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Top 43 attractions to explore in Riverside County

Mostly desert in the central and eastern portions, but with a Mediterranean climate in the western portion.

Barker DamJoshua Tree Parkway, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
Dams
Short Hikes

A water storage facility constructed by early cattlemen, including CO Barker, in 1900. It is a gathering place for desert wildlife, including many species of birds and Desert Bighorn Sheep. Native American petroglyphs can be seen on the rocks present in the trail to the dam.

Box Springs MountainBox Springs Mountain, California 92557, USA
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

This is the highest peak in the Box Springs Mountains range, standing 3,083 ft. Most of the mountain is part of the Box Springs Mountain Reserve, a 1,155-acre park. Because the mountain is one of the more prominent features in the Inland Empire, the summit is used for numerous telecommunication towers, including transmission towers for the KOLA 99.9 and KGGI 99.1 radio stations.

California Citrus State Historic Park9400 Dufferin Ave, Riverside, CA 92503, USA
Parks

California Citrus State Historic Park is an open-air museum in the state park system of California. This 300-acre park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry's role in the history and development of California. This Park reveals the cultural, political, and environmental aspects of the time when "Citrus was King" in California, especially the Navel orange from Riverside.

Castle Park3500 Polk St, Riverside, CA 92505, USA
Theme Parks

A wonderful 25-acre amusement park and family amusement center located in Riverside. The park utilizes a medieval "castle" theme and includes attractions such as a miniature golf course, arcade, and 22 amusement rides including two roller coasters such as Merlin's Revenge, a junior rollercoaster, and Screamin' Demon, a spinning Wild Mouse rollercoaster.

Cholla Cactus GardenCholla Cactus Garden, California, USA
Deserts
Short Hikes
National Parks

An intense concentration of cholla cactus. The small hike is through level plains, a mile in total on a loop.

Entomology MuseumEntomology Museum, Riverside, CA 92507, USA
Museums

Entomology Research Museum is the insect collection of the Department of Entomology of the University of California, Riverside. It contains approximately 4 million total insect specimens, over 3 million of which are pinned, roughly 400,000 mounted on slides, the remainder preserved in ethanol. It serves as a repository for specimens representing the local arthropod fauna, as well as sites worldwide.

Evergreen Memorial Park4414 14th St, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

Evergreen Cemetery lies at the foot of Mount Rubidoux in Riverside, California. The cemetery was founded in 1872. There are more than 27,000 beings interred on this site, many of regional and national significance. More than 1,500 lie in the historic portion of Evergreen. Among them are Riverside’s most notable founders.

Fairmount Park2601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
Parks

Fairmount Park is a park in Riverside, California,designed in 1920 by Mission-style architect Arthur Burnett Benton. It offers a golf course, two tennis courts, public barbecues, boat rentals, sailing and fishing on Lake Evans, running, jogging and walking on the Santa Ana River Trail, a number of exercise classes held in the park, and the playground.

Fiesta Village Family Fun Park1405 E Washington St, Colton, CA 92324, USA
Parks

This popular California amusement park offers a great range of amusements for all ages. Whether you love the thrills of a coaster, the spills of a waterpark, or the gentle fun of classic family attractions, Fiesta Village have you covered!

First Congregational Church3504 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
Churches
Old Ruins

The First Congregational Church of Riverside is a historic church at 3504 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, California. It was designed by Myron Hunt, and built in 1913. It was added to the National Register in 1997.It is a two-story Spanish Colonial Revival building with a Latin cross plan with a 125 feet Churrigueresque style corner tower.

Galleano Winery4231 Wineville Rd, Mira Loma, CA 91752, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

The Galleano Winery is the oldest winemaking operation in Riverside County. In 1933 Galleano, a winegrower from Italy, founded the winery following the repeal of prohibition. This family winery, at one time part of the 35,000-acre Cucamonga Viticultural Area, is the last of its kind in Riverside County, a working museum for future generations.

Harada House3356 Lemon St, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
Iconic Buildings

The Harada House is a historic house in Riverside, California. The house was the focus of a critical application of the California Alien Land Law of 1913, which prevented foreigners who were ineligible for citizenship from owning property. The house, created in 1884 and built upon by the Harada family, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and is currently overseen by the Museum of Riverside.

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area11401 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 92505, USA
Outdoors- Other

Hidden Valley Wildlife Area consists of 1500 scenic acres and has access to 25 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Visitors can get away from the noise and lights of the city and enjoy the beautiful views of the river or the bluff overlooking the wetland pond. In the winter, Canada geese, northern shovelers, white-crowned sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers make their home here.

Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch4307 Briggs St, Riverside, CA 92509, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

The Jensen Alvarado Ranch is a historic park and museum in Jurupa Valley, California, USA, and is operated by the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District. It was the first kiln-fired brick building built in Riverside County, and is the oldest non-adobe structure in the Inland Empire. The ranch and home are part of the 32 acres Jensen Alvarado Ranch Historic Park and Museum.

Jumbo Rocks CampgroundTwentynine Palms, CA 92277, USA
Viewpoints
Deserts
Rock Formations

Campground surrounded by large boulders and rock formations for which the Joshua Tree National Park is well known for.

Lake EvansLake Evans, Riverside, CA 92501, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Lake Evans is a manmade recreational lake in Kern County, California. It is the smaller of two lakes in the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area southwest of Bakersfield. The lake is primarily a sailing and fishing lake, with a speed limit of 5 miles per hour. It has two boat ramps. The lake is located on the lakebed of the former Buena Vista Lake.

Lake MathewsLake Mathews, California, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Lake Mathews is a large reservoir in Riverside County, California, located in the Cajalco Canyon in the foothills of the Temescal Mountains. The reservoir is fenced and closed to all public access. The lake is near the Riverside community of Lake Hills, and is skirted by Cajalco Road on the south, El Sobrante Road on the north and east, and La Sierra Avenue on the west. La Sierra Avenue traverses the top of the west dike.

Lake NorconianLake Norconian, Norco, CA 92860, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Lake Norconian is an artificial lake in Norco. It was created in the early 1920s as part of the Norconian Resort. This 60-acre lake was equipped with a boat house and pavilion. It was the site where a few 1930s movies were filmed.The lake and resort were acquired by the US Navy in 1941; the area is operated as Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona, part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Lake Norconian ClubState of California Radio Tower, State Prison Fifth St. & Western Ave, Fifth St, Norco, CA 92860, USA
Iconic Buildings

This is a former hotel/resort in Norco, California, built in the 1920s and largely intact after over 70 years as a naval base and prison. . It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

March Field Air Museum22550 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518, USA
Museums

The March Field Air Museum is an aviation museum based at March ARB, California that was founded in 1980. One of the first exhibits at the museum was a collection of art painted by Hazel Olson. Outside, the museum has constructed Firebase Romeo Charlie, a reproduction of a Vietnam-era forward operating location.

Map of attractions in Riverside County