Things to Do

Welcome to Riverside!

A trip to Riverside is the experience of a lifetime. With famous attractions like the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Downtown Riverside contains its own roster of must-see destinations, great restaurants, cultural hot spots and unforgettable activities. 

The world-famous Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the largest Mission Revival-style building in the United States, guest list has included presidents Nixon & Reagan, film stars, and royalty. The unmissable inn takes up a city block, and is adorned with flying buttresses, archways, courtyards, stained-glass windows, a bell tower, and more than $7 million worth of antiques. Spend the night, take the 75-minute tour, and attend CANP’s Friday Night Event at the Mission Inn on March 20, 2020, from 6 pm – 9 pm.

Nearby, climb to the white-cross-topped summit of Mount Rubidoux via the paved, one-mile trail to the top. Visit the University of California Riverside campus, home to more than 20,000 students, and take a walk through the UCR Botanic Gardens, which comprise 39 acres of gardens, woodlands, and horticultural wonders. For the arts-oriented, visit the gallery, exhibition space, and film screening room at the Culver Center of the Arts, set in a renovated 1895 department store, and the neighboring UCR California Museum of Photography, one of the West’s best photographic museums. Also worth a trip is the Riverside Art Museum, designed by architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame. 

When night falls, check out who’s performing at the elegant Fox Performing Arts Center, a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival theater that held the first public screening of Gone With the Wind. Before the show, grab a few eclectic starters (like Kung Pao Cracker Jack, a combo of fried peanuts, popcorn, and spicy garlic) and a pint of craft beer at popular gastropub The Salted Pig. Or go afterward to take advantage of the restaurant’s creative cocktails and late-night ramen special, served 10 pm – 1 am.