Strolling the grounds of the Wat Dhammararam Cambodian Buddhist Temple, which features more than 90 hand-carved statues
Relaxing on the city’s waterfront
A rocking performance during the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival
Taking a closer look at the artwork in the Haggin Museum
Sunset over the region’s delta waterways
Posing with a mural celebrating the city’s music and culture
Family fun during a u-pick experience at a local farm
A waterfront city alive with museums, festivals and cultural gems
Explore Downtown and the Waterfront
The waterfront along the San Joaquin Delta waterway and adjacent downtown Stockton are home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Watch the Stockton Ports play minor league baseball at Banner Island Ballpark or cheer for the Stockton Heat hockey team at the Stockton Arena. Catch a concert or a movie at the Bob Hope Theatre. Built in 1930, it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is full of vintage details.
The Haggin Museum, an impressive brick building located downtown, holds the largest collection of work by J.C. Leyendecker, whose iconic illustrations graced more than 300 covers of the “Saturday Evening Post.” Families can enjoy wholesome fun at the Children’s Museum of Stockton or Pixie Woods Amusement Park located on the waterfront.
Monks at Wat Dhammararam Cambodian Buddhist Temple invite visitors to browse the temple’s grounds free of charge to see the more than 90 hand-carved, bejeweled and painted statues that tell the story of Buddha and the Cambodian faith. Be sure to get a photo of the reclining Buddha, measuring more than 15 meters long. Every April, the temple hosts the popular Cambodian New Year Festival in April.
There are two university campuses that are lovely to visit. At California State University Stanislaus, walk the 1.6-kilometer University Park Discovery Trail and marvel at hundreds of flowers and messages of peace at the World Peace Rose Garden. University of the Pacific is the oldest chartered university in California. The mature trees and brick buildings, reminiscent of East Coast Ivy League schools, have served as a backdrop for Hollywood films including the Indiana Jones series’ “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.
Where to Dine and Shop
With a rich agricultural tradition, Stockton is a feast for the senses. Find fresh produce stands and farmers’ markets throughout the area, including the Weberstown Market, known for local fruits, vegetables and baked goods, and the Downtown Asian Farmers’ Market, one of the oldest outdoor markets in the state offering mountains of Asian products and domestic produce at incredible prices.
Watch cheese being made at nearby Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, followed up by a wine tasting at Sorelle Winery. Stockton’s Miracle Mile, the heart of city activity in the 1950s and ‘60s, is experiencing a resurgence of popularity. Along pedestrian-friendly city blocks are quaint shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants serving up everything from craft beer to sushi. Later, head over to the Lincoln Center to explore nearly 100 merchants and eateries. There are a few famous brands, but the majority of the shops are small businesses – perfect for finding that one-of-a-kind memento.
Stockton’s waterfront is the farthest inland port in California.
The Haggin Museum holds the world’s largest public collection of work by J.C. Leyendecker of “Saturday Evening Post” fame.
The opening scenes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” were filmed at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at the University of the Pacific campus.