Southern California may be best known for its major cities (and for good reason), but anyone who calls the region home knows the true character lies inside its smaller cities and towns. And the next time you need a change of pace and a change of scenery, we recommend giving San Dimas a try. Full of parks, museums, equestrian vibes, and plenty of local history, this little city is an underrated gem. Let’s take a look at a few things to do in San Dimas, California.

Whether you enjoy spending a day walking around downtown San Dimas, or taking in some of the town’s history at a local museum, there are plenty of fun things to do in San Dimas, California. That’s just the joy you find when you visit a small California town with a quiet calming vibe. Do you have a favorite small town in Southern California?

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What are some fun things to do in San Dimas, California?

Whether old town San Dimas is up your alley exploring the historic district or you are looking for something a little more adventurous, San Dimas has plenty to offer. Here are a few things to do in San Dimas, CA:

  • Raging Waters: This epic water park in San Dimas is actually the largest in all of California. Not bad for a fairly small town. With massive water slides, wave pools, a long and soothing lazy river, and delightful kiddie areas, there is something to do for all ages.
  • Frank G Bonelli Regional Park: For a little less chaotic cool-off, visit this lovely park. Enjoy 14 miles of walking, biking, and hiking trails, peaceful picnic areas, playgrounds, beach areas, and waterspouts galore in the Puddingstone Reservoir.
  • San Dimas Canyon Nature Center: The interpretive programs at this nature center are informative, engaging, and a ton of fun. Or, you can simply wander through the park discovering your own slice of nature with walking and hiking trails, as well as an animal sanctuary filled with wildlife indigenous to Southern California.
  • Rockin' Jump San Dimas: If you are looking for indoor fun in San Dimas you can always get your jump on at this indoor trampoline park. Master your 360 slam dunk at the dunk zone or work on your dodgeball skills in the dodgeball arena. With foam pits, balance beams, and plenty of trampolines for freaky flips and mega-air, you will certainly work out a few kinks at this family-friendly event center.