San Dimas, California

17 Feb, 2009

San Dimas, California

San Dimas City is part of the Los Angeles county in California, United States. The city is home to around 36,000 people and is known for its excellent oranges, the center of its agricultural trade. The bustling city is also home to various peoples from all races, and has lured in various famous personalities throughout the years. Now, the city proudly offers tourists with a wide variety of sights and parks as well as enjoyable theme parks. It is a great place for family holidays.


San Dimas is located at the suburban area of Los Angeles, around 35 miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean. It lies snugly in the bluff of the San Gabriel Mountains. The entire city of San Dimas is currently said to have a total land area of 15.6 sq. mi., with 15.5 sq. mi. in land form and only 0.1 sq. mi. in water. The only water body that traverses through San Dimas is the Cinnamon Creek, which meets Cinnamon Falls located at San Dimas Avenue. From Los Angeles, visitors to San Dimas can take the San Bernardino Freeway of I-10, which directly leads to downtown Los Angeles.


San Dimas was historically inhabited by a people called Gabrieleno Indians who lived in the area before it was discovered by white settlers during the 1700s. In the 1800s, the early community of San Dimas began to be developed. It was then named the Mud Springs due to the wet, swampy mud springs found around the area. In 1887, the Santa Fe railroad was created, and the city experienced new growth. It was then that the city was finally given the name of San Dimas, which fast turned into an agricultural center that produced excellent oranges. In 1960, San Dimas officially became a city. Now, the area is the abode of a mixture of races ranging from whites, African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics and Latinos. This has led to the diverse culture in the city.


San Dimas boasts of exciting activities that can be enjoyed by families. One of the best spots to visit in the city is the Raging Waters theme park. This is considered to be one of the biggest water parks in all of California, with 50 acres that includes wave pools and 36 water slides and other attractions, so it is definitely worth checking out. Another great water attraction is the Swan Women Spa, a top-rating relaxing haven for women in the area.

Aside from that, the city also endows visitors with a wide array of parks, trails, shops and markets, and restaurants. Some of the famous parks in the area include the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, the Horsethief Canyon Park, the Ladera Serra Park, the Loma Vista Park, the Lone Hill Park, the San Dimas Canyon Park, the Walnut Creek and Antonovich Trail, and the Via Verde Park. The parks offer a wide assortment of activities such as picnics, barbeques, biking, hiking, horse riding, and swimming. At the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, visitors can also ride jet skis and boats, water ski, sail, or wind surf at a 250-acre lake. The Via Verde Park also offers playgrounds for kids and a soccer fields for soccer aficionados. Tennis and basketball fans will also find their own courts at the Ladera Serra Park. The Horsethief Canyon Park is also one of the most beautiful parks in San Dimas. It is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon just enjoying the sights. The park affords visitors a great view of San Dimas, and now houses the San Dimas Dog Park where you can bring your pets as well.

Tourists can also go golfing at the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, camp at the San Dimas RV Park and Camping, play various sports activities at the San Dimas SportsPlex, or enjoy an afternoon of leisure at the San Dimas Swim and Racquet Club. Adventurous visitors to the city can enjoy a night out on tents at the San Dimas RV Park and Camping. The SportsPlex is a great place to enjoy sports with its two baseball fields, track and field, softball field, and football and soccer fields. It is a great place to bring sporty families and friends.

If you have kids, bring them over to the San Dimas Station – Railroad Museum. The San Dimas Station is now a museum and library open for tourists every Wednesday and Saturday. Visits, however, need to be confirmed via phone.

For shopping leisure, visitors and shoppers can head over to the San Dimas Certified Farmers Market, a seasonal market open from April to September every year. The market is a great place to hang out in while enjoying live music and great food from various food vendors and booths which includes a variety of cuisines.

Through the years, San Dimas has become home to various celebrities and other notable personalities, one of which is actor Ed Nelson, a 1960 actor who starred in the popular 60s soap opera called Peyton Place. In the mid-60s, Nelson even became the mayor of San Dimas. Other notable people who lived in San Dimas include actress and cartoonist Lela Lee, Carolina Panthers football player and wide receiver D.J. Hackett, Olympic Gymnast Jamie Dantzscher, Major League Soccer Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake soccer player Christian Jimenez, professional football coach Wayne Moses, actor Adam Wylie, and New York Mets outfielder Jeremy Reed.

San Dimas was also popularly referenced in the series of movies called Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures starring Bill Preston played by Alex Winter and Ted Logan played by Keanu Reeves. The movie was primarily set in San Dimas and referred to the city as the center of the Universe. The two main protagonists, Logan and Preston, were fictional residents of San Dimas.


Eating out in San Dimas is a great experience. You can enjoy offers from a wide array of restaurants offering good food and varied cuisine. The best restaurants that deserve a visit include the Pozzetto Pizza, Casa del Rey, the Pinnacle Peak, the La Villa Kitchen, Red Robin, and Lucky Elephant. If you want to go Japanese, check out the Big Sky Sushi and Japanese Cuisine, Tataki Sushi, and the Little Tokyo Restaurant. To have coffee with friends, head to the Coffee Klatch.

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