smiley header Inland Empire Guide To Free Admission


Need to kill some time but not burn through any cash? Here are the go-to places around the I.E. to relax, have fun, sample, and learn without a price tag.

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San Bernardino County Museum

2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
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Located in Redlands, The San Bernardino County Museum is rich with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Exhibits include the Exploration Station, a live animal discovery center, native plant and cactus gardens, and various wildlife displays. The San Bernardino County Museum invites visitors to visit the museum and enjoy free admission the first Sunday of the month.

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Lincoln Memorial Shrine at A.K. Smiley Library

125 West Vine Street
Redlands, CA 92373
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Also located in Redlands, a visit to the A.K. Smiley Library and Lincoln Shrine is like finding a hidden treasure. Part library, part museum, the library has countless nooks, crannies, statuary and local history. The Lincoln Shrine is also the only museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln west of the Mississippi. It contains manuscripts, artifacts and original documents.

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Palm Canyon Drive
Between Baristo and Amado
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-3781
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A Variety of market nights and farmers markets in the inland empire feature great food, fresh-from-the-field and organic produce, and unique entertainment. Palm Springs is just one. Check it out on Thursday nights during Villagefest when each block offers great street entertainment and browse more than 200 booths offering art, handcrafted items and unique food. The evening is no charge and it’s dog friendly.

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Old Town Temecula

Front Street
Temecula, CA 92590
(213) 628-2772
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Explore historic buildings that date back to 1882, when the railroad first came through the area. The Community Theatre is an intimate setting for shows and many of the local restaurants provide informal venues for bands. Enjoy music, food, shopping and art galleries in the heart of the inland empire’s wine country.

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Lake Arrowhead Village

28200 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
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Lake Arrowhead Village is a quaint Swiss-style village on the lake that features shopping, concerts, playground, boat tours, dining and a Summer Concert Series, not to mention scenic views of the lake. It’s a great spot to bring your picnic lunch or to stroll around under the stars.

Deanna Garretson is a photographer, writer, and mom in the Inland Empire. She blogs at Domestic Chicky.

Comments (8)
  1. Florence Ferrara says:

    I Can’t believe that only 5 places are offered as places of interest for free admission. Do the people who run the museums, etc., here in L.A realize that people would like to use their facilities but can’t because of the fees they charge.
    Aren’t these places for the education of advancement of people? When I was younger, in N.Y. all the museums were free entry and We went to them. I do not understand the thinking that charges for these types of projects and in so doing, limits the amount of people who can attend or maybe that is the reason.

    1. Duh! says:

      You really don’t know Florence?
      We live in a desert. It gets hot here, thus the museums need to be climate controlled so that the exhibits do not deteriorate. That costs money.
      The Democrats spend more money than the state takes in. Thus they want to tax everything instead of curbing their spending. Any responsible adult would reduce spending instead of continuing to spend more money than they bring home. Thus the museums have to pay for taxes. This takes money.
      Sometimes the land and building that the museum occupies is leased. This takes money.
      The museums must carry liability insurance. This is just in case some idiot spills hot coffee on themselves and decides to sue the museum (who knows why, but some idiot will do it – see the lawsuit about Taco Bell’s beef not being beef). This takes money.
      Now do you understand, or do you need more examples?

    2. Yavatar says:

      Smithsonian charged when I was a kid…

      Question though is do people pay for the theme parks and the overpriced food? $60-80 for Disneyland tickets (excluding food and parking) vs $5-$10 for a museum? Many museums don’t charge for parking either.

      Times are tough for museums too.

  2. Arnold Kunst says:

    It’s nice to know that Abraham Lincoln is alive and well at theLincoln Memorial Shrine at A.K. Smiley Library. It’d be even better if he were alive and well among our current crop of politicians!

    Arnold Kunst

  3. Florence Ferrara says:

    This is such an anemic list of sites – just not to be believed. Like the Get Answers
    category – no one there. No one here either

  4. James says:

    To Duh!: The Republicans want the rich to keep all of their money and not pay any taxes to help anyone except Big Pharma, oil companies and the military. Since Reagan, they have been systematically brainwashing the Americans over and over with, “The government is inept, taxes are for socialists, and corporations can do everything better.” There are so many loopholes in our tax system that companies such as GE, not only make billions but pay NO taxes, they actually get IRS refunds worth BILLIONS! (check out a recent NYT article) The richest are paying the same percentage of taxes that they paid in the 1950’s yet still crying. Tax revenue is WAY down, the poverty rate has grown, the middle class has shrunk, the rich are richer, and it ain’t trickling down.

  5. Kerry says:

    Just because only 5 are listed,There are more.Most ask for a donation,not a set price.times are tough for all,But a museum is well worth the donation.walk it all day long.

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