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 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.