10 Things to Do in Riverside That You Shouldn't Miss

November 25, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Riverside is the county seat of the eponymous county and named for its location beside the Santa Ana River. It is the most populous city in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County, and is located about 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles. It is also part of the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside is the 59th most populous city in the United States and 12th most populous city in California. As of the 2010 Census, Riverside had a population of 303,871.
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1. Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518-2740 +1 951-653-8417
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Riverside National Cemetery

Reviewed By Merrill H

Riverside National Cemetery is the 3rd largest National Cemetery of the 131 cemeteries administered by the VA in the United States. It is also the most active National Cemetery in the US with an average of 25-30 internments every day. It covers almost 1000 acres and is probably one of the most accessible National Cemeteries you can visit, located alongside and just off Interstate 215 South (use VanBuren Exit).

The Cemetery features a large Medal of Honor Memorial that lists every Medal of Honor recipient since this award was created, grouped by the War or Conflict in which they fought. As a side note, 5 Medal of Honor recipients and at least one double recipient of the Navy Cross are interred at Riverside National Cemetery. There are also separate Monuments/Pavilions dedicated to POWs/MIAs and US Veterans of all Wars. The only Memorial in a National Cemetery dedicated to the sacrifices of Native American Veterans will soon be built at Riverside National Cemetery, where more than a few Native American WWII code talkers are buried. At least 7 Tuskegee Airmen are also interred at Riverside National Cemetery.

Riverside National Cemetery is the resting place of a number of celebrities who were veterans, to include actors, musicians, and sports figures. They include actor & travel host Bill Burrud, Astrologer Sydney Omarr, singer Dub Jones of the 1950s group The Coasters, and Col. Aaron Bank, founder of the US Army Special Forces. Also Sgt. Lena Mae Basilone USMC, wife of WWII hero Gunnery Sergeant “Manila John” Basilone, is interred here. Their inspiring love story was depicted in the popular TV mini-series The Pacific.

If you or your family have never been in a National Cemetery and are visiting in Southern California, Riverside National Cemetery is a great place to visit for several hours to see how our nation honors and respects its military veterans and their families in their final resting place. Ceremonies with military honors are conducted monthly for unclaimed veterans, as well as more extensive ceremonies on Memorial and Veterans Day. The Visitors Center can provide information on specific burial sites and upcoming events. I am inspired every time I visit this beautifully landscaped and serene locale. It is also located just across the freeway from the excellent March Air Field Museum.

2. Mount Rubidoux Park

4706 Mt Rubidoux Dr, Riverside, CA 92501
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Mount Rubidoux Park

Reviewed By benner4 - Riverside CA

Great walking for the whole familyfamily. Beautiful views, pet friendly, stunning sunsets, wear your walking shoes!

3. California Citrus State Historic Park

9400 Dufferin Ave, Riverside, CA 92503-6328 +1 951-780-6222
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California Citrus State Historic Park

A 377-acre park dedicated to the preservation of California's citrus heritage. Docent guided grove tours (Tour & Taste) start PROMPTLY at 1030, 1200, & 2pm on weekends (depending on docent availability). Not all docents give grove tours. No reservations required. Tour group size limited to 15 guests. It is advised that you call the Visitor Center to make sure tours are available on the day you plan to visit the park.

Reviewed By BeachGrandmax4 - Seneca, South Carolina

California Citrus State Park was on my list of things to do while in Southern California. We were not disappointed! This park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry's role in the history and development of California. The visitor center/museum was full of informative exhibits and all of the volunteers are informed and engaging. Be sure to call ahead to take part in the guided tour through the grove. From the initial tastings upon entering to the samples our guide gave us fresh off the trees, we had generous samples of most of the fruit grown there. This is certainly one of our favorite hidden gems we've discovered while traveling and recommend you take time to visit if in the area.

4. March Field Air Museum

22550 Van Buren Blvd, March Air Reserve Base, Riverside, CA 92518-2400 +1 951-902-5949
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4.5 based on 319 reviews

March Field Air Museum

Reviewed By panama2000 - Providence, Rhode Island

The museum it self is nothing special, so pay the $3 extra and take the guided cart tour of the outdoor airfield. It is well worth it. If you are lucky you will see the F16s practice. That was a real thrill.Thanks for the review !

5. Mission Inn Museum

3696 Main St, Main Street Pedestrian Mall & Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501-2839 +1 951-788-9556
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Mission Inn Museum

Nonprofit Museum and Foundation which preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

Reviewed By icedogs15 - Riverside, California

The women who were working both times I visited were exceptionally helpful in finding what I was looking for.

6. Fox Performing Arts Center

3801 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3217 +1 951-779-9804
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Fox Performing Arts Center

Reviewed By 256howardb - Riverside

Located in downtown Riverside, it is a very historic theater. For many years was a movie theater, and now it hosts live shows and concerts. A little larger than "intimate." but not too large. Historic, because on Sept. 09, 1939 it hosted the unannounced first showing ("preview") of the yet unfinished "Gone With The Wind." Amazing! Well worth seeing. If you are an old movie buff, it is worth a picture at least (or a visit). Enjoy.

7. University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800 +1 951-784-6962
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

Reviewed By ANonyMouse45 - Long Beach, California

Very well done and well-marked, educational, excellently laid out with good trails. Some very steep slopes, some dusty, but very well designed and maintained-- neat, trimmed, clean. Wide variety of plants in natural settings and beautiful views/photos.

8. Whitewater Preserve

9160 Whitewater Canyon Rd, Whitewater, Riverside, CA 92282-2102 +1 760-325-7222
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Whitewater Preserve

Reviewed By 707clayg - Lomita, California

We drove up to see the Whitewater Preserve on a nice winter Saturday afternoon. When we arrived the parking lot was full and cars were parked along the road at least 1/2 mile down and there were people everywhere we looked. Did not stop to join in the crowd.

Will not recommend going on a weekend unless you want to hike to the trail head so you can start your hike. Picnic area was full of tents and people and a line of people waiting to use the restrooms. Nowhere open to sit or eat.

I will try again some day during the week, never again on a weekend.

9. Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

3035 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92503-5656 +1 909-688-2360
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Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

Reviewed By Daniel A - Beijing, China

My wife had only seen drive-in theaters in the movies and didn’t know they actually still existed. So, on our trip to my hometown we had to check it out. I have been many times to the drive in with my family growing up. Later, I still went because it was just a fun time. If you really want to see a movie with a great sound and a picture, then don’t venture out here but if you’re looking for family fun, come and enjoy.

The real treat of this place for me besides the nostalgia is the surprisingly delicious Mexican food that is sold inside the concession stands. There are some lovely elderly Mexican ladies that can sure whip up an outstanding burrito that would compete against a burrito from another Mexican restaurant. If the price is not right for you, bring a family style chicken meal from a local grocery store right next door and it’s a perfect evening.

10. Lake Hemet

56570 State Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA, Riverside, CA 92561-3050 +1 951-659-2680
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Lake Hemet

Located one hour from Palm Springs, this scenic lake at an elevation of 4,500 feet offers overnight camping, hiking, fishing and boating.

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We had a great time at Lake Hemet. There are places to enjoy walks, fishing, and picnics. We did a day trip, but if you want to stay for a couple of days, there is also camping.

Its a well maintained park. We very much enjoyed the lake. We liked the scenic drive to reach the lake as well.

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