Things to Do in Upland, California

Things to Do in Upland, California
Part of San Bernardino County, Upland offers visitors opportunities to shop to their hearts' content at the city malls or farmer's markets, visit historical buildings or simply marvel at the sight of Mount Baldy in the background. While there are no specific tour companies or outdoor activities Upland is famous for, the city itself is an ideal destination to explore nature.

Guasti Regional Park

Located just minutes away from the center of the city, Guasti Regional Park is actually an urban day park, used for boating, picnicking and swimming. Swimming and water activities can be done at the lagoon within the park, which also has a flume slide. A second lake on the park allows fishing but only with a permit. The small hills behind the park make for great hiking and exploring destinations.

Guasti Regional Park
Archibald Ave. at I-10
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 988-1060

Van Ness Water Gardens

The Van Ness Water Gardens are a peaceful refuge from the chaos of the city. Actually a full-service landscape business and an outdoor shop, the owners of Van Ness have turned the place into an outdoor attraction that delights and surprises, even if you are not in the market for anything garden-related. The gardens, located right within Upland, allow for long strolls under the shadow of the trees, around the lily ponds and over bridges crossing the fish ponds. If you fall in love with a particular fish and you have a garden pond, you are free to buy him and take him home.

Van Ness Water Gardens
2460 N. Euclid Ave.
Upland, CA 91786
(800) 205-2425

Cooper Regional History Museum

A place that offers both the chance to learn and to enjoy the outdoors at the same time is the Cooper Regional History Museum. Housed at the Historic St. Mark's Church, the museum is home to a large collection of farm implements, as well as rotating exhibits featuring nineteenth century items used in everything from a beauty shop to a dentist office. The museum has a second, smaller location, right across the train station, where rotating exhibits pay tribute to regional industries like wineries. After you are done touring the museum, head to the nearby Citrus Grove, where you can walk around the two-acre plantation of oranges and lemons and pick your own to take home.

Cooper Regional History Museum
525 W. 18th Street
Upland, 91786
(909) 920-3742

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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