I have lived in Nebraska my entire life, yet I only learned about the city of Aurora a year and a half ago when I applied for my internship at The Leadership Center. I grew up in eastern Nebraska right by the Nebraska-Iowa border, but I was still super surprised that I had never heard of the town. For those not familiar with the city, it’s located in Hamilton County and is about an hour west of Lincoln, Nebraska. Aurora is a pretty cool town with a lot of interesting and fun places, which I’ve learned over the months I’ve spent here. If you’re ever thinking of giving The Leadership Center or Aurora a visit, here are some of the places you should check out:
  1. The Square

The Square is a great place to go if you need to get some shopping done. Some of the shops include 12th St. Cinema, Aurora Meat Block, A-town Custome Tees, Aurora Thrift Shop, Dream Designs, Honeysuckle Lane, Monet’s Hallmark Clothing & Tuxedos, Susan’s Books & Gifts, The Old Homestead, The Renaissance, and the Village Square.

  1. Plainsman Museum

If you are interested in the history of Hamilton County and its towns (Aurora, Giltner, Hampton, Hordville, Marquette, Phillips, & Stockham), I would suggest spending some time at the Plainsman Museum. The Museum has amazing exhibits, such as the Fairview School and the home of General Delevan Bates.

  1. Prairie Plains Institute

The non-profit works to preserve native grasslands and educate the public, and they do so through four major efforts: prairie reservation, prairie preserves, education, and the Charles L. Whitney Education Center. They have some great educational programs for kids such as SOAR (Summer Orientation About Rivers), the Youth Naturalistic Program, and Young Nebraska Ecologists.

  1. Edgerton Explorit Center

The Edgerton Center opened in 1995 to honor Doctor Harold Edgerton, who grew up in Aurora and is known for his contributions to science and photography. The center is full of fun, hands-on exhibits provide a variety of scientific learning experiences.

  1. The Leadership Center

The Leadership Center is a non-profit retreat and conference center on 43.5 acres of land. We have 60 lodge rooms, 3 cabins, 13,000 feet of meeting space, a pond, and more. We do so many awesome things at the center, some of which include: weddings, caterings, meetings, D4LC leadership programs, farmer’s markets, lodging, and indoor and outdoor recreation.

If you’d like to learn more about what Aurora, Nebraska offers, you can check out www.auroranebraska.com

I hope we’ll see you soon!
–Elizabeth

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