Introduction to Riverside, California
Founded in the late 1800s, Riverside is in the metropolitan area comprising
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario. This area is known as "The Inland
Empire" because it was once separated from Los Angeles by a large
rural expanse. Riverside lies 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It is approximately
1 hour away from the beach (Newport Beach), the desert (Palm Springs),
and the San Bernardino Mountains (Lake Arrowhead).
The area was historically very sparsely populated due to its desert like
climate. John North, a pro-temperance abolitionist, founded Riverside
with the hope of furthering education and culture. At about the same time,
naval orange cultivation took off, drawing railroads to the area. The
climate, transportation and innovative water supply, which allowed the
orange industry to thrive, also brought easterners escaping their cold winters.
Only about 10.2 inches of rain fall each year in Riverside. Temperatures
reach 90 degrees an average of 100 days of the year. August daily highs
average 95 degrees while daily lows average 64 degrees. January offers
average daily highs of 68 degrees and average daily lows of 43 degrees.
Fleetwood Enterprises, a Fortune 100 company which manufactures recreational
vehicles and manufactured homes, is headquartered in Riverside. One of
the largest employers is the University of California at Riverside. The
economy also includes such industries as wood, plastics, metal fabrication,
electrical instruments and food packaging.
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical and leisure attractions include:
- The Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
- The Mission Inn.
- The Heritage House.
- The Riverside Art Museum.
- The La Sierra University Museum of Natural History.
- The UCR California Museum of Photography.
- The California Citrus State Historic Park.
- The Blankenship Ballet Company.
- The California Riverside Ballet.
- The Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic.
- The Riverside Community Players.
- Cultural and entertainment sights in nearby Los Angeles.
- Sports teams, both professional and college, in metropolitan Los Angeles.
Things to Do in Riverside
Mount Rubidoux Hiking Trail
Mount Rubidoux is a mountain just west of downtown in the city of Riverside,
California that has been designated a city park and landmark.
Range: San Bernardino Mountains
Did you know: Originally, the park was named Huntington Park, but the name
was changed to the Frank A. Miller Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park after
the heirs of Frank Miller donated the property to the city in 1955.
Mount Rubidoux Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked hiking trail that
features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The
trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Castle Park, formerly Castle Amusement Park, is a 25-acre amusement park
and family amusement center located in the heart of Riverside. The park
utilizes a medieval "castle" theme and includes attractions
such as a miniature golf course, arcade, and 27 amusement rides including
three roller coasters such as "Merlin's Revenge", a junior
rollercoaster, "Screamin' Demon" a spinning Wild Mouse rollercoaster,
and "Little Dipper", a children's rollercoaster.
University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens
The University of California Riverside, Botanic Gardens are 40 acres of
botanical gardens containing more than 3,500 plant species from around
the world. The Gardens are located in the eastern foothills of the Box
Springs Mountain on the University of California, Riverside campus. Over
four miles of trails wind through beautiful hilly terrain.
Riverside Metropolitan Museum
The Riverside Metropolitan Museum, or RMM, is a history, anthropological,
and natural science museum located in the historic Mission Inn District
March Field Air Museum
The March Field Air Museum is an aviation museum near Moreno Valley and
Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base. The March Field
Air Museum is currently featuring the special exhibit "March of Flight:
Saluting a Century of Service" (March Field/March Air Reserve Base)
through October 7, 2018.
Fox Performing Arts Center
Fox's Riverside Theater opened in 1929 as a cinema/vaudeville theater
house. It was built with a Spanish Colonial Revival style and attracted
well-known performers including Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. Additionally,
it became popular as a location for motion picture previews, the theater
was the site of the first public screening of "Gone with the Wind."