Want to escape from the ordinary for a few days? Stockton weekend or mid-week getaways are the ideal solution. Celebrate a romantic occasion by booking a luxurious Stockton suite . Treat the kids to a visit to Pixie Woods Amusement Park and the Children’s Museum. Plan a shopping excursion or spend some time browsing through galleries and antique shops. There are so many Stockton attractions and things to do , you’ll want to come back again and again. Please do!
Delta River Cruise
A favorite kicking off point for groups is with a ride on the Delta River Cruise. The boat, which features two decks, a full galley with a tasty menu, and a full bar, is available for tours that will meet any group’s needs. The 1.5 – 2-hour cruises can feature a light snack or a full lunch. The narrated tour takes you on the San Joaquin Delta past some of Stockton early history and the Port of Stockton. Lunch if needed in one of our many downtown eateries.
Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre
This historic landmark opened in 1930 as a Fox California Theatre. Today, after a total renovation, the Bob Hope Theatre offers docent-led tours -- bringing groups back in time to the heyday of this 2,000-seat theatre that once hosted the likes of Al Jolson and the Marx Brothers. One group favorite is hearing the 1928 Robert Morton organ as it plays favorites from the past.
Wat Dharmararam Cambodian Buddhist Temple
You have to see them to believe them. Each hand-carved, jeweled, and painted statue represents a part of the story of the Cambodian Buddha’s journey through life. The brightly colored beauties range from a over 8 feet tall to nearly 20 feet, including a reclining Buddha that is nearly 50 feet long! Groups are welcome to visit and learn about the culture and history of the Cambodian community. Tours can be self guided or hosted by Cambodian guide.
Eat, Rest and Enjoy
Enjoy a meal at one of our many fine restaurants and old family favorites. For those looking for evening events, Stockton offers a variety of professional sports, including hockey, baseball, indoor soccer, and arena football. You may also take in a live show or just enjoy a movie at our Downtown Cinema.
Certified Farmer’s Market
Depending on what day of the week you awake in Stockton, there is a Certified Farmer’s Market going on somewhere in Stockton. Enjoy fresh Central Valley fruits and vegetables as well as freshly baked goods and beautiful flowers. On Saturdays, groups may wish to visit our world famous open-air Asian Farmer’s Market. The market has been around since 1979 and is considered one of California's oldest and most successful. It draws more than 80 vendors and up to 9,000 customers nearly every Saturday. Get up early and search for fresh flavors, produce, herbs, fish and sweets from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, China, and India.
Continue your day with a docent-led tour of this Central Valley gem. Loved by generations of Stockton families, the Haggin Museum is a fine art and history museum that was referred to by Sunset magazine as “one of the under sung gems of California.” Its fine art collection features works by noted 19th century painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, as well as many other American and European artists. Its history displays focus on this area’s past and the accomplishments of its residents -- such as Charles Weber, Stockton’s founder; Benjamin Holt, inventor of the Caterpillar track-type tractor; and Tillie Lewis, the “Tomato Queen.” All will love the store replicas in the basement, the Native American exhibit, and the big tractors. The museum’s permanent art and history collections are augmented by a number of rotating exhibitions annually. Check out www.hagginmuseum.org for a current list of exhibitions!
Eat & Explore
Dine at one of the many restaurants on our Miracle Mile, Stockton’s oldest pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining areas. The Miracle Mile is located on Pacific Avenue and host to many fine shops, antique stores, home stores, and great cuisine, including French, Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Thai, and Mexican.
Micke Grove Regional Park and Zoo
Just a short drive north, your group will enjoy a regional gem with plenty of amenities. This 258-acre oak tree park features Micke Grove Zoo, a great family-sized zoo perfect for groups. Stop and visit the serene Japanese Garden, complete with Tea Pavilion and Koi pond. Next, check out the San Joaquin Historical Museum, which has over 40,000 square feet of exhibit and work space. The collections have grown from a few hundred items from the estate of William G. and Julia Harrison Micke to over 50,000 items representative of the development of San Joaquin County agriculture and history. Be sure to check out the outdoor tractor display.
Lodi Wine Appellation
Stockton proximity to the Lodi wine region makes it natural addition to any Northern California group trip.
Find out why wine experts and visitors alike are referring to Lodi as Northern California’s hottest new wine country destination! With over 70 wineries to choose from, visitors can pass the day sipping wine with a local winemaker. Learn how grapes are grown and fine wine is made at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center. The center boasts interactive exhibits that walk you through the winemaking process – from vines to wines. You’ll be captivated by the detail that goes into every bottle. Shop for unique gift items and mementos at our Lodi gift shop, where you can also taste award-winning, handcrafted wines from a selection of over 150 Lodi labels -- many of which are only available at the Visitor Center. Later, you won’t want to miss their historic downtown shopping district, where brick cobbled streets and elm trees adorned in twinkle lights welcome visitors year-round. Shop for that perfect gift or antique, or dine in one of their many savory restaurants.
Chocoholics Divine Desserts
Gourmet Chocolate at its best! Discover our scrumptious line of Gourmet Chocolate Products: Boxed Chocolates, Truffles, Chocolate Pasta, Dessert Sauces, and Panned Chocolates. If going and trying their products wasn't enough, you can now tour their chocolate factory and learn about the history of chocolate and the history of Chocoholics Divine Desserts. Self guided tours are FREE and available 7 days a week. Groups of 12 or more can request tour packages.
Make any day of the week feel like a Stockton weekend getaway. Enjoy all the art, history, food, and fun that make Stockton a popular destination. Ideally located in California’s Central Valley -- close to San Francisco, coastal beaches, and Yosemite National Park -- this dynamic inland city boasts a rich heritage and a vibrant, contemporary ambiance.
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