Redlands Visitor Center
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Redlands Visitor Center

From maps and visitor guides to driving directions and restaurant suggestions, the experts in the Visitor Center will help you find the best there is to do and see while in Redlands. Discover can’t-miss events and receive insider tips that only our experienced staff can provide. In no time at all, you’ll see why we’re so passionate about our city.

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The City of Redlands was founded in 1881 and incorporated on November 26, 1888. Redlands is located 63 miles east of Los Angeles and 44 miles west of Palm Springs which makes it an easy drive to reach mountains, beaches, and deserts. Fun facts:

  • Redlands was the first city in the state to require driver’s licenses.
  • Hatfield Buick GMC is the oldest operating Buick dealership in the United States.
  • Citrograph Printing, at 127 years old, is the longest-running printing company in the state.
  • The Mitten Building is Redlands’ oldest citrus packing house in the city.
  • Redlands High School is the oldest high school in California still operating in its original spot.
  • The Redlands Bowl, built in 1930, is the longest running venue in the world where no admission is charged.
  • The land at Opal Street and Citrus Avenue was leased by the famous Earp family in 1864.

SOURCE: Redlands City Records

VISION of the Center

Redlands is known as the Jewel of the Inland Empire and a tourism destination offering a unique and seamless range of services for tourists and residents alike. Visitors are encouraged to linger in Redlands.

Tours, Welcome Wagon, Maps, Water Bottle Refill, Kiosks, business directory, Redlands merchandise, Family Services

About Redlands is contributing the online community calendar, local business directory and staffing to the Redlands Visitor Center.

MISSION of the Center

  • Building awareness of the many attractions available to tourists and local residents in our town.
  • Fostering an environment where the town, attractions, organizations and businesses collaborate to reinforce the visitor experience.
  • Providing Redlands concierge services to visitors and residents.
  • Creating tours and family events downtown (Redlands history scavenger hunts).
  • Acting as a point of contact for tourism information in Redlands.

This storefront is a public hub for information about where to find Redlands products or services; for maps of the city, of businesses and of recreation trails; and for Redlands items for sale, like art, T-shirts and mugs.

The 800-square foot center, founded by the locally owned Redlands promotional business About Redlands, aims to build awareness of Redlands attractions among residents and visitors; to foster collaboration among residents, organizations and businesses; to provide concierge services to all who seek to experience Redlands; and even to instigate activities, such as tours and events.

The University of Redlands and the Rochford Foundation have contributed to the venture as major sponsors, and local businesses are playing a part too. State Street pet-supply store Furry Face, for instance, has supplied a dog bowl and treat jar -- because the Visitor Center is dog friendly.

There is also a family room for nursing or changing babies, or giving children a moment to recharge when shopping, eating and playing downtown is wearing them out.

Service clubs and local businesses are invited and encouraged to contribute as partners and sponsors, and to use the facility for tastings, meet-ups and an outlet for information.

The center is in a historic building at 14 Fifth St., between Citrus Avenue and State Street in Redlands, at the entrance to the Orange Street Alley park strategically located to enhance the tourism energy created by “Umbrella Alley.”

This is likely the first visitor center in the town’s history, (as no records show there ever was one) and happens to be right where visitors were dropped off by carriage when they first arrived to Redlands at the turn of the 20th century.

Community Partners

Business Partners

  • Creative 7 Designs - New resident postcards.
  • Furry Face - Dog bowl, K9 center dog bed, and treats.
  • Garza Painting - Redlands Certified Historical painter. Painting of the center interior and exterior doors.
  • Heemstra Signs - installing of center sign.
  • Kristyn Hebb, owner of The Scriptsmith, Edison poles paintings in front of the Redlands Visitor Center. Handmade - Hand Painted - Custom
  • Mission Pediatrics - Office furniture & supplies.
  • Morley Water Improvement Systems water filtration system.
  • The City of Redlands - Walking & Driving Tour brochures. Curb appeal.
  • Updog - Center window signage and photos. UpDog brings signs, print, digital, vehicle wrap, marketing and business services to local businesses via a storefront approach, with a “hospitality” twist.
  • Ultimate Carpet Care - Tile & carpet cleaning.

Partnership Opportunities

Major – $5,000

  • Personalized concierge services (e.g., coordinate downtown activities & business discounts)
  • Unlimited literature disseminated to public.
  • Event & business promotion in front window.
  • New Resident Campaign business referral.
  • Video monitor of business video displayed in center.

Supporting – $1,000

  • Unlimited literature disseminated to public.
  • Event & business promotion in front window.
  • New Resident Campaign business, event & club referrals.

Community - $400

  • Event, business & club promotion in the center.
  • Literature disseminated to public.

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Hours

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Redlands Visitor Center
  • 14 Fifth Street
  • Redlands, CA 92373

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