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There are several popular tourist attractions in Stockton, such as the Children's Museum, the Delta College Clever Planetarium, the Haggins Museum and the World Wildlife Museum, but there are also great attractions near the city, in Sacramento, Auburn and Davis, as well as Placerville and Marysville.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions near Stockton are listed below. Check it out!
The Gold Bug Mine in Placerville is a great place to learn about geology by taking the self-guided tours of the mine tunnels.
Also located in Placerville, the El Dorado National Forest offers visitors fun, outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing and camping, including winter sports like skiing and riding the snowmobile.
If you're not afraid of snakes, you may visit the Great Valley Serpentarium, in Lodi, and see live exhibits of lizards, exotic snakes, frogs and spiders, in their natural habitat.
Folsom Lake Recreational Area, located in Folsom, is a great outdoor attraction where you can spend a relaxing day with the family. The area offers boating, camping and fishing opportunities, as well as a 30-mile long bike path.
Many local teams bring excitement to the city every time they play, in various sports tournaments and championships, such as the Stockton Cougars PASL Soccer, Stockton Thunder ECHL Hockey, Pacific Tigers NCAA Division I Teams and Stockton Ports Minor League Baseball.
Stockton offers more than 60 parks, including miles of bike lanes along the historic waterfront, picnic areas and many sports-related activities for visitors, making their stay enjoyable, being a fun city for the entire family.
There are also many public and private, beautiful golf courses in the city, such as the Brookside Country Club (Saint Andrews Dr) and the Lyons Golf Course (Rough & Ready Island), where golf amateurs can try out their skills or find out their golfing handicap.
Whether you're a sports fan or an outdoor amateur, you will certainly find interesting activities to do in order to fill out your time during your stay in Stockton. You may choose to take a relaxing walk through the many parks in the city, have a picnic with the family, or play football, baseball or golf in the numerous sport-related facilities available.
During the year, Stockton houses many entertaining festivals, representing various cultural celebrations, offering tons of family activities, diverse cuisines from all over the world and plenty of art displays. The people of Stockton celebrate history, art, good food and wine every time they get a chance, regardless of the cultural heritage of the celebration, the annual events including Asian, Spanish, Italian and Cambodian festivals. Some of the celebrations that are taking place in Stockton every year are listed below. Check it out!
The Annual Ripon Almond Blossom Festival is the first festival of the season, happening in the last week-end of February, featuring a fun run, a carnival and a fabulous community parade. It's a very popular event, dedicated to the entire family and people of all ages.
Another popular annual event is the Stockton Benefit Indian Powwow, a winter tradition that gathers the American Indians from all over the West, traveling at Stockton to participate at this week-end filled with traditional, cultural celebrations, including food, arts and crafts.
The Chinese New Year Celebration of Stockton, taking place in March, offers tons of entertaining activities and demonstrations, including folk dance performances, magicians, jugglers and tai chi demonstrations, representing the biggest Chinese celebration in the Central Valley.
Stockton's nightlife scene consists in bars, clubs and restaurants, most of the nightspots being situated in the downtown area, as well as near the city. The nightlife scene is not a thriving one, but there are a few spots were the locals, especially youngsters, gather for a drink, a slice of pizza or to play pool.
The Blackwater Cafe, located down on Yosemite Street, is considered to be a popular nightspot in Stockton, serving beer and wine to customers until late in the night, offering outdoor seating and live music. People say that the best nights to come here are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
If you really want to taste the nightlife scene of Stockton, and love to live dangerously, than you have to rent a boat and see the Lost Isle, situated on San Joaquin River, described by previous visitors as being a `debauched redneck party paradise, fueled by cheap MaiTais`.
The Graduate Restaurant&Bar is a great sports bar, perfect to hang out with your friends and enjoy a glass of cold beer and a slice of pizza. It is often chosen as a meeting place by sports fans, especially on sporting event nights, such as baseball and football championships.
If you planned to dance all night, go to Taste Ultra Lounge, down on E Main Street, offering great music provided by professional DJs and a huge lighted dance floor. In order to get inside the club, you have to sign up on the "guest list" before 7 pm and be in line by 9 pm. The interior of the Lounge contains 3 rooms: 2 of them are accessible to the general public and the 3rd one is a VIP room, situated up stairs.
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