In addition to home comfort, clean air, energy efficiency and all the other things that are important to us here at Sheldon’s, we’re also passionate about one other thing: Our community! Riverside – and the entire Inland Empire – is a beautiful area of California and the country at large. Riverside is home to more than 300,000 residents and boasts an Air Force base, beautiful outdoor areas including mountainous and valley areas, and a rich history. With proximity to Los Angeles, and enough distance to feel independent and unique, Riverside is a wonderful choice for young people, families, retirees – really, anyone can thrive here!
Daily life is beautiful in Riverside because the temperature is usually favorable and humidity is notably low. It’s comfortable to live here because we have plenty of space, clean air, and lots to do. Below are 11 of our favorite stops and things to do in Riverside.
Castle Park is a Riverside staple – an amusement park that is nationally known and so much fun for all ages. Bring the family, take a date, or go with friends and enjoy this big, bustling park. You probably won’t finish it all in one day so it offers ongoing fun for everyone.
Once upon a time, Citrus was King in the great state of California. If you haven’t noticed, or if you’re new, southern California boasts quite the access to serious vitamin C: there are orange groves everywhere! As the story goes, the first orange trees were sent to a woman here in Riverside – a woman named Eliza Tibbets. The orange trees thrived and so began an agricultural opportunity that helped shape the industry and the economy in California. Learn more about the history of Citrus at this park and enjoy the beauty and bounty of the groves.
Many, Many Museums
The RAM is home to thousands of incredible pieces of artwork from around the world. The museum focuses on many genres, periods, and regions of art but there is a special focus on Hispanic art at this museum, due to the history of the area. The museum also provides programs for children and teens and is working on a proposal for a sister-museum named for, and guided by, Cheech Marin – of Cheech and Chong fame.
Located at the historical Mission Inn, this museum celebrates the rich, Hispanic history of this beautiful and impeccably preserved building, a cornerstone of our city. There are collections of art and historical relics as well as events, tours, and special exhibits. Revisit the Mission Inn often to see, experience, and learn new things.
In accordance with the March Air Reserve Base, this museum chronicles a history of air travel, aeronautics, and winged adventures – military and civilian. There is plenty to learn, explore, and experience for all ages.
UCR California Museum of Photography
The entire Artsblock at UC Riverside is incredible and nationally regarded but the installations in the photography museum are especially well-loved and they also show films. If you’re into photography, film, or art of any kind this is a must-do.
Another campus favorite, the WMNH at La Sierra University is a real gem. Take an afternoon to enjoy the birds, amphibians, mammals, and reptiles displayed throughout the museum and learn a little bit about how this area’s biology and geology have evolved over hundreds of years.
Enjoyable Outdoor Experiences
Boasting a city park, a historical marker, and some seriously stunning views just minutes from downtown is Mt. Rubidoux. Visiting this mountain vista is easy and accessible, a popular destination for SoCal outdoors enthusiasts and families just looking for a nice spot to play.
One of the best places to steal away for an exotic, atmospheric, and unforgettable experience right here in the iE is, again, at UC Riverside. The campus hosts an incredible botanical garden teeming with native and exotic plantlife and the bees, butterflies, and birds that love them. The gardens offer tours and special events but even an unguided walk through the twists and turns is enchanting and immersive on its own.
For something a bit different, steer yourself into a normal, unassuming neighborhood, take a small hike, and feast your eyes (and cameras!) upon something unique and spectacular. The graffiti you might be accustomed to is usually pronounced upon walls in cities and sometimes isn’t even welcome. This graffiti is sprawled across a natural rock edifice complete with a waterfall and is something to behold.
The daring, rocky, and mountainous terrain of our neck of the woods is something we’re proud of. These desert-like, arid, and yet blossoming grounds are home to wildlife, plant-life, and lively excursions for residents. This reserve area is perfect for picnics, hikes, or just taking in breathtaking views. With climbs up to 3,000 feet, you can get a bit above the city and take in your new home.
We’re happy you have decided to call Riverside, California home. Welcome to the area and all of our well wishes for feeling comfortable and happy here from your friends at Sheldon’s Service!