Free (and low cost) things to do in Stockton, California
Looking for things to do on the cheap? Stockton, California is full of free, and affordable activities and events. Here are just a few ideas (submit your suggestion here):
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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, $7 for senior, and $5 for youth.
FREE — The Wat Dhammararam is an active Buddhist temple that features over 90 colorful and larger than life jewel encrusted statues that celebrate the life and story of the Cambodian Buddha. Be sure to bring your camera! Open daily from sunrise to sunset. Download a self-guided tour here.
FREE — 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.
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.
BARGAIN — For families with young children, the Children’s Museum of Stockton is a fantastic place to take your young ones. A safe, fun center of discovery and learning though interactive exhibits, programming and workshops. Admission is $6 (children under the age of 1 are free!) and will provide hours of fun and activities.
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.
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.
FREE — This long treasured 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! Concerts each Wednesday evening June through August. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket and a spread of delicious food!
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 to watch the ships come in and port operations is at "Dad’s Point" near Loius Park. See Map.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
BARGAIN — Parking is $5-$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, plenty of small and group picnic areas, a stocked lake with paddle boats for rent in the summer months, and a 18-hole disc golf course.
BARGAIN — 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.
BARGAIN — For the young in age and of heart, Pixie Woods is a playland of fun. Admission is just $4 for everyone over 2, and unlimited rides are just $8. But there is tones of free fun for kids - slides, a pirate ship, wild west town and more. Pixie Woods is a seasonal attraction and is open May through October on select days. A Stockton favortite since 1954.
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.
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.
FREE — This self guided tour includes historical architecture, public art and points of interest in Downtown Stockton. Download the guide here.
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.
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 Bike Routes in Stockton.
FREE — The City of Stockton Community Services Department and Visit Stockton offers residents and visitors a series of fun and free family-friendly film viewings on the second Friday of each month, June through October. Bring your chairs and a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening watching a free movie at the Weber Point Event Center!
FREE — Hop aboard Opportunity Cruises’ boat the "Califoria Sunset" and enjoy a free cruise through the Port of Stockton! You’ll learn about its rich history, current activities, and future plans. Free tours are usually scheduled July through September. Contact the Port at (209) 946-0246 for details!
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