What to do and see in Ontario, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 28, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Thirty-five miles northeast of Los Angeles, Ontario is known as the "gateway to Southern California." The city has its own international airport and is near L.A. attractions, Palm Springs, Disneyland and other theme parks, as well as the mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. While in Ontario, visitors can shop for antiques, find bargains at Ontario Mills shopping center, tour Graber Olive House, have fun at Scandia Amusement Park and visit the local Museum of History and Art.
Restaurants in Ontario

1. Graber Olive House

315 E 4th St, Ontario, CA 91764-2709 +1 800-996-5483
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Graber Olive House

The central manufacturing plant of famous Graber olives.

Reviewed By SharonOregon - Oregon

We loved this gift shop!!! Beautiful displays!!! The olives we sampled were excellent and had the perfect amount of saltiness!!!

2. Planes of Fame Air Museum

7000 Merrill Ave Ste 17, Chino, CA 91710-9085 +1 909-597-3722
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Reviewed By csarchibald - San Marcos, California

I was surprised to see this nice of a collection of planes at a small airport like Chino. They do monthly talks about different planes and the difference from this one and others is that they actually fly. This is also a great venue for special events. We rented the facility for a surprise 50th Birthday party for my son-in-law. The staff were friendly and helpful and the were happy to answer everyone's questions about the planes.

3. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711-3157 +1 909-625-8767
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Reviewed By zippytongflockings - Claremont California

I want to say that first of all I have been a supporting member of the garden since 2009. I walk the property at least 2 to 3 times a week. I love the garden. That being said, RSABG could use much work! Especially the back half of the property. The more visited front of the property receives most of attention and is pleasant to meander through. Often there fun interactive displays and coupled with the beautiful surroundings, invites one to linger. There are ample benches to be found - I have my favorites. Sometimes I bring a book and stay for a couple hours. The garden is most crowded on weekends so I try and come during the week. While the garden does have a cohesive layout, the stressed California Plant Communities area, along its crumbling asphalt access roads and spray painted signage make if feel more ad-hock than deliberate. It is this area needs the most work. In the meantime, I will continue to support the garden and hope that someday this property's full potential can be realized.

4. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

15100 Fairfield Ranch Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709-8856 +1 909-614-5000
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 121 reviews

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, a handful of devotees began conducting weekly assemblies in the late 1970's and early 1980's. In 1984, His Holiness inaugurated the first BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Whittier, California, a small suburb just outside of Los Angeles. With the guidance and blessings of His Holiness, the congregation grew from just a handful of families to a strong group of dedicated devotees who yearned for spiritual growth. In 2000, His Holiness visited the current site of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills and invigorated the congregation's desire to build a traditional Hindu Mandir. The congregation completed with Haveli building (more commonly known as the Visitors Center) in 2007. In 2012, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills was dedicated and opened with great joy. This Mandir is the fifth traditional Hindu Mandir in North America.

Reviewed By Scott S - Los Angeles, California

This is a beautiful Hindu temple. Perhaps one of the most expansive religious, learning centers in the entire United States. The fact is, it is simply awesome.

I have been coming to this shrine since it opened. Throughout these years, it has constantly been under construction and reconstruction. At some point, perhaps it will finally be completed. Which I'm sure will just be beautiful. This fact is just something to let you know what is going on, as when you go here, it is not uncommon that you will see workmen working on the various amenities throughout these grounds.

The main focus of these grounds is obviously the temple itself. But, there is also other facilities throughout the grounds: a large banquet facility, a cafeteria, a food store, a youth learning center and gymnasium, and even a gift shop. So, all of your needs are taken care of.

One thing to note, and something to keep in mind when you come here, this is not a tourist destination as some people seem to think it is. It is a religious shrine. So, when you come here, even if you are not a practicing Hindu, please respect the sanctity of this location.

All this being said, this is a beautiful temple facility. Hindu or not, coming here, you will definitely feel the out reaching spirituality.

5. Madonna of the Trail

N Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Madonna of the Trail

Reviewed By Ronald C - Upland, California

A lot of history Madonna of the Trail is a series of 12 monuments dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States. The monuments were commissioned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, The trail starts in Pennsylvanian and ends in Upland. This one was deciated in 1929

6. Victoria Gardens

12505 N Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739-8103 +1 909-803-1280
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 321 reviews

Victoria Gardens

Reviewed By kelliducloux1 - Perris, California

I love Victoria Gardens. It is the best outside mall and it has everything you need: eateries, movies, shopping, and even ride-along trains for the kids. I love coming here; it’s always a treat. I’ve visited on a sunny day and enjoyed walking around and getting ice cream. And I’ve also come at night to enjoy dinner and evening shopping. It is definitely a thing to do in the area.

7. Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre

10798 Ramona Ave, Montclair, CA 91763 +1 909-628-0511
Excellent
23%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre

Reviewed By Lauriepaz - Chino Hills, California

I organized an evening at Tiki Drive-in for our "Summer Fun" group and we had a great time! Saw two movies for $9 and brought our own food and drinks, kids latex in back hatch of our navigator and adults sat in chairs outside and enjoyed our time together!

8. Citizens Business Bank Arena

4000 E Ontario Center Pkwy, Ontario, CA 91764-7966 +1 909-244-5500
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Reviewed By kanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

A best-of-friends and I, along with my wife, attended three Ontario Reign Ice Hockey Games here at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, in Ontario, California. The Ontario Reign are a professional ice hockey team and a member of the Amerian Hockey League. The Reign play their home games here at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

The Citizens Business Bank Arena is an outstanding venue. It is very clean and security personnel assure that any non-acceptable behavior is stopped before things get out-of-hand as can happen at sporting events. The public rest rooms are clean and there are many food choices available to fans attending the Reign games.

My friend has season tickets and attends all of the Reign home games when possible. He is a member of the very nice San Manuel Club where members can eat a buffet meal before games and also spent time in the club between the 1st and 2nd periods of game. The buffet meals are phenomenal. Immaculate and uncrowded restroom facilities are available to club members.

In studying other Trip Advisor Posts, I see that the Citizens Business Bank Arena, hosts many other events over a wide range of activities.

9. Pacific Electric Trail

8500 Foothill Blvd., Route 66 Trailhead, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Pacific Electric Trail

Reviewed By CAEJ7 - Los Angeles, California

Great trail, fun, usually safe, and easy to use. The one improvement that could be made would to have more public accessible bathrooms along the trail. Guys use the bushes, girls are out of luck. A few parks exist along the trail with easily accessible bathroom facilities, but, not many. There are also few stores or places that might have a bathroom. Central 'Park" in Rancho Cucamonga only has a bathroom inside the main community center - so - if you are walking your dog you are out of luck to use that bathroom. There is also little shade available on much of the trail so best to use in the early morning or late evening in the summer heat.

10. Dale Bros. Brewery

2120 Porter Field Way, Upland, CA 91786-2111 +1 909-579-0032
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Dale Bros. Brewery

Reviewed By Eric O - Upland, California

I love this place. It's a nice place to relax with locals and drink amazing craft beers. My favorites are the Red between the lines and the Runway IPA. The staff is friendly and helpful. They have food venders on the weekend, that are always good.

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