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7 Best and Fun Things To Do In Lathrop, California

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Set on the banks of the San Joaquin River, just outside of Stockton in the northern half of California, Lathrop is a big city with a rich U.S. military history and a lot to offer its guests. Lathrop’s main attractions are its parks and recreational activities. Some of the best parks in the area include Manuel Valverde Park and Mossdale Landing Community Park.

Lathrop is home to many attractions that are ideal for families traveling with kids. You can stop by Go Bananas, especially popular for children’s parties. There is also Dell’Osso Family Farms, where visitors can enjoy picnics, shopping, riding trains, panning for gems, and pony rides!

Discover our list below for more great things to do in Lathrop, California.

The 8 Most Popular Things To Do In Lathrop, California

7. Stockton Field Aviation Museum

4.8 ★★★★★ (5 reviews)

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving important equipment and information related to America’s WWII aviation history. It also wants to bring homage to the people who maintained, built, and designed the technology used to navigate and fly during this time. Furthermore, they want to teach visitors about these things and foster passions for all things aviation.

At present this location is closed temporarily. There is no indication of a reopening date as yet.

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Location: 7430 C E Dixon Street Street Stockton CA

Tel:  209 982 0273

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6. Oakwood Lake

3.7 ★★★★☆ (13 reviews)

Oakwood Lake is a fantastic place to go fishing in the area. If you do plan to go angling at Oakwood Lake it is best to ensure that you have the correct licensing and know the intricacies of the area before you visit again.


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5. Mossdale Landing Community Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (86 reviews)

Mossdale Landing is a public park and a great place for family and friends to get together for a morning in the sun while the kids have a blast. Unfortunately, there are no fires allowed in public parks, including charcoal or propane grills. Smoking and alcohol are also not permitted. There is a gazebo with seating for 50 people at 5 tables, but there are no outlets and vehicles are not allowed in the park. The water feature specifically is available 15 April to 15 October, all week between 11:30 am and 08:30 pm.

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Location: 700 Towne Centre Dr Lathrop CA

Tel:  209 941 7370

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4. Manuel Valverde Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (238 reviews)

Another city park that is popular with locals and free to utilize. Fires are permitted and neither is smoking or alcohol. The gazebo is only available for reservation and the water feature is available between 15 April and 15 October, all week, from 11 am to 8 pm.

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Location: 15557 5th Street Lathrop CA

Tel:  209 941 7370

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3. Mossdale Crossing Regional Park

4.0 ★★★★☆ (286 reviews)

Mossdale Crossing Regional Park is a great place for locals and tourists to do some fun things by the water. There is a boat launch ramp with two lanes where you can launch your boat and enjoy a nice relaxing visit for free. There are also BBQ facilities and picnic tables around the park, with fishing access and a floating dock. Enjoy a nice relaxing day in the sun and jump in the river for a quick swim with the kids.


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Location: 19091 S Manthey Road Lathrop CA

Tel:  209 953 8800

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2. Dos Reis Park

4.1 ★★★★☆ (345 reviews)

Situated right on the San Joaquin River, Dos Reis is much more than just a park. You can not only launch a boat during your visit, but you can rent a campsite for a night or two. There are 26 sites equipped for RVs with hook-ups and showers. There are also a number of tent sites along with a play area for kids, horseshoe pits, BBQ facilities, and picnic tables.

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Location: 890 Dos Reis Road Lathrop CA

Tel:  209 953 8800

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1. Big League Dreams Manteca

4.2 ★★★★☆ (834 reviews)

If you have baseball dreams then the Big League Dreams stadium is for you. Whether you want to be on the Stockton Ports baseball team or you dream of playing for the big leagues, this group of tourist attractions is exactly what you need. With much more to offer than the nearby Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton, Big League Dreams amalgamates the best features of Big League parks all together in the same place. There are several replica fields from other cities and a few unique things like a play area for kids, an indoor pavilion, batting cages, and Stadium Club restaurants. Tour the fields at your leisure, enjoy some caramel apples and more at the various eateries, etc. There is something here for everyone to enjoy, not just the baseball enthusiasts. Your children can have fun all day while you conduct your business, or join them in their fun.


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Location: 1077 Milo Candini Dr Manteca CA

Tel:  209 824 2400

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Lathrop, California! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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