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10 Fun Things to Do in Rancho Cucamonga

A short drive from Upland, Rialto, Claremont, Redlands and Riverside is San Bernardino County's outdoorsy gem: Rancho Cucamonga. Locally referred to as simply ‘Rancho,’ the mountain-hugged city features historical sites, hiking trails and day trip-worthy destinations galore. Whether you’re a native or coming from out of town, you’ll want to be prepared with an itinerary in this surprisingly activity-rich city. To help you with this part of the planning, we’ve put together a shortlist of free things to do the next time you find yourself in Rancho — inclusive of activities for all ages and interests. Read on for our 10 can’t-miss recommendations.

victoria gardens
1. Victoria Gardens + Victoria Gardens Cultural Center
A shopping, dining and arts destination, Victoria Gardens is a lifestyle, not a shopping mall. Built on gorgeous streets, lined with over 150 restaurants, shops, and wellness services, this is Rancho Cucamonga’s hip claim to fame. Drive down the avenues at night as you take in all the pretty lights and architecture — or lace up your walking shoes and get your steps in for a family fun-filled day.
san gabriel mountains
2. San Gabriel Mountains
Rancho Cucamonga is the closest major city to sit at the foothills of the San Gabriels, making it the perfect home for outdoors-seeking adventurers. Use the city’s proximity to hike and explore the wild. For the extremists in search of a challenge, Cucamonga Peak will hit the spot, while an abundance of flatter paths are available for light strolls.
etiwanda falls
3. Etiwanda Falls
When you reach the top of Etiwanda Falls, it’s easy to be impressed. Encompassed by incredible views of Etiwanda Canyon nestled in the foothills above Rancho Cucamonga, the Falls culminate at the end of East Etiwanda Creek and a beautiful, flowy waterfall with close walking paths. It’s a light hike and good for novice hikers — but if you’re going in the summer, just be prepared with sun protection, as the SoCal heat will be in full swing.
route 66
4. Route 66
Part of the National Parks Services’ Share Our Heritage travel itinerary, Route 66 is a historic national landmark that just so happens to wind through Rancho Cucamonga. Visit the western end of “The Mother Road”: the Cucamonga Service Station, the Red Chief Motel and the Historic Rains House flank the Rancho Cucamonga stretch.
main street
5. N Mainstreet
Rancho Cucamonga’s North Mainstreet is the epitome of walkable, making it a hidden gem amidst the other, less-than-walkable downtown streets of Southern California. Take the whole family to Mainstreet’s popular Victoria Gardens, or venture toward the outskirts and enjoy the walkable residential paths for a quieter stroll. With a backdrop of the San Gabriels in the near horizon so close you feel like you can reach out and touch them, walking around gives you the best of both nature and city life.
rancho cucamonga regional park
6. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
While not technically in Rancho Cucamonga itself, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, in Ontario, is about a 5-minute drive from town. Here, there are activities and sights to do and see for all ages. Check out the park’s pools, lakes, water features (and a mini water park) and tourist-favorite Top Golf. Fish, picnic, jog and so much more during your trip here — with so much to do, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back for day two.
sports complex
7. Sports Complex
The city’s sports complex features a basketball stadium, soccer fields, three baseball fields and a must-see sprawling view of the San Gabriels. Here is also where the Quakes, a minor league California team, call home. Visit the complex on any given day to catch a concert, sports game or community event. While you’re there, enjoy the outdoors-focused facilities that maximize a relaxed, recreational feel.
red hill park
8. Red Hill Park
Walking trails, picnic areas, baseball and softball fields, a lake and half an acre of play areas for children are the heart and soul of Red Hill Park, encapsulating the outdoorsy spirit of Rancho Cucamonga. Take the kids here to explore the grassy hills and watch the ducks — while you read, relax and/or let the beauty of the crisp mountain scenery fill your field of vision.
rancho cucamonga outlet center
For those looking to get in a little shopping done — or take in design inspiration for a new home decor project — the place to be is Living Spaces’ Outlet Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Walk around and browse the huge selection and hundreds of discounts on quality furniture and decor. Whether you’re road-tripping on Route 66 or reside in Rancho Cucamonga, the Outlet is a must-visit for budget-seekers.
kids spaces
10. Kids' Spaces
Last but not least: a destination for your little ones. Kids’ Spaces, inside Living Spaces Rancho Cucamonga, is an indoor multi-level play and climbing structure for kids. Take them here when they’re antsy and let them spend all the energy they can exploring the mini gymnasium. Oh, and take advantage of the adult-supervised space - drop them off and take some time for yourself browsing the latest design trends in the Living Spaces showroom.

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