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Things To Do In Victorville, CA: High Desert Family Adventures - Updated 2020

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Located 2,875 feet (876.3 m) above sea level, Victorville has a high desert climate. Visitors will have a taste of all seasons, from winter snow to spring blossoms and summer sunshine.

Victorville was incorporated on September 21,1962. It has a history of railroad and agricultural development. Visiting museums is the best way to get to know the city, and Victorville’s museums are all about railroads, natural history of high desert ecosystems, and agriculture. You may also bring home the produce from its great farmers’ market.

Additionally, Victorville is a good place for families to experience the desert. The time spent in nature can generate a different experience. If you can, plan your visit to coincide with its annual event: the San Bernardino County Fair. The fair will enrich your visit with the right mix of activities and fun the Victorville way. Pop by the nearby Wrightwood to see the snow covered mountains and take some winter sports lessons to finish out your visit.

1. California Route 66 Museum

California Route 66 Museum in Victorville, California
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The California Route 66 Museum is an interactive museum. Visitors can take photos with a VW Love Bus, 917 Model T Ford, and the “Outhouse” for memories’ sake. Do drop by the popular Santa Monica “End of the Trails” booth, while learning the history of California’s Route 66 — the main road that leads you into Victorville.

California Route 66 Museum

Address: 16825 South D Street Victorville CA, 92395

Website: California Route 66 Museum

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2. Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery

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Interested in the natural history and culture of the high desert ecosystem? The Victor Valley Museum includes geological and paleontological specimens, Native American artifacts, and historical objects that tell the story of the development of society and industry of Victorville.

Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery

Address: 11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Website: Victor Valley Museum & Art Gallery

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3. The San Bernardino County Fair at the High Desert Event Center

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An annual event for 70 years that happens each May, the San Bernardino County Fair is a must-visit attraction in this region for family fun. Concerts, carnival rides, food, games, animals, exhibits, and more can be seen at the fair. The fair provides diverse entertainment offerings for everyone at an affordable price.

One of the highlights of the fair is the competitive exhibits, which showcases the winning exhibits of creative work, livestock, floriculture, and more. This is free to enter with general fair admission.

Do drop by the Jr. Livestock Auction to see how the young aspiring ranchers and farmers select, purchase, feed, and groom livestock to be judged, graded, and sold at the fair. Their projects include steers, lambs, hogs, rabbits, and poultry. Keep in mind that only the best animals are sold at the Junior Livestock Auction.

The San Bernardino County Fair

Address: 14800 Seventh Street Victorville,CA 92395

Website: The San Bernardino County Fair

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4. High Desert Farmers' Market

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The High Desert Farmers’ Market aims to educate the local community on the importance of eating fresh, locally grown food. You will find educational information teaching you how to shop for, store, and cook fresh food and meanwhile do your shopping there. Have a talk with the farmers; you may find an opportunity to visit their farms!

High Desert Farmers' Market

Address: 13454 Seminole Rd. Apple Valley, CA 92308

Website: High Desert Farmers’ Market

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5. Mojave Narrows Regional Park Camping

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Mojave Narrows Regional Park is built alongside an old riverbed in the high desert. With acres of waterways, see if you can spot the over 1,500 species of wildlife that run freely in the broad meadows that are dotted with stands of cottonwood and willows. If you’d like, spend some time fishing at the Horseshoe Lake Campground. You may be able to catch some trout, catfish, or bass. Alternatively, you could rent a horse to go along the equestrian trails to watch the wildlife in style. If not, you might simply discover wildlife while you hike. There are also many playgrounds for children at the campground.

Mojave Narrows Regional Park

Address: 18000 Yates Road Victorville CA 92392 (Opens Thurs to Sun 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Website: Mojave Narrows Regional Park

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6. Scandia Family Center

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Scandia Family Center is for pure family fun. It features two award-winning miniature golf courses, 200 games in an arcade, bumper boats, a clubhouse for kids, and much more.

Scandia Family Center

Address: 4300 Central Place, Fairfield, CA 94534 (Sun to Thurs: 10 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat: 10 am – 11 pm)

Website: Scandia Family Center

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7. Pumpkin Patch

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The Pumpkin Patch is designed to be a fun family experience. It has a bungee jump, mechanical rides, games, a petting zoo, a giant inflatable slide, and other inflatables. You may purchase the freshest and the largest pumpkins, which have been hand selected from the farm while having fun!

Pumpkin Patch

Address: Pumpkin Patch, Victorville

Website: Pumpkin Patch

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8. Snow Adventure at Wrightwood

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If you visit Victorville, make a trip up to the mountain and pay a visit to Wrightwood. This mountain is said to be the best kept secret of Southern California and is only about 40-minute drive from Victorville. This town offers some breathtaking views and there is always something unique to offer year-round. Your visit to this lovely little town will surely end your visit to Victorville on a sweet note.

Website: Wrightwood

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Join the families in Victorville for fun and recreation

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There is no doubt about Victorville being the ideal place for family fun. With its high desert climate, the average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.5 degrees C) and sunshine 290 days a year allows for family fun all year long. Your family can participate in their annual shows and events. Make sure to bring home the local produce and big pumpkins if your transportation allows.

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