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    Riverside

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    History, Culture and Great Food around Every Corner

    Start at the Downtown-Riverside Metrolink station and stroll to the famed Mission Inn (especially dazzling during Christmas), modeled after Franciscan missions and beloved by stars and presidents. Enjoy the many museums and rich variety of restaurants in the former navel orange capital of the west.

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    • 91/Perris Valley Line

    • Inland Empire-Orange County Line

    • Riverside Line

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    The Best of Riverside

    Make the most of your visit with our carefully curated ideas. Watch for exclusive deals courtesy of our Metrolink partners – just show your Metrolink ticket. Enjoy like a tourist. Act like a local.

  • FUN THINGS TO DO

    Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

    Built in 1878, the historic Mission Inn is known for its beautiful architecture and offers a full-service hotel, spa, and various restaurants for visitors. Bonus Tip: visit the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in December for an extra special holiday celebration.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Mission Galleria Antique Shoppe

    Enjoy the excitement of antique shopping at this three-story shop. At every corner, you will run into a stall with knick-knacks of something that reminds of you of the past.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Riverside Game Lab

    From vintage arcade games to virtual reality, there are games for every age at this new hang out spot.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Downtowne Bookstore

    This quaint bookstore is a hidden gem of Riverside and has been known for housing many first editions. Follow the signs to the back the building!

    From station: 15 minute walk
    UCR ARTS – Culver Center & California Museum of Photography

    Are you an art or photography buff? Take a walking tour to check out the exhibits created by students and faculty.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Riverside Art Museum

    As the largest visual arts museum in the Inland Empire, the Riverside Art Museum displays include photography and sculptures from local Riverside artists. This architecturally significant 1929 building is a former YWCA facility designed by Hearst Castle and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Julia Morgan

    From station: 10 minute walk
    Riverside Municipal Auditorium

    Designed by the same architects of the Mission Inn, this iconic event venue has been standing since 1928 and hosts shows ranging from comedy, music, and theatre. Bonus tip: Buy tickets for events in advance—seats fill up quick!

    From station: 11 minute walk
    Fox Theater

    Located in the heart of Downtown Riverside, this Spanish Colonial Revival style event venue is known for showing first screenings for some of the most famous films in the 1930s including the original release of “Gone with the Wind”.

    From station: 17 minute walk
    Fairmount Park

    Inspired by the same person who designed Central Park in New York City, this cherished park hosts botanical gardens, golf courses, tennis courts, and boat rentals for visitor use.

    From station: 35 minute walk, 7-minute drive
    Mt. Rubidoux Park

    Bring your walking shoes to hike to the top of this trail for a picturesque view overlooking Riverside and surrounding cities. The trailhead is located adjacent to Bonaminio Park. Rideshare/taxi ride from station: 10 minutes

    From station: 1 hour walk
    Division 9 Gallery

    Focusing on Latin American inspired art, Division 9 Gallery hosts year-round exhibits that are a must-see in Riverside.

    From station: 11 minute walk
    White Park

    From potlucks to jewelry making to yoga classes, White Park offers many opportunities to pick up a cool new hobby while enjoying the luscious surrounding scenery.

    From station: 17 minute walk
    Main Street Pedestrian Mall

    Grab a coffee and enjoy the ambiance of this beautiful street filled with fountains, lights, and statues along with quaint shopping and dining.

    From station: 15 minute walk

    GREAT PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

    Casey’s Cupcakes

    Visit this boutique cupcake shop that gained its fame from Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Riverside Food Lab

    Unsure of what to eat? No problem! Check out the Riverside Food Lab for over 10 food stall options such as Southern comfort food, stone fired pizza, vegan burgers, locally roasted coffee, cold pressed juices, specialty desserts and more!

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Mario’s Place

    Located across from the Mission Inn, this upscale Italian restaurant features fresh cuisine and live music.

    From station: 14 minute walk
    Salted Pig

    This gastropub is known for its menu created from many global influences and specialty drinks.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Las Campanas

    Located at the Mission Inn, this restaurant features Mexican cuisine and comfortable outdoor seating.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Le Chat Noir

    Make a reservation to enjoy fine dining French cuisine after your long day of exploring the city.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    Tio’s Tacos

    Known for its eclectic décor, check out this restaurant for both food and art.

    From station: 15 minute walk
    The Old Spaghetti Factory

    The Old Spaghetti Factory is a family friendly environment that is both delicious and affordable. Make sure to come hungry!

    From station: 9 minute walk
    Sam’s Bann Thai

    Craving traditional Thai cuisine? Bann Thai is the go-to contemporary spot for locals and visitors.

    From station: 10 minute walk
    El Patron Restaurant

    Looking for a great happy hour menu? Visit El Patron—known for its outstanding authentic eats and a fun environment for all ages.

    From station: 8 minute walk
    Heroes Restaurant & Brewery

    Visit this Riverside staple for local beer and hearty meals surrounded by Americana memorabilia.

    From station: 11 minute walk
    Brandon's Diner Jr. Of City Hall

    Can’t decide what to eat? Grab a bite at Brandon’s Diner for a mix of American and Mexican classics including all day breakfast!

    From station: 15 minute walk
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