The Lodi News-Sentinel’s Discover Visitors Guide is your key to finding the best that the greater Lodi area has to offer. We live in a special region that has an abundance of activities and destinations that will delight the casual visitor or challenge the dedicated outdoors enthusiast.
With the Delta to the west and the Sierra foothills to the east, you can spend days exploring rivers, lakes, caves and campgrounds. Wine, of course, is the reason many people visit Lodi, and our designation as the 2015 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine is the culmination of decades of work by the growers and vintners of the Lodi Appellation. We have included a complete map of local tasting rooms and wineries to guide you.
Downtown Lodi is full of restaurants, boutiques and galleries with a cutting edge, full-service movie theater. Stroll the tree-lined streets and sip some wine or stop in for a bite. In the summer, Thursday nights have one of the most popular Farmers Markets around and vintage Cruise Nights at historic A&W Root Beer. The World of Wonders Science Museum is a must stop for kids of all ages.
If you’re into cycling, Lodi is becoming a prime destination with the Amgen Tour of California stopping by for the past two years. You can rent a bike in Downtown or bring your own, and the beautiful country roads will give you miles of enjoyment.
Micke Grove Zoo and Micke Grove Regional Park are south of town and a great way to spend the day. A gift from William Micke, one of the early farmers who helped develop Lodi, Micke Grove Regional Park is also the home of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum and Japanese Garden.
At the north end of town, on the Mokelumne River, is Lodi Lake, the jewel of the city. Don’t miss the wilderness area where you just might encounter a deer or two.
Special events happen year-round. November brings the Sandhill Crane Festival, and The Parade of Lights in December is the small town experience you will never forget. We have the Lodi Street Faire twice a year and the Lodi Grape Festival is a huge part of September. There is also the First Friday Art Hop every month. Look inside for a complete list of dates.
We hope you use this guide to discover all that is great in “Livable, Lovable Lodi.”
Jon Miller, Advertising Director