Stockton Travel Guide

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Stockton Things to Do

  • Stockton's Greek Festival

    The large domed Greek Orthodox Church in Stockton hosts annually in September a huge Greek festival, featuring music, dance, food, and even Greek shopping. It's one of the most popular events in Stockton, and yet it's not held downtown. Check Stockton's Event Calendar for more details.

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  • Hotel Stockton

    Today, Stockton is not considered a priority tourist destination, but in the past it was. The earliest period, Stockton was the port and departure point for land travel to the southern Mother Lode. During the late 19th century, Stockton was one of the most industrialized cities in California, largely famed for ship building and food processing. In...

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  • Take the dog for a walk

    I like to walk to either the American Legion Park, at the head of Smith Canal, the center of which is known as Yosemite Lake. Other times, I walk across the Pershing street bridge toward Victory Park, which is considerably larger and more active with walkers than American Legion Park. At night, I also like to take Marine and cross Country Club Blvd...

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  • English classes are free at the Adult...

    Actually, this is also true for every other community in California, but Stockton does have a well developed Adult education program. The local population includes a large number of recent immigrants who don't know English, and so the ESL courses are a particular value. There aren't any famous professors, but the teachers are better than the world...

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  • City Hall

    Stockton has a handsome, grand city hall built in the 1920s. It is in the northern part of downtown north of the waterfront area.

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  • Downtown

    I previously called this "a Perfect Set for Omega Man" and wrote:As I mentioned in the page for Stockton, there is nothing whatsoever in Stockton unless one wants to see a truly dead, abandoned downtown. It is large, but the buldings are abandoned and crumbling, and even the homeless avoid this area, as there is simply no point for them to visit...

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  • Celebrate Juneteenth in Stockton

    Juneteenth celebrates the ending of slavery in the USA, and so is a very popular African-American festivity. Folks of all races and ethnic backgrounds will enjoy the festivities at the Stockton version of Juneteenth though. Live music, dance productions, ethnic food, and craft vendors are all part of the activities celebrated at this Stockton's...

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  • Come and visit me from overseas

    Since we have a waterfront home with a large garden, visitors to our house find a surprising meditation close to downtown and freeways. Contact me and tell me your plans. We have room to spare for those planning a short stay. I do work on my house a lot, and longer term visitors are expected to contribute to the upkeep of the garden and house,...

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  • Jog/walk around downtown Stockton

    Others have written about the lack of things to do downtown, and at the moment at least, this is sadly true. However, if you are booked to stay overnight downtown, a walk/jog tour around downtown is worth it. Unlike many larger and younger cities in California, Stockton does have an old, partly restored downtown with many classic brick highrise...

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Stockton Hotels

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  • Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel

    110 West Fremont Street, (formerly Sheraton Stockton Hotel at Regent Pointe), Stockton, California,

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Residence Inn Stockton

    3240 March Lane, Stockton, California, 95219, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hilton Stockton

    I just walked into the lobby and found that the hotel meets all the corporate requirements for a...

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Stockton Restaurants

  • Upscale Lounge Bar and Restaurant

    AVE stands for avenue, of course, which in local Stockton vernacular refers to the Miracle Mile section of Pacific Avenue, where most of the city's most sophisticated restaurants are located. Just 2 years old at the time of this writing, AVE has received awards, great praise, and a popular following, second only to Cocoro, which is just a block...

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  • Outstanding Jamaican at Paradise Cove

    This authentic family owned Caribbean restaurant serves up outstanding Jamaican plates at the Paradise Point Marina. It's one of Stockton's most unique restaurants, in my opinion. On weekends, music, such as the steel drum or guitar liven up the delta. Occasionally, they sponsor a Reggae band. Breadfruit used to only accept cash or checks, and the...

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  • Going Thai

    A laid back small restaurant serving thai cuisine. Some of those foods you can choose to have cooked mild, medium, spicy or extra spicy. Decors are reminiscent of their culture but not overbearing so it doesnt scream in your face that you are in a Thai restaurant. The carved wood high back chair and soft lighting makes the place intimate and nice...

