Historic downtown waterfront, the epicenter of the city's entertainment and recreation
Live shows year-round in the ornate former movie palace, built in 1930
Boats docked in the calm water of a downtown harbor
Illuminated bridge surrounded by the starry night sky
Dramatic sunset over Webber Point
Cascading waterfall on the campus of California State University
Rustic charm inside the popular Waterfront Warehouse downtown
Sandhill cranes silhouetted against the evening sky in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta
Alive with museums, festivals and events
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. Home to dozens of multi-cultural, family-friendly festivals year-round, the city is famous for the Stockton Asparagus Festival, held for the past three decades during the last weekend in April. 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. Called “one of the unsung gems of California” by Sunset magazine, its art collection features works by noted 19th-century painters such as Albert Bierstadt, Rosa Bonheur and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, as well as many other American and European artists.
2. Wat Dhammararam 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.
3. Pixie Woods Children’s Fairyland – A family favorite for decades, Pixie Woods is 1.2 hectares of fun for children that features a carousel, pirate ship, train and riverboat. Many themed play areas keep little ones busy for hours. The grounds are beautifully maintained, creating a whimsical, forest-like feel.
4. Downtown Stockton Waterfront – Leading to more than 1,600 kilometers 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 Stockton Marina and promenade, as well as the Weber Point Events Center, which hosts many of the city's popular 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 is played for groups and special events. Docent-led tours are available throughout the year, and the theater hosts concerts, comedians and world-class family entertainment acts.
Stockton is home to the state's oldest university, chartered in 1851 as California Wesleyan, now known as University of the Pacific.