Haggin Museum isn't a boring hometown collection
People are often surprised to find that the Haggin Museum collection is so varied and holder of fine objects of art. At the top of the list is the collection of early tractors and farm equipment, particulary notable because the tractor was invented in Stockton. However, the museum also has a fine collection of landscape murals by famed California painters, and even a fair collection of European masterpieces. The Museum has a mummy on loan from San Francisco, and a respectible collection of other archeological artifacts dating back to Sumerian times. Downstairs, is an excellent collection of California Indian basketry and other Native American artifacts. The museum has special exhibits that include traveling out of town collections. The first Saturday each month is free. Victory Park is a relaxed atmosphere for the kids.
- Study Abroad
- Museum Visits
- Family Travel
Window shop along the "Miracle Mile"
Pacific Avenue narrows in the so-called Miracle Mile shopping area, providing a human sized walking opportunity to enjoy uptown boutique shopping. There are several architectural amenity shops, antique stores, upscale beauty salons, and several restaurants. The old neighborhood movie theatre is currently closed, but dinner theatre and other theatrical presentations come and go along this strip. One can do worse spending a late afternoon window shopping before walking to dinner. Parking is generally easy and always free. Sometimes, the city closes off the street for festivals.
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Jog through Stockton's old money neighborhoods
Stockton is not normally noted for its fine architecture because it has largely both sprawling suburban drab and post WWII chicken coop fixer uppers. Having said that, because Stockton is one of the older cities in California, it's downtown has some fine old brick highrises, and uptown has numerous pockets of urban affluence. The Magnolia district, which is closer to downtown off El Dorado, has many vintage Victorian era homes of historical preservation status. Some are restored, others are in need of restoration. More uptown, off Harding Way, near St. Joseph's Hospital, is a small neighborhood of large and stately homes originally built as homes for the physicians at the hospital and at the now deceased state mental institution (the grounds of which is now a collection of college satelllite campuses). My favorite haunt is nearer my home, near UOP, generally known as the Oxford Circle area (which is located in the center of the neighborhood). The confusing little streets in the area are lined with a variety of architecturally significant minor master pieces, most of which are completely restored and improved. Styles here range from Queen Anne, and California Bungalow, to Spanish revival and Early Modern. Take the dog for a walk or jog through this neighborhood. Stronger runners can take several of these neighborhoods in on one run, from downtown to UOP and back via Victory Park would be a great run for those who are really fit.
- Arts and Culture
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Hiking and Walking
Delta Boating and Fishing
At the junction of the crosstown freeway and I-5, Stockton has a nice downtown waterfront that is improving with redevelopment. There are a variety of places in the area that will rent a boat for water skiing and fishing in the San Joaquin River Delta area. The downtown waterfront is a good place to start, near where boats can be rented from boat sales shops, but check out the marinas in and just out of town.
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Stockton has a handsome, grand city hall built in the 1920s. It is in the northern part of downtown north of the waterfront area.