Points of Interest
Southern California is a great home base and jumping off point for tours around the southwest.
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- Boating, Fishing and Hiking at Diamond Valley Lake
- Golfing at over 30 courses in Hemet and neighboring communities
- Gambling at Soboba Casino Soboba was voted PE Readers Number One Casino! Loosest slots, Best Poker, Best Entertainment
Play Tennis at lighted and daytime courts in both public parks and private tennis clubs
Take in a play Cultural Events are organized by social groups all over the city, the most famous is the Ramona Pageant, the longest running outdoor play in America.
- Libraries, Shuffleboard, Shopping
- Step into Hollywood history. The forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular attractions since the 1920s when, during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “King of Kings,” actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in wet cement. Hollywood’s biggest stars have been imprinting themselves ever since, including John Wayne, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Denzel Washington.
- Discover fossil fun at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, the site of the richest discovery of Ice Age fossils in the world, more than 100 tons of fossilized bones representing nearly 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been unearthed from pools of sticky asphalt dating back to prehistoric time. The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
- Downtown LA Art Walk Now one of LA’s premier art crawls, the Downtown Art Walk features some of the best art in the city on the second Thursday of each month.
- Huntington Library The Japanese and Chinese gardens at the world-famous Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens are also a superb way to spend the day. The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys offers docent led tours through 6½ acres on four mornings each week (Monday through Thursday).
- Studio Tapings Being part of a live studio audience is always one of LA’s top attractions. Audiences Unlimited offers free tickets to live shows on CBS, FOX, NBC and other major stations. Popular shows with free tickets include: “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Tonight Show” and the “Price is Right.”
- Venice Every weekend year-round, crowds flock to the Venice Oceanfront Walk where the mild weather and sea air are only part of the attraction. The most amazing street entertainers in the world are here — chainsaw jugglers, swamis on rollerblades, street dancers...you name it. Start at Windward Avenue and walk north, stopping whenever you see a crowd gathered — there’s sure to be someone intriguing in the center. Out on the sand, follow the beat to the drum circle, a Sunday tradition with dozens of drummers playing for hours.
- The USS Midway/San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum www.midway.org
- Maritime Museum of San Diego www.sdmaritime.org Features the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship, and a replica of the HMS Surprise, made famous in the film "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
- GASLAMP QUARTER www.gaslamp.org Visitors could easily spend an entire day in downtown's historic Gaslamp Quarter, where classic Victorian buildings are home to 100 retail shops, 100 restaurants and 35 bars and nightclubs.
- A WALK IN THE PARK www.balboapark.org Balboa Park, located close to downtown is the cultural heart of San Diego. Visitors could easily spend an entire day discovering Balboa Park's many cultural delights. Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural complex second only to the Smithsonian in size (it is often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West"). The Park is home to 85 cultural institutions, including 15 museums (ranging from anthropology to science, as well as classic and contemporary art), performing arts venues (such as the Tony Award®-winning Old Globe), art galleries, lush botanical gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Along the Prado walkway, visitors can view grand Spanish Colonial-revival style structures, originally built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition.