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.
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
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.
Lincoln Memorial Shrine at A.K. Smiley Library
125 West Vine Street
Redlands, CA 92373
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.
Palm Canyon Drive
Between Baristo and Amado
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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.
Old Town Temecula
Temecula, CA 92590
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.
Lake Arrowhead Village
28200 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
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.