Staying local? Enjoy Spring Break in downtown Aurora
If you’re not able to get away this month, it’s easy to enjoy spring break in downtown Aurora. You just need to look at the city from an outsider’s perspective and try new things that are outside of your normal routine.
I recently took a couple of local friends to The Riverfront Playhouse for the first time and they loved it. We then walked over to Leland Legends for dessert and had a great time being “local tourists.”
It’s always fun to visit downtown museums, and they’re all free for Aurora Museums After Dark from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.
A real spring break treat is a signature coffee drink or a fruit smoothie from Endiro Coffee, 29 W. New York St. If you’re going for an afternoon snack, try their street sides like the veggie samosas or the grilled plantains. Yum.
I always feel like I’m on vacation when I stop by La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St., and order their table-side salsa and guacamole. For those on a budget, try Taqueria El Tio, 81 S. River St., on Monday night for dollar tacos.
Of course, it’s a real vacation when you splurge on some spa treatments. A stop at Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., for a chair massage on Wednesday afternoon during “Walk-In Wednesdays” is a must.
Fatimah at Pure Skin Solutions, 26 S. Stolp Ave., will make your skin shine with a refreshing facial, and check out Do or Dye Designs next door or Big Boss across the street for a new look.
Perhaps test out some summer recreational equipment at Rocktown Adventures, 107 Spruce St., or take a bicycle for a spin at All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. Ste. 12.
Another vacation favorite of mine is shopping at thrift stores, so don’t forget to pop into The Hope Chest, 36 N. Lincoln Ave.
No vacation is complete without some sightseeing. I recommend taking the Stolp Island walking tour available online at www.auroradowntown.org. Also, look for the several public art pieces in downtown Aurora. Maybe sit a spell in the sculpture garden adjacent to The Pierce Center, 20 E. Downer Pl.
Taking in the river and historic buildings around sunset can make for a memorable evening. Then enjoy a nightcap at a tavern that you have never visited; I recommend The Web, 134 W. Downer Pl.
Marissa Amoni is the events coordinator for Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making downtown a destination and arts and culture hub.