We start our tour of the top things to do in Lodi with the World of Wonders Science Museum. With a mission to offer hands-on, science-based exhibits and programs to stimulate discovery for all ages, the WoW as it’s affectionately known by locals, is home to over 70 hands on science exhibits and plenty of incredible events throughout the year! Even more exciting is its continued growth as plans are already in the works to expand the museum through the WOW Science Plaza project in the coming years.
TripAdvisor User @tuf_travelers out of the Bay Area calls this an “Electrifying fun place”, saying it was fun for all ages and that the museum is a good size, not too overwhelming for little ones. "Highly recommend and will go back”.
Home to native and exotic animals from all over the world, the five-acre, Micke Grove Zoo works to not only help in conservation of endangered animals, but also works to educate and entertain visitors through their vast knowledge and array of programs. From invertebrates like the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, to reptiles like the Radiated Tortoise, Birds like the Golden Eagle and mammals like the Tamarin’s, Lemurs and Snow Leopard, there are plenty to see and learn about!
TripAdvisor User @coasterfan1924 of Sacramento, California calls the experience relaxing and unique, describing the zoo and a way to escape the hectic city. “We most enjoy hanging out with the three spider monkeys there, always watchable and endearing, but there are dozens of animals that we’re attached to.”
Residents of Lodi in the fall and winter, viewing the Sandhill Cranes is a must for any and all birdwatchers. The birds make a very unique noise, and their vast numbers during their migration make for an experience like none other. When in season, the popular destination to view these birds is known as the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve, aka the Isenberg Crane Reserve. Take a self-guided tour, or book a tour through the California Department of Fish & Wildlife with local docents who will take you to a private part of the reserve for a closer look!
TripAdvisor User Robert L. of Nevada City, California writes “the morning take off or evening fly in of hundreds of sandhill cranes is a birding spectacle of sights and sounds that should not be missed.”
Spanning across three vineyards totaling 85 acres, the Berghold Family began producing handcrafted wines in 1999. Today, the winery is an incredible place to visit in Lodi. Not only do they produce some amazing varieties of wine like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and more, but their tasting room is extremely unique! Owners Joe and Kay have collected antiques from the American Victorian period which makes for a memorable experience. But perhaps it’s their “music box”, which is more like an orchestral cabinet that makes this tasting room a popular and one-of-a-kind destination!
TripAdvisor User David L. of Sacramento California says it’s a must-see place. “The winery is located in a very nice setting, but when you go into it, you will be astonished by the antiques and interior decorations. The wine is also very good and the servers are knowledgeable and attentive.”
A property spanning across 320 acres not only includes some of the oldest producing vines in the Lodi Appellation, but also some spectacular, barnyard scenes! Their rustic tasting room and patio is surrounded by the vines, their ranch and farm animals that give you the feeling you are worlds away, despite being moments away from the city. The eighth oldest winery in Lodi is a perfect stop for great wine, and amazing scenery!
TripAdvisor User Dee Ann M. of San Diego says this winery should be at the top of your list! “Jessie’s Grove is like taking a walk back in time. So much history there to go along with great wines! Old vine Zins are just amazing here. The small tasting room is darling and well-staffed with friendly folks. Really – Do not miss this place!”
Just moments away from downtown Lodi, Harney Lane Winery is a beautiful open tasting room complete with a natural, outdoor oasis to enjoy some handcrafted wines. Whether you enjoy a glass with a loved one outside, soaking up the sounds of birds chirping and the feel of the warm sun on your skin, or prefer to chat with their friendly staff in the tasting room, you’re sure to enjoy your time, and wine, at Harney Lane! With a motto like love, laughter and family it’s no wonder why Trip Advisor Users love this winery, not just for the care they put in their wines, but for the kinship and comradery!
TripAdvisor User @punkatilla of Oxford in the United Kingdom writes “We visited four wineries around Lodi and this was by far our favorite! The staff was fantastic and the tasting rooms and gardens are such a lovely space to sit with a drink. Plus, the wine was fantastic!”
Whether it’s a picnic, a family walk or bike ride along the nature trails, or a jaunt in the lake on paddleboards or kayaks, Lodi Lake Park is an amazing spot to spend time at in the city. Be inspired by the wildlife, otters, deer and birds or, visit the Headwaters Boat House where you can rent a personal watercraft, or even enjoy one of their number of tours that vary from a moonlit paddle on the water, a paddle for ladies only or even special holiday themed paddles!
TripAdvisor User Dianah R. of San Leandro, California calls Lodi Lake park a gem! “We went there to rent stand up paddle boards and were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was.”
While the Phillips family have been farming since the 1850’s it wasn’t until fifth generation grape growing brothers, Michael and David, that their unconventional and unique approach to wine began taking over the world! As they say, they don’t break the rules, they make them, and with their collection of unique wine brands like Freakshow and Petite Petit became internationally known. To make things even more exciting for the winery, winemaker Adam Mettler was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year, ensuring their winery as one of the hottest spots to visit when you come to Lodi!
TripAdvisor User Christine N. of New Braunfels, Texas writes “INCREDIBLE. Started off having breakfast in the café. The pesto omelet was fantastic. There’s wine for every palette. The grounds are beautiful. Fun place to visit and stay a few hours if you like.”
Through the years, the Lodi Appellation has impressed the world’s wine connoisseurs, including the prestigious honor of being named Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year in 2015. With 85+ wineries within the region, it can get overwhelming as to which ones to visit during your trip! What’s amazing about the Lodi Wine & Visitor’s Center is that they offer tastings across the appellation that change weekly. It’s a great way to taste across the appellation, learn about the various wineries in the region, pick up customized recommendations based on the wines you enjoy and even purchase wines from a number of local producers, all in a “one-stop-shop”.
TripAdvisor User @dangregory31 of Lowell, Massachusetts stopped at the Lodi Wine & Visitor’s Center prior to heading out to tour the area and said “it was the best decision we could have made because the staff knew exactly what places to visit after we discussed our wine preferences.”
Now in their six generation of producing some of the finest wines in the city, Klinker Brick Winery is named after the highly prized bricks that are used in their winery and other older buildings. Not only are the bricks unique, but also dark and rich in color, a perfect metaphor for the rich, unique and distinctive features of the wines produced here. Their tasting room provides another rustic experience, and is perfect on a nice day! Their goal is to produce world class wine, and TripAdvisor users agree, a stop at the winery is an absolute must for any getaway to Lodi.
TripAdvisor User Chris P. of Lakeshore, Canada says “Highly recommended to us from a local couple. Friendly knowledgeable staff and great wine!! Did I mention great wine?”
And there you have the Top 10 Things to do in Lodi according to TripAdvisor users! Be sure to head to sites like TripAdvisor to let other prospective visitors what you enjoyed in Lodi!
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