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The 9 best things to do in San Dimas

The 9 best things to do in San Dimas

January 14th, 2021

Nestled away in the San Gabriel Valley, many consider San Dimas to be the hidden gem of Los Angeles County. Whether you’re here on vacation or visiting your family at Serento Casa, we’ve got you covered with our list of favorite things to do in San Dimas.

Disclaimer: As we all know, the past year has been unprecedented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the following activities and locations are not currently available because of measures put in place to keep us all safe. Please call ahead to any of the below recommendations to confirm that they are open to visitors.

Enjoy the outdoors

Los Angeles County is famous for so much, but perhaps nothing is better known than our weather. People from all over the United States move here to enjoy the year-round balmy days and cool nights. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

Raging Waters Los Angeles

Boasting the title of California’s best and biggest water park, Raging Waters is a top attraction in San Dimas. It’s even been listed as one of the best water parks in the country!

Horsethief Canyon Park

If waterparks are too high-octane, why not enjoy a casual stroll around a park? Horsethief Canyon Park has a little bit for everyone, including:

  • Two dog parks
  • Hiking and horseback riding trails
  • Sports fields
  • Playground equipment

Horsethief Canyon is beloved by locals and visitors alike, so don’t miss it!

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park

Don’t let the humble title of “park” fool you: Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is an outdoor paradise with a little something for everyone. Spanning nearly 2000 acres around Puddingstone Lake, the park has dozens of amenities and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Whether you want to go RV camping, fish on the lake, ride your bike, or enjoy a picnic with friends, Bonelli Park has you covered.

San Dimas Canyon Nature Center

This natural area’s claim to fame isn’t a wide range of amenities like the last two parks; instead, you’ll want to visit the San Dimas Canyon Nature Center for the animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center!

The enclosed sanctuary has animals indigenous to the area that you can visit during weekly animal presentations.

Cool off at a museum

There’s only so much time you can spend outside, especially in the warmer summer months. When you need to enjoy that sweet, sweet air conditioning, why not head to one of San Dimas’s many museums?

Pacific Railroad Society Museum

Railroad history buffs rejoice! The Pacific Railroad Society Museum is not only totally free but packed full of historical artifacts, books, documents, maps, and photographs collected for nearly a century.

According to their website, they someday hope to “restore the depot to represent a working railroad station”. Pay them a visit, contribute a donation, and enjoy learning some history.

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

If you instantly know what NHRA is short for, then this might just be the museum for you. Located near the original site of the National Hot Rod Association’s first event in 1954, the Motorsports Museum is “THE place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, race cars, and speed records, and discover the stories of the people who made them possible.”

Plus, if you’re a senior (60 years or older) like our residents here at Serento Casa, your admission price is cheaper than general admission!

Rubel Castle

While this location technically isn’t in San Dimas (and isn’t an indoor air-conditioned space, either), we just had to include Rubel Castle on our list! A short 15-minute drive away from San Dimas to Glendora, Rubel Castle is a unique folk architecture project built by Michael Rubel over the course of 26 years.

Weekly guided tours of the castle are available throughout the month, so if you want to learn more about this interesting landmark’s history, make sure to pay them a visit.

Grab a bite

After a full day of seeing the sights in San Dimas, you’ll need to fuel up with some great food. These are two of our favorite restaurants where you can 

Twisted Sage Cafe

This cozy cafe nails the casual, unassuming vibe, but the food is anything but ordinary. Twisted Sage Cafe is known for its modern twists on breakfast classics, but don’t miss out on their great lunchtime options too!

Show Sushi

Who doesn’t love sushi?! Whether you prefer the classic raw fish options like sashimi and nigiri or the modern rolls with cooked fish and intricate presentation, Show Sushi is our favorite sushi spot in San Dimas.

We love San Dimas, and we think you will too

As a part of the San Dimas community, Serento Casa is proud of everything our town has to offer. This small list is just a few of our favorite activities, but there’s even more to do than we’ve listed here.

And if you or your family member is interested in living in our community here in San Dimas, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more!

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