We Suggest: Visitor Itineraries

We know downtown Aurora. Take our advice when exploring downtown and you’ll have an insider’s guide to food, fun and entertainment. Whether you’re on a date night or on an afternoon stroll with the kids, downtown Aurora has what you are looking for within easy reach. From causal to fancy or outdoor fun to Broadway-caliber performances or indoor gaming, you might be surprised to see everything downtown has to offer for entertainment and overall fun.

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The City of Lights is prime territory for first dates, anniversary celebrations, or date nights without the kids. The night could begin with an intimate dinner and end with thousands of screaming fans along the river. It’s all possible in downtown Aurora.

Date option #1 – The Taste Tester: Start your evening at Tecalitlan with chips, salsa, and margaritas. Next, stop at Taco Grill for tacos and carne asada, then walk over to La France Bakery for a slice of tres leches cake.

Date option #2 – Chips and Dancing: Take your sweetheart to Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant for a night of carefree fun. Dress casual, grab a table, and order up some chips. Fun to follow.

Date option #3 – The Celebration: Gather the family and friends and head to Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St., or Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave., in downtown Aurora. Make it a party or enjoy a tasty dining experience or drinks after a show.

Date option #4 – Under the Stars: Whether you just took in a Broadway show at the Paramount Theatre or some quality community theater at Riverfront Playhouse, a bite to eat in the large, open patio at Two Brothers Roundhouse or outside at La Quinta de los Reyes will leave a lasting impression.

Downtown Aurora is a great place to explore with children. Young ones love the art, history, and vibrancy of the city that is “Second to None.”

Day option #1 – Shiny, Red & 4-Alarm: Housed in the 1894 Old Central Fire Station, Aurora Regional Fire Museum is open to the public and features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. The museum entertains all ages with fun, hands-on displays.

Day option #2 – Tornadoes, Gravity & Magnetic Forces: Kids will have a ball at SciTech Hands On Museum. With dozens of interactive, hands-on displays, all ages learn about science while having fun. Who knew that science could be so much fun?! Insider’s tip: Don’t forget to explore the basement.

Day option #3 – Fruit Cups, Cookies & Toys: If you are looking for a kid-friendly spot to grab lunch or a cup of coffee, then you’ve come to the right downtown. River’s Edge Cafe welcomes children with a friendly kid-corner that offers little ones toys, books, and games to play while grown-ups nosh. The cafe also bakes up the best cookies, muffins, and brownies around.

Day option #4 – Books, Games & Crafts: Visit Culture Stock and open up a child’s world to non-stop learning and adventure. Whether they dive into a Magic Tree House book in the back children’s corner, or play a game of chess at the handcrafted chess board table, kids quickly fall in love with the Fox Valley area’s only used bookstore that is 100% volunteer run. Insider’s tip: Bring preschool aged children on Thursday mornings for story and craft time starting at 10:30 a.m.