These days, nerds aren’t getting revenge, they’re getting cool new hangouts to meet fellow fanatics. Aurora is home to several geeky destinations. You don’t have to wait for Comic Con. Whether you’re looking for a quiet afternoon perusing new and used games or an exciting night out with your very own mystery-solving gang, this list has you covered.
Address: 15201 E. Mississippi Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday
Contact: 303-306-6035, [email protected]
The Scoop: Nickel-A-Play’s classic games aren’t the only throwback at this long-running arcade. After paying $3.95 for admission, it costs only a few nickels to play any of the more than 70 games, a price that’s a throwback to the arcade boom of the 70s and 80s. Nickel-A-Play also offers group and birthday packages.
Address: 7286 S. Yosemite St., No. 180, Centennial and 7255 S. Havana St., Centennial
Hours: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 303-955-1722, [email protected], theclueroom.com
The Scoop: The greater Aurora area is home to not just one house of mystery, but two. Clue Room offers several puzzle opportunities unique to each location. That variety lends itself well to serving all sorts of fans, whether you’re obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, Japanese pop culture, Sherlock Holmes, spies or historic true crime stories, such as H. H. Holmes and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Doc’s Video Games
Address: 16863 E. Iliff Ave. and 16653 E. Smoky Hill Road
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Contact: Iliff Avenue, 303-755-1195; Smoky Hill Road, 303-699-5587
The Scoop: Doc’s Video Games is another business on this nerdy list with two locations in town. Both stores stock new and used consoles, games, controllers and accessories. You’ll have just as much luck finding the new Nintendo Switch as you will finding classic SNES or Nintendo 64 consoles.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Address: 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 303-360-5360, [email protected]
The Scoop: This former Lowry Air Force Base hangar-turned-museum is a one-stop-shop for history buffs, STEM-educated nerds and aviation geeks alike. The sprawling 182,000-square-foot space offers exhibits including a timeline of aviation officer uniforms, astronauts hailing from Colorado, more than 50 historic aircrafts and even simulators for visitors with their heads in the clouds.