Things to Do in Claremont, California

Things to Do in Claremont, California
A college town east of Los Angeles, Claremont is popular for its universities. It's also known for its effort to keep the city green and clean. Aside from the seven institutes of higher learning in town, there are also numerous historical buildings, including the well-known 1930s Padua Hill Theatre.

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology (Alf Museum for short) is the local repository for a 70,000 fossil collection. Most of the fossils have been found in the area. The museum is located inside a high school, and most of the fossils were located during field trips. Highlights of the collection include a cast of a Amphicyo, a giant bear-dog, dinosaur eggs, a giant alligator, cast of a Velociraptor and a T-Rex. There are also numerous footprints housed in the museum and numerous interactive exhibits and research units. Field projects are sometimes open to the public.

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624.2798

Claremont Wildlands Conservancy

The Claremont Wildlands Conservancy was a privately owned livestock ranch until the city bought it in 2007. This 183-acre site is a popular destination for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. There is one main trail here, a 6-mile straight line that starts at the parking area and is clearly identifiable by the "No Hunting" signs around. Small, side trails can be found throughout the area as well. There is no camping allowed, and fires are forbidden. Allow enough time to turn around before nighttime hits the hills. Dogs are allowed and don't have to be on a leash, but keep in mind that there are coyotes in the area.

Claremont Wildlands Conservancy
836 Stanislaus Circle
Claremont, CA 91711

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

This 86-acre space has been opened since 1927, originally on private grounds. The garden focuses on species native to California. It houses over 70,000 plants, many of which are hybrids. It has a particular emphasis on Southern California botanicals. The most striking examples include the large plantations of wild lilacs and the spring wildflower grounds. The garden offers great views of the mountains, and it contains miles of hiking of trails cutting through the different gardens. Self-guided tours are possible with a brochure you can pick up at the entrance.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711-3157
(909) 625-8767

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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