Manteca CA Activities and Attractions
Tour our charming Central Valley California wineries and sample distinctive wines at the tasting rooms of Delicato Vineyards, Wente Estate Vineyards in Livermore Valley, and Diablo Grande Vineyards in Patterson. Climb aboard the historic railroads that wind through the scenic Central Valley and California coast, through vineyards, mountains, lakes and rivers. Located near Yosemite National Park, the Historic Gold Country, San Francisco, and the Wine Country, you can easily trip to your favorite destination.
Manteca Murals - With four colorful murals gracing the walls of businesses in downtown Manteca, the city is becoming a city of murals. A walking tour is available to see these beautiful murals up close or just drive past to see their beauty. The Mural Society plans for five additional this year and 40 in the next five years. Call the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau for tour information at (209) 823-7229.
Manteca Historical Society - Learn the history of Manteca and the Central Valley dating back to the early 1800s at the Manteca Historical Museum. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 - 3 PM and Thursdays & Sundays, 1 -4 PM. Group tours are available by appointment. Call (209) 825-3021.
Big League Dreams - Big League Dreams is a premier amateur recreational sports facility in Manteca, California recognized as one of the "Best Sports Complex in America.??This new baseball park is like no other with 6 replica fields, depicting famous ballparks like Fenway, Wrigley and Yankee Stadium, along with batting cages, beach volleyball, softball, hockey, soccer, basketball, restaurants and a large pavilion for special events.
StrikeZone International - StrikeZone has sports excitement for the entire family. There are two arcades with over 130 games, including state-of-the-art racing simulators, high-tech batting cages for baseball and softball, laser-lit, new age, bowling lanes and large glow in the dark party tables for groups and parties. Rookies Pub & Grill is a 340-seat, full-service restaurant serving delicious cuisine, 22 kinds of beer, a dance floor, a theater-style TV and evening musical performers. www.strikezoneinternational.com.
San Joaquin County Fairgrounds - Enjoy top entertainment, carnivals, horse racing, and animals at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, just 15 miles from Manteca. Every June at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds thousands enjoy the San Joaquin County Fair. The grounds are also home to the Annual Stockton Ag Expo held every January.
Caswell Park - This 260 acre park features wildlife, a picnic area, hiking and swimming. Camp sites are available at South Austin Road. For information, call (209) 599-3810.
Altamont Raceway Park - Altamont Raceway Park, located in nearby Tracy features ½-mile and ¼- mile paved oval tracks for competitive racing. Fans can enjoy world-class racing on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. For night racing, the gate opens at 5:30 pm, and racing starts at 7:30 pm. For afternoon racing, the gate opens at 10:00 am and racing starts at 1pm. Altamont runs a variety of series, including Super Stock, Modifieds, Midgets and Sprints. Altamont opened in the 1930s, and was brought into its current configuration in 1963. For information, visit www.altamontraceway.com.
Hershey Chocolate USA - Located in nearby Oakdale, just 35 miles away, Hershey Chocolate USA offers public tours of the chocolate factory, a gift shop and a Visitors Center . Stock up on some delicious chocolate snacks and Hershey souvenirs. The Visitors Center is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Admission is free. For information, call (209) 848-8126.
Old-Town Sacramento - For a taste of the Old West, complete with dirt and cobblestone streets flanked with wide wooden sidewalks and "Bonanza"-style buildings, visit Old Sacramento. Tour the historical four blocks in a horse-drawn carriage or ride on an authentic riverboat. Bustling with activity, this place offers tourist shops, museums and antique trains.
Enjoy entertainment, restaurants, and lots of interesting shops at this National Registered Landmark and 28-acre State Historic Park on the river in downtown Sacramento. The Eagle Theater, the first building west of the Mississippi built specifically for entertainment continues its rich tradition with a lively schedule of plays.
