Parks and lakes and wildlife, oh my! Hunting, fishing, hiking, Geocaching, crane watching – the list goes on and on. There’s nothing like God’s great outdoors so come enjoy because Aurora’s got it!
Prairie Plains Resource Institute — Experience the beauty of the Great Plains at any of our seven Nebraska prairie preserves. Dedicated to creating educational opportunities on the land for all ages, Prairie Plains has three properties located in Hamilton County. Make a walk through the tall grass a part of your visit to the area.
Bader Park — is a 270 acre vacation spot on the Platte River, 3 miles south of Chapman, NE between Grand Island and Central City on Highway 30. It is less that 30 minutes northwest of Aurora’s interstate 80 Exit 332.
Tooley Park — is a 16 acre park on the Platte River 3 miles west of Marquette on 22nd Road and 3 miles North on N Road. Marquette is 12 miles north of Aurora’s Interstate 80 Exit 332.
Aurora City Parks — Approximately 70 acres of land within Aurora’s city limits are devoted to parks. Providing beautiful wooded areas for picnics and family gatherings as well as facilities for baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, hiking , camping, and a skate park.
- Streeter Park – offers picnic shelters and tables, restrooms, playground equipment, free camping facilities with electric hookups and two lighted baseball/softball fields as well as Parkview Swimming Pool.
- Refshauge Park – has one lighted baseball/softball field, a lighted skate park, restrooms, picnic shelter and playground equipment covering 8 acres of land.
- Cole Park – covers 4 acres of land includes playground equipment, picnic shelters and restrooms.
- Edgerton Park and Mitchell Field is the site of Intermediate League, American Legion action and located close by are three little league ball fields.
- Pioneer Trails – is located one mile north and one mile east of town and has several picnic tables. It features a hiking trail, fishing and camping location for tents and RV’s.