Fall in Southern California can be difficult to find. However, fall activities abound in many beautiful places in Southern California.
Fall is my favorite time of year! But I live in Southern California. The inland empire to be exact. Fall in Southern California is sometimes hard to find. Sometimes the average day is 90 degrees in the middle of October or November! Eww. So I’ll let you in on a couple of (not-so-secret) secrets on where to find fall in Southern California.
L.A. is usually too far of a drive. Especially with the traffic! Oh Lord! Try getting from Riverside area to anywhere in Los Angeles without it taking 3 hours one way. I dare you. Maybe on some weekends you could get lucky, but most of the time it’s a pain. So most of the time, B and I, like to go towards the mountains instead. Usually that’s the San Bernardino mountains.
So here are some of my favorite places to find fall!
The Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch– Now, this place near Yucaipa used to be tiny. No one knew about it, and it wasn’t usually crowded. Now everyone knows about it because they added rides and food vendors. But that’s okay. It’s still a super fun place to go and walk around! If you want to skip the crowds or get a discount, go on a weekday! They have a ton of deals on their website. I love to go here to pick pumpkins, look at all the different kinds, and go in the petting zoo! It gives you a taste of fall pretty close to home.
Oak Glen – There are a couple of places that make up the Oak Glen area. It is a 5 mile loop with farms, businesses and ranches. I’ll explain some of those next. But, Oak Glen has one of the best apple pies I’ve ever had. You have to stop at Apple Annie’s Restaurant and get some apple pie if you are up here. A lot of other places have it, but none as good as this one. They also have weekend activities for kids in the Oak Tree Village like crafting, shopping and animals. It can get pretty crowded on the weekends, though.
Snow-Line Orchard and Winery – This is a tiny apple orchard off of a very small road in Oak Glen. If you manage to find it, it’s a great place to stop. They have U-Pick raspberries while they are in season. You HAVE to get some apple cider donuts! They are super addicting! Snow-Line also recently started a winery. They have a lot of fruity wines based off of the fruit they have in the area. It’s a cute little place to stop and look around!
Los Rios Rancho – This is by far my favorite place to find fall in Southern California! This place is pretty big and has so much stuff going on! There is a huge grassy area to lay out and read a book or watch your kids run around. They have U-Pick apples and pumpkins on the property and across the street. They also have U-press apple cider which is a fun activity. Or, buy cider in different sized glass bottles. (I’ve kept some for decorations in my house!) The apple cider at this place is by far my favorite! They also have walking trails, wagon rides, and have recently added a new nature trail. The nature trail has gorgeous scenery and these sunflowers are my favorite part! There is a cute little pond down the walking area as well. No matter when I come up here, there is always something to do or look at!
Riley’s Farm – This is where all the kids go for field trips in the Inland Empire! It has really cool educational war reenactments during the week. This is mostly for teachers and field trips, but there are times when you can come watch. They also have U-pick apples during apple season. It is a pretty place to walk around and see the leaves changing. Just make sure you check their schedule for hours and activities because they change every day.
These are the local places that I love to go! But if you don’t mind a drive, here are some other places that are amazing to visit in fall!
Lake Arrowhead – Up the mountains a little ways lies Lake Arrowhead and Lake Arrowhead Village. This is a cute mountain town with awesome little shops and restaurants. Our favorite thing to do is explore the area by hiking or off-roading, and then come to walk around the village and eat yummy food! The lake is a private lake, however, so no one is allowed on it or in it. But it’s still very pretty to look at!
Big Bear Lake – A little further up the mountain is Big Bear Lake & Village. I love driving up here just to get away for the day and see the colors. There are a ton of hiking trails and off-road trails up in this area. There is tent camping, RV camping and cabins you can rent if you want to stay up here for a weekend getaway. We love camping in Serrano campground on the lake! It’s such a nice area to ride bikes and walk around. The village has great food and ice cream if you’re a foodie like me. It’s nice to come here in the fall because the summer campers have left, and the winter activities like snowboarding and skiing haven’t started yet. It isn’t as crowded during the fall.
Julian – This little town is located more south of the IE, in the San Diego mountains. There is camping in this area too. If you are walking around the little town, you have to try a milkshake/malt from The Miner’s Diner! They have cute decorations and a train that runs around the top of the restaurant. There is always the opportunity to get apple pie as well from Mom’s Pie House! There are many activities around this area such as apple days, gold rush days, hiking and picnicking. It’s a pretty town to spend the day!
Disneyland – Disneyland is always my favorite. When they decorate for fall, it just makes my little Disney-loving heart so happy! The big pumpkin on Main Street, USA is obviously the best place to snag a picture! Cars Land was decorated this year with many little “punny” fall decorations. If you do not have a pass, and decide to go, I feel like this is the best time of year to do it! (Maybe besides my birthday month of February.) Haha. The crowds are a little lessened after summer vacationers have left. But it seems like Disneyland is always crowded now, no matter when you go. So have some fun and explore the great decorations and awesomeness that is Disneyland and California Adventure!
So that’s it! I usually don’t like to disclose my best-kept secrets. But I love these places so much that I just have to share! So when it’s 90 degrees in October and you need to escape, head to any of these places and find a little piece of fall!
Any other places you guys love going? Comment and let me know!