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Two Days in Stockton

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Stockton has been consistently rated as one of the most enthralling cities in United States. This leaves no room for any doubt why the tourism in Stockton increased during the recent years. No matter how huge your bucket list of things-to-do is, in Stockton you will feel spoilt for choices as the city delivers abundance at its best. But, if you are really a confused soul and unable to figure out where to start from, where to go further, where to eat and where to stay during your 48-hour holiday in the city, then the below-shared itinerary will ease your job and let you know about the real gems and assets of Stockton to check out at first.

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Day 1 in Stockton

8:00 am: Shed your extra fat
According to Gene Tunney, "Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart," and if you really stipulate with him, then nothing could be better than starting off your day with a session of exercise at Sousa Park. Who really have a great passion for sports and games can spent their hours in playing their favorite sports at the park in its courts and playgrounds. Tennis players would be amazed to know that Sousa Park is famed as a public tennis facility nestled in the city. Its Flex Leagues allows you to match with your tennis companion at $4.99 per month.

Address: 2899 Yellowstone Avenue, Stockton, California 95205, United States
Phone: 1 209.937.8341
Operation Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00 am-5:00 pm); remains closed on Saturdays and Sundays

9:00 am: Wholesome morning meals
After a sporty session at Sousa Park, its time to energize your body to keep you going through your journey ahead. Stop by Golden Express Chinese Cuisine (2532 East Main Street, Stockton, CA 95205, United States) to gorge on some hearty Chinese breakfast made up of traditional dishes and flavors. If Mediterranean-style breakfast is on your mind, then you ought to visit Hanging Gardens Restaurant (2725 East Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95205, United States) which is famed for its hard-to-resist Mediterranean delicacies. After a belly-full breakfast, you can move to and drop in at Starbucks (1705 East Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95205, United States) for a cup of refreshing coffee made in your style.

10:00 am: Delve into divinity
You can give a divine start to your journey in the city by visiting Cathedral of the Annunciation. Sit here for hours, meditate profoundly, relax your mind, body and soul, release all your negativity and worries, offer prayers, and get enlightened with a great feel of joy.    

Address: 425 West Magnolia Street, Stockton, CA 95203, United States
Phone: 1 209.463.1305
Website: www.annunciationstockton.org

11:00 am: Indulge into spectacular event-watching
To unfold an intriguing part of Stockton's history, swing by Weber Point Event Center. This historical site boasts a two-story house which was built by Captain Charles Maria Weber in 1850. He is revered as the founder and developer of the city. After the death of Captain Weber, his home as converted into an event center sprawling across 9.7 acres of land. It features the Great Circle, two amphitheaters, a play area for kids, waterfront promenade offering Delta's panoramic view, and interactive water feature. Moreover, the place is marked with picnic site offering picnic tables, play area, dustbins, and bathrooms. Up to 100 visitors can congregate at this picnic area.

Address: 221 N Center St., Stockton, California 95202, United States
Website: www.stocktongov.com/
Distance and time from Cathedral of the Annunciation: 0.9 mile or 3 minutes drive

12:00 pm: Castle or Jail?
Another beautiful string of Stockton's history is Cunningham Castle. Don't get fooled by its name. Its not a castle but a castle-like jail which was built in 1893. It got its name due to its fortress-like design which was constructed during the reign of Sheriff Thomas Cunningham. Its design drew a great inspiration from medieval architecture boasting conspicuous features like short robust columns, rough-faced stonework, conical roofs, and contrasting stone colors. In 1961, it was torn down, and in 1972, the City Council proclaimed the site of this ancient jail as one of the most-visited Stockton Historical Landmark.

Address: 125 Bridge Pl. suite 3, Stockton, California 95202, United States
Website: www.downtownstockton.org/
Distance and time from Weber Point Event Center: 0.2 mile or 3 minutes drive

1:00 pm: Dazzling musical performances
To get well acquainted with the insights into Stockton's heritage, history, art & culture, Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium is the most preferred spot to swing by during your visit here. It was constructed to pay homage to the Stockton men killed in World War I. Its construction commenced in 1924 and was designed by a noted architect, Glenn Allen. Today, it boasts a stage (45' x 96' ), committee rooms, dressing rooms, a stage featuring a proscenium arch, lobby area, 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a whopping kitchen, and side rooms. Up to 5,000 people can congregate here at the same time. Its musical events include Multi-band or Multi-Performer Concerts, Solo Headliner Acts, talent shows, Large symphony-style Performances, dinner or dance events, and Choir Performances. You can also catch a glimpse of multitudes of cultural events, religious gatherings, sporting events, school events, and business trade shows.

