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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2008 10:00 pm

Destination: Antioch

Overall rating: *** (out of five)

Rating for kids: **

Rating for seniors: ***

What's the attraction: Shopping, boating and music in one of the state's oldest towns.

What to do: Antioch, a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland, was founded in 1850, the year after Gold was discovered. It was known for its coal mining that started in 1859 and the railroad that passed through. Though the railroad and mining no longer remain, the Antioch terminus still stands on the corner of F and Fourth streets.

Now, the small, but growing, town is home to many who commute to work in other Bay Area cities. However, there is a public marina and many yacht clubs to enjoy.

If you're a fisherman, use the public fishing piers in town and near the Antioch Bridge. There is also fishing in the San Joaquin Delta River along the Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, located just upstream from Antioch's Bridge on Highway 160.

The historic El Campanil Theatre in Downtown Antioch hosts many events, including classic films, theater events, concerts and ballets. Upcoming shows include CoCo Montoya, "Citizen Kane," "One Nation - Under Blog," Ain't Misbehavin,' "Maltese Falcon," and Mariachi Divas. For information on the El Campanil, visit

Cost: Depends on what you do.

Directions: Antioch is only 39 miles from Lodi. Take Highway 12 to Highway 160. Take the ramp onto Wilbur Avenue and make a right on A Street. Turn left on west 6th Street and then a right on L street.



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