Here is your list of free things to do in the Inland Empire! This page will be continuously updated, so please check back from time to time.

  • Check out some museums about local art and history! Quite a few are 100% free. Check out our list here!
  • Stroll through miles of scenic trails at UC Riverside’s Botanic Gardens. The garden’s 40 acres are filled with beautiful flowers, trees, cacti, and other plants from around the world. Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5, and you’ll have to pay a small fee for parking. The garden is easily walkable from the UCR campus, and if you’re a student who doesn’t need to worry about parking, your garden adventure will basically cost nothing.
  • On a related note, go hiking to a secluded waterfall, or to the top of a 10,000 foot mountain. Our list of the best trails near you is here.

Lastly, don’t forget to keep an eye on our main page for news of free seasonal events, like Riverside’s Festival of Lights, or one of the many 4th of July fireworks shows!

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