Things to Do in Turlock CA
Turlock attracts thousands of visitors each year to explore numerous landmarks and events.
BEEKMAN & BEEKMAN
5236 Geer Rd, Hughson
A five-generation-old farm/apiary on Geer Road, located just outside of Turlock. Taste the unique flavors of pure varietal honeys and the wine that premium honey can create. Open February–December, the tasting room’s hours are Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; closed on holidays.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER
250 N. Broadway St.
The city of Turlock recently restored and expanded the original Carnegie Library, built in 1916, to house two large exhibition galleries, a multi-use performing arts space, kitchen and dramatic lobby, as well as outdoor gathering areas. They offer a state-of-the-art visual arts center and programs that include classes, performances, lectures and more.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STANISLAUS
One University Circle
The CSU Stanislaus campus is a delightful venue for weddings, open-air concerts, and arts and entertainment activities. The Bernell and Flora Snider Music Recital Hall features a number of theatre productions, recitals and art exhibits that are open to the public. The University Art Gallery is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 4 p.m. all other weekdays. Admission is free.
HILMAR CHEESE COMPANY
9001 Lander Ave, Hilmar
Just a few miles south of Turlock is Hilmar Cheese Company. Learn how cheese is made and taste free samples! An “edutaining” movie and hands-on exhibits help you learn about dairy farming, cheese and whey processing, and you can dress like a cheesemaker! The visitor center features a gift shop, ice cream, espresso counter and a café. Open Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m.–5 p.m. (except major holidays); admission is free. Free self-guided tours are available anytime and guided visits are offered Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11a.m. Summer tours include an ice cream activity.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN TURLOCK
Historic downtown Turlock offers something for everyone! Antique shops, home furnishings and décor, cafés and clothiers coupled with a charming pedestrian atmosphere provides a true “Main Street” experience.
PAGEO LAVENDER FARM
11573 Golf Link Rd., Turlock
Located just south of Turlock on Golf Link Road, Pageo is an excellent place to relax with a cup of coffee or ice-cold lavender lemonade while enjoying a fresh lavender scone. Lavender boxed lunches are available with 24-hour advance notice. The gift shop features unique specialty soaps and lotions made with lavender, yarrow and other herbs. This pesticide-free and eco-friendly farm uses reclaimed wood and metal in many of the handmade gifts. Open Lavender Season: May–July, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Off Season: August–Mid October, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Open for three weeks in December for holiday shopping.
REGAL CINEMAS TURLOCK STADIUM 14
2323 W. Main St.
First-run motion pictures on 14 separate screens, located just west of the intersection with Highway 99.
TURLOCK HISTORICAL MUSEUM
108 S. Center St.
In the heart of historical downtown Turlock, this unique museum is open Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Admission is free.
900 N. Broadway Ave. Gate on Soderquist Rd
Live via satellite, up to 13 tracks per day are broadcast at the Turlock Turf Club, featuring horse racing from selected county fairs every June–October.
TURLOCK COMMUNITY THEATRE
1574 E. Canal Dr.
Top-name entertainers regularly perform in this beautifully refurbished high school auditorium. Every seat in the house is like sitting in the front row.
TURLOCK POKER ROOM
2321 W. Main St.
The Central Valley’s largest satellite to the World Series of Poker, the Turlock Poker Room is “The Biggest Little Card Room in California.” Fourteen tables are in action with Ultimate Hold ‘em, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, Blackjack and Omaha. With a Las Vegas style atmosphere, it’s a great venue for beginning, intermediate and professional players. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free classes for beginners every Thursday and Friday from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. The Turlock Poker Room is conveniently located off Highway 99.
CASTLE AIR MUSEUM
5050 Santa Fe Dr., Atwater
One of the largest aviation museums on the West Coast, Castle Air Museum features more than 55 military airplanes, ranging from World War II bombers to an SR-71 Blackbird. Stop by the gift shop and indoor museum. The museum is open daily, except select holidays, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. October 1–March 31, winter hours, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
HISTORIC SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAIN
(209) 848-2100 or (800) 866-1690
330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale
The Sierra Railroad was formed in 1897 to connect the Central Valley to the Gold Country. As the third-oldest railroad in North America, the Sierra continues to haul freight, carry passengers, make Hollywood movies and play an important role in California. A variety of scenic and entertaining trains ride every week of the year from Oakdale to the foothills. The most popular is the sunset dinner train every Saturday.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY NATIONAL CEMETERY
32053 McCabe Rd., Santa Nella
The nearby San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery is the sixth National Cemetery in the state. Located at the cemetery is the California Korean War Veterans Memorial, a composition of 16 granite slabs etched with the names of 2,495 Californians who gave their lives fighting in the Korean War. The cemetery is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.
THE AWARD-WINNING STANISLAUS COUNTY FAIR
900 N. Broadway Ave.
In addition to awarding more than 30,000 ribbons each year, the Stanislaus County Fair is an award-winning fair itself. In fact, in January 2012, the Western Fairs Association presented the Stanislaus County Fair with four first place awards for Community Outreach Program, Social Media Campaign, Best Featured Exhibit and Our Best New Idea This Year, Marketing.The fair opens in mid-July on a Friday for a 10-day run. More than 230,000 visitors will pass through our turnstiles for award-winning fun at the largest family centered event in Stanislaus County. Stroll through our tree-shaded grounds where you’ll find:
• Nightly celebrity concerts included with fair admission!
• Entertainment on four stages!
• More than 1,750 animals!
• A “zone” especially for kids!
• More than 35 exhilarating carnival rides!
• And more!
To receive future fair concert announcements by text message, text the word “FAIR” to 99299. Fair enthusiasts can also follow the 2013 fair on Facebook or Twitter.
The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology. For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair log on to its website at www.stancofair.com.