- The list below includes 153 free or cheap things to do in or near Hemet, California, including 107 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Movie Theaters, Children's Museums and Hiking Trails.
- From Diamond Valley Lake to Simpson Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hemet and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Moreno Valley, Perris, Yucaipa and Lake Elsinore.
Diamond Valley Lake is one of the newest as well as the largest reservoirs in Southern California. The area is popular for its seasonal wildflower trail and the 13,500 acres of open space that is home at least 16 endangered or threatened native California bird, plant and animal species.
The Western Science Center showcases an array of Ice Age fossils and Native American artifacts that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. One of their most popular exhibits is 'Max', the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as 'Xena', a Columbian mammoth.