Recently, DiscoverIE had the opportunity to spend the day touring the City of Perris! This hidden gem is a must visit for anyone who lives in, or plans to visit, the Southern California area. It is conveniently located in the heart of Southern California, just a short drive from the beach, mountain, or desert areas. The city is filled with rich, fascinating history, which can be experienced throughout. Anyone interested in getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life would be in hog heaven in Perris. There is so much fun to be had for folks of all ages that one day simply will not be enough. DiscoverIE encourages everyone to plan a few days to roam the city experiencing all it has to offer. The following are just some of the great locations to be seen in the City of Perris.
Red Lion Inn & Suite
We started off our day of activities by meeting at the Red Lion Inn & Suites. This hotel is perfect for anyone traveling in the area for both business and pleasure. Their guestrooms are equipped with all essential amenities for any type of traveler. We were greeted by the friendly staff members and enjoyed a nice cup of complimentary coffee in preparation for our busy day. What a nice way to start our tour!
Drive by City Of Perris
As we made our way to our first stop, we took the scenic route through the City of Perris. It was great to see much of the rich architectural history that the city had to offer. The city is truly beautiful, and it was really nice to spend some time sightseeing. The buildings were awe-inspiring and made us feel like we had gone back in time a hundred years. Anyone interesting in fascinating architecture would be right at home exploring the City of Perris.
Perris Valley Historical Museum Next, we stopped at the Perris Valley Historical Museum. This site was full of all sorts of great artifacts that told the story of the city. The location was originally built in 1892, as the Perris Santa Fe Depot. In more recent years it has been converted into museum where the City of Perris can share its rich history. Many great exhibits contribute to the collection and make this a must-see for any visitors to the area. Our tour only stopped here briefly, but we will surely be back to visit again! The origins of the city are very interesting, and this museum is packed with great things to experience.
Orange Empire Railway Museum
The Orange Empire Railway Museum was a really interesting and fun stop on our tour. We had the chance to take a ride on one of the trains and it was like going back in time. This is truly something that everyone must experience in their lifetime. People of all ages would have a blast experiencing this amazing piece of history. The museum also holds several events throughout the year that would be great for people of all ages to come check out! Make sure to include this stop in your to-do list when coming to visit the City of Perris.
Skydive Perris/ Bombshelter Bar & Grill
For those people looking for a little more excitement in their lives, Skydive Perris is the place to go. It was incredible watching thrill-seekers floating gently back to Earth after jumping out of perfectly good airplanes! The Facility as a whole is huge and includes something for everyone. Military personnel from all over the world can be seen training, experienced skydivers can have their fun, first-timers can complete tandem jumps with the experts to hone their skills, and those of us who are not so keen on exiting perfectly good airplanes can replicate the experience in the indoor freefall simulator. During the busy day of flying, don’t forget to refuel at the Bombshelter Bar & Grill! The Bombshelter Bar & Grill offers tons of food and drink options for folks of all ages. In addition to the regular dining facility, there is a great outdoor pool area where events of any kind can be held.
Motte Historical Museum
Our next stop on the tour was the Motte Historical Museum. This was one of our favorite stops of the entire tour. Seeing all the different classic cars separated by decade was like walking through a time machine. The cars were incredible and in beautiful condition. Car enthusiasts would be in awe to see this amazing collection of automotive history. Anyone visiting the area should make this stop one of their top priorities. The Motte Historical Museum left the DiscoverIE speechless, it was simply amazing.
The Dropzone Waterpark was a great stop for families looking to cool off for a few hours and escape the scorching California heat. The theme of the park is airplanes and skydiving, which is a really fun idea because it connects directly to the theme of Skydive Perris. Parents can relax by floating around the lazy river while the kids can have a blast on the waterslides and other attractions. The park has many friendly staff members and lifeguards on duty to ensure a fun, safe environment for all visitors. This location is a must for any families visiting the area.
Lake Perris Fairgrounds
The Lake Perris Fairgrounds is another great spot in the area. This location is home to the annual Southern California Fair which attracts folks from all over the area. The fair is held every October and is a great place for people of all ages to come spend the day. With such a wide variety of activities including concerts, motorized events, exhibits, rides, games and of course delicious food, there is something for everybody! DiscoverIE encourages everyone to bring the family out and enjoy this really fun event.
Perris Auto Speedway
Last but not least we visited the Perris Auto Speedway. The speedway is located at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. This was a really cool stop because they let us take our limo around the half mile clay track and let us take a group picture on the winner’s podium. It was so much fun to experience the track from the point of view of a driver. The track hosts races of all different types all year around, and is a ton of fun for race enthusiasts and those just looking for a fun evening out with the family.