The natural and man-made splendors of the San Joaquin Valley are just around the corner or just a short drive away. Central California is world-renown for its ceaseless recreational opportunities, and with ideal weather patterns making for sunny California weather daily, recreation can be taken advantage of almost year-round.
One of the most popular area activities is golf, and golfers of all skill levels can find a course in the area that matches their skill level. The city operates the Creekside Golf Course, Dryden Golf Course and Modesto Municipal Golf Course. The nearby Del Rio Country Club offers a challenging course with a full-service golf shop, on-site restaurant and bar and more.
Baseball fanatics will also find a leisure-time activity tailored to them: the hometown minor league team affiliated with the Colorado Rockies, the Modesto Nuts, play at John Thurman Field and are named after the various nuts that grow in the region.
Other recreation opportunities are provided by the City of Modesto Parks and Recreation Department, which offers residents 72 parks filled with playgrounds, tennis courts, lighted ball fields, picnic sites and more than 15 miles of bike/hiking trails. Additionally, the Tuolumne River Regional Park offers over 500 acres of parkland and preservation habitat. Hiking, biking, fishing and more can be taken advantage of at the world-famous natural landmarks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park as well. In Modesto, there is never a reason to be sedentary.