Local Attractions and Activities

Southern California is home to a variety of attractions, restaurants, museums, and much more. Below you will find a list of activities that are within a five-minute walk from campus and others that require some driving. Please be aware that the list provided below is not an endorsement of any of the locations. The list is intended to be a resource to students unfamiliar with Claremont and Southern California.

Claremont Village

There are more than 50 restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues located in the Claremont Village. Below you will find a list of places students enjoy.


Some Crust Bakery & Café

Movie Theatres

Laemmie 5 Theatres 

Restaurants/ Tasty Treats

Augie’s Coffee House
Bert & Rocky’s Cream Co.
Blaze Pizza
Bua Thai Cuisine
Grizzby’s Biscuits & Donuts

For a guide of all the shops, visit The Claremont Village.

Restaurants outside of the Claremont Village (These places may require transportation)

The Tamale Guy
Aroma Indian Grill
The Hat
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
Donut Man
Handel’s Ice Cream
The Meat Cellar
Rumble Fish Sushi


Newport Beach – 43 miles away
Balboa Beach – 46 miles
Corona Del Mar – 47 miles
Huntington Beach – 48 miles
Laguna Beach – 50 miles
Aliso Beach – 53 miles
Crystal Cove – 56 miles
Doheny Beach –  58 miles

Visit beaches in Southern California for more options.

Parks, Recreation, & Hiking Trails

Claremont Loop (Claremont)
Mt. Baldy (San Bernardino County)
Griffith Park Observatory & Park (Los Angeles)
Marshall Canyon Park & Nursery (La Verne)
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park (San Dimas)
Prado Regional Park (Chino)
Joshua Tree National Park (Joshua Tree)

Find a trail nearby and a national park.

Fun Activities


Bowlium Lanes
Brunswick Zone Upland Lanes

Ice Skating

Ontario Ice Skating Center

Roller Skating

Skate Express

Mini Golf, Arcade, and Go Karts

Scandia (no GoKarts)

Escape Room

Trapped!Escape Room
Containment Escape Games


American Football

Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Chargers 


Anaheim Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Closest to HMC – 14 miles away)


Los Angeles Clippers 
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Sparks


Anaheim Ducks
Los Angeles Kings


Los Angeles Football Club 
Los Angeles Galaxy

Theme Parks

Disneyland Resort (Anaheim)
Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park (Buena Park)
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia)
Universal Studios (Universal City)
Aquarium of the Pacific  (Long Beach)
LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens  (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles County Fair
This year the L.A. County Fair will run from August 31st to September 30th.


Norton Simon Museum 
LA Museum of Contemporary & Modern Art (LACMA)
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The J. Paul Getty Art Museum
The Broad
California Science Center
Natural History Museum

Please visit SoCalMuseums for a longer list.

Music Venues

The Glass House
The Fox Theater
House of Blues 
Hollywood Bowl
The Greek Theater

We also have the Campus Activities Planning Board (CAP) that plans and funds off-campus trips to wherever you want (within reason, of course). There’s a ton of stuff to do in the L.A. area, from Disneyland to the beaches to the mountains to museums, the list goes on and on. And CAP will fund pretty much anything you and your friends can put together.

But wait, there’s more! There are also a boat load of things to do on the other campuses that can probably meet your every need (theatre, ballroom dancing, concerts, festivals, etc.) The Claremont Colleges community sponsors events for everyone (most are free), all you have to do is show up. Again, we’ve pretty much got you covered when it comes to doing stuff on or off campus.