An Insider's Guide to Visiting Lodi, Calif.

A local takes you on a tour of things to do in this California town

By Mary Campbell September 8, 2020

Lodi, Calif., will surprise you with its quaint small-town feel with large town life, whether you’re looking for a getaway with your special someone or a trip for the whole family.

Cycle through the beautiful country roads, paddle out on Lodi Lake and up the river, shop at one-of-a-kind stores in our historic downtown, and sip on award-winning wine. Stay in an award-winning hotel, a unique vacation home, or even a B&B.  

Lodi, where I live, is nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is incredibly scenic, and is home to 85+ boutique wineries and an abundance of memorable experiences to enjoy.

We invite you to discover why Lodi is a popular vacation destination for those visiting California. You’ll meet people who make you feel welcome wherever you go! 

Click here to download a FREE Visitor Guide from Visit Lodi.

Exciting outdoor adventures

Lodi offers an abundance of outdoor recreation. Some favorites include kayaking, paddleboarding, cycling, golfing, fishing, and much more! Here are four adventures to check out:

Headwaters Boathouse

Located at Lodi Lake, you can rent paddleboards and kayaks here for an adventure out on the water.  

Lodi Lake Park

Picnic with the family and walk along the nature trails to find many species of mammals, reptiles, and fish that call Lodi Lake home.

Parachute Center

Ready to see the town from a bird’s eye view? The Lodi Parachute Center will give you the most thrilling view of the town!

Cycle through Wine Country

Lodi is a top destination for cyclists and recreational riders alike.  Check out the list of bike routes here, from a 5-mile family fun ride to a 40-mile country road ride, and everything in between.

Spend the day learning

It's worth spending a day just exploring Lodi’s zoos and museums. Check out:

World of Wonders Science Museum

A fun and exciting place where children and adults can learn more about the world around them through science.

Micke Grove Zoo

Beautiful exhibits take visitors on a journey through some of the most exotic places in the world and feature a rare fossa, playful bobcat, and a majestic snow leopard. Located in Micke Grove Park, this a great place to spend the day with family. You'll find a splash pad, numerous playgrounds, a Japanese Garden, and disc golf course. 

San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum

The historical society museum reveals the fascinating history of the region, from the Yokuts and Miwok Indians to the founding of the towns and development of modern agriculture. 

Where to stay

Looking for the perfect place to stay the night? Lodi’s variety of hotels, motels, vacation homes, and bed and breakfasts give you plenty of options! 

Click here to see a full list of lodging options. 

Where to eat 


You can’t go wrong dining out in Lodi. When you are surrounded by rich farm country and ample wineries, finding delicious food is as simple as picking up a fork.

Indulge in a romantic dinner at a Lodi winery or enjoy a farm-to-fork meal made fresh with local ingredients. Check out this full list of dining options in town. 

My personal top picks for family dining are: 

Wineries to visit

With more than 85 wineries in town, Lodi offers an amazing variety of tasting opportunities.  

Traveling with the kids? Check out these top picks for family-friendly wineries:

Michael David Winery

Includes a play area for the kids, lawn games, and food.

Durst Winery

You'll find a picnic area and lawn games, plus it's dog friendly.

Lange Twins Winery

Visitors can use the picnic area, play lawn games, and walk the nature trail.

Jessie's Grove

Features include a large picnic area, lawn games, plus horses and farm animals.

Come experience Lodi, California, and see why people return again and again! 


Planning a visit to Lodi, Calif.? 

Visit Macaroni Kid Lodi for family-friendly local events and even more ideas on places to visit and things to do!