Murrieta is chock-full of a variety of experiences just waiting to be unlocked by visitors of all ages. And unlike many destinations where plans can be derailed by weather – or lack thereof – Murrieta’s balmy year-round climate means that these locations and activities can be enjoyed any time of the year.
Roughly an hour drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego, Murrieta is perfect for a weekend getaway or longer adventure. Come check it out, and don’t miss our 5 Murrieta Musts!
With a vast network of trails extending to every reach of the massive and picturesque 9,000-acre preserve, opportunities for walkers, hikers and bikers to explore and discover the varied terrain and nearly 50 different species of plants and animals are almost endless.
Normally at their highest levels in February and March, the reserve’s vernal pools are teeming with amphibious life. In fact, one species of the tiny yet mighty fairy shrimp are exclusive to the plateau’s pools. Due to muddy conditions, visitors are recommended to wear appropriate footwear.
For those looking for other ways to enjoy the park, the reserve has a number of museums, historic ranches and nature centers to educate visitors about the plateau’s history and ecosystem. During the summertime, the Santa Rosa Plateau plays host to an outdoor concert series, beautifully pairing Murrieta’s nature with arts.
Murrieta’s city center brings together an eclectic mix of the new and traditional – offering visitors everything from craft beer and boutique shops to verdant parks and cultural attractions.
One popular downtown spot at which to munch and gulp is Le Grange Grill and Cellars . Known for its rustic-meets-modern-chic, Le Grange serves inventive, internationally-inspired dishes paired with local wine and craft beer. Check out the dueling cellos on Mondays. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
A long-time favorite among locals, The Mill Restaurant is another Murrieta must that will not disappoint. Patrons rave about the attentive waitstaff, inviting family-friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices and colorful, rich tastes of Italy. Diners can even watch from their tables as chefs use fresh, local ingredients to prepare their meals.
The heart of downtown Murrieta, Town Square Park, is home to the Murrieta Public Library, the Murrieta Senior Center and the Honor Garden, where monuments pay tribute to local fallen servicemen and women. This central, tree-lined park is a great place to practice yoga, have a picnic or just chill out under the California sun.
Waterfalls are a special kind of natural treasure – unique, mesmerizing and captivating. Tenaja Falls – a 150-foot-tall, five-tiered beauty cutting through the surrounding rock – fits the bill on all three accounts. Accessible to hikers or horseback riders via a family and pet-friendly trail, the falls’ natural splendor is best viewed during winter months or after rainfall.
Tenaja Falls is the ideal hike for those looking to connect with the peaceful scenery and raw nature of the area. Expect a bit of a drive along a narrow, winding road between the highway and the trailhead. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and good hiking shoes.
Sometimes families need a place that offers a bit of everything for everyone in the crew, an all-in-one fun zone where kids can have freedom to explore and adults can take a break. From a water park and mini golf to laser tag and go-karts, Mulligan Family Fun Center will keep kids of all ages engaged for hours. Specializing in birthday parties and group events, the center also serves food and beer.
5. Susie Q Ranch
Experience the scenery and wildlife of Murrieta atop any one of this ranch’s majestic yet gentle horses. From beginners to experienced riders, guests can explore trails, take lessons or celebrate special events in a unique and peaceful setting. Children will love feeding the horses and interacting with other animals on the ranch while adults will appreciate the opportunity to combine riding with wine tasting.
Murrieta is a destination unlike any other, with activities and experiences that bring a smile to the faces of visitors young and old. This list merely scratches the surface of Murrieta’s array of offerings. Click here to find out more about what Murrieta and the surrounding region have to offer.