Cars speeding before your eyes at over 200 mph, hearing the pounding galloping of some of the world’s fastest horses, a water slide that drops you seven stories in four seconds at 40 mph, and children’s exhibits that spark imagination are all conveniently located within the San Gabriel Valley. What fits your interest?
In Arcadia, this thoroughbred racetrack is known for offering some of the best racing in the United States during the autumn and in winter. Santa Anita Park is home of numerous prestigious races such as the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup. www.santaanita.com
Kidspace features many fun, educational, interactive programs and activities throughout the year that combine exhibit themes with learning initiatives. Kidspace’s indoor exhibits and outdoor learning environments offer many opportunities for visitors to explore and investigate the natural world and express themselves in creative ways. www.kidspacemuseum.org
In 1920 flood engineers built the first flood control dam in Los Angeles County — Devil’s Gate Dam in the Arroyo Seco. Located in Pasadena between La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena, Devil’s Gate is named for a rock outcropping that resembles the face of a devil.
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale
A brand-new, state-of-the-art, motorsports / entertainment event facility named Irwindale Event Center that features 6,000 comfortable seats, twin paved oval race tracks (banked 1/2 and 1/3 mile), great sound and lighting systems, paved parking for over 3,000 cars, convenient snackbars and 12 exclusive Corporate “Sky Box” Suites.
Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park
The park’s main attraction is a 250-acre lake for swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, sailing — and fishing. The lake is stocked with trout, bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. Raging Waters, a popular water theme park, is located at the south end of the lake. It’s California’s largest water park and is ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel’s Top 10 ranking of U.S. Water Parks. www.bonellipark.org
Raging Waters, California’s Largest Waterpark , ranked #3 nationally by the Travel Channel in its Top 10 ranking of US Water Parks. With over 50 beautifully landscaped acres and 36 slides and attractions, plus a sand beach, there is outrageous fun for guests of all ages. Grab a board and catch a wave on the new Flowrider or race for the win on the super fast Ragin’ Racer. Younger guests will never tire of Kids’ Kingdom and Splash Island. Whether mild, wild or in-between, all ages always have a raging good time at Raging Waters San Dimas. www.ragingwaters.com
Get behind the wheel on one of 4 Racing Tracks including Real Dragsters that take you from 0 to 70 in 3.5 seconds. Race into action at Electric Alley, our state-of-the-art game room, and don’t forget to refuel at the SpeedZone Café and Bar.
Santa Fe Dam
The dam, which offers a wonderful view of the San Gabriel Mountains, is a popular tourist attraction. The Park’s recreational activities at the park include swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, cycling, bird watching, and hiking. It is also hosts the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire, which is held on Saturdays and Sundays in May and June.