Where Is Riverside, California, And Is There Anything Interesting There?

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Last week I posted about the museum in Riverside, California, so I thought this week I would tell you a little bit more about the town itself.  Riverside is about an hour west of Los Angeles and just over six hours south of the capital of California—Sacramento.  Riverside was established in 1883 and became the county seat in 1893.  The city has continued to grow and has a population of over 330,000 as of 2021.

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Being fairly close to Mexico, Riverside can get quite warm.  Even during December and January temperatures can get as high as the mid to upper 80s.  In the summertime temperatures climb over 100.  This makes Riverside a popular recreational spot for the many water activities located in the area such as the Cove Waterpark and Splash Pads.  Riverside also has a Botanical Garden and several museums such as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.

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There is also some great camping and fishing in the area.  I camped in the Jurupa Campground not too far from Riverside and it was pretty nice.  There are just too many recreational activities to mention in a single article.  The town is famous for the California Citrus State Historic Park.  Riverside has actually been called the birthplace of the California citrus industry.

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The first planting of orange trees in Riverside occurred in 1871 when a resident received three navel orange trees as a gift.  One of those trees actually is still growing near a busy intersection in Riverside.  The navel orange industry exploded not long after the trees were planted.  In fact, within only a few years there were thousands of the orange trees growing in the area.  It wasn’t long before the Gold Rush happened—and we all know what happened after that.

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Riverside is home to the Victoria Bridge, Antique Clock Tower, and the Flabob Airport.  There are also several colleges in the bustling town including a community college and University of California, Riverside.  Something I would really enjoy seeing is the California Museum of Photography.  It contains oodles of photos chronicling people and historical events of the town among other things.

park in Riverside, California

Riverside is definitely a busy place.  You can watch videos of current events and keep up to date on activities you may want to take a little trip for.  Just know that you will face quite a bit of traffic if you visit.


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