Spring is right around the corner and I can't wait for the warmer weather! When I think of going on a vacation the first thing that comes to my mind if hanging out at the beach. I never think that there are plenty of places near me that will give me the feeling of being on vacation. The new thing is going on a staycation where you find great things to do near you that will help you relax but you won’t even have to buy a plane ticket!
Here are a few great things to do in Riverside, CA (my hometown)!
1. The Mission Inn
The Mission Inn is the most famous hotel and spa in Riverside and draws thousands of visitors each year. During the winter the city comes together to celebrate the Lighting of the Mission Inn with the Festival of Lights. It has grown from a small event where the mission inn is lit for the holidays into a full blown festival with street vendors and music. The Mission in has a cupcake shop, a spa, and a museum.
2. Fox Theater
Opened in 1929, the Spanish Colonial Revival style theater served the community as a combination cinema/vaudeville house and attracted well-known performers including Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. Also popular as a location for motion picture previews, the theater was the site of the first public screening of “Gone with the Wind” in 1939.
3. Castle Park
Castle Park is an amusement park founded in 1976 that has been expanding ever since. The park includes a full amusement ride park featuring 27 rides suitable for all ages, four championship miniature golf courses, a vast selection of carnival midway games, a water playground, retail shops, a video arcade, performances by “Anthony the Magic” and various party locations including the circus tent themed “Big Top.” Castle Park is located right off the 91 freeway in the city of Riverside, California.
4. Riverside Metropolitan Museum
The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is a history, anthropological, and natural science museum located in the historic Mission Inn District of Riverside, California, United States.
5. California Citrus State Historic Park
The 377-acre park was acquired for its historic setting in the Arlington Heights area of Riverside, California. The park reflects Victorian style landscaping and craftsman bungalow architecture popular at the turn of the century. The park has two goals – to tell the colorful and far-reaching history of the citrus industry, and to preserve a vanishing cultural landscape.
Where is your favorite place to vacation?