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Sylmar is an underrated gem in the United States that often gets overshadowed by more popular tourist destinations. However, Sylmar is a beautiful and upcoming city worth visiting. With its unique attractions and hidden gems, you’ll be surprised at how much there is to do in this little city!

If you’re traveling to Los Angeles or Long Beach and want to add a side trip, you can certainly plan for a few hours. You may wish to return one day to enjoy a rest and relax at Sylmar. If you’re planning a trip to the United States and don’t know whether or not Sylmar should be included, keep reading. In this list, we’ve compiled some of the greatest things to do in Sylmar and the region. We believe that if you include this city on your itinerary,

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El Cariso Community Regional Park

The El Cariso Community Regional Park in Temecula, California, offers plenty of activities for families. Within the 80-acre park are a swimming pool, picnic sites, children’s play areas, tennis courts, and a fitness zone. The city’s annual Olive Festival is also hosted at El Cariso Park (this year it will take place on September 24 and 25).

Sylmar Branch Library

The Sylmar Branch Library is a part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. You’ll find a variety of special events at the Sylmar Library including a teen poetry and book club, yoga for tweens and teens, arts and crafts, story times, and more. Many libraries seem to gear their special activities towards younger patrons, but Sylmar Library offers quite a bit of special events geared specifically towards tweens and teens.  (Note the library is closed on Sundays).

Wildlife Learning Center

At the Wildlife Learning Center, families may discover about animals from all over the world. More than 100 different species are being cared for at this unique site. If you want to engage more with an animal, consider a “Individual Animal Experience,” such as feeding a porcupine, stroking an owl, or meeting and touching a fennec fox.)

Before coming, call to double-check that the animal you want see will be at the Center. We are open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Adult admission is $9 and children under 15 cost $7 . Kids two years old and younger get in for free!

The Nethercutt Museum and Collection

The first automobile in the collection, a 1919 Daimler Model JL 20 Highway Racer, was restored and is now on display at The Nethercutt Museum. On Tuesdays through Saturdays, self-guided tours are available at the Museum; reservations are recommended for these trips and children under 10 aren’t permitted. The Museum houses more than 130 antique, classic, and antique automobiles ranging back to the 1890s. Outside of the museum is a 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive as well as a 1912 Pullman Private Car.

The Nethercutt Collection boasts an impressive array of furniture, music boxes, cars, and automobilia. And the best part? Admission is free! Note that The Nethercutt Collection’s elevator is currently out of orderuntil the end of this year—so be prepared to take the stairs if you want to tour the collection.

MB2 Raceway Indoor Go-Karting

If your family is in search of an exciting, unforgettable activity, MB2 Indoor Go-Karting should be at the top of your list. You’ll get to race around an indoor road course in high-speed simulations. If you have younger kids who want to join in on the fun, don’t worry! We have junior karts available for them (as long as they are a minimum of 48” tall). All racers must wear closed-toe shoes and will be provided with helmets upon arrival. Want to know more? Check out our pricing and package information online.

Stetson Ranch Park

The Angeles National Forest is home to Stetson Ranch Park, which stands at the foot of the mountains. At this park, you can go on various hikes and horseback riding excursions. The Saddletree Ranch Trailhead is also accessible from the park. Families may picnic here while taking in stunning vistas.

Wilson Canyon Park

Wilson Canyon Park is a 240-acre park above the San Gabriel Mountains. Families can enjoy easy-to-moderate hiking trails, wildlife, and a variety of vegetation. There is a year-round creek and inspiring views. Many birdwatchers, mountain bikers, and picnickers take advantage of this scenic spot.

Veterans Memorial Community Regional Park

Veterans Memorial Park is made up of 97-acres. There are lots of options here for families so they can create an outing that suits their needs. You’ll find picnic areas, a large pavilion, rolling hills, and a children’s playground. In addition, there are camping areas here, as well as trails that families can use for walking, jogging, or bike riding.

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