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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:00 pm

Lodi’s nooks and crannies are filled with unique places of interest. From lakes and parks to fruit stands, tasting rooms and community events, there are places to check out around town.

Here are a few places not to miss in Lodi:

Produce and wine tasting at Phillips Farms

Located on Highway 12, Phillips Farms offers a little of everything. Visitors can wine taste, choose from a variety of fruits and vegetables at the farm stand, enjoy breakfast in the cafe or a picnic on the grounds. In October, the grounds are transformed to include a large pumpkin patch, a pumpkin trail and carnival games.

Where: 4580 W. Highway 12

Hours: Tasting room hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week; fruit stand hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week; and the cafe is open seven days a week from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday for lunch.

Information: Call 209-368-5801 or visit the website.

History and animals at Micke Grove Park

Micke Grove Park, located at 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, is 258 acres featuring various attractions to keep the family busy all day.

Micke Grove Zoo is home to more than 130 animals representing over 50 different species. Animals include mammals, reptiles, birds, amphimbians and intertebrates.

Hours: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every holiday, excluding Christmas Day.

Admission: $4 for adults; $2 for youths ages 3 to 17; free for children age 2 and under.

Fun Town at Micke Grove offers amusement rides and carnival type treats.

For hours, call 209-369-7330.

Admission: $1.75 per ticket, $15 for a book of 10 tickets or $17 for all-day wrist bands for groups of six or more children.

San Joaquin Historical Museum features eight exhibit buildings, four historic buildings and room dioramas of Weber family furnishings and a children’s gallery.

Hours: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during the summer and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during the winter.

Admission: $5 for adults ages 18 to 64, $4 for seniors age 65 and over, $4 for teens ages 13 to 17 and $2 for children ages 6 to 12.

For more information: Call 209-331-2055 or visit the website.

Other areas to explore are Wortley Lake, a 3-acre lake with a 40-foot water fountain; the Japanese Garden with cherry trees, a tea house and a koi pond; and the park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Relaxation in the sun at Lodi Lake Park

The man-made lake, nestled next to the Mokelumne River, offers a range of activities including a public beach and swim area, pedal boats and kayaks to rent, picnic areas, playgrounds and a nature trail to view the riparian habitat. The beach is open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.

Beach admission: $3 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 3 to 17 and free for ages 2 and under.

Vehicle entrance fees are $4 daily for Lodi residents and $5 for non-residents or $2 for senior residents and $3 for senior non-residents. There are also tours on the Mokelumne River that begin each April. For more information, call 209-333-6742.

The boathouse is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Rental prices are $5 per half hour for pedal boats, $4 per half hour for single kayaks and $5 per half hour for two people on tandem kayaks. The boat launch is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the launching fee is $5 per gas powered watercraft, plus vehicle entrance fee.

The arts at Hutchins Street Square

Located in the heart of the city, Hutchins Street Square is a performing arts theater and conference center. Various class are held for adults and children including art, music, dance and photography. A public swimming pool is open for public swim times as well as scheduled times for swimming lessons and cardio water classes.

Pool fees: $3.50 per day for residents age 60 or over and children ages 2 to 17 or $3.75 for non-residents; and $4.75 for residents ages 18 to 59 and $5 for non-residents.

The Square also holds concerts and dance performances.

Information: For general infomation, call 209-333-6782; for the box office, call 209-333-5500; for the senior center, call 209-369-6921. You may also visit the website.

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