Centrally located in Northern California, Stockton is full of museums, theaters, arenas, parks, the marina, and unique attractions such as the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple and the historic and vibrant Little Manila.
1.The Haggin Museum
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Dedicated to local history and the arts, the Haggin Museum can be found within Stockton’s popular Victory Park. The museum was founded in 1928 but didn’t physically open to the public until 1931. The museum’s galleries are filled with artifacts and exhibits including the largest collection of illustrations by J. C. Leyendecker and paintings by Albert Bierstadt in the area. While there, you’ll also see paintings by Jean-Leon Gerome, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Rosa Bonheur among other artists. Galleries dedicated to Stockton’s history have an eclectic mix of items that are both artifactual and archival and are displayed in the form of recreations of rooms and businesses which would have been typical in San Joaquin early on.
1201 N Pershing Ave., Stockton, CA 95203
2.Bob Hope Theatre
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton is one of the area’s most renowned venues dedicated to the arts. You can go on one of the many tours of the theatre which will take you through the stunning architectural marvel. The theatre is fitted with state-of-the-art sounds, light, and rigging systems, and houses 2,042 red velvet seats. Just walking through the beautiful lobby and performance space will take your breath away. Some of the theatre’s noteworthy aspects include the marble mosaic floor of the lobby and an extremely well preserved 1928 Robert Morton theater organ.
242 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA 95202, Phone: 209-373-1400
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Since it opened in 2005, the Stockton Arena has been home to all of the area’s major concerts, sporting events, and other major occasions. The arena can seat 12,000 fans and is the home venue of the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat and the NBA G League’s Stockton Kings. You can find Stockton Arena in the area’s gorgeous downtown area right beside the waterfront next to other sites such as the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel and the Banner Island Ballpark. Some of the most popular events which have taken place there include the ArenaBowl, Smackdown/ ECW, and several MMA events. Check their site calendar to see what’s in store for when you’re in town.
248 W Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95203
4.Banner Island Ballpark
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Banner Island Ballpark is located in Stockton’s gorgeous downtown area, beside the waterfront and other sites such as the Stockton Arena. Its official name is actually Stockton Ballpark, but the name Banner Island Ballpark is much more popular with locals and fans in the area. Having been established in 2005, the baseball stadium can seat nearly 5,200 people and has an elevated club seating area, four luxury suites, and two picnic areas. It is the home of the California League’s minor league baseball team, the Stockton Ports. Prior to moving to their new home, the Stockton Ports have played in Billy Hebert Field in Oak Park since the 1950s - visit them during the season to watch a memorable game!
404 W Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95203
5.Children's Museum of Stockton
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The Children’s Museum of Stockton is a non-profit organization which was developed long before it opened in 1994. The idea was the brainchild of Founding Director, Janet Geng, who was a teacher wounded in the tragic 1989 Cleveland School shootings. As a way of healing, Janet wanted to create a safe place where children and their families could come together to learn and play, and the Children’s Museum of Stockton was born. Today, there are over 40 interactive exhibits in the 22,000 square foot space which inspire children to explore, imagine, and create. Some of the most popular exhibits include the Galaxy Room, Dr. Barker’s Pet Clinic, the Nature Station, an Agricultural Farm, the CMS News Station, the Lego Derby Area, and the Reptile Display. In addition to the exhibits, the museum also has several events which people can attend throughout the year.
402 W Weber Ave, Stockton, CA 95203, Phone: 209-465-4386
6.Pixie Woods - Louis Park
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Perfect for children of all ages, Pixie Woods’ enchanted forest and magical pathways will take you into a mystical world far from reality. As soon as you enter through the rainbow gates, you’ll be transformed into a world run by imagination and play. There are several attractions throughout the park including kid-themed play areas like Miner’s Cove and the Dragon Water Play Area. Little ones can spend the day going on a train ride on the Pixie Express, floating on the Pixie Queen Boat through Pirate Lagoon, or going for a spin on the carousel. The fun-sized attractions are loved by younger visitors so be sure to stop by when you’re in Stockton.
3121 Monte Diablo Ave, Stockton, CA 95203, Phone: 209-937-8206
7.Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade
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The Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade can be found in the city’s vibrant downtown area, on the waterfront, surrounded by renowned venues such as the Weber Points Events Center, Stockton Arena, and Banner Island Ballpark. The marina and promenade allow you to explore and take in the beauty of the of Delta waterways and its surroundings. Features of the marina include 66 slips, covered and uncovered, which can hold anywhere from 50-foot berths to 80-foot berths, guest docks, extended parking lot, private restroom facilities, and a winding promenade which lets you walk through it all.
