Advantage Stockton

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Explore Stockton!

Stockton covers 65 mi² and is packed with water recreation activities, museums, historical sites, parks, and more! Explore the fun things to do with your family and friends in Stockton, California.

Explore Stockton!

Stockton covers 65 mi² and is packed with water recreation activities, museums, historical sites, parks, and more! Explore the fun things to do with your family and friends in Stockton, California.

In 1928, the San Joaquin Pioneer and Historical Society was looking to build a history museum but had been unable to raise enough funds. Stockton native Robert T. McKee offered the group $30,000 on behalf of his wife, Eila Haggin McKee, who had only two requirements: name the museum in honor of her late father, Louis Terah Haggin; and add an art wing to fill with paintings from her father’s collection.

The history galleries focus on the San Joaquin Valley’s past and the accomplishments of its residents, such as Charles Weber, Stockton’s founder; Benjamin Holt, inventor of the Caterpillar track-type tractor; Tillie Lewis, the “Tomato Queen” and the Stephens Bros. Boat Builders.

To house the continually growing collections, the museum has undergone several additions since first opening. The McKee Room was added in 1939; an extensive addition was constructed in 1949; and the Benjamin Holt Wing opened in 1976. Today the museum’s three-story building contains more than 34,000 square feet of exhibition space.

The museum’s permanent art and history exhibits are augmented by a number of temporary exhibitions annually. Special events, such as family programs, lectures, and musical performances, are held throughout the year. Haggin Museum also maintains a Library-Archive, which is available by appointment. The Museum Store features a wonderful array of merchandise especially selected to complement your museum visit.

A trip to Stockton isn’t complete without a visit to the Haggin Museum.

The Children’s Museum of Stockton is dedicated to providing quality education through interactive exhibits. Our 22,000 sq. ft. facility currently houses over 40 exhibits. We provide a safe, fun, educational experience for children, schools and families.  The Children's Museum of Stockton is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  All donations are used to enhance exhibits and programming.

Inspiration for the Children's Museum came as a result of the tragic 1989 Cleveland School shootings. While at play, 5 children were killed and 30 others were wounded — including a teacher — by a gunman firing an assault weapon.

That wounded teacher was Janet Geng, Founding Director of The Children’s Museum of Stockton. During her physical and spiritual healing Janet sought to create a safe, violence-free place for learning and play. She knew Stockton deserved such a place.

In March of 1990, a small group of community leaders met to discuss the possibilities of a children’s museum. Through support from both the private and public sectors, the Children's Museum of Stockton became a reality.

 It was a cool spring morning in March 1994. The sound of hammer meeting nail was a familiar friend. Board Members, volunteers, and staff  frantically put the final touches on exhibits. A helicopter landed in the parking lot. Kites flew high. Bands played on as the Children’s Museum Kid’s Board cut the ribbon. Over 500 residents rushed to discover the magical world that was promised.

Since that morning in 1994, the Children’s Museum of Stockton has grown to become a family-friendly attraction for our community. With over 40 hands-on interactive exhibits, an Art Studio and various programming, the Museum continues its mission to provide children, families and schools with a safe and fun center of discovery and learning.

As seen on Huell Howser’s ROAD TRIP to Stockton in 2007, the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dhammararam) is an active Buddhist temple that features over 90 colorful and larger than life jewel encrusted statues that celebrate the life and story of the Cambodian Buddha. You have to see it to believe it....the temple boasts a 50 foot long recumbent Buddha. Also home to the annual Cambodian New Year Celebration every April.

The Mexican Heritage Center is an exhibition gallery where visitors and the community can enjoy the Mexican culture through dance, art, and music. In the heart of downtown Stockton, the Mexican Heritage Center proudly showcases local artists' work and hosts many events such as Día de los Muertos and Las Posadas that invite the community to learn about Mexican traditions. The Center even offers traditional Mexican art such as jewelry, pottery, and figurines that visitors can purchase. Check out their website for a calendar of events and exhibitions!

The Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre in Downtown Stockton, built in 1930, was one of only two "movie palaces" in the Central Valley of California. Fox Theatres was a major chain of grand movie palaces that were built on the west coast primarily in the 1920s and 1930s. Stockton's historic Fox Theatre was saved and lovingly renovated so that future audiences may continue to enjoy its beauty. Today the Bob Hope Theatre's 2,042 seats are host to year-round live theatre, musicals, concerts, family events, a classic cinema series, and comedy. The Bob Hope Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and features a marble mosaic floor that encompasses a 1,200 square foot space in the center of the lobby. This marble was imported from Italy and the mosaic was designed by a Canadian artist. The Theatre also features a 1928 Robert Morton theater organ, which came from the Seattle Fox Theatre which closed over 40 years ago. This organ was restored and donated to the theatre by The Friends of the Fox, a volunteer organization that has been instrumental in preserving the theatre. Today the Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre is managed by ASM Global.

