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.

Up to 49% Off on 9-Hole Golf at St. Stanislaus Golf Course
Up to 49% Off on 9-Hole Golf at St. Stanislaus Golf Course
5000 Crows Landing Road, Modesto5.2 mi
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$30.00 $19.00$15.20
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Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Four, Valid Monday–Friday
Ceramics and Studio Space at The Pottery Place & More (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.
Up to 44% Off Ceramics and Space at The Pottery Place & More
2900 Standiford Avenue, Modesto4.2 mi
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$20.00 $14.00$11.20
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20$ Value Worth of Ceramics and Studio Space
Up to 62% Off on Martial Arts Training for Kids at Yee's ATA Blackbelt Academy Karate for Kids
Up to 62% Off on Martial Arts Training for Kids at Yee's ATA Blackbelt Academy Karate for Kids
2401 E Orangeburg Ave, Modesto2.9 mi
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$119.00 $56.00$44.80
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Four weeks of karate classes with a uniform
$22.10 for Three Private Music Lessons at Barker's Music ($75 Value)
71% Off Private Music Lessons at Barker's Music
3125 McHenry Ave., Modesto3.1 mi
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$75.00 $26.00$22.10
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3 Private Music Lessons
$44 for $100 Worth of monthly membership at Latin Rhythm Dance Company
$44 for $100 Worth of monthly membership at Latin Rhythm Dance Company
424 Kiernan Avenue, Modesto5.0 mi
$100.00 $55.00$44.00
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1 month group membership - includes all classes, membership & night club entry
10+ bought
$50 for Six Tumbling Classes at Ultimate Allstars Champions ($120 Value)
58% Off Tumbling Classes at Ultimate Allstars Champions
2 Locations5.2 mi
$120.00 $50.00
58% discount_off
Six Tumbling Classes
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Up to 60% Off on Dance Class at Modesto Tango
Up to 60% Off on Dance Class at Modesto Tango
4459 Spyres Way, Modesto4.5 mi
$80.00 $40.00$32.00
 Sale Ends 12/3
Four Adult Group Dance Classes
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Three Hour Black Belt Themed Birthday Party Up to 30 People from Moore's Karate 12 (Up to 48% Off)
Up to 48% Off Black Belt Themed Birthday Party
142 North 9th Street, Modesto0.9 mi
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$349.00 $180.00
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Three Hour Black Belt Themed Birthday Party Up to 30 People
$17.50 for Augmented Reality Detective Game from YouSleuth ($35 Value)
60% Off Mystery Detective Game from YouSleuth
313 Locations0.3 mi
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Augmented Reality Detective Game For One Group (Up to 4 Players)

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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Foreigner – The Historic Farewell Tour with Loverboy on August 23 at 7 p.m.
Foreigner – The Historic Farewell Tour - Up to 52% Off
2677 Forty Mile Rd., Wheatland
$41.30 $20.00
52% discount_off
Events at Toyota Amphitheatre on August 23, 2023
450+ bought
Admission with Dining at SeaWorld San Diego (Up to 61% Off)
Up to 61% Off Admission to SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Drive, San Diego
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$109.99 $64.99
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SeaWorld San Diego Single Any Day Admission for One (Ages 3 and Up): Valid Through 12/31/2022
Science-Museum Visit at World of Wonders (49% Off). Two Options Available.
49% Off at World of Wonders Science Museum
2 North Sacramento Street, Lodi37.4 mi
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$28.00 $18.00$15.14
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Admission for two adults and two children
Universal Studios Hollywood Admission Tickets (Up to 30% Off)
Universal Studios Hollywood Admission Tickets
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
$138.00 $109.00
21% discount_off
1-Day General Admission Tickets
620+ bought
1-Day to LEGOLAND or 2-Day LEGOLAND Hopper Admission Tickets
1- or 2- Day Admission Tickets to LEGOLAND California
1 LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad
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12-Month Sacramento/Reno Attractions Pass from GetOutPass (47% Off)
12-Month Sacramento/Reno Attractions Pass from GetOutPass
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12-Month Sacramento/Reno GetOutPass
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One Rental or Purchase-to-Own Streaming of Pride and Prejudice or Emma from Streaming Musicals (Up to 25% Off)
Up to 25% Off Pride and Prejudice or Emma Musical Streaming
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$319.20 for Virtual Private Murder Mystery Party for Up to 10 People from The Murder Mystery Co. ($799 Value)
60% Off Murder Mystery Party from The Murder Mystery Co.
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Virtual Private Murder Mystery Party for Up to Ten People
Up to 75% Off on Cinema - Art House / Independent at Lastella Acting Studio
Up to 75% Off on Cinema - Art House / Independent at Lastella Acting Studio
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ACTION - 1 Hour Online Introduction - Hollywood and Broadway Acting for Cinema, Theater and Television

Whether you’re looking for a quirky pop-culture haven or a historical adventure, Modesto is full of must-see landmarks and cultural experiences.

Some of the most popular attractions near Modesto:

  • Celebrate the cult film ‘American Graffiti’ with Graffiti Summer
  • Check out the historic Modesto Arch, built in 1921
  • Visit the lovely and historical Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Explore the streets of lively downtown Modesto
  • Try your hand at striking gold at California Gold Panning

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