Things to do in Ontario Calirfornia
Ontario's central Inland Empire location allows for easy accessibility via major freeways and nonstop flights from major U.S. cities to Ontario International Airport, just 5 miles away. Whether business or pleasure, Ontario is the ideal destination in Southern Cal!
Things To Do. One of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, Ontario still retains its small town charm and natural beauty. Mild weather and 312 days of annual sunshine entice visitors to enjoy the city’s beautiful parks, as well as Orange County beaches and nearby attractions including Ontario Mills Mall, Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Raging Waters and Sea World. Situated in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, you’ll discover world-class skiing and snowboarding at Big Bear Resort and Mountain High in the winter months.
Ontario is home to many wonderful golf courses and historic wineries. The Empire Lakes Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, challenges even the most experienced golfer with four lakes, fingered bunkers and undulating fairways. Wine aficionados enjoy sampling Southern California’s finest wines at the historic wineries and tasting rooms of Cucamonga Valley - Galleano Winery, Joseph Filippi Winery, and San Antonio Winery. Tour the vineyards and sip award-winning wines as you gaze at mountain vistas.
From quick bites to gourmet meals, Ontario offers diverse restaurants and cafés for all your tastes. At Ontario Mills Mall, Wolfgang Puck Café, Rainforest Café and Market Broiler serve fresh seafood and California cuisine. Enjoy fine Italian fare at Rosa’s Restaurant or a Japanese feast at Benihana. For an evening of entertainment, drive over to Dave & Buster’s, Gameworks, and the Comedy Improv Club.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Situated along Pacific Coast Highway, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is a top US birding spot, attracting flocks migrating the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. Nearly 200 bird species are documented in Bolsa Chica each year, including rare and endangered species. Sightings of great blue herons, snowy egrets and brown pelicans are common, and lucky visitors can spot a rare white pelican at the right time of the year. Snowy plovers and more than 150 pairs of endangered Belding's savannah sparrows nest in the area. The best place to observe Bolsa Chica wildlife is from the footbridge and trail just off PCH. Visit www.hbvisit.com.
Auto Club Speedway
Auto Club Speedway. Auto Club Speedway is a state-of-the-art auto racing facility. America’s ultimate race place boasts the fastest cars, greatest speeds and most thrills in Southern California. Experience the excitement of sitting in one of the 92,000 grandstand seats or camping out in one of the 1,800 infield reserved RV spaces to watch the world’s fastest autos race. NASCAR, IRL, AMA, GrandAmerican and Historics compete at the speedway, in addition to numerous racing schools and NHRA’s Street Legal Drag Racing program, which uses the quarter-mile strip in Parking Lot 1. Call (866) 371-5590 for the speedway’s schedule of racing excitement.
Castle Park. Riverside’s ultimate family amusement park features 25 acres of family fun including 65 rides and attractions, four theme miniature golf courses, the largest West Coast arcade, the Big Top Family Restaurant, a log ride, and free magic shows. Groups, birthday and company packages are available. For more information, call (866) 371-5590.
CBS Television City
CBS Television City. See where Elvis Presley appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time in 1956 at CBS Television City, a studio made famous as the birthplace of the "Carol Burnett Show," "The Sonny & Cher Show" and dozens of popular CBS programs, including the original "Twilight Zone", "The Smothers Brothers," "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," "Tony Orlando & Dawn" and "The Jacksons" - and talk shows like "The Dinah Shore Show," "The Mike Douglas Show" and "The Merv Griffin Show." If you're interested in seeing a TV show being recorded live, just walk up to the studio's ticket office (near the corner of Beverly & Fairfax) and pick up your tickets When David Letterman brings his "Late Show" out to the west coast, he tapes at CBS Television City, and you can get tickets to his rare L.A. shows if you write in advance. While there are no public tours of CBS TV City, there is a CBS gift shop that sells studio souvenirs emblazoned with the CBS eye logo. The studio is open 9-5. Visit www.seeing-stars.com.
Crystal Cathedral. Located in Garden Grove, Crystal Cathedral is one of Southern California's most beautiful structural odes to religion. Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, the cathedral is shaped like a four-pointed star, with over 10,000 panes of glass covering the labrinthine and opalescent facade. Glinting under the Southern California sun, the Crystal Cathedral is a brilliant site. For information, call (866) 371- 5590.
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. Ontario’s Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park is a 150-acre day-use park near the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario Mills Mall, and Ontario International Airport. Enjoy swim or an afternoon picnic. For information, call (866) 371- 5590.
Disneyland Park. From the charm of Main Street to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight fantastic lands of nostalgia and delight. Let your imagination run free in an enchanted kingdom of fantasy, magical entertainment and shopping. At Disneyland Park, you’ll experience over 60 attractions. Zoom through doom on the Indiana Jones Adventure - the most high-tech, adrenaline-pumping thrill on wheels. Behold undying love in the stage show, The Spirit of Pocahontas. You'll embark on a journey through the Happiest Place on Earth, with thrilling rides like the Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Meet those lovable Disney characters - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy! Visit www.disneyland.com