Aurora is a small river town rich in charm that takes advantage of the beautiful Ohio River. Although the city itself is only 2.2 square miles, its old river town character makes this city unique amidst the surrounding communities.
While riverboats are no longer plying their trade along the Ohio River, that strong sense of history envelopes you as you walk through the streets of downtown Aurora, currently undergoing a revitalization effort aimed at enhancing its historic heritage. National Historic Landmark Hillforest Mansion showcases Italian Renaissance style, and Veraestau Mansion showcases Victorian style homes, drawing thousands of visitors annually. The city's historic district includes 200 buildings and five 19th century churches all invitingly located in a walkable downtown. Homes include a blend of older homes built in the 1800s and newer styles in both urban and rural settings.
Aurora is located approximately 35 miles west of Cincinnati. US Highway 50 runs east/west along with an active railroad line. This segments the city into two distinct areas. The downtown lies to the south, nestled between US 50 and the Ohio River. Several residential areas lie north of US 50, with access from State Route 148 and State Route 350. Aurora is within 30 minutes of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Located at the junction of US 50 and SR 56, Aurora is also included in the Catch-A-Ride bus transportation system, which links many communities in Dearborn County with the airport and other locations throughout the county. Residents can reach any part of the city by walking a relatively short distance.
Nearby Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg serves the county's medical needs, in the midst of a $38 million construction project improving the hospital to meet growing population demands. Hospitals in Cincinnati are a half hour drive away.
Aurora has a well-defined, convenient downtown shopping district featuring everything from food and beverages to antiques and art galleries. Antique malls and shops make this town a must for antique hunters.