10 Things to Do in Aurora That You Shouldn't Miss

July 22, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Aurora is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is co-extant with, and formed from, the former township of Aurora, which was formed from the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 15,548 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Aurora

1. Boulder Creek Golf Club & Event Center

9700 Page Rd, Streetsboro, OH 44241-5014 +1 330-626-2828
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Boulder Creek Golf Club & Event Center

18 hole championship caliber public golf course. First time architect Joe Salemi. #2 Public Course in Ohio by Golfweek. 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest.

Reviewed By OhioDarkrider - Streetsboro, Ohio

This review is for the Whiskey Barrel restaurant at Boulder Creek Golf Club. We just had dinner here tonight and really enjoyed it. This is now my favorite restaurant in Streetsboro. We dined on the patio which is the nicest around. The interior also looked nice. We had two appetizers, the gyro plate and the pretzel bites. Both were good. The gyro plate was a bit odd as an appetizer but it tasted good. I had ribs and my wife had a steak. The fries were a tad limp but tasty. The ribs were fresh and the meat was falling off of the bone. The sauce was uninspiring. My wife enjoyed her steak. We'll both definitely be back!

2. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

549 S Chillicothe Rd, Aurora, OH 44202-7848 +1 330-562-2000
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets

Aurora Farms Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. Located approximately 35 minutes southeast of Cleveland, you're sure to find impressive savings all year round.

Reviewed By Theresa M - Mentor, Ohio

Aurora Farms offers many of your favorite premium outlet stores. You can visits all of the stores within a few hours if you wish. The discounts can be very good or average depending on what you are looking for and what specials they have going on.

The majority of the stores go in a square around one area. They are easily accessible from the parking lot and you can drop off your packages as you go. The stores can get very crowded during prime hours.

The food court is poor. There are not many selections and it lacks in atmosphere. They do have a nice fish pond and play set to break up the day if you have children with you.

The grounds are beautifully maintained and add to the joy of your shopping experience.

3. Hudson Springs Park

7095 Stow Rd, Hudson, OH 44224 +1 216-447-1754
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Hudson Springs Park

Reviewed By MWK51 - Hudson, Ohio

there is something for everyone at this community park. The lake provides opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing. (Bring your own equipment, there are no rentals).
Children seem to love the play ground, there are shelters for group picnics, tables and grills available. The hiking trail around the lake is a favourite of all ...some running, some taking a leisurely stroll, It is a beautiful spot just to sit by the lake and relax.

4. Liberty Park

9999 Liberty Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087-1873 +1 330-487-0493
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Liberty Park

Reviewed By BrianParsons - Twinsburg, Ohio

I have traveled here many times since moving to Twinsburg seven years ago. Sadly, I don't frequent this park much since my dog passed away a few months ago. However, I am impressed with the updates to the park and have always enjoyed the pathways, wooden walkways, as well as the cave area of the park. This is a great place to walk and enjoy the trees and birds.

5. Chagrin Waterfalls

Main Street Bridge, Waypoint: 41. 43111N 81. 3925W, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Chagrin Waterfalls

Reviewed By Betty93ha - Beachwood, Ohio

the waterfalls is easily seen--as a matter of fact if you're sitting at a window, it can be seen from Jekyll's restaurant window, while you're eating--it make it different from restaurants--the food is excellent--it's crowded so that proves that it's a place enjoyed by many.

6. Breakaway Excursions

4690 E Prospect St, Mantua, OH 44255
Excellent
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5 based on 24 reviews

Breakaway Excursions

Breakaway Excursions is a provider of adventure-based recreation activities in Cleveland and Northeast, Ohio. We rent kayaks, archery gear and snowshoes. We also customize excursions and instructional training for individuals, families, non-profit and for-profit businesses. Our activities include Archery, Kayaking, Snowshoeing and traditional Team Building events.

Reviewed By Patti S

Best kayaking experience ever. Doug was so friendly and knowledgeable. The kayaks and life jackets were so clean (unlike other places we have been). The kayaks were super comfy too with adjustable seats and foot rests. We did the 5 mile trip and it was...MoreThanks Patti. Your review is extremely helpful to those planning an excursion for their families. We are super happy that you like our gear and look forward to working with you again in the future. Doug PS Archery season is coming up this fall.

7. James Place Restaurant

271 E Garfield Rd, Aurora, OH 44202-7949 +1 330-562-1803
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

James Place Restaurant

Originally opened as a wine bar, we have recently transformed into a favorite neighborhood bar & bistro and casual hangout.

Reviewed By Barb G - Cleveland, Ohio

Stopped in on the recommendation of a few friends who absolutely love the place. The outside does nothing for the place, inside is very nicely done but small. We had a couple of apps won tons & crab cakes they were good. We were also how many things on the menu they were out of & it was a Saturday night. Also the bartender was our waiter which doesn't work out well when the place starts to get busy. Our entrees were good and I will say I thought the prices were reasonable. Probably will give it another try.

8. Zip City

9960 State Route 43, Streetsboro, OH 44241-4938 +1 330-931-4944
Excellent
25%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
21%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 32 reviews

Zip City

Reviewed By Ott2fly

We bought the 3 hr pass on Sunday afternoon. It included, the rock wall,trampolines and zip lining. There was plenty of space to keep everyone active. It wasn't very busy so there was no wait. We parents sat upstairs on the sofas overlooking the zip lining and took pictures. Everyone had lemonade and dippin' dots half way through our visit. Zip City was a fun way to spend a cold afternoon indoors.

9. ThornCreek Winery

155 Treat Rd, Aurora, OH 44202-8704 +1 330-562-9245
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

ThornCreek Winery

Reviewed By StitchesToo - Ohio

This place is beautiful. We come here several times each summer. The gardens are gorgeous and the inside building is also lovely. Service has been very good and friendly. They also provide entertainment many nights and have special events such as Yappy Hour where I can bring my dog.

10. Beartown Lakes Reservation

18870 Quinn Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023-6214 +1 440-286-9516
Excellent
53%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Beartown Lakes Reservation

Reviewed By ElaineAndGreg - Chesterland, Ohio

Beartown Lakes is part of the excellent Geauga County Park District. This park of about 140 acres is the southernmost park in the county. It boasts three lakes, over a mile of trails, and lots of fishing.

First, please note that despite the mailing address, this park is actually on the border of Bainbridge and Auburn Townships, about 7 miles east of Chagrin Falls.

This area was once farmland, but is returning to its natural state. The three lakes appear to be man-made, possibly as an effort to control the water flow for what was a boggy area around the nearby freeway.

In any case, this park has several places to fish along the three lakes, along with two pavilions you can rent. There are several trails, one that is paved over a good portion of its length along the lake. There are also attractive bridges.

The walks here are fairly easy as the land is essentially level.

This is a nice park and a good way to spend a pleasant afternoon, but the Geauga Park District has several more interesting parks, such as the Rookery in Chesterland, and several around Burton and Chardon, as well as the outstanding but more distant observatory park in Montville. These parks tend to have a more rural feel. Still, this is a pleasant place and probably the nicest in roughly a 5 mile radius.

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