Things to See and Do in the City of Redlands

This could be your home for the next four years, so while you're visiting leave some time to explore.  Below is a list of some of our favorite places in Redlands.


A.K. Smiley Public Library
125 W. Vine St.
Established in 1894, the A.K. Smiley Public Library, a state historic landmark, has served generations of patrons in the city of Redlands and beyond. Visitors go back in time when they walk through the library’s doors, thanks to the historic architecture, including a curved staircase, timber arches, stained glass windows, hardwood nooks and artifacts from the Redlands of yesterday. 

Downtown Redlands
State St. and Citrus Ave. between Orange and 9th
Take a stroll down historic State Street and Citrus Avenue in downtown Redlands, where restaurants, bars, boutiques, jewelers, specialty stores and bakeries are plentiful.  

The Footlighters
1018 Barton Rd.
This community theater provides rewarding entertainment and creative productions of live theater. The Footlighters Theatre seats 300 guests in a house offering a variation on the theme of Theater in the Round. The all-volunteer cast performs five productions annually.

Historical Glass Museum
1157 Orange St.
The Historical Glass Museum is home to more than 7,000 glass pieces from the 1800’s to today. Displays include candlesticks, kerosene lamps, milk glass, stems, bowls, compotes, and historical plates from the Heisey, Cambridge, Fenton, Fostoria, and Sandwich factories, as well as those that produced depression-era glassware. The museum is inside of a 1903 Victorian-style home that once belonged to Emma Cryer, daughter of early Redlands settlers Jerome and Martha Seymour.

Kimberly Crest House & Gardens
1325 Prospect Dr.
This beautiful estate sits on 6.25 acres of land in south Redlands. John Alfred and Helen Cheney Kimberly, who created the Italian Renaissance gardens, purchased the Victorian Château house in 1905. When their daughter, Mary Kimberly-Shirk, died, she donated the property to the “people of Redlands.” The home remains decorated in the style of Mrs. Kimberly-Shirk’s time with antique furniture, and the gardens contain the fountain “Venus Rising from the Sea,” ponds with lily pads and fish, roses, magnolia trees and more.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine
125 W. Vine St. 
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is the only museum and archives west of the Mississippi River dedicated to the study of President Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. Originally designed by noted architect Elmer Grey in 1932, the Shrine houses an extensive collection of manuscripts, artifacts, uniforms, quilts and other pieces of history, as well as an original Norman Rockwell painting. 

Redlands Bowl
25 Grant St.
Home to the internationally renowned, oldest continuously running free summer music festival in the U.S. - The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival features 16 to 18 programs, including classical and semi-classical concerts, opera, ballet, symphony productions, folk dancing and musical performances on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Redlands Market Night
Saturday Mornings.  Set up in downtown  
Pick up locally-grown fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, bakery items and more at this popular open air market. Enjoy the different food and merchandise booths, as well as fun activities.

Redlands Symphony Association
Visit for upcoming performances
The mission of the Redlands Symphony is to inspire, entertain and educate by providing outstanding musical performances that enhance our cultural environment. Performances take place in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel during the fall and winter, bringing the quality of a big city symphony to Redlands.

Prospect Park
Cajon St. and Highland
Home of the Redlands Theatre Festival, Prospect Park is 11.4 acres and offers walking trails and picnic areas.

Redlands Theatre Festival
Located in Prospect Park
The Redlands Theatre Festival has been entertaining audiences since 1973. Performances take place under the stars in the RTF Theatre inside of Prospect Park, during the summer months. Each season is centered around five plays, from major Broadway musicals to contemporary dramas, and every seat in the house is within 50 feet of the thrust stage.

San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
A regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. The museum seeks to inspire the public to understand our history through responsible collection and preservation of artifacts. Enjoy rotating special exhibits as well as the popular Exploration Station live animal discovery center.

University of Redlands Special Events
Visit, and search public events for schedule
There is always something happening on the University of Redlands campus, from a drama production in Frederick Loewe Theatre, a concert in the Memorial Chapel, or an art show in the Gallery. There are also annual events that draw crowds from the city and surrounding areas, including the Multicultural Festival every spring and the Feast of Lights, a service of worship celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in spoken word, tableaux, song and orchestral offering, in December.