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The Planes of Fame Air Museum started in 1957 as a project by Edward Maloney, who was an avid collector of WWII aircraft. Ever since his idea, the museum has been collecting historic flying machines, some of which are the only remaining ones of their kind. The museum also features the largest collection of Japanese aircraft in the world and since it's a living history museum, some of these can still fly, so make sure to catch the air shows to see history in action.
Located on Euclid Avenue in downtown Ontario, the town square serves as a gathering spot for picnics, concerts and other outdoor events. As a backdrop, the grand outdoor amphitheater/stage presents concerts, plays, workshops, festivals and many other happenings throughout the year. Additionally, there is a slew of food trucks that convene on certain nights which makes it a one-stop shop in terms of combining fun, food and festivity,
Castle Park is a family amusement park located in Riverside, about 20 minutes outside of Ontario. It has numerous rides as well as an arcade, mini-golf course and several restaurants on-site. Rides include the classic bumper cars, the Flying Saucer, Ferris Wheel, the Log Ride and the Fireball just to name a few. The water slides and thrill rides are also present here, however most of them are only open during the summer.
Bonelli Park provides 1,975-acres (799.25 hectares) of recreation in the L.A. exurb of San Dimas, and in addition to its massive size, the park is also home to the famous Raging Waters theme park. There are plenty of activities in the park itself, from kayaking and boating in the Puddingstone Reservoir to horseback riding and golf at the nearby Mountain Meadows Golf Course. Needless to say that everyone can find something under the warm Southern California sun. Some of the other facilities include an RV Park, hot tubs, equestrian area, boat house and plenty of picnic space.
Situated just north of Claremont University, California Botanic Garden is a conservatory dedicated to native Californian plants. This 86-acre (35-hectare) green oasis is home to more than 6,000 varieties of native species, some of which include exotic seasonal ones like the Manzanita, Dutchman’s Pipe, Catalina Crossosoma and many more. A stroll through this beautiful garden allows visitors to see squirrels, red-tailed hawks, butterflies and other avian life. The garden is open throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is in the spring of course, when the plants are in full bloom.
The citrus industry was one of the hallmarks of California's industrial development in the 20th Century, and California Citrus State Historic Park recognizes and commemorates the significant impact this had on the state. The park has been designed to resemble a historic city park, replete with picnic areas and fruit orchards. Visitors can learn more about the history of the city's citrus industry at the on-site museum.
A popular attraction in the city, Riverside Art Museum is well known for its displays and exhibitions as it is for the building it is housed in. The combination of Classical and Mediterranean architecture is truly impressive, and the 1929 building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. As for the museum itself, it hosts many traveling exhibitions every year, and also organizes educational programs.
This museum is not named after that lovable alien character from the 80's sitcom, but after high school teacher and amateur paleontologist Raymond Alf. He began as a hobbyist in 1936 and with trip-after-trip into the Mojave Desert, Alf garnered a vast collection of fossils. The museum is located on the campus of The Webb Schools, a private high school founded by Thompson Webb and it is the only museum in the U.S. with its location at a prep school. There are two main exhibits, the Hall of Footprints which features some of the most varied fossil 'trackways' in the world and the Hall of Life that expounds upon the Earth's 4.5-billion year history.
The Fox Theater Pomona is an all-purpose venue that has a multitude of entertainment options. The venue first started as a proud movie cinema in 1931 during an era that produced legends on the silver screen. Today it serves as a concert hall, theater, cinema, and event venue, where the theater hosts everything from private parties to romantic dinners. The beautiful Art Deco structure is one of the most sought-after event venues in the city.
Nestled amid the San Bernardino Mountains, the Lake Arrowhead is a spectacular spot for recreation as well as significant for industrial purposes. Providing irrigation to San Bernardino County, the artificial lake is used extensively for sailing. Its picturesque environs are an ideal picnic spot for families for friends.