About Redlands, California

Aerial Photo of City

About Redlands

Redlands was founded in 1881 and incorporated in 1888. It is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, and conveniently located 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 45 miles west of Palm Springs. Redlands is known for its Victorian and historical architecture, orange groves, museums, Historical Downtown shopping district, parks and cultural events.

Once part of the Spanish Mission lands, Redlands was incorporated following an influx of wealthy easterners and mid-westerners. These early settlers brought their cultures, traditions and treasures, adding to the City's reputation as a cultural and educational community. Agriculture prospered with the navel orange and many citrus groves still surround Redlands today.

Through the years the economy may have changed, but that special feeling of community in a small town hasn't. This is clear as you take a look around Redlands. Tree-lined State Street is still comprised primarily of beautiful historic buildings and locally-owned shops and boutiques. Some of its most famous buildings, like A.K. Smiley Public Library, a Moorish-style library built in 1898, and the Redlands Bowl, built in 1930 and home of the oldest continuously free outdoor concert series in California, are merely steps from historic downtown.

Attractions / Features:

  1. Education: University of Redlands, Redlands Unified School District, Private Schools

  2. Museums & Landmarks: Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, San Bernardino County Museum, The Asistencia, Historical Glass Museum, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, A.K. Smiley Public Library, Edwards Mansion

  3. Shopping: Historic Downtown Redlands including Thursday evening Farmer's Market, Redlands Mall

  4. Cultural & Community Events: Redlands Symphony , Redlands Art Association Annual Multi-Media Mini Show, Redlands International Bicycle Classic, Annual Flower Show and Tour, Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Redlands Footlighters Theater , Redlands Theatre Festival , Strawberry Festival, Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival

City of Redlands Tourism Center

Chamber of Commerce

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Conveniently Located 25 miles east of Ontario Airport, 80 miles east of LAX, and 50 miles west of Palm Springs International Airport.