333 Tuleberg Levee, Stockton, CA 95203
8.Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple
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The Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple was established in 1982 as the Theravada Buddhist Temple by Cambodian refugees who resettled in Stockton to escape their war-torn homes. As they integrated into American society and rebuilt their lives, there was a need for them to preserve their culture and so, the temple was created. Since its formation, the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple has continued to serve the Cambodian community in and around Stockton with programs, meditations, and other events. The temple, which is open to everyone throughout the year, is filled with nearly 100 colorful, larger-than-life jewel-encrusted statues which depict and celebrate the life of the Cambodian Buddha.
3732 Carpenter Rd, Stockton, CA 95215, Phone: 209-943-2883
9.The Fruit Bowl
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The Fruit Bowl has been providing the residents and visitors of Stockton with fresh fruits and vegetables since it was established in 1947. Frank and Ina Lucchetti started the endeavor by selling fruit on a table they placed near the road on the edge of their ranch. There would always be a bowl of fruit from which passers-by could sample from, hence the name, The Fruit Bowl. The business grew exponentially over the years, with many of their friends bringing fruits from their orchards for a shared business experience. Still thriving after seventy years of business, the family establishment has passed on to the next generation. In addition to purchasing new fruits and vegetables, you’ll also be able to feast on their freshly baked pies during your visit there.
8767 E Waterloo Rd, Stockton, CA 95215, Phone: 209-931-1196
10.Stockton Certified Farmers’ Market
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A pioneer in the industry, the Stockton Certified Farmers’ Market was founded in 1979. For a few hours every Saturday morning, a dozen vendors would set up stalls under the Downtown Freeway so that the community would be able to easily access fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the source. Today, nearly 40 years later, the market continues to thrive at the same exact time, in the same exact place, but now with over eighty vendors. It is one of the largest Southeast Asian Farmers’ Markets in Northern California. In addition to farm-fresh produce, you’ll also be able to purchase eggs, honey, seafood, baked goods, plants and flowers, and a number of delicious freshly-cooked foods.
2707 E Fremont St #9, Stockton, CA 95205, Phone: 209-943-1830
11.Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium
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The Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium is one of the area’s most popular performance venues. It opened in 1925 and was constructed by local architects W. J. Wright, Ivan C. Satterlee, and Glenn Allen. In the Memorial Auditorium visitors will be able to see inscriptions which honor the people of Stockton who lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces during World War I. The auditorium itself is quite beautiful to take in; over the stage, a proscenium style arch hovers, while around it, cement plaster imitates the look of Indiana limestone. Some of the most prominent events that have taken place at Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium include performances by the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana.
525 N Center St, Stockton, CA 95202, Phone: 209-937-8119
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Little Manila is an area in Stockton that has been predominantly inhabited by Filipino Americans since the 1930s. Initially Filipinos were attracted to agricultural jobs in the Central Valley and Stockton soon became their home. At that point, the racist laws that were in place kept these people from educating themselves, increasing their economic status, or even going into Main Street. As Filipinos set up businesses and organizations to meet their needs, the area south of Main Street soon became their very own community. As you explore the streets today, you’ll find remnants of the hotels, restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and other establishments that were focused on serving the Filipino community. The once vibrant district is being restored to its former splendor and is identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as ‘one of the nation’s most endangered historic places’.
Little Manila Center: 2154 S San Joaquin St, Stockton, CA 95206, Phone: 209-336-6332
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Stockton’s Miracle Mile spans through Pacific Avenue from Alpine to Harding, and on Harding Way from El Dorado Street to Lincoln Street. The designated area formed in 2007 when the merchants and property owners of those streets took an initiative to beautify the area and improve not only its appearance but also its safety, security, and economic growth. The destination is renowned in Stockton for being a thriving shopping, dining, and entertainment district. You’re sure to have a memorable experience as you take in the stunning surrounding, eat a delicious meal, and even buy some souvenirs.
Miracle Mile Improvement District: 200 W Harding Way, Stockton, CA 95204, Phone: 209-948-6453
14.Swenson Park Golf Course
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The Swenson Park Golf Course is a traditional parkland-style golf course which was established in 1952. The stunning green was designed by Jack Fleming, a renowned golf course architect from Northern California. There are two greens to choose from: an executive 9-hole par-3 course and an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course. This ensures that golfers of all skill levels will have a fun and challenging time. Swenson Park is popular with resident and visiting golfers for many reasons including being an easy walking course and the beautiful Valley Oaks which dot the landscape - some of which are over two hundred years old.