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  • Celebrate Vietnamese Culture on Miracle...

    We eat fairly regularly at the Saigon because nearby Cocoro's is more expensive and always too busy. I don't like standing in line outside waiting for a table in a noisey environment. Saigon has plenty of room and the family serves quality Vietnamese food. The owner is a former South Vietnamese pilot who spent time in a concentration camp, but his...

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  • Famous for Rib's

    A chain restaurant that serves excellent food and has a great happy hour. Flame grilling is the secret to their famous taste. Try the Roma's Triple Play Sampler (Roma's Red Hot Buffalo Wings, Potato Skins and Lotza Mozza Sticks...matched with three dipping sauces). For dinner, go for the ribs!!! More importantly, the Bountiful Beef Ribs for rib...

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  • Good Microbrewery-brewpub

    This is a good microbrewery with a nice range of beers that it makes, most quite good, plus some good food. It tries to straddle the role of being both a serious microbrewery as well as basic sports bar. The latter point is potentially harming its role in the former but not much. We like the service, beer (and I'm a serious beer drinker who has...

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Stockton Nightlife

  • Jazz has heritage in Stockton's UOP

    The venerable old Faye Spanos Concert Hall hosts jazz and other musical features on a regular basis. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Check out the University of the Pacific website or the Stockton, CA website. Dave Brubeck graduated from UOP and left a multi-million dollar endowment to the university, so expect seasonal jazz concerts that feature...

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  • Free Summer Concert in the Park

    The day of the week has changed from year to year, but the summer concert series is always on a week evening, usually on a Wednesday or Thursday night, starting at 6pm. This summer marks the 55th year of doing this free concert picnic in Victory Park. Although alcoholic beverages are technically illegal, this seems to be overlooked as the upscale...

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  • Downtown Multiplex Cinema is new

    Across from Weber point and within walking distance of Howard Johnson Express Inn, the downtown multiplex cinema is new and inviting. There are several restaurants around it, and the 16 separate theatres are well designed for viewing and hearing the latest film releases. A walk around the fountains and end of the waterfront before or after the...

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Stockton Transportation

  • Greyhound Bus

    Many central valley cities have closed their bus terminals, but Stockton's remains busy enough. There is a break in the mid-day between 12 and 3pm, but mornings and evenings are fairly busy. The station patrons are not the jet set, but Greyhound appears to have worked hard to clean up its image by getting rid of the bums and winos hanging around. I...

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  • Rent a Car or bicycle

    The bus system in Stockton is regular but slow. You're better off renting a car or getting a ride from someone. The bicycle path along the Calaveras river is a quick short ride for the experienced cyclist.

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Stockton Local Customs

  • There are Few "Tree Huggers" Here in...

    For those of us living in Stockton, who are concerned about global warming, urban sprawl, and the environment in general, know that we face a majority of ignorance about such issues. Along the Smith Canal, garbage is dumped regularly, and though the city has raised fines and devoted more police to investigate such dumping, the litter continues to...

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  • Unfortunately, Pitbulls are Popular Here

    Stockton has a lot of people who are in love with the American Pitbull as a breed, but my insurance agent doesn't want me to have one. Below is a very popular You Tube video of my Miniature Schnauzer (same as in my member photo) wrestling with a Pitbull pup. At the time, watching them play was great fun, but as the pitbull grew it became difficult...