Yosemite National Park- One of most beautiful places on earth, Yosemite National Park embraces 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands set aside to preserve a portion of the central Sierra Nevada along eastern California. Ranging from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet, Yosemite offers an alpine wilderness, three groves of Giant Sequoias and the glacially carved Yosemite Valley with impressive waterfalls, high cliffs and unusual rock formations.
Walk, hike or wander through mountain-and-valley scenery, wildlands, meadows, and forests. The 196 miles of roads and 840 miles of trails give access to natural treasures. Highlights of the park include: Yosemite Valley; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; Mariposa Grove’s hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows, a large sub-alpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Modesto Farmers Market - The only certified Farmers Market in Modesto and Stanislaus County, California, the Modesto Farmers Market provides farm fresh California produce - direct from the farmers to you. Most produce is harvested the day it is brought to the market. Farmers can only sell what they grow. Also provided are organic, Asian and European produce. The Market is open every Saturday from May 5 until November 17 and every Thursday from May 10 until October 18. Hours: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit www.modestofarmersmarket.com.
Delta Waterways - Enjoy boating, fishing, camping, house-boating, cruising, water-skiing, windsurfing, swimming, birding, waterside dining, wine tasting, RVing, or exploring California's 1000-mile Delta waterway system. Experience this lazy labyrinth of rivers, sloughs, cuts and canals while having fun at festivals and absorbing the Delta's fascinating history. You will love the boating, fishing and laid-back California lifestyle on this watered getaway, from munching crawdads in the historic town of Isleton, or admiring freshly-caught striped bass in the river town of Rio Vista. While you can easily hide in the tules, avail the facilities of 100 waterside resorts and marinas.
Lake Tahoe - Lake Tahoe is scenic vacation destination in the High Sierra, offering abundant recreational activities for year-round recreation. Play tennis, bungee jump, and hike or bike on the flats and mountains. Bicycling is a popular pastime at Lake Tahoe, which features a variety of designated paved bike paths and lanes in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Ride the trails and feel exhilarated by Tahoe's unmatched beauty.
Lake Tahoe has a multitude of scenic spots and beaches where you can picnic and barbecue, wander the shoreline, get sand between your toes, wade in the cool waters, and bask in the sunshine. For a close-to-nature experience, explore the scenic wilderness on horseback. Saddle up and savor the scenery as you ride near lakeside and through mountain meadows and forests.
Enjoy spectacular mountain views while following the Aspen, Meadow and Fallen Leaf Lake trails. Travel a Sierra Trail to reach the secluded Floating Island Lake. Stables offer guided trail rides and overnight or extended pack trips. The snowiest region on the North American continent, Lake Tahoe is also a skiing paradise. Lake Tahoe’s 15 major ski resorts get hammered with white gold, and offer exhilarating ways to enjoy the tons of snow that fall each winter.
Since the snow lasts into the spring, you’ll have plenty of time to try all of these world-class trails. Race down your favorite mountain on skis or a snowboard. Engage the horsepower of a snowmobile or a horse-drawn sleigh. Ride in a sled pulled by a team of huskies, snow tube on your own inertia, hike in snowshoes, or glide across the ice at a skating rink.
Moscone Convention Center - The Moscone Center, San Francisco's premier meeting and exhibition facility, anchors the City's commitment to a vital tourism industry. More than 2 million square feet of building area include over 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, up to 106 meeting rooms, and nearly 123,000 square feet of pre-function lobbies.
With the completion of Moscone West, today's Moscone Center is a collection of facilities covering more than 20 acres on three adjacent blocks. It anchors the 87-acre Yerba Buena Center redevelopment district in a vibrant downtown neighborhood of hotels, theaters, restaurants, museums, galleries, housing, parks and urban recreation centers. For additional information, visit www.moscone.com.
