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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around the Inland Empire


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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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Explore a Garden

  123 Farm | Lavender Fields, Olive Groves & Historic Landmark
  UC Riverside Botanic Gardens 
Moorten Botanical Garden
Highland Springs Ranch and Inn (lavender)
Fork and Plow Lavender Farm


Get Wild on a Hike

  Heart Rock Trail 
San Bernardino National Forest - Alpine Pedal Path Trail 1E50
Big Morongo Canyon Preserve 
Whitewater Preserve
Big Bear Hiking and Biking Trails - Big Bear Lake, CA


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
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 Museum

Pennypickle's Workshop
Western Science Museum
International Banana Museum


Explore These Cities

San Diego
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


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

Big Bear Hiking and Biking Trails
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 Trail
Bonita Falls 
Tahquitz Canyon Falls 
  Holy Jim Falls
Tenaja Falls 


Get Active Indoors

  High5 Indoor Playground
Kids Empire - Rialto
Bumblebee Place
Riverside, California - Luv 2 Play
Sky Zone


Challenge Yourself

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


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