Located about 60 miles (100 km) northeast of Los Angeles, Redlands is considered to be one of the more beautiful cities in Southern California. Residing in the San Bernardino County, it is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and beautiful Edwardian and Victorian architecture. More than once it has been called ‘The City of Millionaires’ due to its beauty. If you want to explore a new city without the fast-paced, 'bustling’ city atmosphere, Redlands is the place to go. Despite its size, it has been continually appraised for having a 'small-town’ feel, due to its tight-knit community and beautiful parks. See below the best places to visit if you want to be enriched in the culture of this community and see the gorgeous sights it has to offer.
1. San Bernardino National Forest
The biggest attraction that Redlands has to offer lies just 10 miles (16 km) southwest of the city. A short 20 minute drive away lies the San Bernardino National Forest which will leave you spoilt for choice for fun outdoor activities, whether it is a big family trip or a romantic getaway, the San Bernardino National Forest has everything. In the summer you can go on a horseback ride through the pinewood forests, or go on a beautiful hike to Heart Rock and see the spectacular views of the other mountains within the national forest.
For the more adventurous types, go check out Aztec Falls to go for a dip and even go waterfall diving into the beautiful clear water below. Many of the recreation activities require an Adventure Pass which comes at the bargain price of 5 USD daily or 30 USD annually.
San Bernardino National Forest
Address: San Bernardino, CA 92408
Website: San Bernardino National Forest
2. Lincoln Memorial Shrine
Considered the hidden gem of Redlands California, you don’t need to go far to see this beautiful building. If you have an interest in cultural history, you can find extracts from Abraham Lincoln’s speeches engraved on the walls of this shrine. Many who come here are awe-struck by the beauty of this place and the tranquillity of its surroundings. It’s a wonderful educational trip, especially for families as the staffs are very friendly and helpful.
Lincoln Memorial Shrine
Address: W Vine St, Redlands, CA 92373
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Website: Lincoln Memorial Shrine
3. The Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
The third attraction on this list is the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens. The Victorian Chateau was built in the 1890s and sports a beautiful Disney castle-style front. Surrounded by the Italian renaissance gardens, it will feel like you’re stepping into a fairy-tale, which makes it an amazingly popular destination for families with young children. While a stroll through the gardens and a browse in the gift shop is free, a public tour will only cost you 10 USD per adult and 5 USD for children.
This 6.25 acre (2.5 hectare) estate is so popular for its aesthetic that it will be hosting some fairy-tale and princess themed events! The first event is on September 16th 2017 at 10am-2pm and it is called the Wonderland Tea Party! You can take your kids here dressed up as the Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat for a day full of Alice in Wonderland activities, followed by your Mad Hatter tea party! Tickets include one adult and one child for 50 USD, additional people cost 25 USD.
The Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
Address: 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands, CA 92373
Opening Hours: 1pm-4pm, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
Website: The Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
4. Redlands Market Night
Established in 1988, the Redlands Market Night is one of the most successful farmer’s market in Southern California. With over 150 food, produce and merchandise booths, this haven is surrounded by the beautiful, historic buildings of Downtown Redlands. If you’re not looking to go far outside the city, this place will fill your night with delicious foods and interesting little trinkets! At night the place lights up, so it can also prove to be a very romantic date on your weekend getaways!
Address: Orange St & E State St, Redlands, CA 92373
Opening Hours: Thursday: 6pm-9pm
Phone: +1 9097987629
Website: Market Night
5. Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival
The last thing on this list is the famous Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Founded in 1924, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival has held the title of the oldest, continuously running summer music festival in the United States, with free admission. In 1923 a woman named Grace Stewart Mullen believed that the performing arts should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay admission.
Since then, every summer at 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, The Redlands Performing Arts has put on countless shows, ranging from orchestras to jazz bands, ballet to theatre plays. Being family-friendly, this timeless tradition literally has something for everyone! Regardless of your age or race, the diversity of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival will have something for you! Some of this shows on this summer include a musical based on Tarzan, an opera featuring the San Bernardino Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Ballet, playing Cinderella and more!
Address: 25 Grant St, Redlands, CA 92373
Opening Hours: June-August
Phone: +1 9097937316
Website: Redlands Bowl
Take your pick!One of the things I love most about the United States, is that no state is the same. Different weather, different lands and different people, you can find unknown places wherever you go. Redlands, California is one of those places that not a lot of people know about, so if you’re looking for an amazing tourist destination, without all the tourists, this is one of the best places in the West!
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