Ontario California Last Minute

Ontario California offers access to LA while being close to wine country

Ontario California offers access to LA while being close to wine country

While Ontario, CA only encompasses 50 square miles, this beautiful town boasts a central location, unique attractions, and a host of other reasons to visit this last minute destination. Freeways are easily accessible and more than 100 daily flights come in from major US cities at the Ontario International Airport. Only minutes away are Hollywood, Disneyland, Pacific beaches and resorts, and the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles is to the east. Started as a “model colony”, Ontario has experienced constant growth and progress to become more than just a stop on the way to other destinations within Southern California.

If your spontaneous trip brings you to Ontario, rest assured that the weather will most likely be sunny 312 days of sunshine can be expected annually. Summer is, of course, the busiest time of year for Southern California, and visitors love the feel of the breeze that drifts in from the Pacific Ocean. The temperature usually hovers around 70 degrees this time of year. Fall and Winter are good seasons for a last minute visit, too, with lots of festivals and events taking place. More than 150,000 people are proud to call this town their home.

Ontario is home to three fabulous wineries: The Galleano Winery, the Joseph Filippi Winery and Vineyards and the San Antonio Winery. What better than a last minute afternoon tour complete with a visit to the tasting room?

When you feel your stomach start to growl, you can head to Graber Olive House, located in a charming residential area, and watch the traditional process of grading, curing, canning and packaging Graber Olives. You can grab a bite to eat at the food shop or enjoy a picnic out in the picnic area.

The Museum of History and Art blends Ontario’s past with its culture through a variety of exhibits. Best of all, the museum is free!

Just because you’re grown up doesn’t mean you shouldn’t leave any time to play on your spontaneous vacation. At Dave and Buster’s, 60,000 square feet of fun will be at your fingertips. This entertainment complex boasts world class pocket billiards, interactive games and simulators, and even a restaurant that serves favorites like gourmet salads, pizzas, pasta, steaks, sandwiches and seafood.

The fun continues at Scandia Amusement Park, where 25 rides and attractions will keep you and your family occupied. If you’ve got kids along for the trip, they’ll love the go carts, bumper boats, two miniature golf courses, batting cages and the arcade. Take a thrilling ride on the “Scandia Screamer” if you dare!

Don’t forget that in addition to all that Ontario offers, there is a wealth of other last minute travel options in neighboring towns. The California Speedway will rev you up with its fast cars and nonstop action. Find yourself one of the 92,000 grandstand seats and watch the excitement of NASCAR, IRL, or AMA races.

In nearby Riverside, Castle Park provides hours of amusements with 25 acres of rides and attractions. Four themed golf courses, a huge arcade, a log ride and free magic shows make this destination a good pick.

Situated in the middle of Apple Country in Oak Glen is wonderful Oaktree Village. Retail shops, restaurants, an animal park, trout fishing, gold panning and pony rides bring visitors to this unique attraction. Seasonal events make Oaktree Village a treat no matter when you decide to stop by.

While there are a lot of fun options in Southern California, Ontario has enough to keep any last minute traveler busy! Don’t miss out on the great weather, charming residential neighborhoods and unique attractions that make this town unforgettable.