Free Things To Do

Free (and low cost) things to do in Stockton.

Looking for things to do on the cheap? Stockton, California is full of free, and almost free, activities and events. Here are just a few ideas (submit your suggestion here):

The Haggin Museum
The first Saturday every month is FREE — Enjoy classic art and local history and what has been called the "gem" of Stockton! Victory Park, where the museum is located is also a great place for walking and a picnic! When it's not free the museum is still a bargain at $8 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dhammararam)
— You will be amazed at the larger than life statues that were hand made by members of the temple. Be sure to bring your camera! Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Download a self-guided tour here.

Weber Point in Downtown Stockton
 — This park-like setting on the waterfront is the well known home to many of Stockton's favorite events. Enjoy the facility's interactive water feature in the warmer months, colorful children's play area, a shady picnic or simply stroll the promenade and enjoy the panoramic Delta view. 

Lincoln Center Live
FREE — One Friday each month in the June, July and August, Lincoln Center has a family friendly event that offer live music and the ever popular kids zone. For the grown ups, wine tasting is also available. August is the car show, always a local favorite.

The Discovery Trail & University Park World Peace Rose Garden
FREE — Located on the Stockton campus of California State University Stanislaus, the Discovery Trail is a lovely one-mile walk through the Campus, with several stops highlighting art, architecture, nature, an International World Peace Rose Garden, lake, and other historical elements. Admission is free.

Summer Concerts in the Park
FREE — This summer music concert series takes place at Victory Park in Stockton. Spend an evening in the park with your favorite person, a picnic supper, and some great music as the series continues for the 56th year! Concerts each Wednesday evening June through August.

The Gary and Janice Podesto Teen IMPACT Center
FREE —  Housed in the shell of a 1940 art-deco style bowling alley, the center offers a half-court basketball area, 4-lane bowling alley, climbing wall, stage, computer room, library, meeting rooms, and snack bar to high school students.  Check out their programs and events!

Port of Stockton
FREE — View ships as they come in and out of this inland seaport. Access to the Port is restricted, but the ships and operations of the Port can be viewed from many parts of the channels north side. A favorite spot is near the Turning Basin off of Fremont Street, near I-5 (See Map).

Magnolia Historic Neighborhood
FREE — The tree-lined streets contain samples of virtually all the architectural styles of California's most formative period. The Magnolia Historic District area in Midtown Stockton is located within the borders of Harding Way on the North, Park Street on the South, California Street on the East, and El Dorado Street on the West. Download a Map/Guide of the area.

Downtown Stockton Self Guided Walking Tour
FREE — This self guided tour includes historical architecture, public art and points of interest in Downtown Stockton. Download the guide here.

View Locally Made Art
FREE — Stockton's many art gallery's offer the opportunity to view various mediums of art created by local talent. From our Downtown and Miracle Mile galleries to those of our colleges, visits should be made frequently as exhibit change regularly.

Farmers' Markets
FREE — Local farmers display and sell a mouth watering and eye-pleasing selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and floral plants at one of the many Stockton Farmers' Markets. Enjoy these open-air markets to leisurely stroll, take in the colorful, glorious sights.

Explore History at the Stockton Rural Cemetery
FREE — Visit the final resting place of many of Stockton's founding fathers. See the tomb of Caterpillar inventor Benjamin Holt and the monument to Reuel Colt Gridley, famous Civil war fundraiser. The monuments of the past are beautifully hand carved. Be sure to check out "millionaires row." Located at 2350 Cemetery Lane.

Ride Your Bike
FREE — Looking for a great cycling route in Stockton? Want to take the bike out for a short or long ride? Check out our list of our most popular Stockton Bike Routes.

Visit any one of the five Stockton Library branches
FREE — Stockton library's are not only a great place to find a book, but our library's offer much more. Weekly classes, guest speakers, visiting authors, reading programs, children's activities, and more - all for FREE! Are you a local history buff? The Downtown Stockton Library (Cesar Chavez Central Library) has archives of local newspapers and other historical documents to aid in your research! Check out the Library's online calendar for events and programs.

Stockton Skate Park
FREE — Stockton is full of parks with jungle gyms and facilities for you and your little ones to stretch your legs.  Or if your kids enjoy skating, check out the Stockton Skate Park.  This exciting venue for skaters was constructed and opened in December 2000. The facility features a moon, small bowl, offset steps, half-pipe, rail, EMB, fun box, block, piano, and a star.  The skate park is a great recreational facility for all ages to enjoy one of today's most popular sports. Admission to the Skate Park is free!

Barkleyville Dog Park
FREE — Take Fido Out for Some Exercise!  Barkleyville is Stockton's first off leash dog park! This four acre public park is designated and built specifically for your dog to socialize and exercise safely and off-leash.  Barkleyville features three areas: one for big dogs (over 20 lbs.), one for small dogs (20 lbs. and under) and a separate play/agility course. Park amenities include benches, doggie water fountains and waste bags.

Children's Museum of Stockton
— For families with young children, the Children's Museum of Stockton is a fantastic place to take your young ones. Admission is $6, and will provide hours of fun and activities.

Pixie Woods Amusement Park
BARGAIN — For the young in age and of heart, Pixie Woods is a playland of fun. Rides and admission prices vary. Pixie Woods is a seasonal attraction and is open May-October on select days.

Oak Grove Regional Park & Nature Center
BARGAIN — Parking is $6. Once inside enjoy this 180-acre park situated in a beautiful oak-forest setting with nature trails, a nature center open open on the weekends, a stocked lake with paddle boats for rent in the summer months, and a frisbee golf course.

Go Bowling!
BARGAIN — Stockton is home to two great bowling alleys. Pacific Avenue Bowl  and West Lane Bowl have both been home to many State Championships. Lane and shoe rental is typically under $7, and is a great way to be active and burn a couple of hours. Both also offer great places to eat and get a cool beverage.

Micke Grove Regional Park & Micke Grove Zoo & San Joaquin County Historic Society and Museum
— With parking only $6 a car on weekdays, Micke Grove Park is a beautiful location for a picnic! Pack a lunch and enjoy the shade of the oak trees and take a walk through the Japanese Garden. Looking for more? Admission to the Micke Grove Zoo is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The park also features the San Joaquin County Historic Society and Museum where you can immerse yourself in our area's history.

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