Address: 525 N Center St., Stockton, CA 95202, United States
Website: www.stocktoncivicauditorium.com/
Distance and time from Cunningham Castle: 0.4 mile or 8 minutes drive

2:30 pm: Bite into yummy food
Don't get fainted by hunger-pangs. Visit Le's Dynasty (1439 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States) and nosh on a wide variety of Chinese delicacies which are only rich in taste, flavor and nutrition but not in price. If Mexican food is your hunt, then you can stop by Nena's Mexican Restaurant (445 West Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203, United States). When it comes to flawless and tasteful Mexican dishes, Nena's Mexican Restaurant is believed to be the most reliable name shining in the city. 

3:30 pm: Visit to divine Buddhist temple
One of the most awe-inspiring locations in Stockton is none other than Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dhammararam). Educating people on the inspiring life events of Cambodian Buddha from his birth till the attainment of Nirvana, Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple is beautifully marked with more than 90 colorful and whopping statues encrusted with sparkling jewels. But, the 50 feet high statue of Buddha is believed to be the centerpiece of the temple that catches most of the eyes with surprise. If you visit the city during the month of April, then you can avail a golden chance to be a part of Cambodian New Year Celebration going on in the premises of the temple.

Address: 3732 Carpenter Road, Stockton, California 95215, United States
Phone: 1 209.943.2883
Website: www.watdhammararambuddhist.org/home0.aspx

4:30 pm: Glimpse of Children's Museum of Stockton
After a heart-pleasing visit to iconic Buddhist temple, leave for Children's Museum of Stockton. To reach there, get on CA-4/CA-99 North from Carpenter Road, East Mariposa Road and Stagecoach Road, follow CA-4 to Washington Street and take exit 66A from CA-4. After that, follow Washington Street and South Madison Street to reach West Weber Avenue. Your destination is right over there. The Children’s Museum of Stockton is dedicated to educate children in a fun and play-way method though interactive exhibits, workshops, hands-on, and programming. Their endeavors are completely dedicated to help children understand the world around them better and learn what approach they should take whenever they get into a specific situation. The museum is also packed with a gift shop. Year-round it hosts a number of educational events.

Address: 402 West Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203, United States
Phone: 1 209.465.4386
Operation Hours: Wednesday-Friday (9:00 am-4:00 pm); Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm); remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Distance and time from Buddhist Temple (Wat Dhammararam): 6.9 miles or 12 minutes drive

6:00 pm: Shopping-is that what you looking for?
After you leave Children's Museum of Stockton, head east on West Weber Avenue towards North Van Buren Street. Take a left turn onto North El Dorado Street. From there, take a left turn onto West Swain Road. And, then take another left turn onto Pacific Avenue. You will find your destination, i.e., Stone Creek Village on right-hand side. This alfresco shopping spot keeps you close to a cluster of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The big names situated at Stone Creek Village ruling the hearts of shoppers and diners are Charming Charlie, Regalo Bello, Boudin SF, DeVega Brothers, Roger Dunn Golf, KCM Boutique, Kyodai Sushi, Massage Envy Spa, Crazy 8, Foot Solutions, and a lot of other. Don't miss the chance of enjoying every bit of colorful events going on there.

Address: 5757 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95207, United States
Phone: 1 209.474.1634
Website: www.shopstonecreekvillage.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-8:00 pm); Sunday (10:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Children's Museum of Stockton: 5 miles or 13 minutes drive

7:30 pm: Splendid voyage with Opportunity Cruises
Sun has set outside, and you must be facing difficulty in roaming around as your feet has almost given up due to weariness. Fret not! To keep your journey going flawlessly, you can charter the cruises of Opportunity Cruises and explore the unbeatable beauty of California. Its passenger vessel, i.e., California Sunset is USCG certified and can accommodate up to 80 passengers at a time. It takes you to the most magnificent corners of the city and let you embrace the beauty while munching on your favorite appetizers and sipping rejuvenating drinks supplied during your voyage.

