San Bernardino Attractions

Making the escape from the flurry of Los Angeles to the somewhat calmer surroundings of neighboring San Bernardino is a great way to not only slow down, but it's also an excellent way to enjoy still yet another facet of California life. San Bernardino is a city that offers many excellent choices when it comes to learning something new, enjoying the beautiful outdoors or just relaxing. So get ready to discover all of that and more when you visit any of these noteworthy attractions in San Bernardino.

Big Bear Solar Observatory
The Big Bear Solar Observatory proves to be as mighty and impressive as its name. This facility was originally built back in 1965 by the California Institute of Technology and is now maintained by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It has the distinction of being one of only six solar observatories in the world, plus the added attraction of being located on an island in the center of a lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. The location proves to be ideal for looking heavenward as there is minimal pollution, the skies are typically clear, and the airflow is smooth, making for great views that are nothing less than stunning.

Address: 40386 North Shore Lane, Big Bear City, CA 92314 - MAP
Phone: (909) 866-5791
Web: www.bbso.njit.edu

San Bernardino National Forest
The San Bernardino National Forest is like an unexpected natural haven in the midst of some intense urban activity. Most people are pleasantly surprised to find this natural gem of a forest located on the other side of the mountains in San Bernardino. In addition to some breathtaking topography that features peaks of over 10,000 feet, the forest is home to some amazing landscapes that include natural attractions like rugged peaks, calming mountain lakes, and picture-perfect valley views.

Address: 1824 South Commercenter Circle, San Bernardino, CA 92408 - MAP
Phone: (909) 382-2600
Web: www.fs.usda.gov

San Bernardino County Museum
Learning about San Bernardino's colorful past is as easy as paying a visit to the San Bernardino County Museum. This impressively arranged facility perfectly balances the area's cultural and natural histories. See creatively constructed exhibits and attractions that focus on local history, anthropology, and the various types of birds that make their home here. Plus, there are various seasonal exhibits and presentations throughout the year. Don't forget to check out the wildlife art, Chinese embroideries, and the museum's rustic landscaping during your visit.

Address: 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA - MAP
Phone: (909) 307-2669
Web: www.sbcounty.gov

Asistencia Mission De San Gabriel
Get a taste of what life was like for the Franciscan Fathers back in 1819 when you visit the Asistencia Mission De San Gabriel. The site is commonly referred to as “Estancia,” as this Spanish mission was a beacon of hope and help to people of the area who were in need of food, water and spiritual comfort. This historic structure is now owned by the San Bernardino County Museum System and its continuous efforts allow visitors to take a fascinating look at what religious life was like alongside the San Bernardino Mountains in the 19th century. The mission has aged well, as many couples choose to get married in the meticulously maintained church that is complemented by its impressively landscaped grounds.

Address: 26930 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373 - MAP
Phone: (909) 793-5402
Web: missiontour.org

Lake Arrowhead
If you are out for a great day of fun in the sun, or maybe up for some aquatic adventure, make plans to head to Lake Arrowhead. This magnificent alpine resort attraction is located in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest. Enjoy such activities as mountain biking, sailing, hiking, and camping. The summer months bring outdoor festivals and concerts, while the winter is the time for cross-country and downhill skiing as excellent slopes and designated ski areas are a short 25 miles away.

Address: CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92315 - MAP
Phone: (909) 337-3715
Web: www.lakearrowhead.net

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
The majestic and breathtaking presence of the San Bernardino Mountains is hard to ignore. All year round, there are always plenty of fun activities and attractions to experience and natural beauty to take in when you visit the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area. Fans of fishing will love casting their lines here, as the lake waters are full of trout, large-mouth bass, and bluegill. There are also plenty of trails that promise a satisfying hiking experience, excellent camping areas, and lots of green open spaces to stretch out and have some relaxing fun in the sunshine.

Address: CA-138, Silverwood Lake, CA 93245 - MAP
Phone: (760) 389-2281
Web: www.parks.ca.gov

Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum
The sweeping historic scope of art that is housed in the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum is so wide that it might make you dizzy! This highly lauded San Bernardino museum is worth seeing for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that there are more than 1,500 items on display here. Some of these pieces date back to ancient Egypt and Italy, so you will not want to miss the experience of seeing these truly time-tested exhibits and attractions. Plus, you will be able to fast-forward into the realm of contemporary art when you take in the work of such notable artists as Andy Warhol and John Lennon. There are also several seasonal exhibits scheduled, so make sure to check the website for details.

Address: 6500 University Parkway, California State University, San Bernardino, CA 92407 - MAP
Phone: (909) 880-7373
Web: raffma.csusb.edu

Rim Nordic
Rim Nordic is an attraction that challenges you to not only enjoy its natural surroundings, but also to get back to the basics. You will find this retreat in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest. Rustic is really the only way to describe the area, as there are always plenty of visitors to the area year round. In the winter months, the resorts are full of activity thanks to the many skiers and snowboarders and the warmer months are equally as active, due to the mountain bikers and hikers who enjoy Rim Nordic's challenging terrain.

Address: Hwy 18, Running Springs, CA 92382 - MAP
Phone: (909) 867-2600
Web: www.rimnordic.com