Fontana is a city located in San Bernardino County in California. It is the 18th largest city in California by population. In Italian, the word "Fontana" means "water source" which is apt due to the nearby Santa Ana River. Founded in 1913, the city grew largely due to the Kaiser Steel Mill which provided jobs and boosted the economy of the city. The city has now grown to a regional center and has several attractions to entertain tourists and visitors of all ages.
While Fontana may not be on the top of your list of places to visit but if you are in a nearby city or making a pit stop, here is a list of some of the best things to do in Fontana.
Hiking On Jurupa Mountains
Jurupa Mountains tower over Fontana and give you some of the most amazing views of the city. There are several hiking trails that take you to the peak of the mountain and if you don't mind getting active and do some physical outdoor activity, this is a great place to embrace the natural beauty of the city.
Get an Adrenaline Rush At the Auto Club Speedway
Originally known as the California Speedway, Auto Club Speedway is one of the best places to get some adrenaline rush. The race track is the location of the Xfinity racing event, the NASCAR Sprint Series Cup, and the Indycar series. The racetrack has hosted NASCAR events since 1997 and can accommodate up to sixty-eight thousand guests.
The track is located on the site of the Kaiser Steel Mill and visitors can put their racing skills to test by selecting one of the several driving packages that the place has to offer.
Enjoy the Outdoors at Mary Vagle Nature Center
Mary Vagle Nature Center sits at the base of Mount Jurupa and aims to educate visitors about the local environment and its preservation. The center is a great place to explore the great outdoors of Fontana and offers a range of wildlife-related programs including interactive displays and a reptile viewing area. Hands down one of the best collections of flora and fauna in the area, Mary Vagle Nature Center is a must-visit for anyone even remotely interested in nature.
Visit One of the Beautiful Parks
Fontana has no shortage of beautiful parks to spend some quiet time and have fun with the family. The great weather makes parks a great place to spend an afternoon and meet some locals. Coyote Canyon Park offers numerous facilities including a children's playground, baseball fields, trails, and picnic spots.
Another such park is Fontana Park. Founded in 2008, the park is home to the Jesse Turner Health and Fitness Community Center, a skate park, and a dog park. The mountains in the background make for a picturesque view when walking on one of the trails.
If you are into parks, another option is Fiesta Park. While smaller in size, Fiesta Park has plenty of playgrounds with pieces of equipment suitable for children of all ages. A nice quiet place if you are looking for a peaceful time.
Learn About Fontana at the Art Depot
If learning about the city's history and culture is your thing, you must visit Art Depot during your visit to Fontana. The place itself is a historical relic as it belonged to the Pacific Electric Railway in 1915. Today the Art Depot is a community project dedicated to promoting the arts in Fontana and visitors can learn more about the city through several art classes, studio sessions, and cultural events that Art Depot regularly hosts.
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