Address: 125 Bridge Pl., Stockton, California 95202, United States
Website: www.opportunitycruises.com
Distance and time from Stone Creek Village: 4 miles or 11 minutes drive

9:00 pm: Its time for dinner
After deboarding the cruise of Opportunity Cruises, leave for Tio Pepe's II Mexican Restaurant (135 East Lindsay Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States) and enjoy the every bite of mouth-drooling Mexican food served there. If your stomach is growling for some delectable grilled food, then you can make a move to Arizona Restaurant & Grill (11 North Center Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States). The reviews and feedback about the restaurant signify that you will regret leaving the land without tasting Arizona's grilled food at least once.

10:00 pm: Frantic for parties?
Stockton is full of late-night options to make your post-dark hours thriving and bashing. One such place is AVE On The Mile. It is one of those top-notch lounges in Stockton that win the debates when it comes to prefer one nightlife spot over other. First thing about this lounge that will astound you to the most is its cozy and elegant ambiance. Stockton's high-brow people are believed to hit this place on daily basis. Whether you are looking for fun or relaxation, AVE On The Mile  is the perfect choice for your needs. After its ambiance comes the delicious cuisines prepared by noted Chef Nathaniel Kutch. His dishes are like something that don't belong to this world or rather something that possess heavenly taste. AVE On The Mile can proudly boast its pizzazz, jaw-dropping floors & ceilings, fireside patio, fully-stocked bars, and a lot of mouth-drooling dishes.

Address: 2333 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95204, United States
Phone: 1 209.462.5283
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (3:30 pm-12:00 am); Sunday (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

11:00 pm: Sipping and relaxing
If your energy jar is still left with some amount of pep, then head to The Abbey Trappist Pub which is worth your every single penny. Its neither decor nor the atmosphere, but its thirst-quenching beer selection of The Abbey Trappist Pub that grabs the attention the most. Whether its your usual spot to stop by or you hit it after suggested by your friend, one thing is sure to happen with you all alike. You will leave the place satisfied and would love to come here time and again. Craft beers is not their only expertise. Once you will taste their snacks, you won't deny to proclaim that The Abbey Trappist Pub knows very well how to please a foodie to the core. May be it takes time for an appetizer to reach from kitchen to your table, but it vanishes from your plate to belly in the spur of moment.

Address: 2353 North Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204, United States
Phone: 1 209.451.1780
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Thursday (12:00 pm-10:30 pm); Friday and Saturday (12:00 pm-1:30 am); Sunday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm); remains closed on Mondays
Distance and time from AVE On The Mile: 108 feet or 1 minute drive

A Map Guide on Day One Tour to Stockton


Day 2 in Stockton

8:30 am: How about coffee people?
After a heady and weary late night party, you are allowed to kick start a little late your next morning in the city. Get rid of your party hangover by sipping a revitalizing cup of coffee at Mimi's Cafe. Fill your belly with a delectable French and American breakfast at the cafe. The menu majorly echoes about Santa Fe, Bacon Avocado Omelette, Smoked Salmon Omelette, Potato Cake Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Hickory-Smoked Ham & Swiss Crepes, Turkey, Bacon & Mushroom Brie Crepes, Banana & Strawberry Crepes with Nutella, Farmhouse Tacos, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Diner-Style Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Slow-Smoked Ham & Eggs, Hickory-Smoked Bacon & Eggs, Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles, Banana Nut Waffles, Lemon Poppy Seed Griddlecakes, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Brioche French Toast, Just-Baked Muffins, and a lot of other luscious breakfast items. 

Address: 5607 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95207, United States
Phone: 1 209.952.1150
Website: www.mimiscafe.com/
Operation Hours: Sunday-Thursday (7:00 am-9:00 pm); Friday and Saturday (7:00 am-10:00 pm)

9:30 am: A visit to iconic Bob Hope Theatre
After immersing into delicious breakfast, leave for Bob Hope Theatre which is an ideal place to delve into the authentic taste of live performances and dance shows and get your heart filled with joy. You will be pleased to know that Bob Hope Theatre has been once listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This gargantuan theatre can accommodate up to 2,042 people at a time. Its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems are worth your praise. Its marble mosaic floor, which sprawls across 1,200 sq. ft. of area, would steal your heart away for sure. Its epicenter of attraction is the historic and antediluvian 1928 Robert Morton theater organ. The eye-popping fact about this organ is that it has been 40 years since it was last played. If your private parties or any other important event is on cards, then Bob Hope Theatre could become an answer for your hunt.

