West Covina, California, is rich in art, history, culture, and recreation. From historic farms to elegant country clubs, there’s something for everyone of all ages and interests to enjoy in West Covina. There’s an enticing array of places to dine, shop, learn, and play. Here are just a few of the things you can do in West Covina, California.
Parks of West Covina
West Covina, California, is home to more than a dozen parks and nature centers for enjoying the great outdoors in immaculately maintained parks and trails.
One of the most enjoyable and educational parks in the area is Galster Wilderness Park Nature Center, situated on 42-acres on the San Gabriel Valley’s San Jose Hills’s slope.
Other noteworthy parks include Big League of Dreams, Shadow Oak Park, Heritage Park, and Friendship Park.
West Covina Library – LA County Library
Founded in 1915, the original library was rehomed in 1961, where it has served the city since.
The library features 12 computers, six children’s computers, and four early literacy computers, as well as designated spaces for children and teens and a study room, seminar room, and meeting room.
In addition to traditional print materials, the West Covina Library offers an array of digital services, including virtual programming, eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, movies and t.v., and music.
There are also online learning resources via Lynda.com, Gale Courses, Universal Class, Brainfuse, and more.
The Cameron Park Community Center
The Cameron Park Community Center is your one-shop-stop for recreation of all kinds for all-aged household members.
The center features two gyms, fitness classes, performing arts, pool tables, ping-pong, arcade games, televisions, and many sports, including Volleyball.
The Shadow Oak Park Community Center
Designed for West Covina residents of all ages and backgrounds, the Shadow Oak Park Community Center is a great place to take the family to engage in recreational activities, such as Tiny Tots, Parent Participation Preschool, Lil’ Ninjas, and Art and Dance classes.
The art and dance classes include ballet, tap, and jazz, and there’s also a class for beginning piano and a Music and Movement gymnastics program.
Other benefits of the facility include classes on basic computing, internet research, and healthy aging.
South Hills Country Club
One of the prized jewels in West Covina is the South Hills Country Club. There’s something to do at the club for everyone – from golf league play, tournaments, and organized games to tennis, swimming, dining, and more.
The South Hills Country Club is situated on one of the first Mexican Mission land grants. The Santa Barbara Mission-style clubhouse features a grand entrance and elegant dining areas with features like Prime Rib Night, Saturday Night Dinner, Sunda Social, Taco Tuesday, and more.
The facility offers huge locker/card rooms, personal fitness trainers, monthly group workout classes, and a pro shop. You can even get a haircut while you’re there at the South Hills Country Club Barber Shop.
The heated competitive swimming pool offers Jr. competitive swim and dive team, private swim lessons, and has two diving boards. Poolside service is also available.
Juniors can participate in the swim and dive team and also have access to a junior golf team, youth tennis, summer campout, special needs swim activity, the Sunkist League, and a splash party.
And for the tiny tots who are too young to appreciate upscale recreation and social activities, there’s an on-site daycare so you can still enjoy all the benefits of being a South Hills Country Club member.
Plaza West Covina
Plaza West Covina is a mall with dozens of stores, including Best Buy, Bath & Body Works, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Game Stop, Hollister, Hot Topic JC Penny, Macy’s Nordstrom Rach, the Disney Store, and more.
You can also get fit at the Plaza West Covina at Gold’s Gym.
The mall is also peppered with several small businesses and services such as banks and salons.
There’s a tantalizing variety of food options at Plaza West Covina as well.
Other shopping centers include Eastland Center, The Heights at West Covina, and more than a dozen additional options for picking up the necessities, home goods, trinkets and treasures, gifts, and more.
Hurst Ranch and Museum
The Hurst Ranch has been helping families near and far in celebrating farm life since the early 20th century. At its prime, enveloping multiple generations of farmers, it spanned many acres and produced various foods highly sought after in the area. In modern times, it’s one of West Covina’s most visited venues, especially around the fall harvest.
The historical farm features a one-room schoolhouse, general store, saddle display, auto barn, bunkhouse, tack room, one of the homes belonging to the Hurst family, and other historical artifacts.
During the annual harvest festival, the Hurst Ranch and Museum offers tours of an enchanting fairy garden and chances to pitch hay, make butter, pump water, do farm chores, squeeze juice, grind coffee, pick pumpkins, make crafts, and take a house tour. You can also pan for gold or sit in a 1923 West Covina firetruck.
The West Covina Ridge Riders Equestrian Center
Known historically as the Ridge Riders, the West Covina Ridge Riders Equestrian Center has provided horse lovers with peaceful and lush surroundings, with the San Gabriel Mountain Range as a backdrop, for more than five decades.
The center features three arenas, lighted show arenas, an announcer’s booth, as well as shaded bleachers, and picnic areas.
Classic Family Fun
Grab some buttery popcorn, a soda, and the hottest new release at the Regal Edwards West Covina and Screen X at the Lakes Mall.
Get your bowling game on at Bowlero West Covina, where you’ll find 56 bowling lanes as well as an on-site pro shop. Treat yourself to private lanes, private rooms, and enjoy the lounge area. Other fun includes a state-of-the-art arcade with the latest games and most nostalgic classics. And when you’re ready to eat, Bowlero West Covina features enticing foods that run laps around the bowling alley snack bars of yesteryear.
There’s a brand-new family fun center on its way to West Covina. Laserland, scheduled to open November 1, 2020, offers laser tag, a laser maze, trampolines, and virtual reality. The venue also hosts birthday parties and team-building events.
Night Life in West Covina, California
There are plenty of places in West Covina where you can let your hair down, put on your dancing shoes, and treat yourself to an evening of excellent food, creatively crafted cocktails, music, dancing, karaoke, pool, and more.
D’Vine Karaoke & Pub Evening KTV Music Bar is a fun way to get in touch with your inner superstar and sing your heart out in front of an enthusiastic audience.
The Cove Cocktail Bar is a small, low-light, low-key environment, predominantly for whiskey lovers, although the bar menu is full of cleverly crafted cocktails.
West Covina Treasure Hunts
There’s no wonder that treasure hunts have become a near-obsession for those looking for a more unusual yet active form of entertainment and recreation.
Treasure hunts include the Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California, Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt, Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of California, and more.
From family fun centers to ambient bars and night clubs, from a public library to community centers, from dining and shopping to relaxing at a country club, West Covina offers something for everyone.
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