101 Family Day Trips in and around the Inland Empire | Kids Out and About Inland Empire

101 Family Day Trips in and around the Inland Empire

 

**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination.

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Inland Empire. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

 

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Heart Rock Trail 
Alpine Pedal Path in San Bernardino National Forest
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 
Whitewater Preserve 

 

Time Travel Today

  Calico Early Man Site
Calico Ghost Town 
Coachella Valley History Museum 
Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum 
Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
Village Green Heritage Center

 

Make Life a Beach

Whitewater Preserve wading pond 
Yucaipa Regional Park
Lake Gregory 
Dana Point Harbor "Baby Beach" 
Pirate's Cove Beach at Corona Del Mar State Beach
Laguna Main Beach
Salt Creek Beach Park

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

Fiesta Village Water Park 
  Raging Waters
The Dropzone Water park
The Cove Water Park 

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

 

Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Museum of Pinball
Pennypickle's Workshop
Western Science Museum
International Banana Museum

 

Explore These Cities

  Carlsbad
San Diego
Ventura
San Clemente
Mission Viejo 
Laguna Beach

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  CA Rt 66 Museum
March Field Air Museum
Palm Springs Air Museum
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Southern CA Railway Museum
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
JT&S Railroad Museum
Marconi Auto Museum

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  DeJong's Dairy Farm
Temecula Berry Farm
Amy's Farm
Riley's Farm
Apple Dave's Orchard

 

Play Ball!

  Fiesta Village Miniature Golf
Mulligan Family Fun Center Miniature Golf
Mission Hills Croquet Club
Riverside Batting Cages
Fantasy Family Bowling Center

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Mariposa Homemade Ice Cream
 La Michoacana
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
Old Town Sweet Shop
a la Minute Ice Cream
Mimi's Donuts and Sweet Shop

 

Connect with Nature

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens 
Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Wildfowl Habitat Park
  Moorten Botanical Garden
Joshua Tree National Park
Skull Canyon Ziplines
Sherman Library and Gardens

 

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Castle Park
  Scandia Family Fun Center

 

Talk to the Animals

  Namaste Farm
Orange County Zoo
Zoomars Petting Zoo 
Montebello Barnyard Zoo
LA Zoo and Botanical Garden
Aquarium of the Pacific
STAR Eco Station 

 

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Museum of Ancient Wonders
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
The YOK Center
Le Polynesia - Polynesian Dance School 
Bahar Kids - Center For Persian Immersion and Cultural Education

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Etiwanda Falls
Bonita Falls 
Tahquitz Canyon Falls 
  Holy Jim Falls
Tenaja Falls 

 

Get Active Indoors

  High5 Indoor Playground
Kids Empire - Rialto
Bumblebee Place
Luv 2 Play - Temecula
iFly 
Sky Zone

 

Challenge Yourself

  The Sesert Symphony
Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art
Inland Empire Escape Rooms
Southern California Chess Club
Big Bear Ropes Course

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  Inland Empire Toy Store 
Frugal Frigate
Jack's Toy Shop

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from Inland Empire. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away