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 conveniently located in central California between Interstate 5 and State Highway 99. Stockton is just north of Interstate 205. State Routes 26, 4 and 88 also intersect with 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.
Greyhound has a station here
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.
Be careful around the port area as the police are known to accost anyone looking around or taking photos.
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:
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.
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.