Cruise Like A Local

Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Cruise Like a Local series! If you missed Parts 1 and 2, head to this link to give them a read. You don’t want to miss out on any of these local fav spots!

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I’m back with some more insider tips for the Almond Blossom Cruise! This week is all about quality time with your family and kiddos, so we’ve chosen some of our favorite family-friendly spots. Special outdoor areas to run around or picnic at, restaurants with lots of options, and some of the best views of blossoms – you’ll find all of that and more below! If you’re looking for even more fun kids activities, head on over to our ABC Extras page where we have a special Kids Activities section. Did we miss your favorite family-friendly spot? Let us know where you love to take your family in the comments below๐Ÿ‘‡

Elyse, Marketing Manager

Roberts Ferry Bridge: “We always go over the bridge and park then walk across the bridge, watch the fish, take in the view, grab some fresh air and then jump in the car for the rest of our cruise.” โ€“ Todd

Picnic at the POPS: โ€œThis Modesty Symphony Orchestra annual September event is a favorite of the locals that even the most seasoned connoisseur of the arts should not miss. Imagine the best concert you could dream up with a picnic basket in hand… now add in the buzz of a riveted crowd aged 1 to 100 with all of them on their feet and singing. Look up tickets now. You wonโ€™t want to miss it.โ€ โ€“ Kristin

Picasso’s Gourmet Deli & Art:Iโ€™m a sandwich guy and since Iโ€™ve moved to Modesto, Jordiโ€™s place has been my go-to for a GREAT sandwich. The freshest lunch in town and you get to view his artwork on display while you wait!โ€“ Todd

The Ice Cream Co.: “One of my favorite things to do for special occasions and birthdays is to take my daughter and her friends to order the La Palooza and watch their eyes get bigger as every ice cream scoop and topping is added. Plus, it’s always fun to see them try to actually finish this mountain of ice cream! Even if you opt for more manageable portions, their ice cream is fantastic and the service is always amazing!โ€“ Elyse

Bloomingcamp Ranch: “I’ve been baking since I was young with my grandparents, so I am definitely picky when it comes to purchasing baked goods – and I have never been disappointed by anything I’ve gotten here! The menu changes depending on what is fresh and there is a plethora of options from fruit pies to sandwiches to cookies to pot pies, and many more. I always ensure I order ahead online so I secure my goodies, and I always include the apple dumplings because they are TO DIE FOR!” โ€“ Elyse

Magnolia Southern Kitchen:Traceโ€™s commitment to her craft and passion for people can be tasted in every bite no matter what you order. Comfort food worthy of being called โ€œsouthern styleโ€ but proudly present in Modesto is not to be missed. And whatever you do, save room for cobbler!” โ€“ Anthony

Taqueria El Maguey:Our go-to Mexican restaurant. Everything is fresh, everything is good. This is authentic and delicious. Lunch on the patio before a cruise is ideal!โ€“ Todd

Twisted Pig Bar & Grill: “This little joint is packed with flavor and character. Inventive but non-pretentious menu options about. Ask for extra napkins and go at it. You wonโ€™t be disappointed.โ€“ Kate

Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro:I’m a sucker for great Mediterranean food and Papapolloniโ€™s never disappoints.โ€“ Anthony

Modesto Grub Hubs Food Truck Park: “Do you have a family who can never decide on where to eat because of differing tastes? Then this is the place for you! Pupusas? Got ’em! Tepanyaki? Definitely! Churros? You bet! You get the point. There are so many options here and everything I’ve had so far has been delicious.” โ€“ Elyse

Prospect Theater Project:Thereโ€™s something spectacularly enthralling about an intimate setting for a theatre production and PTP delivers a course of brilliance with a healthy side of hospitality at every show.โ€“ Anthony

Mr. T’s Donuts: โ€œThis place is a Modesto institution! Not only have they been on national lists for some of the best donut shops in the country, but they are beloved by locals. They are also open 24 hours, so you can grab fresh donuts whenever the craving hits!” โ€“ Anthony

Rodin Farms: โ€œThere’s no more important stop on your way than Rodin Farms. Just walking in the blossoming orchard gets me to relax. This is a memory that I cherish for 11 months until I can do it again. And, all year round, I stop at the farm stand at least once a month for fresh produce, fruit, herbs and nuts. Youโ€™ll want to be a seasonal regular if you donโ€™t live here…worth a trip several times a year โ€“ even my SF friends come to buy Xmas Trees here!ย โ€ โ€“ Todd

8th Street Taco Trucks:My kids donโ€™t come back to Modesto without stopping here. They are the favorite of regulars who drive the 99 and locals alike!ย โ€“ Todd

West 132 between the 5 and Modesto:There’s an overpass here that you have to slow down on and see for miles in each direction. The white and pink landscape is truly breathtaking โ€“ just donโ€™t stop on the freeway!โ€“ Kristin

Divine Swine Grill & Bar: โ€œThis is my go to place for the best whisky selection paired with the best BBQ sit down meal in town. Outdoor, indoor, at the bar…thereโ€™s not a bad seat and you can watch the game while getting your fingers sticky with sauce!ย โ€“ Todd

๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿณ Check out our blog next week for some of our favorite brunch spots! ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿณ