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Fun Things to do in Riverside


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Known for its citrus industry, an entire empire was built around the sweet and zesty navel orange. Riverside has 24 nationally registered historic sites and more than 100 city landmarks commemorating this city's flavorful history.


Best time to go

The best time of year to visit Riverside in United States of America. During the month of January, February and December you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures that fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77F).


Fun city facts and activities

    Riverside is a beautiful city in Southern California and one of the top destinations for visitors to enjoy. You can spend your time enjoying an assortment of activities, fine dining or exploring the many intriguing museums.

    The climate in Riverside is almost perfect and this led to Californias second Gold Rush, as you travel through the city you will learn all about this and many other things from its rich history.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Downtown Riverside
    Wood Streets
    Canyon Crest
    La Sierra

Food Specialties

    The city situated right beside the Santa Ana River has everything you can ask for, from steaks and punjab to seafood and tacos, you name it.

    If youre the type who values the dining experience, too, dont worry.

    Youll have plenty of that in Riverside as well, with its wide array of upscale restaurants, grill houses, cafes, pubs, and even trendy restos.

    Riverside is indeed the perfect destination for that gastronomic experience youll never forget.

Riverside Offbeat activities

Free or cheap things to do

1. Take a guided tour of the California Citrus State Historic Park.
2. Visit the Riverside Fox Theater and take in a show.
3. Take a leisurely stroll along the Santa Ana River Trail.
4. Visit the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and explore its collections.
5. Enjoy a meal at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and take in a show.
6. Take a hot air balloon ride over the city.
7. Visit the Riverside National Cemetery and pay your respects.
8. Enjoy a picnic in the park at Mount Rubidoux.
9. Catch a movie at the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.
10. Take a ghost tour of the historic downtown area.

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Mount Rubidoux Park
Located just west of downtown, Mount Rubidoux Park is a designated city park atop a hill nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains.

2. March Field Air Museum
March Field Air Museum is an aviation museum near the March Air Reserve Base. Established in 1979, the museum promotes the understanding of humanitys desire for flight.

3. Whitewater Preserve
Whitewater Preserve is a sprawling 2,851-acre nature preserve in Whitewater, less than an hour away from Riverside.

4. California Citrus State Historic Park
California State Historic Park is a 248-acre open-air museum that focuses on Riversides citrus industry.

5. Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside National Cemetery is the largest and busiest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration, spanning 1,250-acres of dramatic, meandering landscape.

6. University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens
Inside the University of Riverside are botanical gardens with more than 3,000 species of plants from all around the world.

7. Lake Hemet
Lake Hemet is a reservoir created in 1895, about an hours drive away from Riverside.

8. Mission Inn Museum
Extravagant and overwhelming, Mission Inn Museum dates back to the 1870s and was built as a boarding house that soon became a full-service hotel.

9. Kiddos 101
Kiddos 101 is a 2,000-square-foot haven designed for tiny tots who almost never run out of energy and eagerness to learn.

10. Castle Park
Open since 1976, Castle Park is a 25-acre medieval-themed amusement park with over 35 rides and attractions.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Riverside worth visiting?

Absolutely. From the Cheech" Marin center for Latino art, to the Mission Inn, the state Citrus Park and so much more. We are the City of Art and Innovation".
Jo Matza Lives in Riverside, CA
Do you need a car to visit Riverside?

We do have a great public transportation system but it does take so much longer. I would definitely recommend using a car. The distance between downtown and Palm Springs, for instance, is to far for a bus. You would spoil your whole day on a bus as apposed to enjoying site seeing in the desert.
Beth Kaseroff Lives in Riverside, CA (1972 Present)

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