The Ports hosted their inaugural home opener at Banner Island Ballpark on Thursday, April 28, 2005. The ballpark features 4,200 fixed seats, four luxury suites, two picnic areas, an elevated club seating area, and over capacity of 5,200.

Banner Island Ballpark was built by the City of Stockton, and was designed by HKS, Inc. The ballpark was built as part of the revitalization project for the Downtown Stockton Waterfront area, and was built concurrently with the Stockton Arena. The stadium was given a historical certificate and named a historical site on August 10, 2008 by the Stockton Cultural Heritage Board. Banner Island was not only the home of professional baseball in Stockton, but also the site where Charles Weber flew the flag to celebrate Union victories during the Civil War (hence "Banner Island"), where Coxey's Army was camped in 1893, and where World War II ships were constructed.

The Adventist Health Arena is located in the California Central Valley between Sacramento and Fresno.

The Arena defines the city’s downtown waterfront redevelopment program, including the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Stockton Ballpark and a seven-level parking structure. The Adventist Health Arena proudly sits within the 2021 top venues worldwide.

Oak Park Ice Rink is the Central Valley’s premier ice skating rink offering public skating, ice hockey, figure skating, and curling.

Oak Park Ice Rink opened in 1970, replacing Stockton’s previous arena that ceased operation at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Oak Park Ice Rink is part of only a handful of public ice skating rinks in California.

The Miracle Mile Improvement District offers more than 150 retail, dining, service and professional businesses waiting to give you that personal service that only a small business owner can provide.  Located in the heart of Stockton, a short distance from the University of the Pacific, we boast one of Stocktons’ most unique neighborhoods with our historical shopping district full of great finds, good eats, and nostalgic charm!   Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner, deposit a check, get your taxes taken care of, rent a jump house, get teeth checked, or pick up your prescription. All this and more with free, convenient parking on the street and in the public parking lots, marked along the district.

Welcome to Lincoln Center Stockton’s premiere outdoor shopping center since 1951. Today, Lincoln Center – marked by the ‘Big L’ – encompasses 35 acres and is comprised of over 90 businesses, with more than 80% of those being locally owned and family-operated small businesses. We welcome you to Stockton’s favorite shopping, dining, & entertainment destination for all.

FANHS museum celebrates and recognizes Filipino culture and history in the United States. Experience the Filipino American life and history through artwork, artifacts, digital displays, and informational displays. 

Visiting FANHS Museum is always a great idea, as the museum constantly adds new exhibits. 

FANHS museum also hosts guest speakers and video presentations. 

Join FANHS for their annual golf tournament. 

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Newly rebranded Sherwood Place is a prime destination for shopping and dining in Stockton. Sherwood place is home to a range of different stores and eateries. 

Shopping for clothes? Visit Sherwood Place to shop in places like:

- Macy's

- Burlington

- Dick's Sporting Goods

Shop for beauty products at:

- Don Roberto Jewelers

- Sherwood Nail Salon

- Ulta Beauty

Hungry or thirsty? Visit places like:

- Sprouts Farmers Market

- Starbucks

- Macaroni Grill

- In-N-Out Burger

Other shopping and entertainment includes: 

- Best Buy

- Sky Zone Trampoline Park

- Golden 1 Credit Union

- Home Goods

- petco

- T-Mobile Wireless

- Verizon Wireless

For more information, visit:

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Weberstown Mall is the premier mall in Stockton, home to many stores and restaurants. Not only does Weberstown contain shopping and dining, as this mall includes Oasis Church, UEI College, Barnes & Noble, and more. With around 80 businesses in the mall, visitors are given the full shopping experience. 

Shop for clothes, accessories, and jewelry at places like: 

- American Eagle

- Box Lunch

- Buckle

- Claire's

- Forever 21

- Hot Topic 

- JCPenny

- Journeys

- Pink

- Shoe Palace

- Vans

 and many more...

Eat out on your shopping trip at:

- Wetzel's Pretzels

- Panera Bread

- Chipotle

-Blaze Pizza

 and more...

For More information, visit: 

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The Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple is the oldest Sikh temple in the country.

Every year, the Annual Sikh Parade & Festival brings upwards of 20,000 people to the Stockton Sikh Template.