Centrally located in northern California’s Central Valley, Stockton is California’s 13th-largest city and the county seat for San Joaquin County. The city’s dynamic, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural population numbers about 300,000. Stockton is situated along the San Joaquin Delta waterway, which connects to San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Home to California’s most inland seaport, Stockton is just 83 miles east of San Francisco and 45 miles south of Sacramento, California’s capital.
Surrounded by rich agriculture and the award-winning Lodi wine appellation, Stockton is home to year-round farmers markets, fruit stands and nearby wine tasting. The city is famous for the Stockton Asparagus Festival, held for the past three decades during the last weekend in April. Stockton is also home to dozens of multi-cultural, family-friendly festivals year-round. Pair all of that with great dining and shopping, and you’ve got a fun weekend!
Top 5 Must-See Attractions
1. The Haggin Museum – The museum houses the finest collection of European art in the Central Valley, as well as abundant local history exhibits. The Haggin Museum has been referred to by Sunset magazine as “one of the unsung gems of California.” Its art collection features works by such noted 19th-century painters as Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, as well as many other American and European artists.
2. Wat Dharmararam Cambodian Buddhist Temple – The temple is home to more than 50 hand-carved, bejeweled and painted statues that tower above visitors. The vibrant statues tell the story of Buddha and the Cambodian faith. The largest statue on the grounds is the reclining Buddha, which is more than 50 feet long. There is nothing else like it in California!
3. Pixie Woods Children’s Fairyland – A family favorite for decades, Pixie Woods is three acres of fun for children that features a carousel, pirate ship, train and riverboat. Many themed play areas keep the little ones busy for hours. The grounds are beautifully maintained, creating a whimsical, forest-like feel.
4. Downtown Stockton Waterfront – Leading to more than 1,000 miles of Delta waterways, the waterfront is home to many of Stockton’s finest attractions—the Stockton Arena, Stockton “Banner Island” Ballpark and a full-service waterfront hotel on the shores of the Stockton Channel. The water is also home to the new Stockton Marina and promenade, as well as the Weber Point Events Center, which hosts many of Stockton’s favorite events, including the Stockton Asparagus Festival.
5. Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre – One of only two public theaters in the world named after the late entertainer, the Bob Hope Theatre is a 2,042-seat historic Fox California theater built in 1930. Recently completely renovated, the Bob Hope is home to a refurbished Morton organ, which plays for groups and special events. Docent-led tours are available throughout the year, and the theater is host to many concerts, comedians and world-class family entertainment acts.