City of Hemet - Local Attractions
Local Attractions

Diamond Valley Lake & Visitor Center
First and foremost, Diamond Valley Lake is a lifeline for Southern California in times of drought. The lake holds enough water to meet the area’s emergency and drought needs for six months and is an important component in Metropolitan’s plan to provide a reliable supply of water to the 18 million people in Southern California who count on us.

Diamond Valley Lake is embarking on a substantial trail system that will allow visitors to hike and ride through the hill surrounding the reservoir. The first set of trails are along the north hills overlooking the lake, and another circumnavigates the lake.

Other amenities at the east dam area, including Metropolitan's partnership with the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District to develop a positive recreational environment. This includes a swimming pool, soccer and other fields and more. l (800) 308-6767.

The Clayton Record Jr. Viewpoint is located off of Winchester and Construction roads.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information please call (800) 308-6767.

Hemet Museum State Street and Florida Avenue, downtown Hemet - (951) 929-4409 or (951) 925-5885: The exhibits at the Hemet Museum, housed in the historic Hemet Depot, showcase the area's colorful history. You'll see agricultural displays, Native American artifacts, railroading relics, rare historical photographs from the Ramona Pageant and more. One of the most recent additions to the collection here: a cream separator.

KidZone Museum  123 S. Carmalita St., Hemet -  (951) 765-1223.  KidZone is an interactive children's museum located in Hemet, California. With over 20 interactive exhibits, the KidZone presents a rare opportunity for children to have fun—and learn—at the same time. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday.  Closed Monday and Tuesday.  for more information visit the KidZone website..  

The Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre  , home of the historic outdoor play Ramona, is located in the foothills of Hemet in the San Jacinto Valley. Ramona is America’s longest running outdoor drama and the Official California State Outdoor Play. First discovered in 1923 by playwright Garnet Holme, the natural amphitheatre is a beautiful and unique venue for many theatre events and local traditions such as graduations, sunrise services and the Chamber of Commerce Fiesta.

The Ramona Bowl also produces Courtyard Dinner Theatre Summer series, MSJC Shakespeare Festival and The Ramona Bowl Repertory Theatre fall musical. Coming this fall in 2004 is Shakespeare’s popular comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” and the huge Broadway hit musical “South Pacific”. For more information visit or call 800-645-4465.

Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology 2345 Searl Pkwy., Hemet. (951) 791-0033 : Come share the excitement at this state-of-the-art museum complex! It is home to a fascinating array of history and Ice-Age beasts that were unearthed right here at Diamond Valley Lake. You'll be moved by 'Max', the largest mastodon found in the Western U.S., as well as 'Xena', a Columbian Mammoth.

Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses 'Little Stevie', a large mastodon re-buried beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site. Whether it's our dire wolves, saber-toothed cat or the many other fossils, local family history, or Native American artifacts, we have something for you!

Patterson House Museum 28030 Patterson Ave,  - (951) 926-4039.  Patterson House Museum contains historical information about the community of Winchester and surrounding areas.  Hours:  11a.m. to 3p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free.

Temecula Valley Museum Sam Hicks Park downtown Temecula: The Temecula Valley Museum reopened in October 1999 in their new building in Old Town Temecula. the museum is home to a host of treasures from the area's early history. Displays explore the culture of local native American tribes and show what life was like on the area's early ranches and in train-stop frontier towns. Call for Museum hours.

Ryan Field Museum  4280 Waldon Weaver Rd, Hemet - (951) 654-1924.  Hours are 10a.m. to 3p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

San Jacinto Museum  Located at Estudillo Park off of Dillon St., San Jacinto. (951) 654-4952 The San Jacinto Museum has moved to a new location. It is now inside the Francisco Estudillo Heritage Park located along Dillon Street. The museum is open Friday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The admission is free.

Orange Empire Railway Museum 2201 S. St. Perris - (951) 657-2605: All aboard for a visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum - the largest operating railway museum in the Western United States. It's home to more than 225 different rail vehicles, some dating from as early as the 1870s. You'll see stream and diesel locomotives, old City of Los Angeles trolley cars, and unusual passenger and freight cars. If you visit on the weekend, you can even take a ride on one of the vintage trains or trolleys.

Riverside Municipal Museum 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside (951) 782-5273: New at the Municipal Museum: The Desert in Bloom, celebrating the beauty of flowering desert plants. Also growing are the museum's anthropology, history and natural history collections. At the interactive nature Lab, guests handle specimens of local plants and animals; the Clark Herbarium is a highly regarded catalog of plant diversity.

March Field Museum 22550 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside (951) 697-6600: Among the newest additions at the March Field Museum: a recently restored P-59 fighter, the finest operational jet adopted by the U.S. Air Force over 50 years ago. The museum's 50-plus aircraft also include a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and a B-29 Superfortress.




City of Hemet
Hours:  Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except holidays

City of Hemet - 445 E. Florida Ave. Hemet, CA 92543

Phone: (951) 765-2300
Fax: (951) 765-3785
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