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Aurora, Colorado is considered to be the biggest suburb of Denver, but as the years pass, and the populations continues to grow, many feel that it is time for the city to be recognized on its own merits and tall buildings. It has over 1800 of developed parks, along with over 6000 acres of natural areas and open spaces, as well as seven award-winning golf courses; and a few private clubs. The Star K Ranch, where the city's Morrison Nature Center lives, offers and provides significant habitats for wildlife, with numerous trails to enjoy the natural environment and scenery, especially at the Sand Creek Greenway Trail and the Jewell Wetland that covers 50 marvelous acres of boardwalk/deck access to the wetlands, wooded wetlands, outstanding trails and a beautiful butterfly garden.

The city's two reservoirs, Quincy and Aurora offer excellent opportunities for the pursuit of outdoor activities. Delaney Farm, where the city's famous historic round barn sits contains 130 acres of wide open spaces, an organic garden, trails that go to the High Line Canal and two structures that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plains Conservation Center sits on 1100 acres of pristine native prairie shortgrass, and is the host of many exciting and interesting educational programs that are sure to provide you and your family with outstanding information about the area and the plains.

The city manages and maintains some 22 historic sites and landmarks that include the DeLaney Round Barn of 1902, the Gully Homestead of 1870, the privately owned American War Mothers National Memorial Home, the Victorian style Centennial House of 1890, the Lowry Building 800 that had been the interim headquarters for the US Air Force Academy from 1955 to 1958 and the art deco style KOA building from 1934. Another historic landmark, is the 245 seat performing arts center called the Aurora Fox Arts Center that is located in the city's East End Arts District. The Aurora History Museum is a community based cultural center that showcases a permanent display about the city's history and two changing exhibits that delve with the topics that pertain to the city's decorative arts and history. The symphony orchestra of the city has been a top venue for more than three decades and provides a full season of outstanding orchestra concerts each year along with smaller chamber ensemble music.

Cherry Creek State Park has many excellent biking and hiking trails, that offer marvelous nature and wildlife areas, and in the winter provide some of the best cross-country skiing around. Paint Horse Stables offers outstanding horseback riding adventures through the beautiful countryside and forests, that range up and down the mountains, and is just four miles outside the city. The Cherry Creek State Recreation Area of miles of bike and hiking trails, where you can run, walk, jog, or even rollerblade through some magnificent flora and fauna. There are a few nightclubs located here for those evenings when you want to leave the children at home or in your rooms to watch a new movie while you and your mate enjoy a great dinner and dancing.