San Bernardino Things to Do
Because of its relatively affordable housing, San Bernardino used to be a popular community for Los Angeles and Orange County commuters. It has evolved into a self-contained metropolis with multiple attractions.
San Bernardino County Museum
Focusing on natural and cultural history, this regional museum is worth a quick visit. Among the galleries are dioramas showing stuffed animals like possums, a polar bear, birds, and deer; a historic hall with a Wells Fargo stage coach and a Mexican covered wagon; and minerals from the local area and Nevada and Arizona like gemstones, copper, and quartz. Traveling exhibits are frequent, so check the website before coming down.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens
When you want to take a break from a busy day of touring, a stroll at this collection of 2,000 native California plants can refresh. Sprawling over 86 acres in nearby Claremont, you’ll enjoy such species as wild lilacs, manzanitas, california flannel bushes, and boojum trees. Time your visit during special events and you can learn about the birds on a family-friendly walk or view traveling exhibits in the gallery.
Orange Empire Railway Museum
A huge favorite with the kids, this museum offers rides in in trolley cars as well as restored passenger cars pulled by steam or diesel engines. Visiting the grounds is generally free but come on regular weekends, when a small fee for an all-day pass lets you ride the trains that are running. On event weekends like “Day Out with Thomas” or “The Great Pumpkin Train,” the charged admission offers access to more running vehicles and any special activities.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in San Bernardino.