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Summer fun in the 209

Summer may be on the wind down, especially with school starting up again, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of time to have some summer fun in the 209.


Luxury Daycation

Who among us doesn’t need a bit of rest and relaxation over the summer? And if you can do it in paradise, all the better. Paradiso Retreat sits on five acres in Acampo and offers a bevy of options to recharge mind, body and soul. The Retreat has activities like yoga and games, and it has areas to just relax, like lounging poolside or by a firepit. Or maybe the inner child wants to have some fun in the treehouse. Bookings can range from a two-person four-hour option with an Italian lunch for $300, or an all-day package for up to eight for $600.
For more information or to make a reservation, call (209) 277-1777 or follow them on Instagram at @paradiso_retreat.


Enjoy a warm summer night outdoors and gaze up at the stars. For a guided night of stargazing check out the Stockton Astronomical Society. The Society’s mission is to foster interest and promote astronomy and related sciences and have fun in the process. The Society offers lecture and tutorial programs, viewing opportunities at schools, and monthly public viewings at Oak Grove Regional Park, Delta College and special astronomical events.
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Day on the Delta

One of the true beauties of the 209, the Delta offers spectacular scenery and plenty of fun. One option to explore all the inlets and islands of the Delta is by boat. Don’t worry if there isn’t a kayak stored in the garage or a Cabin Cruiser waiting at the dock, because there are lots of rental options. One such place is H2O Excursions at Village West Marina in Stockton. The family-owned business offers pontoon boat rentals, towable inner tube rentals, and a captained boat charter. They also have equipment for water activities like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydro biking along the Fourteen Mile Slough. 
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Take the Plunge

Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca finally got to have their grand opening in June and is already making a splash. The indoor waterpark is heated to a comfortable 84 degrees and features a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas for every member of the family. The family entertainment center, known as the Great Wolf Adventure Park, is where families can scale new heights on a multi-level ropes course, play a round of miniature golf, compete for prizes at the arcade, or step into the mystical world of MagiQuest – Great Wolf Lodge’s exclusive live-action adventure game where players use interactive magic wands to battle goblins and dragons.
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Drive-In Movie

Indulge the inner beast calling out for buttery popcorn and head over to one of the several drive-in movie theaters that have opened in the 209. Gather up a carload, toss on your comfy clothes and spend the night watching a new summer release or one of the classic films being shown. One option for that classic drive-in experience is the Ceres Cruise-In, which features new movies on a 100-foot screen. For more information and a schedule of movies, visit