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Stockton Warnings and Dangers

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    by atufft Written Sep 7, 2005

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    A few of the better hotels are just off hwy 99, such as the Best Western on Waterloo. But, frankly, the hwy 99 side of town is mostly for truck drivers and farmers. There isn't a lot to do on that side of town, and finding your way across the city to find the decent restaurants and action is challenging even for those who live here. Only Hammer Lane, on the far north, and Hwy 4, the crosstown freeway (or Charter Lane in the far south), cut directly across the city to link Hwy 99 and the I-5 corridor where the action is mostly located. There are other ways to navigate across between these two major roads, but they are really tricky and you can end up stuck at the railroad tracks or in some deadend business yard. Because the railroad tracks cut the city in two, the old industry and poor neighborhoods remain on the Hwy 99 side of town. Downtown and all of the better restaurants and things to do are on the I-5 side of town. However, if you must stay at the Best Western (perhaps you are a trucker taking Hwy 99), either back track to the crosstown freeway or take Waterloo all the way until it reaches Wilson Way, then proceed south until you reach Main, and turn right. Eventually, Main will end up downtown. This route take some courage though as one travels past pitiful old factories and some pretty old and ugly do-it-yourself neighborhoods. But, in general, most visitors will be happier finding a hotel on along the I-5 corridor. Check out either the Raddison or better yet, the Howard Johnson Express tips that I wrote.

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Stockton Tourist Traps

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    by atufft Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    Many visitors take the March Lane exit and see the string of corporate restaurants and the Radisson, and they think this is Stockton--another bedroom suburban community. Far from it. Stockton is a gritty old industry city steeped in California history. The tractor was invented here, but now most of the food processing plants have moved south. What's happening is the redevelopment of downtown, especially along the waterfront, and the expansion of a variety of ethnic communities in satellite development areas. Some of these areas are some distance from each other while the downtown and uptown areas are all pretty continguous. Wander around if you want to see the real Stockton at its best. While Stockton can be dangerous place (it has a high per capita murder rate and car theft rate), most of the danger is within certain neighborhoods after dark. There are no daylight danger neighborhoods that I know of, unless you are the one asking for trouble.

    Unique Suggestions: The Radisson may be the logical choice for some who need access to the businesses in this area, but don't be tempted to stick with Applebees, Outback, and the other brand name restaurants. Be a little adventuresome and examine my tips for the ethnic and other restaurants in town. They aren't that far away, especially if you have a rental car.

    Fun Alternatives: Walk east from Radisson to the Venician Bridges shopping center. There are a number of interesting small restaurants there Also, at Pershing and March, in the John's Pizza shopping center, tucked around the corner are very two very good Asian restaurants--a Cambodian and Japanese. But, the best are elsewhere in the city. If you have a rental car, the area south of hwy 4, the crosstown freeway, is the best area to browse for authentic Mexican restaurants. Otherwise, a large number of ethnic restaurants from many nations are scattered throughout the city. For those with more old fashioned American tastes, Stockton has a number of great traditonal steak and potatoes type restaurants too, a tradition that has its basis in the fact that Stockton is also a big trucking and rail town. So, skip the corporate fat and salts, and head for authentic food.

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Stockton Off The Beaten Path

  • Cosumnes River Wildlife Preserve

    About halfway between Stockton and Sacramento off I-5, the Cosumnes River Preserve is one of the better places in the San Joaquin-Delta region for non-boaters to see birdlife. It's located near the confluence of the Consumnes River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Consumnes (a name derived from a Miwok Indian word, I believe) is one of the...

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  • View the Port of Stockton activities

    The waterfront at Weber Point and elsewhere downtown is totally worthwhile, but its also worth finding the turn-out across from the Port. Stockton Port is the furthest east on California's Pacific coast as it is part of the freshwater San Joaquin Delta area. The battleship Iowa is may be permanently docked there, providing a new tourist attraction,...

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Stockton Sports & Outdoors

  • The poem "Casey at Bat" was written...

    Downtown along the waterfront are two new stadiums, one for ice hockey and the other for baseball. The Stockton Ports, a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's, is a good central valley league contender to watch and an excellent ticket value given the comfortable ballpark. Wine is frequently served by local wineries for free. Night games...

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  • New Stadium Arena has a Hockey Team

    This multi-use indoor arena is now open and regularly features pro-ice hockey and big name musical talent. It's down by the ballpark and Weber point area, within walking distance of downtown. Browse the Stockton webpages for more information, but for wintertime sports watching and other events, this is one of two the places (See Bob Hope Theater)....

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