Address: 242 East Main Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States
Phone: 1 209.337.4673
Website: www.stocktonlive.com/venues/detail/bob-hope-theatre
Distance and time from Mimi's Cafe: 4.1 miles or 11 minutes drive

10:30 am: Put on ice skates
One of the exciting things to try at least once while being in Stockton is ice skating at Oak Park Ice Arena. The Oak Park Ice Arena opened its doors for visitors in 1970. It is famed as one of the public ice skating rinks located in California. Oak Park Ice Arena features an ice surface sprawling across 85 X 200 feet of area. It can accommodate up to 350 visitors. If you feel that you are not very good at ice skating, then you can also avail its skating classes where you hit the floor under the supervision of professional skaters. Oak Park Ice Arena is not confined to ice skating only. On a prior request and booking, you can also throw birthday party for your special ones in its rooms specialized for birthday bashes.

Address: 3545 Alvarado Avenue, Stockton, California 95204, United States
Phone: 1 209.937.7433
Website: www.stocktonlive.com/
Distance and time from Bob Hope Theatre: 3.1 miles or 9 minutes drive

11:30 am: A glance of Stockton Arena
If you are a true admirer of grandiloquent architecture and buildings, then Stockton Arena could be your next destination. It is nestled in the California Central Valley located between Fresno and Sacramento. It can accommodate up to 12,000 visitors. Along with its capacity, it boasts 24 luxury suites, Record Press Club Level featuring 344 seats, backstage amenities, conference space sprawling across 5,000 sq. ft. of  area, stage equipment, scoreboard, Daktronics video display (four sided), and a ticket office.

Address: 248 W Fremont Street, Stockton, California 95203, United States
Phone: 1 209.373.1400
Website: www.stocktonlive.com/
Distance and time from Oak Park Ice Arena: 2.9 miles or 8 minutes drive

1:00 pm: Whoa! its movie time 
How about watching movie of the hero you follow the most? Regal Cinemas Stadium 16 & IMAX is one the most popular theatre complexes nestled in the city. Spend two hours watching your favorite stars and delve into the coziness with your loved one. Its whopping screens and high-tech surround system let you detach yourself from the fuss spreading outside and captivate you for hours. Hold the hand of your partner, munch on popcorns, sip the tantalizing drinks and enjoy the movie time. 

Address: 222 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, California 95202, United States
Phone: 1 844.462.7342
Website: www.regmovies.com/
Operation Hours: Opens daily (11:00 am-11:30 pm)
Distance and time from Stockton Arena: 9 minutes drive

3:00 pm: Pacify your hungry belly
Movie time is over. Its time to head to a nearby restaurant and satiate your hunger. If Chinese is your thing, then you can stop by Chopstick (1304 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States). Without a doubt, the place is worth your visit and money as it serves mouth-watering Chinese delicacies. Other than Chinese, Stockton is also counted on serving out-of-the-world Mexican delicacies. One such restaurant is Maria's Cafe (120 East Market Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States). It has been serving people's belly and taste buds with its traditional and authentic Mexican cuisines for more than 20 years.

4:00 pm: Its racing time
If your dream of becoming an unbeatable racer has been blurred with the course of time, then hold your breathe as The New Stockton 99 Speedway can evoke your those hazy desires. Thrill is what you are going to experience once you foot on the tracks of Stockton 99 Speedway. It is believed to be a place of passionate racers. It hosts NASCAR and other racing events throughout the year. What could be more exciting than witnessing your favorite racers competing to win the race and yes, your hearts too.

Address: 4105 North Wilson Way, Stockton, California 95205, United States
Phone: 1 209.466.9999
Website: www.stockton99.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Friday (8:00 am-5:00 pm); remains closed on Saturdays and Sundays

5:30 pm: Catch a glimpse of Little Manila
Now, you can leave to visit Little Manila. Californians salute the efforts of Little Manila, which has been altruistically engaged into preserving the Little Manila Historic Site and propagate the heroic and success saga of the first generation Filipino Americans whose efforts led into the existing and established community there. They proved that not only our movies have heroes but do they exist in real life also. Their sacrifice is commendable and insurmountable. The Little Manila Foundation always goes an extra mile to uplift the Filipino American community and rope in people to think and work for the community's welfare. In 2007, The California Preservation Foundation honored the Little Manila Foundation by presenting it the President's Award.

