Situated just north of Claremont University, Rancho Santa Ana 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.
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,
This small winery with its original location in Los Angeles has been a pioneer in the history of Southern California wine production. After leaving his native Lombardy in 1910, the Riboli family patriarch, Stefano, arrived in New York only to travel across the U.S. to sunny L.A. The business started out in 1917, when Stefano and his family began raising grapes and subsequently selling wine. The winery survived prohibition by selling 'altar' wine in the Catholic diocese, then the Great Depression and World War II until finally moving the vineyards into Northern California in the 60's. Since then, the Riboli family opened two other shops (this one in Ontario and another in Paso Robles), and some of the brands the family produces include San Simeon, Stella Rosa, Maddalena, and Mariella among many others.
This anachronistic drive-in theater opened in 1956 and since then it has entertained legions of Inland Empire denizens over the decades. In your car, you can revisit another era while enjoying the modern comfort of upgraded technology. At the concession stand, they serve burgers, pizzas, hot dogs, french fries and other treats. Moreover, on weekends the entire drive-in area becomes a huge swap meet; it has since become one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in Southern California.
Located in Upland, the Grove Theater is a mid-century modern venue that was built in 1947 to screen Hollywood films. Today, it functions as a live event theater for stage performances which range from dance musicals to plays and one-man shows. Every season has a theme and the shows fit accordingly, so expect plenty of holiday spectaculars during winter. The theater also offers workshops and classes to all age groups in order to better appreciate performance art in the community. On a side note, the stage director is Sherry Kinison, brother-in-law to the late, great comedian Sam Kinison.
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 park even has water park attractions, however most of them are only open during the summer.
Chaffey Community Museum of Art is best known for its collection of visual art. Here the artworks on display are done by some of the most prominent artists from the country. Art aging all the way from the year 1920 has been displayed here. The museum also strives to uplift and promote budding artists, who have a different perspective towards art and wish to showcase it efficiently. The museum also wishes to promote the regional art in order to make others aware of its various forms. To have a look at some of the best art pieces, from the eras bygone and by budding artists of the region, you must visit the Chaffey Community Museum of Art.
The Ontario Museum of History and Art aims to expand the community's knowledge of local culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. The museum exhibits detail the life and people of the Inland Empire and the docents organize various outreach programs and field trips throughout the year. One of the highlights during Autumn is the Dia de los Muertos festival, when local artists showcase the macabre through painting, sculpture and crafts. Every year the event draws in thousands over the Halloween season.
Want to take off on a long vacation to some place exotic but yet urbane? Head to Ontario for a memorable time out. Studded with a variety of health resorts and services, the city offers you versatile options to pamper yourself. Sports' lovers, shopaholics, nature lovers and fitness enthusiasts will find much to explore around in the city. Health freaks will love hunting for fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese and dairy products in this fruit bowl. One of the few places in the world to promote clean and healthy living, Ontario is a perfect tourist hub all round the year.
The De Anza Teen Center offers classes and events for 12-18 year olds, including sports (dodge ball, soccer, basketball, and more) and arts (painting, theater, and music classes). The center also gives teens a fun place to hang out and socialize with Friday night movies, karaoke, and games. Most of the programs are free, with a few of the dances charging a very small fee.