Experience the Wonder

Build your own itinerary and pack in as much challenge as you want. From Jet Skiing to River Rafting and from leisurely creek trails to competition mountain bike trails there’s something for everyone in the family. We’ve built a guide for you to choose from so you can pick your favorite adventures. Make sure you bring some water with you and don’t be shy about stopping at a local farmstand to build a picnic basket too!


Yosemite Firefall – there are few views this spectacular so be sure to plan ahead and book your day pass for Yosemite National Park online well in advance. Learn all about this incredible experience at Glacier Point where you’ll find Horsetail Fall HERE. Be sure to use Modesto as your personal basecamp since Yosemite National Park is just 90 miles from downtown. Learn the best times and some logistics HERE.

If you really want to take a deep dive and need a first timer’s guide, check out the We Dream of Travel page on Firefall. The site explains this phenominon well, “During most of February, the sun’s specific angle of descent causes the seasonally-occurring Horsetail Falls to become side-lit. The result of numerous conditions all aligning at once is a symphony of events that creates the illusion of a waterfall on fire!”


After two years off while many of us ‘zoomed in’, the Modesto Marathon returned this March! As a qualifier for the Boston Marathon this year’s event was extra special with CJ Albertson of Fresno finishing first in the men’s division with a blistering pace of 2:11:56 and Julie Baker of Sonora taking the women’s division with an impressive 3:11:31. Learn more and check out the gallery at .


  • Did you know the Modesto Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?

  • Did you know that Modesto’s Del Rio Country Club hosted the California Amateur Championship?

  • Did you know you can fly fish on the Tuolumne or Stanislaus River just minutes from downtown Modesto?

If you like to be active, Modesto will let you keep busy. With several reservoirs and lakes in the area you can sail, jet-ski, sun bath or rage on a wave runner. There are two private clubs with tournament tennis and over 20 public courts. Run or Cycle? Wow you’ve options that take on river trails, country roads, metric centuries, and more. And even golf that includes one of Northern California’s premier private courses and great public golf.

If you like life on the water you’ve got options. You can bass fish in the lakes or you can fly fish on the rivers. You can kayak or raft down the Tuolumne with the spring runoff or just hike the countryside and plan a great picnic. And, get this, you can watch the salmon spawn from area bridges every November…and that’s not something you will see in many places.

On top of all that, Modesto has over 70 public parks to take the family to, with playgrounds, splash parks, and pools. Or if you like baseball, you can watch the Modesto Nuts and the local Single A team, at the ballpark just out of downtown by the river.

Bottom line, if you want to keep busy and stay healthy Modesto has options for you!

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