.

August 20, 2016- Aurora, CO- 3rd annual Aurora Global Fest .(Photo by Dennis Schroeder)

Founded in 1891 as a small outpost east of Denver, Aurora has grown to nearly 400,000 residents, drawn by the unique mix of mountain views, wide open spaces and – above all – opportunity. It’s this opportunity that has made Aurora a center of world-class health care and bioscience research (Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Innovation Community), a center of tourism (Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center), and a sought-after home base for families and young professionals.

Aurora is one of the most diverse large cities in the country because of its welcoming culture, its international flavor, and its vast range of housing options. This diversity is apparent in the more than 250 independent ethnic restaurants throughout the city, where residents can explore new tastes and old favorites every day. From boutiques and unique shops at Stanley Marketplace, to the global markets of Havana Street, to the mix of local and national retailers at Town Center at Aurora and Southlands, there’s inspiration around every corner.


That inspiration can also be found in Aurora’s robust arts and culture scene. Spaces like the Aurora Fox Arts Center and The People’s Building host world premieres and eclectic performances, and festivals like Global Fest bring the community together in celebration. And with 300 public art pieces spread across the city, it’s easy to find inspiration in art every day. In fact, The New York Times named Aurora one of the ten best places to see public art in the country.

For those who seek their adventure in the world of the outdoors, Aurora is the place to be. With nearly 100 developed parks, five award-winning golf courses, two reservoirs and 91 miles of trails, exploration begins just outside the front door. Ranked consistently in the Trust for Public Land’s top 25 park systems in the U.S., and with over 65 square miles of undeveloped land in the city, Aurora has space to grow and room to roam.


For those explorers who like adventure, Aurora is a city of connections. With 10 rail stations in the city and at the gateway to one of the world’s busiest airports, it’s easy to get away. But the reality is, residents don’t need to get away to experience the world, because the world is coming to Aurora. People seek out Aurora from around the globe, with more than 160 languages spoken in local schools, and one in five residents born outside the United States. They come because Aurora is a full-service city, and they share their cultures, traditions, experiences, and entrepreneurial spirit to weave a more vibrant community.

With so much to do, Aurora residents can pursue whatever path they seek, because Aurora is the world in a city.

Discover. Experience. Inspire. Let your adventure begin in Aurora.

Photos by Evan Semón