15 Best Things to Do in San Joaquin County, CA

San Joaquin County, CA
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Though San Joaquin County's strongest point is its agriculture, I can also say this county is notable for its high-class attractions.

Most importantly, it seems to never run out of wineries and vineyards for everyone with varying drinking preferences.

I also found its historic landmarks worthy of second and even third visits.

Its cities of Stockton, Lodi, and Tracy all have charming points of their own, whether with their nature preserves or themed state parks.

And with its location in Southern California, it's convenient to find fun in nearby counties and settlements.

With my knowledge of San Joaquin County, its community, and its sense of culture, I'd like to share some of its noteworthy spots.

Below are the 15 best things to do in San Joaquin County, California, that stood out to me:

Splash Around at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Exterior view of the Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
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If you're looking for all-around entertainment and accommodations while in San Joaquin County, I suggest dropping by Great Wolf Lodge Water Park.

It's not only a water park as its name suggests.

This resort offers spacious suites and exquisite family dining options.

But I should say its water park is its most-favored amenity.

This indoor attraction has a wide range of amenities, including slides, sports facilities in pools, and an expansive fort treehouse.

People playing in the pool at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
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I like the fact that there are attractions for everyone, too.

So, whether your group is mainly composed of adults or you have kids in the mix, you are sure to have a fun time.

I also enjoyed having my own private cabana to lounge in and a range of arcade choices after my splashing time in the resort's water park.

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park is in Manteca.

You can get to this resort on Daniels Street.

Water slides at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
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Go for a Wine Tasting Tour at Oak Farm Vineyards

Oak Farm Vineyards is a memorable stop for me because of its sophistication and homely feel.

This family-operated winery is modest-sized, offering the privacy and seclusion that I want for my wine-tasting experience.

I love that the winery also has a lot of history.

In fact, the property was first purchased around 1860, and when you come by the center, you can still see remnants of this rich past with the winery's rustic suites and rental spaces.

As the winery overlooks about 70 acres of vines and stunning oaks, I had a grand time relaxing with my glass of wine.

It also has a good selection of wine, alongside tasty charcuterie boards and other pastries for a well-rounded snack.

In the city of Lodi, Oak Farm Vineyards sits along North Devries Road.

A cultural exploration of San Joaquin County will never be complete without a stop at the Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery.

I can attest to that.

This unique gallery is a wonder all on its own within the Stockton Community, and it has been this way since the 90s.

It took me on a deep excursion of Mexican art and culture during my visit.

The entire facility shines with vibrant colors, making it an ideal hangout spot for many, including me.

It has multiple galleries and exhibitions and a gift shop onsite, too.

The exhibits change on a regular basis, so if you’re planning to visit a second time, there’s a different surprise waiting for you.

Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery is on South Sutter Street.

Admire the Collection of Roses and Other Blossoms at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden

Colorful roses at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden
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A majestic floral show awaits onlookers at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden.

This garden blooms with elegance and symbolism.

Shaped like sun rays, the rose flowerbeds form a circular point at the center.

The man-made lake that came with it only adds to its otherworldly allure.

Arched way at University Park World Peace Rose Garden
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In my free time, I’m happy I got to chill by the benches and take in the sights and smells of fresh blossoms all around.

And it's an activity I would gladly do again.

Simple but magical—this rose garden is a miracle worker for driving my stress away, and I'm sure it will work wonders for you, too.

The University Park World Peace Rose Garden is in Stockton, more specifically along East Magnolia Street.

Fountain at the University Park World Peace Rose Garden
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Play Golf with Your Friends at Tracy Golf & Country Club

My golfing adventure in San Joaquin County is one of the best because of Tracy Golf & Country Club.

Its 1955 golf course offers stunning fairways, well-rounded chipping and practice ranges, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Its holes can be challenging for both expert players and even first-time golfers.

I had a great time maneuvering the fairways and secluded bankers and even got treated to open views of the Diablo Mountains and the Sierras in the distance.

Tracy Golf & Country Club is a private member facility, but it also welcomes guests for a few rounds of play.

This golfing facility is on South Chrisman Road in the city of Tracy.

Roam the Grounds of Micke Grove Regional Park

Pond at the Micke Grove Regional Park
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Lodi's Micke Grove Regional Park is an outstanding park spanning 132 acres.

Open daily and year-round, this park comes with a zoo and a Japanese Garden, both of which are tourist favorites.

During my visit, I relished the three-acre Wortley Lake with its fountain features.

I was also delighted to play at the park’s 18-hole disc golf course and rest by the park’s rentable picnic shelters.

Japanese garden at the Micke Grove Regional Park
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Micke Grove Regional Park is also the home of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum.

If you think this park is a good choice for your solo or family outings, be sure this park is on your itinerary as early as now.

This all-around outdoor landmark is on North Micke Grove Road.

Browse through the Wine Flights at Jeremy Wine Co. Lockeford

I’m not kidding when I say San Joaquin County's allure is its collection of wineries and vineyards.

Only one of two wineries on this list, Jeremy Wine Co. Lockeford is a cozy treat for my afternoon.

Alongside the delectable wine options, what I love most about my wine flight experience at this facility is how I got to be comfortable where I sat.

The winery offers comfortable seating in the Barrel Room and one outside, where the views of its vineyards are endless.

I also enjoyed the assortment of snacks that I could munch on, including cheese and chocolate.

Jeremy Wine Co. Lockeford can also accommodate to-go growlers and refills.

This winery also has a facility in Lodi.

But its spot in Lockeford is on California State Route 88.

Explore the Art Exhibits at the Haggin Museum

Exterior view of the Haggin Museum
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Art and history come together in a display of epic proportions at the Haggin Museum.

