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Local Attractions   


Things to Do in Riverside, CA

We’ve created an insider’s guide of a few of our favorite Riverside attractions and activities. Use this guide to explore our campus and wonderful city while enjoying your stay at the University of California, Riverside.


Events Calendars

UCR Happenings Calendar
Find upcoming events happening at UCR.

Riverside Community Calendar
Find upcoming events around Riverside.


Parks & Recreation

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline funhouse that is great for youth and groups of any age who are “kids at heart.”

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
4031 Flat Rock Dr.
Riverside, CA 92505

Fairmount Park
Find tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, rose gardens, multiple lakes, a golf course, barbecues and more at Fairmount Park.

Fairmount Park
2241 Market St.
Riverside, CA 92501

Mount Rubidoux Park
As a city landmark and park, Mount Rubidoux Park features 3.5 miles of paved and dirt trails that are great for hiking and getting fresh air!

Mount Rubidoux Park
4706 Mt Rubidoux Dr.
Riverside, CA 92501

Castle Park Amusement Park
Let loose at Castle Park, with amusement rides, miniature golf courses and a vast selection of carnival and video arcade games.

Castle Park Amusement Park
3500 Polk St.
Riverside, CA 92505

Bowlero Alley & Lounge
Bowl a perfect game at Bowlero Alley & Lounge, featuring more than 40 lanes, snack bar and arcade games.

Bowlero Alley & Lounge
10781 Indiana Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506



Tyler Mall
1299 Galleria at Tyler
Riverside, CA 92503

Moreno Valley Mall
22500 Town Cir
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Ontario Mills
1 Mills Cir
Ontario, CA 91764

Victoria Gardens
12505 S Mainstreet
Etiwanda, CA 91739

Riverside Plaza
3545 Central Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506


Local Restaurants

5 Miles or Less

Getaway Cafe
3615 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507

Sub Station
3663 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507

Best Thai
1735 Spruce St.
Riverside, CA 92507

Cask ‘n Cleaver Steakhouse
1333 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

D’Elia’s Grinders
2093 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

Doña Timos
3635 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92501

Zacatecas Cafe
2472 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

ProAbition – Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen
3597 Main St.
Riverside, CA 92501

The Salted Pig
3700 12th St.
Riverside, CA 92501

Tio’s Tacos
3948 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Mexicali Bar & Grill
1690 Spruce St.
Riverside, CA, 92507

Simple Simon’s
3639 Main St.
Riverside, CA 92501

Mario’s Place
3646 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Magnone Trattoria & Market
1630 Spruce St.
Riverside, CA 92507

On Our Campus

UCR Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens, which spread across 40 green acres, are a wonderful place to stop and smell the roses… or the 3,500 other plant species from around the world!

UCR Botanic Gardens

The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world!

The Eaton Collection

UCR Entomology Research Museum
The UCR Entomology Research Museum is the insect collection of the Department of Entomology that contains approximately 3 million total insect specimens.

UCR Entomology Research Museum

Additional Campus Links
UCR Campus
Orbach Science Library
Tomás Rivera Library


Arts & Culture

Visit the UCR ARTSblock, comprised of the Sweeney Art Gallery, the Barbara and Art Culver Center and the UCR California Museum of Photography.

3824 Main St.
Riverside, CA 92501

Riverside Art Museum
Find on-going exhibits and special events at the Riverside Art Museum located in Downtown Riverside.

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Fox Performing Arts Center
This historic structure has been renovated into a beautiful theater for performing arts. Find must-see, live performances.

Fox Performing Arts Center
3801 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Visit Riverside’s community museum that collects, exhibits, and interprets cultural and natural history.

Riverside Metropolitan Museum
3580 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Mission Inn
Not to be missed, the Mission Inn is a historical Riverside landmark, with a history dating back to the 19th century and a famous guest list that gets longer every year.

Mission Inn
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501



Ultrastar University Village 10
1201 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

Van Buren Drive-In
3035 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92503

Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 16
3535 Riverside Plaza Dr.
Riverside, CA 92506


Take a Short Drive!

For daytrips, find some of California’s best attractions just a short distance from where you’re staying.

25 Miles or Less

Fender Museum of Music and the Arts
365 N. Main St.
Corona, CA 92880

San Manuel Bingo & Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd.
Highland, CA 92346

Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335

Splash Kingdom Waterpark
1101 N California St.
Redlands, CA 92374

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 South A St.
Perris, CA 92570

40 Miles or Less

Temecula Valley Wine Country
Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA 92593

1313 S Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

Morongo Casino
49750 Seminole Dr.
Cabazon, CA 92230

Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy.
Temecula, CA 92592

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Hospitality Services
3637 Canyon Crest Drive
Bannockburn Suite H-108
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-5471
Fax: (951) 827-5475
E-mail: wendy.simmons@ucr.edu