Antioch one of the oldest towns in California, founded in 1850 by two brothers, William and Joseph Smith, who named the town Smith’s Landing. In 1851, the town's new minister persuaded the residents to change the name of the town to Antioch, for the Biblical city of Antioch, Syria. According to the most recent Census Antioch is the 270th largest city in America
Highway 4 runs through Antioch and ends at the Antioch bridge. Tolls for the bridge are collected for northbound traffic. There are 5 exits going East and 3 exits going west on Highway 4. Be advised that this is a major commuter highway. During the morning, late afternoon, and early evening, traffic is very congested. An ongoing construction project to widen the highway contributes to the delays.
With Antioch's considerable sprawl, car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors. Local companies tend to offer better prices, but national chains might be more convenient as far as return policies and hours
Amtrak serves Antioch with one train station downtown. There is no ticket booth here, so exercise caution at night. It has bathrooms, but they are usually locked. The San Joaquin Route services this station.
Tri-Delta Transit buses serve the area; pretty much all bus lines will take you to the BART in Pittsburg. County Connection bus #930 goes to Walnut Creek. The main streets are Hillcrest, Lone Tree, Somersville, A Street and James Donlon. These streets can pretty much take you anywhere you need to go in Antioch.
Taxi service is available on a reduced scale compared to major cities. You won't be able to hail a cab; it is necessary to call and arrange for a taxi to pick you up. Rates are fixed by city ordinance and do not vary among companies.
Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Rd, . The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve includes the remains of several coal mines and the sites of five long gone coal mining towns (Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartville, West Hartley and Judsonville). You can visit the mines in the area some offer tours and visit the Rose Hill cemetery.
Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Bridgehead Rd At Wilbur Ave. A 550-foot pier provides access to great fishing in the San Joaquin River.
El Campanil Theatre, 602 West 2nd St, ☎ (925) 757-9500, . The historic El Campanil Theatre opened on November 1, 1928 in downtown Antioch. It now presents a wide variety of entertainment opportunities. edit
The Cannery Lady, statue of lady working at a cannery, marker has a history of the early canneries in Contra Costa County.
The following buildings in the City of Antioch are on the National Register of Historical Places:
Riverview Union High School Building, 1500 W. Fourth Street, ☎ (925) 757-1326 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Home of the Antioch Historical Society Mueseum. The first High School consructed in Contra Costa County,this site is registred with the National Register of Historical Placesedit
Contra Costa Canal Trail. This trail is built along the canal system, Pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians are allowed on the trail.
Antioch public Fishing Pier W. 1st St. A place where alot of locals come and fish, no entrance fees and there is plenty of parking.
Antioch Marina ', 5 Marina Plz, (925) 779-6957. Great scenery and a very nice quiet place for walks. Has very decent rates at the marina and nice place to start out your day out on the San Joaquin River.
Antioch Waterpark, 4701 Lone Tree Way, (925) 776-3070, . A waterpark that is fun for people of all ages, has a variety of slides and pools.
Contra Loma Regional Park & Swim Lagoon, 1200 Frederickson Ln, (925) 757-0404, . A man made lagoon where swimming and fishing is allowed, alot of great trails and scenery to see as well.
Golf and Games Inc, 501 Auto Center Dr, (925) 754-5053, . A great place to take the kids has minitaure golf, go-karts, batting cages and alot of video games to play. Currently closed due to bankruptcy, but may be reopening soon.
Paradise Skate, 1201 W 10th St, (925) 779-0204, . An indoor skating rink to go skating around or for roller hockey.
Antioch Skatepark, 4701 Lone Tree Way. A concrete, city built skatepark for skateboards and rollerblades, free to all bikes are not allowed inside, bring water as there is little shade and it gets hot in the summer.
Delta Bowl, 3300 Delta Fair Blvd, (925) 757-5424. A great place for the family to go bowling.
Golf Club at Roddy Ranch, 1 Tour Way, ☎ (925) 978-4653, . One of the better places to play golf in the Bay Area.edit
Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Rd, Tel: 925-706-4220, . This walkable 6,481-yard, par 72 golf course is located along the rolling hills of Antioch, featuring plenty of trees and scenic vistas.
Sommersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Rd, ☎ (925) 778-5055, . Shop in the East Bay's only enclosed center with Macy's and Sears as it anchor stores with inside the center a bunch of smaller stores you would find in your typical malledit
Rick's On Second, 619 W 2nd St, . One of the best places to get sandwiches in the area, alot of the locals go here for lunch and dinner. Very nice little place, nice decor and pictures, very cozy feel.
Jerry's Hot Dogs No 1, 3005 Delta Fair Blvd, (925) 754-4313. Known around the area for the best hot dogs and Gyros around. They offer a very large portion of chili cheese fries. A local favorite where you can actually get a authentic gyro.
Carpaccio Ristorante , 2741 Lone Tree Way, 925-777-3321. Excellent Italian restaraunt with a fully stocked bar.
Sylvia's Country Kitchen, 2799 Lone Tree Way, (925) 778-8877. One of the best places in Antioch to get breakfast or lunch. Only fault is their inexplicably bland biscuits and gravy.
The Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Rd, (925) 777-1921. A restaraunt and bar that is inside a Red Caboose, a little of the beaten path but the locals love it.
Hazel's Drive In, 1820 W 10th St, (925) 757-4772. A local favorite, has some very large burgers there, order a "Willy" Burger and if you can finish it, you get your name and picture on the wall.
Riverview Lodge, I Street Wharf, (925) 757-2272, . Perched on a dock, they have a bar that faces the Delta, locally known for its prime rib.
Schooner's Grille & Brewery, 4250 Lone Tree Way, 925-776-1800. Serves beer that is brewed on the premises and has a great selection of seafood.
Taqueria Salsa , 3612 Delta Fair Blvd, +1-925-778-9281. They grill their meat on a large open flame barbeque grill with some of the best mexican food and great prices in town.
'Sawaddee Thai Cuisine , 1884 A St, Tel: 925 706-8373. A very family oriented small Thai restaraunt with many types of entrees to enjoy.
Brown Cow Farm, 3810 Delta Fair Blvd, Tel:(925) 429-5459, . Has some amazing yogurt, holds annual samplings of their yogurts.
Big Kahuna Sandwich Shop, 1710 A St, Tel: (925) 706-8040, . Sandwiches, soups (usually gumbo, tomato bisque and clam chowder) and salads, plus occasionally some darn fine bread pudding. Run by a friendly Cajun family.
Little Manuel's, 1509 A Street, Tel: (925) 778-4740. Great Mexican and Italian food, plus a bar. Enjoy the wall art while you munch on the free chips, salsa and bean dip.
Skipolini's Pizza, 901 Fitzuren Rd, (925) 757-7770, . A nice pizza place with an outdoor setting and an outdoor play area for children, Has the entire floor covered in sawdust and has some of the best pizza around.