Located on the San Joaquin Delta, Stockton is referred to as “a surprisingly exotic destination” by Via Magazine (AAA). Stockton welcomes you with wonderful shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. A long-time arts city, Stockton features wonderful live theatre, premier musical performances, multiple art galleries, and a world-renowned museum. With four professional sports teams playing hockey, soccer, football and baseball at our Downtown Stockton Events Center, you can always find a family-friendly game to attend. More than twenty hotels are available to accommodate your stay and a rich variety of restaurants are sure to please your palate. So take a stroll down the Miracle Mile, enjoy world-class farmers markets or sip zinfandel in the surrounding Lodi wine region and enjoy your stay in Stockton.
Stockton is served by two train stations. ACE Rail and Amtrak serves the Cabral Station at 949 E Channel St, and Amtrak also serves Stockton's main train depot at 735 S. San Joaquin St.
Stockton offers regional transit throughout Stockton via the San Joaquin RTD Express buses and the Downtown Trolleys. The next best thing to do is rent a car.
California's largest inland seaport just south of the crosstown highway. Downtown Stockton has had many new additions including a new ball park (Stockton Ports), stockton arena, Bob Hope Theater and other attractions. Stockton may not be a destination but it's not a bad place to stay at on your way somewhere else.
Stockton has outstanding recreational opportunities. Stockton is within close proximity to world famous scenic attractions including the California Coast, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. The community offers many local recreational opportunities such as professional sports teams , an olympic size ice rink, and the Delta, which provides thousands of miles of waterways for water skiing, sailing and other water activities. There are also many opportunities to enjoy music, theater, dance, literary events, and other cultural and entertainment activities throughout the year. The City has its own symphony and opera company and hosts the popular Asparagus Festival annually. The San Joaquin Film Society also hosts several film events including a 10-day International Film Festival each year. This is a must-do event if you are in town in February.
If travelling to Stockton with children, be sure to visit:
Children's Museum of Stockton, 402 W. Weber (near the downtown waterfront, two blocks west of Center Street), ☎ +1 209 465-4386, . $4.50 per person, under two years free.
Pixie Woods, in Louis Park (take Monte Diablo exit and go west to Occidental, turn left at Shimizu, parking lot is on the right — look for the rainbow gates), ☎ +1 209 937-8206, . Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and the young at heart". In the movie This is Spinal Tap, Pixie Woods was the venue for a performance whose billboard proclaimed "Puppet Show and Spinal Tap."
Sherwood and Weberstown mall have the best shopping in San Joaquin county. Pacific Avenue's section south of Country Club Blvd. dubbed "Miracle Mile" has plenty of specialty shops and hair styling businesses. Lincoln Center in north Stockton offers high end specialty and boutique shopping.
Manny's California Fresh, Pacific Ave.
DaVinci's Italian Cuisine.
Shi Ra Soni.
El Senor Frog's.
Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi.
Bob's At The Marina.
Taste of Brittany.
Bud's Dok Shoon's.
Chuck's Hamburgers, 6034 Pacific Ave, ☎ (209) 473-9977. The absolute BEST breakfast around. (and even better prices)
Podesto's Market & Deli.
Joe Pomodoro Pizza Cafe.
Peking, 7555 Pacific Ave # 115, ☎ (209) 957-0617.
Yen Du, 702 Porter Ave # E, ☎ (209) 951-3748.
New Yen Ching, 6511 Pacific Ave, ☎ (209) 957-0913.
There aren't many nightspots in Stockton. If you're going to a movie at the downtown movie center, immediately next door is a Japanese restaurant "Misaki" with a small but fun bar.
Alder Bistro & Catering, 151 West Alder Street, .
Matsuyama, 4755 Quail Lakes Dr #C, ☎ (209) 952-0688. The best Japanese/sushi in town
Hampton Inn Stockton, 5045 Kingsley Rd, ☎ +1 209 946-1234 (toll free: +1 800-HAMPTON), . Whirlpool tubs, refrigerators and microwaves in rooms.
Best Western Stockton Inn, 4219 E Waterloo Road, ☎ +1 209 931-3131 (toll free: +1 877 293-8697, fax: +1 209 931-0423), .
Courtyard Stockton, 3252 West March Lane, ☎ +1 209 472-9700 (fax: +1 209 472-9722), .
Ramada Plaza, 111 East March Lane, ☎ +1 209 474-3301, .
Motel 6 Stockton - Charter Way West, 817 Navy Drive, ☎ +1 209 946-0923 (fax: +1 209 464-3948), .