Glendora is located about 20 miles away from Downtown Los Angeles. Known as the “Pride of the Foothills,” Glendora has plenty of things to do with kids for Los Angeles families.
If your family is curious about different architectural styles, then you’ll enjoy going on this self-guided walking tour. The sites featured on the tour have contributed to the history of the community of Glendora. Information and photos of each site are available on line, and you can download a map for your convenience.
The Donut Man
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740
Donut lovers travel from all over Southern California to get donuts from Donut Man. It’s worth the drive to have fresh donuts filled with seasonal fruit. Check out the Donut Man website to find out what’s in season.
along Bennett Ave. and Minnesota Ave., Glendora, CA
For those families interested in gardening and plants, check out the famous Glendora Bougainvillea. It is a State Historical Landmark and is recognized as the largest growth of bougainvillea within the United States. You’ll be amazed by these vines that were originally planted in 1901!
Glen Oaks Golf and Learning Center
200 W. Dawson Ave., Glendora, CA 91740
The Glen Oaks Golf and Learning Center is a 9-hole course. They have a driving range, and their on-site restaurant (Wally’s Grill) even offers a special combining a small bucket of golf balls, cheeseburger, fries, and drink all for $7. (This promotion is available Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm). Glen Oaks also offer golf instruction and junior golf programs.
Big Tree Park
665 S. Santa Fe, Glendora, CA 91741
Big Tree Park may be the perfect place for a family picnic. You’ll find benches, picnic tables, and a gazebo here. Although the park is somewhat small in size, the Park’s biggest attraction is its impressive Moreton Bay fig tree. This giant tree is actually one tree with many trunks and is well over one hundred years old. The Park can also be rented and reserved for special occasions.
Big Dalton Wilderness Area (2041 Big Dalton Canyon Rd., Glendora, CA 91741)
South Hills Wilderness Area (701 E. Mauna Loa Ave., Glendora, CA)
Big Dalton Wilderness Area and South Hills Wilderness Area are where you will find a total of 19 miles of trails (including hiking and equestrian trails). Big Dalton Wilderness Area consists of about 690 acres while South Hills Wilderness Area consists of about 2200 acres. You can find downloadable maps online.
844 N. Live Oak Ave., Glendora, CA 91741
The Rubel Castle isn’t like other castles, although you will find turrets, a canon, and a drawbridge. This castle was constructed by Michael Rubel over a twenty-five year period. You’ll find a variety of items within the Castle’s walls. Some refer to it as a “castle made of junk.” Tours are offered, but an advance reservation is required. Keep in mind that tours require a fair amount of walking and standing; there are stairs and tunnels and no handrails. Also, children under eight are not allowed on site. (Suggested donations are $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 8-12. Rubel Castle is a cash-only facility).
Glendora Historical Society Museum
314 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91741
The Glendora Historical Society Museum has a variety of objects on display. You’ll find tools, furniture, photographs, clothing, and more — with some dating back to the 1800s. The museum offers free admission and is open on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (except on holidays).
600 E. Gladstone Ave., Glendora, CA 91740
There’s plenty to do at Gladstone Park. Families will enjoy using the park’s basketball court, volleyball court, and softball field. There are also horseshoe pits and a playground structure. Pack a picnic and take advantage of the picnic tables and barbecues you’ll find here.
Glendora Public Library
140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91741
The glendora Library offers several children’s story times, each designed for different age groups. In addition, patrons speak highly of the friendly and knowledgable staff you’ll find here. Kids will appreciate the games and activities the library has designed just for them. The library is closed on Sundays.
160 N. Glendora Ave. Ste. G, Glendora, CA 91741
There are a variety of classes and programs offered at KidsArt/Drawn2Art fort those ages 4 and up (adults included). Students are taught basic drawing and/or painting skills, explore a variety of mediums, and then progress at their own pace. Check the website for more information regarding their schedule of classes and workshops.
160 N. Wabash Ave., Glendora, CA
There’s so much to do at Finkbiner Park. You’ll find exercise equipment, picnic tables, softball diamonds, tennis courts, a basketball court, playground equipment, and a skate park. Additionally, Finkbiner Park hosts free summer concerts each Sunday evening at 6:00 pm.