Address: 521 East Main Street, Stockton, CA, 95202, United States
Phone: 209.336.6332
Distance and time from The New Stockton 99 Speedway: 3.6 miles or 10 minutes drive

6:30 pm: A book of your choice
If people call you a bookworm, then it could be aright time to give rest to your tiring body and spend some time alone with your favorite authors' books and writings. After leaving Little Manila, you can head to Maya Angelou Branch Library which is famed as one of he most visited libraries situated in the city. It always remains stocked with the great works of noted authors worldwide. It also provides computer workstations, access to Internet, printing facility, and a reference collection to conduct research. Its collection boasts the materials based on Spanish and Hmong language and materials related to African American history.  

Address: 2324 Pock Lane, Stockton, California 95205, United States
Phone: 1 209.937.8221
Website: www.ssjcpl.org/locations/stockton/angelou.html
Distance and time from Little Manila: 3.3 miles or 10 minute drive

7:30 pm: Concerts, Music, Dance, & Comedy
If you are looking for a sophisticated yet an entertaining evening, then you must take your feet to Stockton Empire Theatre where you can lose yourself into splendid and spectacular concerts, events based on comedy and drama, dance performances. It also organizes evenings to screen arthouse films. Stockton Empire Theatre is also said to be a famous venue to host international film festivals. The list of its achievements doesn't end here. On special and prior request, it also organizes weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Guests are also pleased by serving desserts, munchies, and drinks.

Address: 525 North Center Street, Stockton, CA 95202, United States
Phone: 1 209.937.8119
Website: www.stocktonempiretheatre.com
Distance and time from Maya Angelou Branch Library: 5.1 miles or 16 minutes drive

8:30 pm: Stop to gorge on dinner
You can take a halt and get some food for you as its dinner time. You can make a stop at Tandoori Nites (8102 Kelley Drive, Stockton, California 95209, United States) to try out some Indian delicacies. Indian food has always succeeded in winning hearts of a wide spectrum of foodies. No matter what excites your palate the most, your gastronomic journey can never be considered accomplished if you haven't exposed your tongue to Indian tastes and flavors. Tandoori Nites is one such place that has given a new dimension to Indian cuisines and made them popular amongst Californians. If Italian is your thing, then you can move to Garlic Brothers Restaurant and Bar (6629 Embarcadero Drive, Stockton, California 95219, United States). Be it Grilled Island Sandwich, Grilled Garlic Steak, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Oysters, Grilled Lobster or Fish Taco, Pizza & Salad, Shrimp Asparagus Gemelli, or Green Death Linguini, all cuisines are top-notch. To captivate its diners for hours, the restaurant also hosts grand live music events and performances that are more than enough to sway your mind.

9:30 pm: Late-night fun and games
Its dark outside, and if you are expecting to raise the bars of excitement, then you ought to make a move to Delta Casino. Entertainment is what describes this place better. The reason is quite obvious. There are plenty of entertainment options to choose between. You can opt for blackjack, or you can wager for 3 card poker, or you can flaunt your mastermind in Pai Gow Tiles, or you can choose to sit with your favorite peeps and open the bottle of your favorite drink, or if you don't like it to be a part of veracious crowd, then you can sit idle and enjoy the ongoing performances by local artists. So, by and large, here you will feel spoilt for choices.
 
Address: 6518 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95207, United States
Phone: 1 209.956.6990
Operation Hours: Opens daily (10:00 am-2:00 am)

11:00 pm: Time for hookah puffing
We know that it has blacked out and for many out there, its time to return homes, but if you are not amongst them and party time is still going on for you, then you can head to Amaraen Hookah & Entertanment Lounge. You may find a number of hookah joints, lounges and bars throughout the city or wherever you move to, but when it comes to try out only best, then nothing can surpass Amaraen Hookah & Entertanment Lounge. It has been satiating hookah lovers since 2004 with its great range of local and international flavors. While puffing your favorite flavored smoke, you got a mixed feeling of enjoyment and relaxation. If you come along in group, you get a feeling of amusement, and if you are in search of solitude, then you feel relaxed while puffing your hookah. Enjoy that very feel of hookah and have a memorable time with your pals. Nothing could be a better way to enjoy your last minutes in this charming city.

Address: 1720 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95204, United States
Phone: 1 949.394.2625
Operation Hours: Sunday-Thursday (6:00 pm-1:00 am); Friday and Saturday (6:00 pm-2:00 am)
Distance and time from Delta Casino: 3.1 miles or 11 minutes drive


A Map Guide on Day Two Tour of Stockton

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