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Hidden Gems; Best Hangout Spots

We all love getting together with our friends. Whether it’s over the weekend or after a school day, you can always count on having fun. But, there are so many spots in Temecula that it’s hard to choose where to go. Here are 5 of the best places to hang out with friends.


Old Town Temecula

We all know Old Town for its restaurants and events, but there are many small businesses there that people may not know about. Did you know there are two candy stores? The sweet shop has ice cream, make-your-own candy bags, fun toys, and even freeze-dried candy! There are also some super cute plant shops and boutiques. What is the other candy shop named?  


Sugar Plum Zoo

If you love animals then this is the place for you. Sugar Plum Zoo gets its name from the decadent chocolate and treats they sell, and their variety of animals. They have alpacas, donkeys, cows, mules, pigs, and even a bunny cage you can go into! It’s a super fun daytime activity with your friends. 


Vail Headquarters

This is a great shopping center to do it all! You can paint pottery or buy some bath bombs. There’s also a bunch of food spots, like Vail Pizzeria. And if you need a fun activity there’s a great escape room that’s 30 dollars a person. 


The Promenade Mall

The Promenade Mall is the perfect place to spend a day. There are clothing stores, food courts, and even some fun photoshoot shops. It’s great for a friend group who wants to do many things at the same time, like eat and shop. Also, the mall is almost always open, so it’s great if you have a tight schedule. 


The Biggest Bouncy House in the World!

For a limited time, the parking lot of the promenade mall is going to have massive bouncy houses! There are obstacle courses, spots to jump, and to hang out with friends! It’s 19 dollars a person and is only open till March, so come quick!


These are just a few of the many places in Temecula to go to. There are so many more like the movies, Mulligans, and even a new trampoline park called Sky Zone. Are you going to check out any of these places with your friends? Leave a comment!

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Sophie Stempson
Hello, I'm Sophie! I'm in 7th grade and this is my 2nd year in the TMS Press. I have 2 older siblings and 1 dog. For fun, I like to do theater, dance, singing, trapeze, and much more! I loved being in the TMS Press last year so I'm very excited to be back!

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    Olivia HuffmireFeb 9, 2024 at 7:16 pm

    These spots are amazing!! I didn’t know there was so much to do at Vail HQ, or that there was a bounce house outside Promenade Mall. Definitely want to check it out. Thanks Sophie, Great article!! <3