Ontario is known as the gateway to other southern California locations. However, the city is lauded in its own right for a range of attractions. Go wine tasting at a vineyard, shop for designer bargains and cool down in freshwater lakes.
Ontario is in warm Cucamonga Valley, one of California’s oldest wine-producing regions. Tour the San Antonio Winery, the area’s oldest surviving vineyard. Sample some of the wines that have been produced on this site since 1917. The area’s other wineries include those of Joseph Filippi and the Galleano family.
Enjoy quality time with the family at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, 150 acres (61 hectares) of outdoor recreation space. Rent paddle boats, splash down the water slides and sunbathe on sandy beaches. For more adventurous pursuits, fly through the air on the Screamer roller coaster and other thrill rides at Scandia Amusement Park.
The city was founded in 1881 by the Chaffey brothers from Ontario, Canada, providing their hometown name to this faraway location. Learn more about Ontario’s past at the Museum of History and Art, which features local art, history and cultural traditions. Tour John Rains House, home of one of the area’s early families. Visit the Graber Olive House where the fruits have been grown and products manufactured since 1894.
One very popular attraction is Ontario Mills, a mega-mall that claims to be the largest of its kind in California. More than 200 retail outlets sell discounted designer and high-end clothing, sporting goods, children’s apparel, jewelry and more. While searching for bargains, keep the family entertained with watching a movie at the 30-screen megaplex or playing interactive games and attractions at GameWorks.
Ontario’s location in the center of southern California makes it a good base from which to explore the area’s other attractions. The city is 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Los Angeles and within short driving distances of Disneyland® Resort, the Pacific Ocean and skiing and hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains.