13 Best Fun Things To Do in Redlands: A Unique Guide

Whether you’re a local to Redlands or visiting for the day we’ve gathered a unique list of the best fun things to do in Redlands, CA.

Located at the base of the San Bernardino mountains, Redlands offers easy access to hiking and biking trails, an eclectic array of quaint shops, historic architecture, and a variety of local restaurants.

1. The Meek House: But First Coffee…or Tea

But First Coffee. The Meek House offers features an eclectic menu of hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, teas and pastries, and delicious eats!  They are a “mom and pop” coffee shop with a European vibe.

The Meek House in The Mountain Grove Shopping Center in the historic city of Redlands California with a beautiful window view of the outside mountains. Definitely, a must to get your day started with a recharge!

2. Kith: Retail Therapy

Are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life? Kith honestly has it all and then some from ladies’ clothes, and accessories, to framed live butterflies! Just with the vibe of the shop, you won’t want to leave.

If you’re looking for a gift for a little one, head on over next door to Kissui (their sister shop for children.)

3. A Shop Called Quest: Comic Book Fans

Still looking for some good retail therapy for a specific comic book, anime, etc? A Shop Called Quest has been an independent retailer focusing on presenting a personal curation of comic books, graphic novels, gaming, apparel, and collectibles for the last 25 years.

Serving as a hub for contemporary Art and Artists with our ongoing gallery shows, product lines, traveling road shows, convention appearances, and pop-up events.


4. Batter Rebellion Paint Night: Paint and Sip (21+)

If you’re an art lover, creative, or looking for a date night or night out in downtown Redlands, join The Paint Sesh for a Paint and Sip event at Batter Rebellion. Enjoy not only some of the most delicious food or handcrafted cocktails but the overall rebellious attitude aesthetic of the restaurant. ROCK ON!

The Paint Sesh is currently happening once a month at Batter Rebellion. So spread the word and who knows, there will hopefully be more creative nights out! If you want to attend a different paint sesh take a look at our calendar for the latest events. (P.S. We also do private parting parties! We bring the party to you in Redlands, CA.)

5. Caroline Park: Nature Fix

For all the nature lovers this is the perfect outdoor nature fix you’ve been needing in Redlands, CA. Caroline Park and botanical nature garden is enjoyed by naturalists, dog walkers, picnickers, homeschoolers, walkers, and runners. The overlook terrace off Sunset offers some parking and a dramatic 180-degree view of the mountains ringing Redlands.

Nature Fix No. 2: Prospect Park

All right it’s really hard to choose just one outdoorsy spot to check out. Prospect Park is also another top contender. It’s an 11.4-acre natural park with trails and picnic facilities. The park contains the Avice Meeker Sewall Theater, an outdoor amphitheater. The theater is home to the Redlands Summer Theater Festival.

6. Orange Street Alley: Photo Op

It wouldn’t be an adventure in Redlands without the infamous Orange Street Alley Umbrellas photo op! After you get that much-needed selfie take a stroll down the alley and check out a couple of art murals. If you work up an appetite you can even make a pit stop at  located down the alley.

7. Redlands Market Night: Support Local Farmers

Certified farmers’ markets are an excellent opportunity for local growers to sell their crops directly to the consumer. All certified farmers are inspected by the Department of Agriculture to ensure that their crops are locally and seasonally grown and safe for consumers to purchase.

The market is located in the parking lot on Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets next to Ed Hale’s Park. Support your local farmers and small businesses at the Saturday Farmers’ Market!

8. San Bernardino County Museum: Family Time

San Bernardino County Museum, in Redlands, California, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, extensive research collections, and public programs for adults, families, students, and children are all part of the museum experience.

9. Redlands Dog Park: Dog Lovers Unite

Redlands Dog Park is a dog-friendly park where dogs get to run around without a leash but, of course, under the watch of their owners.

The park features separate parks for small and large dogs. There is a lovely playground for the little children coupled with flat grassy areas for games and tennis courts.

Redlands Dog Park also contains reserved areas for picnics; different amenities are in place for different dog breeds. If you want to have a fun time with your dog and also make some new dog friends, check this spot out!

10: Aroi Mak Mak: Good Food with an Ambiance

Aroi Mak Mak is focused on showcasing the authenticity, purity, and beauty of the culture and people of Thailand with an emphasis on Thai Street.

There is beauty and honesty when exploring their street food scene; ingredients are local to the area and prepared with the heart and soul of the people. That essence is inspired in each dish and cocktail that is carefully constructed here at Aroi Mak Mak.

11. Kimberly Crest House and Gardens

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens is a 6-¼ acre estate in Redlands, California featuring a Victorian Chateau and Italian Renaissance-styled gardens made in 1897. Later the house was donated to the “people of Redlands” and founded Kimberly-Shirk Association.

The estate is now owned and operated by Kimberly-Shirk Association, a Non-Profit organization on behalf of the people of Redlands and is a historical landmark. The interior of the house serves as a museum offering both public and private tours. The gardens are utilized for public events and rented for weddings and private events.

12. Open Door Escape Games: Something Different

Open Door Escape Games provides an interactive entertainment experience where you have 60 minutes to use your intellect and wit to work as a team with the other players to solve puzzles, decipher clues and ultimately find the key to escape the room before time runs out.

This fun activity is family-friendly live escape game experience that will leave you feeling like a master escape artist that your team couldn’t survive without.

13. Escape Craft Brewery: For the Beer Lovers

Speaking of Escape… Escape to your happy place! With over 20 house-made craft beers on tap, Escape Craft Brewery is a great place to meet up with friends for a cold one. Sip a seasonal brew in their spacious tasting room, eclectically decorated with historical Redlands relics, and vintage suitcases, and check out their spectacular new game room complete with bocce, air hockey, shuffleboard, corn hole, and planters. Lounge in their airline seats while competing in a game of giant Jenga or huge Connect-4!

Have an Escape anytime! Beer is available to-go in cans, bottles, growlers, and special order kegs. They are child, dog and outside food friendly.

Round 2 at Hanger 24

Another popular brewery worth mentioning is Hanger 24: Redlands. Hangar 24 began its craft brewing exploration with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Now there’s a tasting room that offers rotating beers plus food catered by local eateries and live music on the patio. With good beer and entertainment you know you’re in for a good time!

Conclusion: Best Things to do in Redlands

Although Redlands is a smaller Southern California city there is sure plenty to do when visitting.
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. We’re always up for a new adventure!
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