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Top Things To Do In Modesto

Located between Silicon Valley and Yosemite National Park, Modesto is home to both the latest cultural attractions and nature to explore. As the birthplace of George Lucas and the cult film ‘American Graffiti,’ the city thrives on pop culture history. Its many wild areas and parks make it a prime destination for outdoorsy types, and its delicious selection of restaurants and bars make it a great place for a bite. Check out our complete list of Modesto vacation recommendations below.

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum
Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sausalito
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Science-Museum Visit at World of Wonders (46% Off). Two Options Available.
Science-Museum Visit at World of Wonders (46% Off). Two Options Available.
Lodi
4.7
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$28.00 $18.00
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Admission for two adults and two children
Up to 20% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching
Up to 20% Off Whale Watching at Sea Goddess Whale Watching
MOSS LANDING,
4.8
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$58.00 $50.99
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Up to Three Hours of Whale Watching for One Person
Starting from $39: 1 Adult or Child San Francisco Flex Pass w/ 2, 3, or 5 Attractions at The Sightseeing Pass SF
Starting from $39: 1 Adult or Child San Francisco Flex Pass w/ 2, 3, or 5 Attractions at The Sightseeing Pass SF
San Francisco
4.2
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$39.00
One Adult San Francisco Flex Pass with Two Attractions​
One-Year or Lifetime Wine Club Membership at Glee Sparkling Wine (Up to 50% Off)
One-Year or Lifetime Wine Club Membership at Glee Sparkling Wine (Up to 50% Off)
Healdsburg
4.9
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$60.00 $30.00
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One-Year Glee Sparkling Wine Bubble Club Membership
$51 for an Introductory Membership to the Micke Grove Zoological Society ($100 Value)
$51 for an Introductory Membership to the Micke Grove Zoological Society ($100 Value)
Lodi
4.7
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$100.00 $51.00
49% discount_off
One Introductory Membership
Adventure Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour for One, Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks (Up to 52% Off)
Adventure Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour for One, Two, Four, or Six from Wacky Walks (Up to 52% Off)
73 Locations
4.2
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$20.00 $10.00
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Adventure Walk for One

Modesto has a lot to offer to visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re new to the city or haven’t experienced it to the fullest, we put together a list of things for the whole family to try.

The best things to do near Modesto include:

  • Take a tour of the Victorian McHenry Mansion
  • Have a tasty meal at the Commonwealth restaurant
  • Explore nearby Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
  • Visit the acclaimed and historical McHenry Museum
  • Check out the iconic George Lucas Statue

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Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
49% discount_off
Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
40+ bought
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
39% discount_off
Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
10+ bought
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
50% discount_off
06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
10+ bought
$12 for 20 Single Basic Hot Wheels Cars at House of Cars ($20 Value)
$12 for 20 Single Basic Hot Wheels Cars at House of Cars ($20 Value)
Ripon
4.3
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$20.00 $12.00
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20 Single Basic Hot Wheels Cars
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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$5.00
Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
85% discount_off
7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
1 bought
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
1 bought
Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
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$40.00 $28.00
30% discount_off
07/17/20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket

Paint the town red in this fun California city. Nightlife in Modesto is casual and unique, with plenty of bar games and live music.

Nighttime activities near Modesto:

  • Embrace the kitch aesthetic at Tiki Cocktail Lounge
  • Play some pool and grab a drink at The Running Iron
  • Relax on your own or with friends at the Aqua Hookah Lounge
  • Try your hand at karaoke at Runaround Sue’s bar
  • Hit up P Wexford’s Pub for some Irish Nachos and live music on Thursdays

Relaxing in Modesto includes the usual spa treatments, but also includes a range of galleries and creative spaces, movie theaters, and more.

Modesto things to do indoors include the following:

  • See a performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts
  • Treat yourself to a day of pampering at The Spa Magnolia
  • Wander the gallery or take a class at Mistlin Gallery
  • Try some award-winning whiskeys at Do Good Distillery
  • Catch the newest blockbuster at Galaxy Riverbank 12 Theater

With Yosemite so close by, it’s impossible to miss out on all of the great outdoor activities to do in and around Modesto. While the mountains are a short drive away, there are plenty of city parks to explore.

For active things to see in Modesto, try the following vacation ideas:

  • Grab some produce and home made goods at the Modesto Farmers Market
  • Take a stroll down the Virginia Corridor Trailway
  • Make a splash rafting down the Stanislaus River
  • Meander Modesto’s wide array of bike trails
  • Go underground and explore Black Chasm Cavern