San Luis Reservoir - Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is a beautiful, multi-use park for boating, board sailing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking. And the anglers find the reservoir’s three lakes most inviting. The San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for runoff water from the Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. A visitor center at the Romero Overlook provides information on the reservoirs and water projects through audio-visual and printed materials, and telescopes for viewing the area. For more information and park hours, visit www.parks.ca.gov. [Top]
Festivals & EventsManteca Street Faire- Manteca?? exciting 10th Annual Crossroads Street Faire, held April 1 & 2, 2006 in downtown Manteca, is one of the top Street Fairs in California. You will enjoy over 400 vendors, arts & crafts booths, antiques, commercial products, and wonderful local food and entertainment. For more information, visit www.visitmanteca.org.
Stockton Asparagus Festival - Thousands of visitors attend Stockton’s annual three-day food and entertainment festival, celebrating the most prestigious agricultural product in San Joaquin County. The Asparagus Festival features three performing stages, Asparagus Alley with the best deep fried asparagus found anywhere, one of the finest celebrity chef cooking demonstration kitchens, a classic car show, a fabulous Spear-Its of the Valley wine and beer pavilion, a craft show, exhibits by more than 70 food purveyors and 100 specialty merchandise vendors. Join the festival in Downtown Stockton. Visit www.asparagusfest.com .
Delta Film Festival - The Delta Film Festival began as a dream of the Manteca Film Commission to help increase the film industry’s awareness of the Central Valley of California as an untapped source for rural and agricultural shooting locations. The Delta Film Festival enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the region, while providing worldwide filmmakers a personalized forum for creative works.
This Manteca festival is a showcase and competition of independent feature length and short films, with a special focus on digital film processing. The festival honors a diverse body of emerging and established talent, including student filmmakers and cutting-edge independents. The Fourth Annual Delta Film Festival will be held September 19 - 24, 2005. This year’s festival will be an outdoor festival, with films shown on a giant 20’x 80’ screen. The festival is open to the public and winners will be announced at the end of screenings. [Top]
Vineyards & Wine Tasting
Delicato Vineyards - Delicato Vineyards in Manteca is the 5th largest family-run winery in the world and home of some of California’s most award-winning wines. For more than 75 years, the Indelicato family has crafted fine wines while assembling a portfolio of world-class estate vineyards.
Delicato harvests 10,000 acres of vineyards across the top grape-growing regions of California - from the coastal cool of the legendary San Bernabe Vineyard in Monterey to the rolling foothills of Lodi. Celebrated winemakers have brought decades of expertise to bear on these remarkable grapes, to create Delicato wines of distinctive character, quality and exceptional value.
Their tasting room, open daily in Manteca, California, features wines from Delicato Family Vineyards, Clay Station, Monterra, Encore and Delicato Monterey Vine Select, as well as limited release wines unavailable elsewhere. A wide array of wines is complemented by an excellent selection of gift and gourmet items - from personalized gift baskets to that perfect set of wine glasses. They also host special events throughout the year at the winery, such as the well-known Juried Art Show in January, the 3-D Art Show in March, and the Juice Days for Home Winemakers in September and October. Tasting room open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM.
Lodi Appellation - Nestled between the San Francisco Bay Area and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the Lodi Appellation is truly a unique wine region. Since the Gold Rush days, the tradition of family-owned vineyards remains strong and the roots run deep.
The areas pleasant Mediterranean climate with long warm days and cooling Delta breezes combine with rich, sandy loam soils for the perfect conditions for growing premium wine grapes. Exceptional wines are produced from 16 distinctive vineyards in the Lodi Appellation. The Winter Wine Wander features wine tasting, gourmet food items, recipes and unique gifts. Relax, shop, sip award-winning wines, and enjoy the unique tasting rooms of the Lodi Appellation.
Diablo Grande Vineyards - The Diablo Grande Vineyards consist of 36 acres of winegrapes sculpted into the rolling hillsides of the Diablo Range on the western slope of the San Joaquin Valley. The 1,100-foot vineyards include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Barbera, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvigno, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Petite Syrah, Malbec, Viognier and Riesling. Diablo Grande’s grapes and wines have distinct flavors and characteristics which distinguish them from other California winegrowing regions.
