Just north of San Diego and in the heart of wine country some of the most popular tourist attractions in Temecula are the wineries for their tastings and tours. Perfect for a romantic weekend break in the fresh air and beautiful scenery. There are also great shopping opportunities, historic landmarks to explore and nighttime entertainment. So whether you are here to relax or for an action packed break there are many things to enjoy.
10. Temecula Skate Park
Enjoy scooter, skateboarding, and in-line skating at this ultimate skate park. There’s a 60-foot bowl with a ramp and a street plaza skate area with a pyramid, box, ramp, stairs and more. The park is open to the public for various sessions throughout the day and is staffed 7 days a week. There is also lit nighttime skating with a maximum of 30 persons per time. Entry prices for non-residents are $5 and helmets, elbow and kneepads are required to be worn. Find the skate park at Ronald Regan Sports Park.
Temecula boasts eight golf courses, seven of which are championship courses. This totals to an amazing 153 holes. Most of the golf courses are open to the public 7 days a week making it a popular pastime for both residents and tourists. The locations also offer spectacular views with differing elevation. There are many packages at local hotels and resorts to suit all budgets and travellers including The Legends Golf Club, Redhawk and CrossCreek Golf Club. Whether it’s a weeklong break or a weekend with friends there will be a package for you.
8. Diamond Valley Lake
Not only a beautiful place to visit but it is also a lifeline for Southern California in times of drought. The lake holds enough water to meet the areas needs in an emergency for six months. Boating and fishing are allowed on the lake and there are hiking trails and other activities in the land surrounding it. The city has plans to expand the hiking trails but today hikers can walk the circumference of the lake and along the north hills to overlook the scenery below. It is a lovely place for tourists to experience the outdoors.
7. Take a balloon ride
Many tourists visiting Temecula enjoy hot air ballooning and there are many tour operators who offer these cool balloons ride experiences. See the area from a unique perspective, floating peacefully through the air. See all the area has to offer from vineyards, lakes and estates. Flights usually last between 60 to 75 minutes and fly year round every day. Adverse weather conditions may affect the ability to fly and it is always best to check with the tour operator beforehand. Some flights even include champagne, orange juice, breakfast and snacks. Operators include Hot Air Balloon adventures, Magical Adventures and Sunrise Balloons.
6. Temecula museum
Exploring the history of the town from when it was discovered up until today. The museum can be visited and explored alone or as part of a guided tour. The exhibits range from farming equipment to photographs and hand crafted items representing life through the ages in Temecula Valley. For kids the interactive discovery area offers playful hands on learning. Admission is free but suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family. Located at Mercedes Street opening hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm to 4pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays.
5. Penny pickles workshop
The children’s museum is set in Professor Penny pickles workshop or the imagination workshop. The playroom contains more than 25 fun interactive elements for kids of all ages and their family. The museum brings Professor Phineas Penny pickles and his sidekick mouse to life. Children will explore, play ad learn at the same time. The museum can be found on Main Street, free public parking is offered in the civic center. Working hours are split into two-hour sessions from Tuesday to Sunday and for science adventures on Friday evenings. Admission prices are $5 per person.
4. Pechanga Casino
For a great night of entertainment with friends check out the casino at Pechanga resort and entertainment center. The 188,000 square foot gaming floor makes it the biggest casino in California. Games on offer include slot and video machines, table games, 700-seat bingo room and a non-smoking poker room. On the top floor of the resort is the Eagles nest nightclub and a comedy club if gambling is not to the guest’s taste. Dining is also available here at a range of restaurants from fine dining to casual eats and a buffet restaurant.
3. Community Theatre
The old town community theatre is a state of the art theatre located on Main Street accessed through the mercantile building. There are two performance venues here, the 361-seat proscenium providing an intimate experience with each performance, and the 48-seat Club, which is a black box space with great acoustics. Ticket prices vary but range from $12 for comedy performances, a range of music, big band and dance. The variety of shows means there is something for both families and adults. Tickets can be booked in advance on the website.
2. Winery tours
Vineyards are the favorite places to visit in Temecula, being in the heart of wine country there are plenty of wine tours and tastings to choose from. There are over 30 wineries in the valley and a map is available from the town website to help visitors plan their trip. Wiens family cellars are a popular vineyard for their range of tasting rooms and facilities. It is best known for high quality red wines. Wine tasting here starts from $15 for 6 tastes and is open daily from 1030am to 6pm.
1. Old Town Temecula
The old town has been in existence since 1882 thanks to the California railroad and the creation of its first bank. There are plenty of things to do and see from shopping, appreciating the history or sampling the local independent restaurants. Whilst strolling winding alleyways and historic streets visitors will discover a wide range of interesting boutiques, art galleries and antique stores. History enthusiasts will love the old rustic buildings, shop fronts and pavements that reflect the golden west of the 1880’s. There’s also a weekly farmers market and year-round special events, so there will always be something to enjoy.
Tourists can find plenty of different things to do in Temecula. When getting around it is best to drive or hire a vehicle as there is little public transport and the roads are rural and not very safe for pedestrians or bicycles. Taxis, shuttles and even limousines are provided by some wineries for their visits and tours so it is best to check before traveling.