It is easy to get confused, but the ONT airport is not located in Canada, but near California’s San Bernardino and 38 miles east of Los Angeles. The city of Ontario itself is small but there are plenty of things to do. You will want to have a rental car to get around as public transportation is limited in this area. With the Pacific Ocean being just a stone’s throw away, you have the perfect excuse to rent a convertible and spend your time cruising the highways with the top down, soaking up the California sun.
Nearby neighbors Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Santa Monica have recognizable names that draw visitors. However, you will quickly discover that especially since the area around Ontario is so popular, you can avoid the crowds in this shamefully underrated Southern California city. The California Route 66 Museum is a good starting point to help you understand the region and how it was settled way back in the day. The Cooper Regional History Museum is another great destination for history buffs.
Families with children will enjoy spending time at the Discovery Science Center, which is a hands-on museum with over 100 exhibits. Another popular spot is the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center with its nine acres of botanical gardens and ten dinosaur sculptures. It also hosts many educational activities for families and school groups alike, where attendees can learn about fossils, archeology, minerals, and other earth sciences. In case you are into music, you must visit the Fender Center’s School of Rock. This museum and educational center provides both free and reduced-cost music education. Most of the lessons are offered long-term, but there are regular events open to the public.
There is always the possibility to go on a quick drive to the beach, but if you want to relax, check out the Glen Ivy hot springs. Multiple pools of different temperatures, clay mud pits, and several other spa services give you the chance to chill out and recharge your batteries. Next, head over to one of the nearby wineries for a tasting. Cap off the evening by trying a great local restaurant like The Royal Cut for steaks or El Pescador Mexican Grill for Mexican seafood dishes.
If you want to explore a little more through day trips, Los Angeles is only a short drive away and San Diego can be reached within a few hours. You might even choose to fly into Ontario instead of LAX or SAN for lower airfares and then explore the smaller city first before heading to the City of Angels.
In California, you need to have a car to get around. We at Orbitz offer affordable rates and a wide selection of vehicles. You can reserve ahead of time and pick up your rental car as soon as you arrive at Los Angeles-Ontario International Airport. Then, get out there and explore on your own terms.