6803 Alexandria Pl, Stockton, CA 95207, Phone: 209-937-7360
15.University Park World Peace Rose Garden
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University Park World Peace Rose Garden started with Kevin and Sandy Huber, who began the endeavor by potting 250 bare roots in their own barn in 2015. Eventually, they were transferred to the Rose Garden and joined the International World Peace Rose Gardens organization. Visitors are able to take their time exploring the 102-acre mixed-use community which is stunning. Along the way you’ll be able to read messages of peace which were submitted by students from around the world on the plaques in the garden. The inspiring rose garden has a calm and relaxing atmosphere that is great for reflection and meditation.
599 E Magnolia St, Stockton, CA 95202, Phone: 209-473-6167
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Fitted with contemporary and classic art pieces , walking into Dave Wongs restaurant and deli will transport you to the Asian continent before you even take a bite of their delicious food. The wildly popular restaurant was the dream of two immigrants from mainland China who started their careers in the restaurant industry as busboys and prep cooks. They opened their restaurants in the 70s and have been wildly successful since. You’ll be able to indulge in delicious Cantonese cuisine and other dishes inspired by Asian countries. Popular items from their menu include the steak and mushroom fried rice and the Tai Pan Dinner which has pork chow mein, fried prawns, almond chicken vegetables, and sweet & sour pork.
2828 W March Lane, Stockton, CA 95207, Phone: 209-951-4152
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Market Tavern was established in 2013 and has been serving high quality food made from scratch to the people of Stockton since then. The restaurant is an integral part of the community and is often filled with friend and family celebrating memorable life events. Start your meal with some griddled cornbread or furikake fries and move on to delicious, freshly prepared soups and salads. The menu is filled with sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and delicious mains like their four cheese lasagna or the beef stroganoff served with buttered noodles. Diners may also want to try the wood fired pizzas - their Smoked Escarole & Peppers pizza is topped with vegan cheese, wild mushrooms, and pine nuts.
Lincoln Shopping Center: 236 Lincoln Center, Stockton, CA 95207, Phone: 209-932-8001
18.Angelinas Spaghetti House
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Angelinas Spaghetti House is a long time establishment that can be found in the heart of Stockton. The restaurant, which was opened in 1976, is driven by the passion that Angelina and her husband Nick have for delicious foods. It may seem silly to visit Angelinas and not eat the famous spaghetti the restaurant is named after, but there are so many delicious options on the menu that it is quite possible. Other dishes include lasagna, seafood alfredo, roasted turkey sandwich, and the southwestern chicken sandwich. There are thirteen spaghetti dinner options such as the spaghetti with clam sauce or the spaghetti with meatless sauce - all of them come with garlic bread and a choice of soup or salad.
Eastland Plaza Shopping Center: 1563 E Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95205, Phone: 209-948-6609
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18 Best Things to Do in Stockton, California
- The Haggin Museum, Photo: The Haggin Museum
- Bob Hope Theatre, Photo: Courtesy of nagaets - Fotolia.com
- Stockton Arena, Photo: Courtesy of Lsantilli - Fotolia.com
- Banner Island Ballpark, Photo: Courtesy of Augustas Cetkauskas - Fotolia.com
- Children's Museum of Stockton, Photo: Children's Museum of Stockton
- Pixie Woods - Louis Park, Photo: Courtesy of Chinnapong - Fotolia.com
- Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade, Photo: Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade
- Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple, Photo: Courtesy of shutterstudio - Fotolia.com
- The Fruit Bowl, Photo: The Fruit Bowl
- Stockton Certified Farmers’ Market, Photo: Courtesy of Jordan - Fotolia.com
- Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, Photo: Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium
- Little Manila, Photo: Courtesy of kai - Fotolia.com
- Miracle Mile, Photo: Courtesy of Angela Bragato - Fotolia.com
- Swenson Park Golf Course, Photo: Courtesy of amenic181 - Fotolia.com
- University Park World Peace Rose Garden, Photo: Courtesy of Gustavo - Fotolia.com
- Dave Wongs, Photo: Courtesy of Phakkakorn - Fotolia.com
- Market Tavern, Photo: Market Tavern
- Angelinas Spaghetti House, Photo: Angelinas Spaghetti House
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