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Top Ten Wallet Friendly Things to Do Near Ontario California

Live Like a Californian…on a Budget!

For the Adventurous and the Hikers

1. Cucamonga Canyon in Alta Loma is the perfect activity for the thrill seekers in Ontario, CA without having to drive all the way to Big Bear to do so! Cucamonga Canyon is only 20 minutes away in the hills of Alta Loma and offers rock climbing (real rock climbing!), waterfalls, and rugged terrain for those who love to walk or hike. I have personally experienced Cucamonga Canyon myself and can say it is “the” thing to do during the summer. As always, hike at your own risk and watch out for those occasional small water snakes!

Price: Free! Except for the cost of gas.

2. Mount Baldy Trout Pools are truly enjoyable for adults and children alike. The Mount Baldy trout pools are only 10 miles away off the Mountain exit off the 10 Freeway.  You rugged fishermen have the opportunity to cook fish on site as well, if you so choose.

Price: Cost for bait and for renting equipment under $30.


For a Romantic Night out on a Budget

3. Mount Baldy Night Sky and City View offers couples a romantic night out near Ontario, CA without paying the price of sky-rocketing movie tickets or expensive dinners. Located only 15 minutes away, you can catch an expansive glimpse of the city at large by simply taking Euclid Avenue about halfway up the road.

Price: Free! Except for the cost of gas.


For the Art Inclined or the Theatre Go-ers

4. Chaffey High School provides individuals in tune with their artistic sides with shows performed by their Nationally Recognized Theatre Department, Troupe 5535. Chaffey High School has performed live plays such as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, and, just recently, The Phantom of the Opera. Moreover, the grounds of Chaffey High School itself are a nice place to take a walk as they hide a historical background that makes this high school extraordinary: it used to be a college over 100 years ago!

Price: Tickets – Under $15, even on busy nights.

5. Artists on “A” Street is a very unique activity near our Ontario, CA hotel for artists and non-artists alike. Every last Saturday of every month at the corner of “A” Street and 3rd Avenue in Upland, over 20 different types of art are on display for show and sale. Alongside the art, the beautiful streets of downtown Upland, CA offer a relaxing walk during the day.

Price: For viewing – Free! For buying – Varies, but most art pieces generally under $30.


For a Fun Night out with Live Entertainment that Won’t Make You Pay the Price of a Concert

6. Victoria Gardens Outdoor Mall creates the environment of an outdoor concert right in your own backyard. Every so often, on a weekend night, Victoria Gardens allows singers/songwriters to put their music on display for the public. While enjoying perhaps a smoothie, Starbucks coffee, or Hot Dog-on-a-Stick, you can hear the sweet sounds of music while your children play on the grass.

Price: Concert – Free! Dinner – Under $10 at the food court.


For Those Who Love Museums

7. Chaffey Community Museum of Art located in downtown Ontario, CA provides local tourists with educational and enjoyable museum collections. They host a variety of dinners, talks, and fundraisers, and, occasionally, wine tastings to bring the City of Ontario some fun and learning!

Price: Museum – Free! (Although donations are always accepted)  Special Events – Tickets generally under $40.


For Those Who Love Sports!

8. Citizens Business Bank Arena is a newly built arena that offers an exciting night out in Ontario, CA without breaking your budget. For those who are fans of hockey or sports alike, the arena is home to the Ontario Reign hockey team. Of all the sports that get your blood pumping and drag you to the edge of your seat, hockey is definitely on the top of the list!

Price: Tickets start at just $10.


For the Night Owls Looking for a Bite to Eat or for Those Who Love Food !

9. Upland Farmer’s Market is perfect for the organic food lovers or for those interested in variety. Vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, eggs, cheeses, fish, baked goods, dried herbs, fresh flowers, and more every Saturday.

Price: Varies, but all food products generally under $15.

10. Andy’s Burgers or King Taco Restaurant in the heart of Ontario, CA feed the late night owls a midnight snack! Both restaurants are fan favorites of the locals and are open late (King Taco stays open as late as 4 a.m.). P.S. Andy’s Burgers are no frozen burgers!

Price: Under $10 for meals.

Obviously, with so much to do in Ontario, there is no need to break the bank and spend $100 on 1 ticket for Disneyland! More adventures await near Ayres Inn & Suites Ontario Mills Mill!

Karla Antunez
Front Desk
Ayres Inn & Suites Ontario Mills Mall







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8 Responses to Top Ten Wallet Friendly Things to Do Near Ontario California

  1. Jeanette Magana Says:

    When money is tight we like to go to the park with the boys for a picknick. We also take advantage of the five dollar movie nights on tuesday in corona :). Money has been tight lately so im becoming a pro at the low cost activities :).

    December 21, 2011
  2. Stacy winn Says:

    We love to go mountain biking or ride road bikes along some scenic mountain roads!

    December 21, 2011
  3. Crystal Rios Says:

    When the funds are low we like to do simple fun things we will go the park for some soccer or baseball, we will think of a family project we can do at home such as cleaning up the back yard. Another fun low cost activity is hiking. Aliso canyon in Northridge is a great place to hike. Lots of shade and the inclines are not steep at all. There is even a rope to swing you across the stream!

    December 21, 2011
  4. Steph Says:

    Some free things we like to do with the kids are to go to the library for storytime, visit state parks or the tidepools at dana Point. Around town we like to go to the mall where there are lots of free activities for kids at the disney store, pottery barn and microsoft store. Going to local zoos is very inexpensive and a great day trip too

    December 21, 2011
  5. Jennifer Bell Says:

    When my wallet is a little light, I like to jump on the Harley with husband. It doesn’t matter where we go; I just love the wind in my hair and my arms around my hubby.

    December 21, 2011
  6. Mike Says:

    A Netflix account, a coupon for pizza and plenty of microwaveable popcorn are a must.

    December 21, 2011
  7. Rosemary Says:

    Homemade popcorn and a movie (either from home or the library) is always a great option, as is a board game night with friends or family!

    December 21, 2011
  8. Dulcea Sawhill Says:

    Hi, Ayres. There’s a wonderful World History Museum on the campus of La Sierra University in Riverside. They have a stunning collection of gemstones, lots of stuffed animals and other creatures and Indian artifacts. There is a large stuffed Komodo Dragon encased in glass as you enter the museum. It’s free to the public on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon. Well worth a look!

    December 22, 2011


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