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12 Fun Things To Do In And Around Ontario, CA - Updated 2020

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Ask people where Ontario is and most would answer Canada. Aside from the same name, Ontario in Canada and California are on the opposite ends of the tourism spectrum. Ontario in Canada is a major urban city and is the most populous province in the country. On the other hand, its Californian counterpart has a slower pace of life, offering visitors a rich mix of nature and history.

One of the city’s traditions is an annual pancake event. Held for over the past 50 years, which features the best of American pancakes, with visitors eating all the pancakes they want at just a flat nominal fee. Read on to find out about the 12 best things to do in and around Ontario, California.

1. Soak in the sun

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Soak up the Californian sunshine at one of Ontario’s best spots for outdoor activities – the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park. With two lakes, visitors here are spoilt for choice, choosing from activities like fishing, boating, jogging or just taking a leisurely stroll amidst the greenery. For those with families, there’s also a small waterpark with a giant water slide, which is the perfect way to cool off when things get too heated.

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park

Address: 800 N Archibald Ave, Ontario, CA 91764, USA

Website: Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park

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2. Soak in a hot spring

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We all deserve to spoil ourselves a little and you can do just that at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Surrounded by palm trees and once located on a sacred site, the hot springs is now operational in its 157th year, with the spa constantly updating and upgrading its facilities. So come wallow in the hot waters today as you let all your worries wash away.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Address: 25000 Glen Ivy Rd, Corona, CA 92883, USA

Website: Glen Ivy Hot Springs

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3. Soak in art

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Serving its purpose to promote knowledge while passing on generations of history, art and culture is the Museum of History and Art. The museum has collected artifacts from the city’s milestones and shared them through educational exhibits. Housed in a beautiful historic building, the museum has ever-changing displays, but there are permanent ones like Road Ways, which shows how the modern roadway has changed American society.

Museum of History and Art

Address: 225 Euclid Ave, Ontario, CA 91762, USA

Website: Museum of History and Art

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4. Soak in nature

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If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, there’s no better place than the North Etiwanda Preserve. The easiest trail ideal for the casual hiker is about 3.3 miles (5.3 km) long and takes about 2 hours to complete. Do look out for some rocky terrain though. Those looking for something more adventurous can head to Etiwanda Falls, which is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) further on.

North Etiwanda Preserve

Address: 4890 Etiwanda Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739, USA

Website: North Etiwanda Preserve

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5. Visit Ontario’s oldest existing business

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It was the Spanish Franciscan missionaries who started Ontario’s love for olives in 1769. CC Graber came along 100 years on in 1894, purchased land and started curing barrels of olive. Thus, Ontario’s oldest existing business was born. Today, the Graber Olive House continues to produce olives for consumers around the world to enjoy. Visitors can go on a guided tour as they discover how the olives are harvested, graded, cured and canned.

Graber Olive House

Address: 315 E 4th St, Ontario, CA 91764, USA

Website: Graber Olive House

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6. Shop till you drop

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In need of some retail therapy? Ontario Mills is a shopper’s paradise. With over 200 stores, it hosts up to 24 million shoppers a year as they browse through recognized labels like Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. It isn’t just all shopping though. Within the premise are plenty of food options, with an improv comedy club and dinner theatre keeping visitors well entertained throughout the day.

Ontario Mills

Address: 1 Mills Cir, Ontario, CA 91764, USA

Website: Ontario Mills

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7. Get your heart pumping

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Satiate your need for speed at K1 Speed Ontario, a state-of-the-art venue with high-performance electric karts on two professionally designed go-kart tracks. K1 caters to both novices and experienced go-karters alike. Races start at just 20 USD, which is perfect for a day out with friends or family. There’s a snack bar should you get peckish and plenty of memorabilia available to commemorate what is sure to be a memorable day.

K1 Speed Ontario

Address: 5350 Ontario Mills Pkwy, Ontario, CA 91764, USA

Website: K1 Speed Ontario

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8. Bring your excitement sky high

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If go-karting doesn’t get you high on adrenaline, perhaps this will. Even if you aren’t an aviation geek, the Planes of Fame Air Museum certainly thrill. The museum, founded by Edward T Maloney, first opened in 1957 with just 10 airplanes. Today, the collection has grown to more than 150, with more than 50 still airworthy. Come on the right day and you’ll even get to see an air show. Check their website for the list of upcoming events.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Address: 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710, United States

Website: Planes of Fame Air Museum

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9. Try the local wine

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Wine production in California goes as far back as the tail end of the 1880s. By that comparison, the San Antonio Winery is relatively young, having been founded in 1917. This year marks its centennial milestone and the winery is today considered a cultural monument. Visitors can arrange for wine tasting for as little as 10 USD, consisting of a traditional wine tasting flight and a personally guided tour.

San Antonio Winery

Address: 2802 S Milliken Ave, Ontario, CA 91761, USA

Website: San Antonio Winery

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10. Solve a mystery

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Be part of a murder mystery unfolding as you enjoy dinner and unlock your inner Sherlock solving it. The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show has been voted the best dinner show across the US for the past 10 years. Actors in the show have appeared in renowned TV series and films like Jurassic World and Orange is the New Black. Diners can watch everything play out before them or actively be a part of it. At the end of the night, prizes will be awarded to the top sleuth.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Address: 222 N Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764, USA

Website: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

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11. Park with native Californian plants, shop and walkways

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15 minutes drive from Ontario, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens is full of Californian native plants. You can even buy some to take home with you and the people at the plant shop give advice on how to maintain them. The winding paths lead you through the different types of habitats. Paved trails mean it also accommodates wheelchairs, or you can venture on gravel walks. Squirrels, chipmunks, and birds make for pleasant encounters. Benches to rest on and toilets are dotted around about. There are many butterflies and depending on the season, flowers. This natural area is ideal for families. Check with them as they often have functions such as evening concerts.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens

Address: 1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711-3157

Website: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens

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12. Play a game of golf on nice level greens

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Play a relaxing game of golf or just brush up your skills at the Whispering Lakes Golf Course. You don’t even need to use the golf cart as the land is level, although you can use one if you want to. It has beautiful park-like palm trees, water features, and of course, the emerald greens. The clubhouse is modern and comfortable. The course won’t test too many of your skills on the 18-hole, par-72 course. Have some fun outdoors with friends or family. There’s even a PGA Head Golf Professional if you need some tips and advice on your game.

Whispering Lakes Golf Course

Address: 2525 E Riverside Dr, Ontario, CA 91761

Website: Whispering Lakes Golf Course

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Holding its own

The Metrolink connects Ontario to the rest of the Greater Los Angeles area
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It isn’t as famous as its Canadian counterpart, but Ontario, California more than holds its own as a truly attractive all-rounded tourist destination. You get to hike, shop and visit hot springs and museums. On top of that, you can be part of the best dinner show in the entire country.

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