Diablo Grande is an approved American Viticultural Area, offering “Estate Bottled” wines. Since 1997, Diablo Grande Wines have been produced and bottled by Isom Ranch Winery, a private enterprise located within the Diablo Grande Viticultural Area. Winemaker Fran Lightly started making wines from Diablo Grande grapes in1993 while attending graduate school at Cal State Fresno. These wines were first released in May of 2000.
Wente Estate Vineyards Winery - For over 125 years, Wente Vineyards has produced fine wines from historic Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco winegrowing regions. Their distinguished Vineyard Reserve and Vineyard Selection wines have evolved from their origin over a century ago into balanced wines for all occasions. Wente Estate includes 2,700 acres of vineyards in the Livermore Valley and in Arroyo Seco, Monterey.
Wente offers unique winemaking tours that provide a fascinating look at modern winemaking techniques juxtaposed with century-old oval barrels that are still in use. Learn about wine tasting and sample award-winning wines from the Estate Winery Tasting Room. An array of picnic and gourmet foods from the Estate Winery Tasting Room's Country Marketplace can be enjoyed inside or on the shaded patio. Browse the gift shop for gourmet food items and wine accessories. The wine tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winery tours are daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Visit www.wentevineyards.com.
Napa Valley Wine Train - From the moment you enter the Wine Train's Station, you return to the gracious era of elegant rail travel and distinguished service. Experience a crafted culinary and wine experience, with champagne brunch, gourmet lunch or an exquisite full-course dinner that offers a relaxing journey through the heart of Napa Valley's picturesque vineyards and world-renowned wineries.
The 1915-1917 Pullman Lounge and Wine Tasting Cars surround guests with imported hand-rubbed Honduran Mahogany, polished brass, and grape-motif etched glass while they savor hors d'oeuvres chosen to enhance the selection of the finest Napa Valley wines.
The meticulously restored 1917 Pullman Dining Car, replete with etched glass, polished brass, fine fabrics and rich mahogany, pampers with superb meals and all the elements of fine dining. Enjoy leisurely shopping and wine tasting at the McKinstry Street Station. The Wine Emporium features 200 kinds of wine and related gifts, while Baubles & Beads offers elegant jewelry and personal items. Brunch, lunch and dinner excursions are a scenic 3-hour adventure through the heart of the Napa Valley Wine Country.
Sierra Railroad Dinner Train Rides - The Sierra Railroad Dinner Train provides an opportunity to travel on the historic Sierra Railroad while enjoying a superb cuisine, wonderful entertainment and unspoiled countryside in luxuriously restored railroad dining and lounge cars. The Dinner Train offers romantic dinners, fun murder mysteries, lunches, Sunday brunches, Wild West shows, wine tasting, and special events throughout the year. Sample the area's fine wines and drinks while savoring a freshly prepared meal. The train winds past orchards and climbs Sand Hill to the cattle country of eastern Stanislaus County. Enjoy your entrée as you pass the lost town of Occidental, and a delectable dessert as the train journeys westward to Sierra Station in Oakdale. Experience a delightful evening of romance and intimacy dancing the night away to live musical entertainment on the Lounge Car, The Mirror Lake. Choose from day or evening trips, seasonal rides around holidays, and special warm weather trips such as the Wildflower or Raft & Rail Trip. For information, visit www.sierrarailroad.com.