Nestled along North Pershing Avenue, it features masterpieces from the 19th century to the Golden Age era.

This hidden gem in California comes in three stories of remarkable exhibit space.

Sculpture at the Haggin Museum
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I feel so privileged to have been able to learn about local California history, including its Native American dwellers and the Gold Rush timeline, through this facility.

Amidst the display of culture, what I liked most about the museum is the intimacy of its atmosphere.

There's also a gift shop within the facility worth stopping by after a browse of the museum's grounds.

The Haggin Museum is in the city of Stockton.

Beautiful painting at Haggin Museum
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Feel Inspired by the Historical Artifacts at Escalon Historical Museum

Escalon Historical Museum, established in 1989, provides a unique trip to its city's past that no other museum in San Joaquin County can emulate.

One of the distinct features of this museum is its interior and exterior exhibits.

I enjoyed browsing through the artifacts and vintage objects of the museum.

But most importantly, I got to admire outdoor exhibits, including Escalon's first fire bell and its colorful mural.

I also marveled at the commemorative plaques and signages that served as a tribute to fire department volunteers and Escalon residents.

Escalon Historical Museum celebrates Reminisce Day every first Wednesday of the month, and everyone is free to come and join the festivities.

This museum on Main Street also has a gift shop, so be sure to visit!

Discover More about Science at the World of Wonders Science Museum

Kids curiously learning at the World of Wonders Science Museum
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In the city of Lodi, the World of Wonders Science Museum offers a scientific gateway to knowledge.

This hands-on museum has exhibits for both adults and children.

Opened in 2009, it has over 70 exhibits ready for viewing for everyone interested in STEM.

I enjoyed shadowed exhibits the most, including the Shadow Wall, and got to learn more about the inner workings of a clock and a pinball machine.

I even managed to challenge myself with the puzzles and games offered as exhibits within the facility.

The World of Wonders Science Museum is on North Sacramento Street.

Have Fun at the Pumpkin Maze at Dell'Osso Family Farm

Open seasonally, Dell'Osso Family Farm is one of my favorite attractions in San Joaquin County.

Founded somewhere in the 20s, this farm is more famous among the Halloween enthusiasts visiting the county.

I particularly had a fun time finding my way out of the Corn Maze and meeting many farm animals.

There's also a haunted castle, a ball throw arena, and a multitude of kid's attractions.

In fact, it almost felt like I'm in a fantasy land when I came by because of the sheer amount of things to do!

I recommend coming by during the weekdays to avoid huge crowds and families.

The farm also opens its gates to dogs of all kinds!

Located along South Manthey Road, Dell'Osso Family Farm is a family-friendly destination in Lathrop that's one for the books.

Check Out the Birds and Other Wildlife at Caswell Memorial State Park

River flowing through the Caswell Memorial State Park
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Caswell Memorial State Park introduced me to Southern California's local flora and fauna.

It opened officially in 1958.

At 258 acres, this state park prides itself in offering a safe environment for endangered plant and animal species.

In fact, during my visit, I got to explore the riparian oak woodlands, which are a highly threatened habitat.

Fishing is an allowed sport at the state park, too.

But what I gravitated towards doing at this park was exploring and traversing the nature trails zigzagging their way across the property.

I also got to spot a few birds in flight, including California quails and some scrub jays.

Caswell Memorial State Park is on South Austin Road.

This state park is near the city of Ripon.

Challenge Yourself with the Tricks and Puzzles at Limitless Escape Games

For an indoor team-bonding experience, I highly suggest Limitless Escape Games.

This escape room center specializes in a selection of themed rooms.

Some of them include bank heists, wizard adventures, and pirate mysteries.

I was not disappointed with the Sherlock-level complex puzzles and hints at all.

Come and see the spectacle for yourself with a group of your most trusted people.

Just as I enjoyed it, I hope you and your loved ones enjoy it too.

Limitless Escape Games sits along Lincoln Center in the city of Stockton.

Watch a Show or Performance at Stockton Arena

Exterior view of the Stockton Arena
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The indoor Stockton Arena is worth a visit even if you don't plan to watch a hosted event inside.

The architecture of the arena is already magical in its own right.

I enjoyed admiring the waterfront right outside the modern-glass exterior of the event venue.

It's no wonder this Stockton arena is one of the top venues of 2021 throughout the whole world.

Inside, the arena is spacious enough and is a comfortable place to watch sports shows, including hockey and boxing.

There's no bad seat anywhere, too!

There are various concession stands at certain levels of the arena, so I didn't have to worry about food while enjoying a concert at the place.

Stockton Arena is off of West Fremont Street, adjacent to the Stockton Ballpark.

Chill by the Splash Pad at Mossdale Landing Community Park

Mossdale Landing Community Park is one of the tucked-in outdoor attractions of Lathrop.

A simplistic neighborhood park, this spot helped me beat the summer heat, and so can you!

Its park amenities range from children's play structures and adult sports spaces to refreshing picnic areas.

I also got to enjoy the park's outdoor equipment.

However, nothing compares to the transformation of this park when the splash pads come to life and many children come out to play.

Don't miss this sight!

Mossdale Landing Community Park is accessible via Towne Centre Drive.

Final Thoughts

San Joaquin County is a county full of wonders for all of your five senses.

I know I had a great time tasting its local wine, breathing in the scent of nature, and admiring the natural and manmade landscapes all around.

So, if you're like me and want to immerse yourself in the culture of this Southern California county, then be sure you've got this article bookmarked.

You never know when you might need to look at the list of the best things to do in San Joaquin County, California, while on your trip.

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