This guide to Chino, CA has absolutely nothing to do with our chinos, apart from the coincidental name resemblance.
Regardless, it was this coincidence that encouraged us to take a look at our trousers’ namesake city and inspired us to explore the area. Here’s what’s on our list of what to do and see on a day trip to Chino.
Little Canyon Loop at Chino Hills State Park
Starting our day at Little Canyon Loop, a moderate 2.5-mile hike along which you’ll encounter various types of vegetation as well as oak and walnut woodlands. Visit before it’s too late to experience this rare super bloom moment we’re experiencing in California.
4721 Sapphire Road
We’re now off to refuel, and headed to Dripp, one of the few coffee shops in Southern California serving Turkish coffee. The beans are ground particularly fine, and the addition of cardamom to their Ethiopian beans of chocolate and raspberry flavors and “gives a completely different perspective when you drink it”. We’ll grab one of these, and perhaps make it an affogato with Dripp’s own homemade ice-cream. We hiked, right?
13855 City Center Drive #3015
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Center
Just a short drive away, we’re exiting off the 71 freeway to visit BAPS. This Mandir took six years to build and is a place that forces one to question whether or not they’re still in Southern California (and not India).
It’s certainly a sight to see, featuring an entire structure of hand-carved Carrara marble and Indian pink sandstone. The Swaminarayan faith is a denomination of Hinduism, a religion that respects the natural environment, so it’s no wonder that this temple is partly run on solar electricity.
Open to the public on weekends from 9am-12pm and during week from 4pm-7pm.
15100 Fairfield Ranch Rd
Taco Thursdays at Taqueria Mora
We’re here for the $1 tacos.
If you don’t happen to make it on a Thursday, you’ll just have to pay the regular price of $1.35. Still a steal. Be sure to bring cash, as they charge a $1 fee per credit card transaction.
4183 Chino Hills Parkway
Batting Cages at Big League Dreams Sports Park
Walking these grounds will bring to mind memories of organized childhood sporting activities. Bleachers are a thing of antiquity here, and instead, the kids play ball in mini-stadiums. Feel free to catch part of a game, and see if you can spot a future MLB player.
Since we’re now feeling like big kids, we’ll pay a visit to the batting cages before we head out.
16333 Fairfield Ranch Road
Old Chino Jail
On our way to our last activity of the day, we’ll make a quick stop at the Old Chino Jail, which was originally built in 1913 in an alley west of 6th street and north of D street. It was moved in 2003 to the park on 10th street near downtown Chino. No prisoner ever managed to escape this tiny jail. Five minutes at this site will suffice.
13050 11th Street
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre in Montclair
Technically not in Chino, but only a short drive away. Bring a bottle of wine and a picnic and enjoy a $9 movie at this tiki-themed complex. Leave wishing you had a drive-in theater in your neighborhood.
10798 Ramona Avenue, Montclair