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.
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.
The African American Museum of Beginnings has art, artifacts and cultural events that feature and highlight the African arts, culture and civilization from the bygone era. The Pomona gallery displays art and sculpture from various African cultures as well as those from the United States and beyond. Their assemblage features creative exhibits made by the town's preschoolers, apart from some breathtaking art works depicting the heritage, milestones and contemporary issues of the African community spread in different parts of the world.
Located on the Chaffey College campus, the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is a teaching museum that primarily highlights work from students, but it also hosts other temporary exhibits from artists in the Inland Empire. In addition to contemporary art, the Wignall hosts talks and conferences for the benefit of the college as well as the community. Admission is always free and the galleries are closed on Fridays, Sundays and Holidays.
Located in the city of Claremont, the Pomona College Museum of Art is a teaching museum which features student artwork from the private liberal-arts college as well as pieces from more established artists. The exhibitions are definitely eclectic, some of the past ones have included exhibits on Chinese snuff bottles, stencil drawings, sculpture and paintings from writer-composer and Pomona alumnus John Cage. Needless to say the varied media is impressive. Moreover, the James Turrell Skyspace is an architectural wonder which focuses on the nature of light and how it is emitted. The lighting programs within the room are timed for sunrise and sunset in order to amplify the color in the space.
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.
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,