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A Day in Modesto

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Nestled in California’s agricultural rich Central Valley, Modesto has attractions to entertain and educate to people of all ages. The city has parks, historic sites, museums, outdoor activities, and events and festivals to keep you busy.  Make your stay a memorable one and explore everything the city has to offer through this 24-hour Modesto itinerary guide.

Modesto Itinerary
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Breakfast at 9:00am!

Start your day at Mimi's Cafe that serves up American and French comfort fare at a reasonable rate. It puts out a hearty meal without breaking the bank.

Address: 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356, United States
Phone: 1 209-567-0930
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00am-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 7:00am-11:00pm; Sunday: 7:00am-10:00pm

Great Valley Museum at 10:00am!

Visit the Great Valley Museum that features exhibits related to biology and ecology of the California’s Great Central Valley. Five different ecosystems of the Great Central Valley are featured in the museum along with several native animals and plants. Types of habitat include oak woodlands, grasslands, riparian, wetlands, and aquatic. Some of the exhibits housed here are Tuolumne River Watershed Exhibit, Observatory viewing, Central Valley Native Habitat display, and much more.

Address: 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA 95358, United States
Phone: 1 209-575-6196
Distance from Mimi’s Cafe: 2.9miles or 6minutes drive

Gallo Center for the Arts at 11:00am!

Catch a musical show, Broadway show or other performances at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Several dance performances, comedy shows and musicals are held here, plus art, cultural and social activities are also offered.

Address: 1000 I Street, Modesto, CA 95354, United States
Phone: 1 209-338-2100
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Website: www.galloarts.org/ 
Distance from Great Valley Museum: 3.2miles or 9minutes drive

McHenry Museum at 12:00pm!

Next, head off to McHenry Museum that showcases the city’s past and the pioneers who founded the city through documents, photographs and other exhibits. Within the museum there is a general store, a blacksmith shop, a dentist room exhibit, a recorder’s office, agricultural exhibits, historical paintings, old-fashioned gadgets and other Modesto memorabilia. 

Address: 1402 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, United States
Phone: 1 209-577-5366
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Distance from Gallo Center for the Arts: 0.3miles or 1minutes drive via I Street

Lunch at 1:00pm!

Head off to Harvest Moon (1213 I St) or Dewz Restaurant (1505 J St) for American fare. For Japanese, sushi or Asian cuisine, make your way over to the Raw Sushi Bistro (1200 I St.). Step into Vito’s Ristorante (918 13th Street) that serves up delicious Italian cuisine, or chow down on some Chinese food at Noah's HOF Brau (1311 J St).

McHenry Mansion at 2:00pm!

Tour the McHenry Mansion, an original Victorian Italianate style home in Modesto. It features the history of the city and the mansion. Marvel at the architecture, know the historic details, Attend annual events and festivals that are held here, including Smithsonian Victorian Garden Exhibit, St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night, Victorian Floral Extravaganza, Dickens Faire, and many more events.  It is a beautiful and unique piece of architecture with plenty of history!

Address: 924 15th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, United States
Phone: 1 209-549-0428
Opening hours: Monday to Friday & Sunday: 12:30pm-4:00pm

State Theatre at 3:00pm!

Take a trip to the State Theatre. This art deco theatre features classic films, modern movies and live performances. . It has a great selection of events and movies of all times. Take in the movie you like at this historic theatre!

Address: 1307 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354, United States
Phone: 1 209-527-4697
Distance from McHenry Mansion: 0.2 miles or 1minute drive

Shopping at 4:00pm!

Next, head off to the Vintage Faire Mall that features well-known brands, specialty stores, restaurants and more. Anchor stores include Macys’, Forever 21, Sears and JCPenney. Stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Outfitters, American Eagle, Disney Store, Abercombie and Fitch, H&M, Bath and Body Works, G for Guess, and more are also found here. 

Address: 3401 Dale Rd #483, Modesto, CA 95356, United States
Phone: 1 209-527-3401
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm
Distance from State Theatre: 5.3miles or 10 minutes drive via CA-99 North

Boomers! Modesto at 6:00pm!

Take a trip to the Boomers! Modesto, an amusement park stocked with something for everyone. It has bumper boats, go-karts race, a miniature golf course, video arcade house, roller-coaster, climbing walls, and plenty of casual eateries.

Address: 4215 Bangs Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356, United States
Phone: 1 209-545-5248
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am-9:00pm
Distance from Vintage Faire Mall: 1.8miles or 6minutes drive via Sisk Rd

Dinner at 8:00pm!

Step into Denny’s (4324 Salida Blvd) that serves up American cuisine. Craving for Mexican cuisine, make your way over to Del Taco (4300 Salida Blvd) or LA Hacienda (4520 Broadway). Relish Chinese and Asian cuisines at Golden Bowl Chinese Restaurant (4925 Sisk Road Suite H). For steak and American fare, head to Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse Restaurants (3801 Pelandale Ave).

Nightlife starts at 10:00pm!

Step into a retro-style 1970s nightspot- Crocodile Nightclub. It offers a wide range of music ranging from oldies to disco and rock to country music and Latin music.  Enjoy Salsa nights on Thursday, join the dance party on Friday & Saturday, and go a musical trip with the disc jockey on Sundays. Get ready to be travel back in time at this retro spot!

Address: 1745 Prescott Rd, Modesto, CA 95350, United States
Phone: 1 209-544-1962


Take a trip to White Elephant Lounge that offers variety of cocktails, tasty American eats, a jukebox, pool tables and DJs music. Pick your favorite song on jukebox, indulge in a friendly game of pool, and chow down on delicious American dishes, while sipping drinks.

Address: 1703 Standiford Avenue, Modesto, CA 95350, United States
Phone: 1 209-529-2692
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00am-2:00am

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