Sacramento River Train Rides - Journey eastward from Woodland, California to the Sacramento River, and then on to West Sacramento through the rich agricultural land of Yolo County. Enjoy a relaxing 2 ½-hour train ride on a 1918 steam locomotive as you cross an 8,000 foot wooden trestle, travel through numerous orchards and past a variety of crops. Sample and purchase local produce when you stop at Uncle Ray's Fruit Stand. You can also enjoy various train excursions offered on the Sacramento River Train, such as The Great Train Robbery, Scottish Highland Train, Murder Mystery Train, the Sunday Picnic Train and the Mother’s/Father’s Day Trips. Group and company charters are also available. Call (800) 866-1690 for reservations: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit www.sacramentorivertrain.com. [Top]
ShoppingModesto Farmers Market - The only certified Farmers Market in Modesto and Stanislaus County, California, the Modesto Farmers Market provides farm fresh California produce - direct from the farmers to you. Most produce is harvested the day or hours before it is brought to the market. Farmers can only sell what they grow. Also provided are organic, Asian and European produce. The Market is open Saturdays from May 5 to November 17 and every Thursday from May 10 to October 18. Hours are: 7 am to 12:30 pm. http://www.modestofarmersmarket.com/.
Prime Outlets at Tracy Locatedjust 12 miles from the hotel, the Prime Outlets at Tracy offers a broad array of famous, high-quality brand name stores, including Gap, Levi’s, Liz Claiborne, and Bass that attract residents and visitors to the San Joaquin Valley. [Top]
University of the Pacific is an independent university offering personalized education, small class sizes and an extensive selection of undergraduate and graduate/professional programs. With 11 schools and colleges and more than 80 majors and programs of study, U of Pacific has that rare combination of small-university friendliness and programs found at much larger universities. At Pacific, professors know students by name and learning is enhanced through real-world experience. TheUniversity of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law was ranked 90 th among all ABA accredited law schools by U.S. News and World Report. For information and admissions, visit www.uop.edu.
San Joaquin Delta College - Located in Stockton, California San Joaquin Delta College values diversity in its programs and services and is dedicated to offering high quality educational experiences that foster personal enrichment and lifelong learning. The entire college community promotes the free exchange of ideas, with an eye toward ensuring that freedom of expression and academic freedom is celebrated and valued. Delta College offers programs and services that approach the development of students as holistic human beings capable of contributing positively to a community of learners and the wider community of humanity. The College’s commitment to quality is sustained by continuous self-renewal, which enables the institution to be an innovative, efficient and effective leader among peer institutions and in the community. www.deltacollege.edu.
California State University Stanislaus - Among the 23 campuses in the California State University system, CSU Stanislaus is distinguished by its focus on educational excellence, affordability and access. Small classes offered on the main campus in Turlock, at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton, and via distance learning enable undergraduate, graduate, and credential students to maintain direct and personal contact with outstanding faculty. For those who prefer specialized instruction, there are numerous classes that can be taken through Extended Education. CSU Stanislaus has adopted a learning-centered philosophy to guide its Master Academic Planning (MAP), and is dedicated to instilling a passion among all members of the community for lifelong learning. While the University is a leading institution in the northern San Joaquin Valley and Central Sierra Foothills, it has a student body from nations throughout the world and a focus that is global in scope. CSU Stanislaus is a public institution of higher learning that is committed to collaboration and partnerships with public and private agencies, public and private schools, non-profit organizations, and corporations. For information and admissions, visit www.csustan.edu. [Top]
Golf CoursesManteca Park Golf CourseEnjoy a public course with a country club atmosphere. This 18-hole championship golf course in Manteca features flat terrain, narrow and heavily tree-lined fairways, and greens are small and fast. Water hazards and sand bunkers come into play on most holes for challenging and exciting play. Manteca Park also has a recreational park, tennis courts, a full line pro-shop, a snack bar and banquet facilities. Call (209) 825-2500 for information and tee times or visit http://ci.manteca.ca.us/go/ [Top]
- Chez Shari's
Address: 305 N Union Rd, Manteca, CA 95337
Capacity: Seats up to 184 people
- Fesm Lodge
Address: 240 N Main St, Manteca, CA 95336
Capacity: Seats up to 496 people
Address: 1028 W. Yosemite, Manteca, CA 95337
Capacity: Seats up to 200 [Top]
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Manteca