Beaumont, which means “beautiful mountain” in French, is located between two stunning mountain ranges amid beautiful Californian countryside.
This narrow pass was used by the Southern Pacific Railroad to traverse otherwise impassable mountains towards the Pacific Ocean. It wasn’t until the ’20s, ’40s, that the narrow pass was made into the tranquil tourist destination it is today.
This idyllic area is full of lush orchards, local ranches and beautiful mountain scenery. California’s Cherry Festival is well-known. Don’t forget to eat the fruit!
These are the best 14 things to do around Beaumont, California.
1. B & R Cherry Orchard: Pick the Cherries
Beaumont is known for its fruits. Near the city, hundreds of cherry trees line Cherry Valley’s orchards. Beaumont transforms into a cherry festival in June if you are lucky enough to visit the area. This event features rides, games, and mountains of sweet fruit.
You don’t have to be here at the wrong time, however. For a small fee, you can go to the B & R Cherry Orchard to pick your own cherries. If you are a fan of sweets, the cherries grown here can be unusually sweet.
Enjoy your harvest from the farm’s beautiful patio and picnic area.
2. Enjoy a beer at the Craft Lounge
Beaumont’s cozy drinking spot is lined with rows upon rows of beer taps. This bar is known for its live sports and relaxed atmosphere.
You’ll find a wide range of craft and imported beers at this store. The more adventurous customers love their sour beers, and fruity meads.
The Lounge is open on weekends for events. Check out their calendar to see live music, craft activities, or just enjoy some exceptional beers.
3. Enjoy some golf at the Morongo Golf Club
Beaumont’s local course of golf is located in the beautiful Tukwet canyon.
The 36-hole park’s quality is unmatched. It has two courses, the Champions and Legends, to suit different abilities. Even the most experienced golfers can find the Champions course challenging.
Their huge clubhouse has a lively atmosphere and a great restaurant.
4. Follow the Historic Trails in Wildwood Canyon State Park
Wildwood Canyon State Park offers spectacular views of the mountain scenery. This grassland is well-known for its wild oak trees and diverse scrub, which provide a natural habitat for many small creatures.
Several endangered species live at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. The San Diego pocket mouse, which hides in the scrub, is an extremely rare species.
The area is rich in history and was once walked by the Cahuilla Indians. For more information, ask a local guide or go on your own to discover the buildings that were left behind by the ranchers.
5. You can watch some sports at the Sand Trap Sports Bar & Grill
You can view any sport on 16 screens at this local watering hole. You can spend an entire afternoon here, drinking, playing pool, or watching sports.
This bar hosts regular trivia nights and pool tournaments. You can enjoy delicious, all-American food like burgers and pizzas as well as mountains of fries.
While you watch a game, try one of their fantastic local beers or one their delicious cocktails.
6. Visit the Edward-Dean Museum and Gardens
This small museum is located five minutes north of Beaumont, Cherry Valley. It displays beautiful artifacts dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This beautiful tribute to decorative arts features exquisite old oil paintings, small, lacquered boxes and antique fine china.
The antique library is home to magisterial volumes covering subjects such as botany and art history. One of the highlights of the library is George Washington’s handwritten ledgers.
After you are done, take a stroll back through the garden’s winding pathways. There are beautiful beds of bright flowers and a few sculptures.
7. Hike through Mount San Jacinto State Park
It can be hard to decide which mountain range you want to visit when you’re in Beaumont. However, the San Jacinto Mountains are a popular choice. They are renowned for their incredible height and breathtaking views over the desert and Joshua Tree National Park.
You can either access the Palm Springs, which are extremely cool and luxurious, from the north or hike the many trails to the south to see the pine forests that surround the snow-capped mountains.
Although the hike is strenuous, you will be rewarded by breathtaking views of California at 10,000 feet.
8. Visit the Giant Cabazon Dinosaurs
One of California’s most bizarre attractions is located just 15 minutes from Beaumont.
Two enormous sculptures, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, were created by Claude Bell, a celebrated artist for theme parks.
These charming creatures, named Mr. T-Rex or Dinny the Dinosaur by passing tourists, are very popular. They may be familiar because of the many television and film appearances they have made.
A group of local evangelicals established a creationist museum in the Brontosaurus, which was once used as a promotion for the diner. This is a great way to spend a day in Beaumont, regardless of whether you are a believer or not.
9. Visit the Malki Museum at Banning
This little museum is located east of Beaumont, in the nearby Banning. It’s one of the first American museums to be founded by Native Americans. It has a lot of history and interesting items made by America’s native people. If you want to learn more about the history of the native people who lived on the land, take a class.
Their amazing garden, in addition to its impressive museum displays and ethnobotanical masterpieces designed to educate the public about local herbs and plants that can be used for healing the sick, is also a great place to visit.
The library contains many books about Native American culture history. It also has rare artifacts that are very valuable for those who care about America’s past.
10. Dowling Fruit Orchard offers treats
This famous fruit shop is the perfect place to get fresh produce and snacks sourced from Beaumont’s lush agricultural country.
You can try their unique preserves, such as Peach jalapeno jam or some of the region’s most prized cherries. They offer healthy alternatives to chocolatey snacks with their crystalised and dried fruit selection. If you’re looking for something to give as a souvenir, they can even put together a gift basket for you.
You’ll also find plenty of nuts and candy if you want something healthier.
11. Visit Gilman Ranch
Beaumont and its surrounding areas were once home to local ranches. They were used first for agriculture and then later for leisure and other activities.
One of the few remaining ranches, Gilman Ranch in Banning, just east of Beaumont, is still in operation as both a ranch and museum.
This museum has a wonderful collection of antique wagons, as well as other farming implements and paraphernalia dating back to the 18th and 19th century.
This museum’s best feature is its variety of shows and displays. These include demonstrations at an old blacksmith shop, and entertaining shootouts in wild west fashion.
12. Take a day trip to Whitewater Wilderness Preserve
This pristine wildlife preserve is wedged between San Jacinto mountains and San Bernardino mountains, and covers thousands of acres.
These famous aquamarine pools are set in a sandy desert and make for a beautiful spot to view the world.
To truly immerse yourself in the natural world, pitch a tent or go to one of the parks’ great picnic spots or wildlife-watching areas.
13. Play some pinball at the Banning Pinball Museum
The Haunted Arcade & Pinball Museum is located just east of Beaumont, at the border of Banning. It displays the history and evolution of this arcade game. Surrealistically, 1400 pinball machines line these walls, ranging from retro designs to more modern ones.
Pinball experts make the trek to this area to compete in special events and national tournaments, but anyone can play the machines.
You don’t need quarters to play the games.