(CHINO HILLS, CALIF.) Originally founded in 1907 by the private all-boys school Boys Republic, Chino Hills later became known for its addition of Sleepy Hollow, a neighborhood within Carbon Canyon, in the 1920s. In recent years, the city has become known for housing the Ball Brothers, a trio of basketball player brothers who have been making headlines since 2016. Located at least 30 miles from Los Angeles, the city is also known for being a family-oriented community. Let’s take a look at some of the top places that are perfect for weekend visitors and even new and longtime resident families.
Chino Hills State Park
The Chino Hills State Park is home to many campgrounds and trails, the former of which requires reservations to be made through phone calls or the Reserve California website. The reservations can be made six months in advance of the stay. Aside from going on guided tours, visitors can also view the park’s nature and wildlife during the day, enroll in family programs or settle down in picnic areas. There are still restrictions in place for the coronavirus pandemic, which can be accessed on its website.
The Shoppes at Chino Hills
A variety of stores and restaurants can be found in the Shoppes at Chino Hills outdoor mall, which has entrances from Grand Avenue, Peyton Drive and City Center Drive. While there are more well-known, established brands like Barnes & Noble and California Pizza Kitchen within the mall, there are also newer establishments like Pressed, which sells plant-based drinks and snacks. Aside from many seating areas where families can kick back and relax, there is also an interactive fountain that children under 13 can play in.
Chaparral 300 Bowling
Aside from bowling, Chaparral 300 Bowling on Chino Hills Parkway has activities such as an arcade, bar, restaurant and Internet jukebox. Pool tables, shuffle boards and dart boards are also available, but a credit or debit card payment is required to play. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves a small variety of salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, sides and snacks. As part of the safety precautions for COVID-19, there are currently dividers in between the lanes and parties of up to six people, including spectators, are allowed to use one lane. A full list of the rules for visitors can be viewed through a pop-up window on its website.
The Egyptian Building is a tourist attraction that was created to accompany Farou Food, an Egyptian restaurant that began construction in 2019. The building is modeled after the Abu Simbel Temples, a pair of temples that were created by the pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled during the 19th Dynasty. Both the attraction and the unopened restaurant are within the Commons at Chino Hills Shopping Center. The restaurant was scheduled to open in 2020, but this was delayed to an unknown date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple
Visible from the 71 Freeway, this temple has become a notable highlight of the city. It was constructed in December 2012 and allows people from all religious backgrounds to practice their faith. BAPS has other temples in the U.S., specifically Atlanta, Chicago and Houston, but there are locations in international cities like Sydney and London. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, audio tours are not available and the cafe is currently closed. More information, including clothing guidelines, is available on the website and through calling 909-614-5000.
Los Serranos Country Club
Just southeast of the Soquel Canyon Parkway freeway exit, the Los Serranos Golf Club is home to two 18-hole courses. The club offers lessons to the youth and adults taught by professional players from the PGA, and older and younger players can practice their skills on Hole 19, which is designed for this exact purpose. A tee time must be reserved for either the North Course or the South Course in advance by going to the club’s website. As for meals, breakfast and lunch are served in the club’s restaurant, Racquet Room & Lounge.
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