Stockton, greater Stockton “must see” list…what would you add?


DeRosa University Center on the University of Pacific campus is a center for the university, offers good food and drink, and, right on the Calaveras Bike Trail as a side benefit!

Downtown Stockton’s waterfront, such as this view from behind the Stockton Ports Ballpark looking over the marina, is not to be missed!
The Steamboat Bridge, crossing Steamboat Slough on the Delta near Walnut Grove, is representative of the scenery and interesting places on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta, just miles from Stockton!
It’s hard to beat dinner and a sunset on the Garlic Brothers’ deck; good food, nice weather and one looks out over pleasure boats and a few miles of the 1000 miles of Delta waterways!

Perhaps you have read some of my travel blogs or Sunday travel articles in the Record newspaper over the last five months (I have become the paper’s “community travel blogger”) and achieved an “every Sunday in the news pages” position that I did not expect.

Over the next several months, I would like to do an occasional series on “vacations close to home”; and I would appreciate your thoughts on “must sees if you had friends or relatives visiting for a few days”.

So, what is your “top 5, or top 10 list” of favorite places or events to take visitors to when they arrive in our town?  To get you started, here is my list – what would you add?

Stockton’s, or, Greater Stockton’s “hidden gems” (in no particular order):

Haggin Museum and Victory Park

Micke Grove Park/Zoo/San Joaquin Historical Society,

Pixie woods, Children’s Museum for kids

Downtown waterfront from Ports Ballpark/Arena on the north side to Cineplex/Hotel Stockton out to Morelli Park on south channel (and Ports or Thunder games; events at Arena or Bob Hope Theatre)

Garlic Brothers. their outdoor deck for summer sunset dining on the Delta (and sharing the Delta story while there)

Miracle Mile, the ambiance that comes with those cute shops and restaurants

Lodi/Woodbridge wine country and varied wineries

University of Pacific campus, theater/performing arts and/or sports (and, right on the Calaveras Bike Trail, a good place to bike to!)

Ethnic dining in varied locations, like downtown (Cancun, Tio Pepe’s, On Lock Sam), many more throughout the city;

Ethnic and cultural celebrations throughout the year (with as a good source for planning)

I hope you will offer up your own “don’t miss five (or, 10) list” and send them on to me (send to  I will visit most of those “musts” that I have not already seen, and include many of these in a future article(s).

And, if you would like to be quoted in the upcoming article(s) and/or blogs, please include your phone number and I will give you a call!  Many thanks.

Coming up this weekend, we explore the big ships/war ships of the San Francisco Bay Area, like the USS Hornet aircraft carrier in Alameda and the “Ghost Fleet” in the Carquinez Straights. 

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog:; to contact me,  Happy travels in the west!

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