Plan a weekend trip from Sacramento or San Francisco with kids to Lodi and explore its historic downtown, unique museums and shops. Don’t miss the hands-on exhibits at the World of Wonders Science Museum, explore the Serpentarium, rent a kayak in Lodi Lake Park and have fun at the Micke Grove Regional Park which features a zoo, a lake and a museum.
1.World of Wonders Science Museum
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Located on North Sacramento Street between Elm Street and Pine Street in historic downtown Lodi, the World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum is a 9,000 square foot museum dedicated to education. In order to promote education, it features many science-based hands-on exhibits. Some of the things that visitors can learn about include electricity, energy, light, and magnetism.
The museum hosts several events like field studies, birthday parties, Science Nights, and much more. It also offers an outreach program called WOW on Wheels. With this program, an educator from the museum visits school classrooms and provides exciting and educational lessons and hands-on demonstrations.
2 North Sacramento Street, Lodi, California, Phone: 209-368-0969
2.Lodi Lake Park
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Lodi Lake Park is a lakefront park located on West Turner Road. Visitors can partake in a variety of activities including boating, kayaking, swimming, chartered river tours, and much more. Experienced docents lead the nature programs, which focus on topics like nature typical of Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River area. Kayaks can be rented at the Boathouse, and beginning kayak lessons are available.
The 90-minute chartered boat tours of the Mokelumne River are offered for groups of up to ten people. For swimmers, there is a large sandy beach along Lodi Lake as well as a children’s area with a spray pool. The park also has a boat launching area.
1101 West Turner Road, Lodi, California, Phone: 209-333-6742
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3.Micke Grove Regional Park, Lodi, California
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Located on North Micke Grove Road, the Micke Grove Regional Park’s 132 acres were a gift to the San Joaquin County Parks by William G. Micke. Several of the park’s attractions include the Micke Grove Zoo, Fun Town, the three-acre Wortley Lake, and a museum.
There are several facilities that can be rented from the park. These include several picnic shelters, the Memorial Auditorium and Solarium, and the Japanese Garden, which is particularly beautiful. It consists of many cherry trees, a koi fishpond, a pavilion, a bridge, and 11 stone lanterns.
11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi, California, Phone: 209-953-8800
4.San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum
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The San Joaquin Country Historical Museum is an 18-acre museum devoted to preserving and exhibiting the history of San Joaquin County. It is made up of four historic buildings and eight exhibition buildings all located on North Micke Grove Road. The Charles Weber Cottage dates from 1847, and it shows visitors how settlers lived during the 1850s. The one room Calaveras School was built in 1866 and demonstrates how children spent their days at school.
The blacksmith shop, constructed during the 1880s, is particularly interesting because it still functions as a working shop. On the weekends, the Critter Corral is open for children to visit and pet some of the farm animals. The museum also hosts special events like the Festival of Trees, which takes place in December.
11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi, California, Phone: 209-331-7400
5.The Serpentarium, Lodi, California
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Located on Maggio Circle, the Serpentarium is a 3,000 square foot living reptile museum. It is a two-story facility that displays the greatest number of reptiles in Northern California. Some of the reptiles on display include snakes like anacondas, Burmese pythons, False Water cobras, and Rainbow boas. Other amphibians and reptiles at the Serpentarium include frogs, geckos, lizards, and tortoises.
In addition to the many displays, the Serpentarium offers Experiences, which allows visitors to hold a 12-foot python and get their photo taken. They can also feed a large water monitor or hold a hissing cockroach, a scorpion, or a tarantula.
2379 Maggio Circle, Unit C, Lodi, California, Phone: 855-737-7462
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