Fontana is situated within the sunny San Bernardino County, California. While it originally grew exponentially after a steel mill was built in the town, Fontana grew into a regional center and today boasts many different attractions for visitors. The city is full of historical buildings and thrilling racing experiences at the well-known Auto Club Speedway, the site of the original steel mill.
1.Auto Club Speedway
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Auto Club Speedway, originally known as the California Speedway, is a D-shaped oval, low-banked, two-mile superspeedway. The racetrack in Fontana has played host to NASCAR races every year since the year 1997. The speedway is also host to several open wheel race events during the year. Owned and run by the International Speedway Corporation, the Auto Club Speedway near Interstate 15 and Interstate 10 can accommodate up to sixty-eight thousand guests in its grandstand. There are also twenty-eight skyboxes, bringing the total capacity number to 122,000. A fanzone located behind the main section of the grandstand was added in 2006.
9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 800-944-7223
2.Sierra Lakes Golf Club
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At the Sierra Lakes Golf Club, golfers can have an opportunity to take their golf game to its peak right beneath the peaks of the region’s San Bernardino Mountains. The scenic golf club is located in the center of California’s Inland Empire. The Sierra Lakes Golf Club was designed by Ted Robinson, a renowned golf course architect, and laid out in a way that takes full advantage of the beautiful view of the mountains. Golfers can go from one hole to another and feel like they can reach up and be able to touch the magnificent mountains that exist just past the green.
16600 Clubhouse Dr, Fontana, CA 92336, Phone: 909-350-2500
3.Tibbies Center Stage Theater
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The Tibbies Center Stage Theater is quite aware that many a great night spent at the theater typically features an excellent dining experience prior to the performance. Fortunately for patrons of the Center Stage Theater, they can do both at one beautiful venue. The dinner at Center Stage offers delectable dessert, appetizer, cocktail, and wine menus in addition to several delicious choices of entrees for guests to eat, providing an exciting and complete night at a theater. The Center Stage Theater is the home of the famous Tibbies Great American Cabaret, which has been a favorite in Southern California for more than forty years.
8463 Sierra Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 909-429-7469
4.Richard Petty Driving Experience
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The Richard Petty Driving Experiences offers some authentic, true NASCAR entertainment. The race car driving experience puts guests in the driver’s seat of a real NASCAR racing car and allows them to drive it by themselves. The Richard Petty Driving NASCAR Experience is thought to be the most authentic NASCAR racing school or driving experience available. The driving experience is available at eighteen different premier speedways located throughout the country, including one in Fontana, California. The experience features cars that have been driven by Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, as well as other superstars in the NASCAR world.
9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 800-237-3889
5.Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
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The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers a variety of different racing experiences for every level of racing enthusiast. The Taste of Speed experience is for those who just want a small taste of racing, providing the excitement and thrill of NASCAR in a more “condensed” package. Guests will take just three to five laps around the speedway. On the other end of the spectrum is the Checkered Flag racing experience for more serious enthusiasts. Participants are able to drive thirty-six to forty laps around the racetrack, get individualized coaching, even more thrills and fast speeds, and more.
9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 855-227-8789
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CalSpeed Karting is one of the premier outdoor karting facilities in all of Southern California, offering karting schools, arrive and drive racing, corporate entertainment, and competitive karting. The karting experience is located at the world-famous Auto Club Speedway, home to the IndyCar Racing Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The race track for CalSpeed boasts a multi-configuration, world-class, purpose-built ¾-mile circuit for kart racing, and is situated just past the high banks at turn 4. The CalSpeed Karting Center is driven by a commitment to excellence and a passion for racing, and team at CalSpeed is made up of racing experts.
9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 951-506-9363
7.Corky's Kitchen & Bakery
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Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery was inspired by the grandmother of the owners, Grandma Corky, who would always say “life is too short, live your dream.” That is just what the owners of the restaurant and bakery did. Grandma Corky would make everything from scratch and used only fresh ingredients. Her main ingredient, however, was love. She passed down recipes that filled both the stomach and the soul, showing how she cared. Corky’s Bakery serves homemade pies, made with the finest ingredients and a flaky crust fresh daily; as well as muffins, cookies, and other freshly baked goods and homemade desserts.
10926 Sierra Ave, Fontana, CA 92337, Phone: 909-428-3100
8.Tio's Mexican Restaurant
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Tio’s Mexican Restaurant has brought the flavors of Zacatecas, Mexico to the Fontana area and beyond for more than twenty-five years. The spirit of the restaurant was born out of a love for good home cooking, culture, and family. The various locations of Tio’s Mexican Restaurant, including the Fontana location, are a manifestation of these same principles and were instilled by Antonio Loera, the patriarch. The first location of Tio’s was founded by Jose Loera in 2002 in Rancho Cucamonga, later expanding into several locations throughout Southern California. Tio’s Mexican Restaurant serves beloved Mexican cuisine combined with an American palate.
16953 Sierra Lakes Pkwy, Fontana, CA 92336, Phone: 909-355-7770
9.Exotics Racing - Los Angeles
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Exotics Racing provides people with a chance to experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of driving some of the coolest supercars around on exclusive raceways professionally designed for drivers to get the fullest amount out of the award-winning fleet. Visitors can take the wheel themselves of the super-powered machines, pushing performance to its limits all with one-on-one driving coaching from the professional racing instructors at Exotics Racing. The racing experience is the original supercar experience, providing a commitment to unrivaled excellence and the highest level of service and safety. Exotics Racing was founded in 2009 and is the first of its kind in the country.
9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, Phone: 702-405-7223
10.Pancho Villa's Mexican Grill Restaurant & Entertainment
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At Pancho Villa's Mexican Grill Restaurant & Entertainment, the tortillas are alway homemade and made fresh every day. The San Bernardino area in California has many different Mexican restaurants to choose from, but Pancho Villa’s is a bit unique among these. Along with serving delicious Mexican fare, the restaurant also features on-stage, live entertainment. Sunday Brunch at Pancho Villa’s offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of Mexican food, as well as dancing and on-stage music. Guests can enjoy delicious food, some of the area’s best Mariachi music, and traditional Mexican dancers. Pancho Villa’s is both a restaurant and a unique local dance club.
10210 Juniper Ave, Fontana, California 92335, Phone: 909-356-0906
10 Best Things to Do in Fontana, California
- Auto Club Speedway, Photo: Courtesy of Rawich Liwlucksaneey - Fotolia.com
- Sierra Lakes Golf Club, Photo: Courtesy of ATIPPORN - Fotolia.com
- Tibbies Center Stage Theater, Photo: Courtesy of kozlik_mozlik - Fotolia.com
- Richard Petty Driving Experience, Photo: Courtesy of Kalyakan - Fotolia.com
- Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, Photo: Courtesy of Kathy images - Fotolia.com
- CalSpeed Karting, Photo: Courtesy of serikbaib - Fotolia.com
- Corky's Kitchen & Bakery, Photo: Corky's Kitchen & Bakery
- Tio's Mexican Restaurant, Photo: Tio's Mexican Restaurant
- Exotics Racing - Los Angeles, Photo: Courtesy of irontrybex - Fotolia.com
- Pancho Villa's Mexican Grill Restaurant & Entertainment, Photo: Pancho Villa's Mexican Grill Restaurant & Entertainment
- Cover Photo: City of Fontana, CA - City Government