A proud artistic community. Friendly people. The place for an uncomplicated, satisfying life. Distinctive neighborhoods. The sights and smells of orchards in bloom. Rich in beauty, local cuisine, culture, tradition. Modesto is big city entertainment and a small town spirit.

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Diversity, multicultural lifestyles and a proud heritage describe the people of Modesto, while the land is among the worlds richest. Situated in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, this modest city is fertile ground for dairy products, fruit and wine grapes, nuts and poultry. It offers everything a big metropolitan city has to offer, and something more: good old fashion hospitality.

Modesto has a burgeoning arts, culture and entertainment scene. Attractions include the McHenry Mansion, built in 1883 by prominent rancher and banker Robert McHenry. The McHenry Museum houses period piece artifacts of Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto. The Great Valley Museum of Natural History  showcases animals, plants and cultural artifacts in two exhibits: Habitats of the Central Valley and Animals of the World.


It is also home to many unique galleries, including Modesto’s Mistlin Gallery , which features local artist’s work in paint, sculpture, graphics and crafts. The Chartreuse Muse  also presents local artist’s pieces in glass, metal, jewelry, ceramics, and paintings. There’s also Anderson Gallery, Big Valley Gallery, and Modesto Junior College offers unique pieces from local artists. Many galleries showcase artists’ works at the monthly Gallery Walk.

For big city-style entertainment, check out the Modesto Symphony, serving the community with beautiful brass, wind and percussion harmonies for over seventy years. The Central West Ballet presents ballet along with modern, jazz and contemporary dance forms. Townsend Opera Players  is the venue for top-notch opera and musical theater, Fat Cat Music House and lounge is decorated in a stunning 1930s motif and offers live music, comedy, disco and dance. The Gallo Center for the Arts is an 84,000-square foot performing arts center with two theaters; one accommodating 1,250 guests and the other, 440 patrons.

A unique horticulture experience is presented at Gilroy Gardens, which features more than 40 rides, exhibits and spectacular garden displays.

At Great America, you’ll enjoy 100-acres of fun. Boomerang Bay features water slides, a wave pool, tubing, interactive fountains and a multilevel water fortress. The mini-town of KidZville offers bumper cars, rides and playgrounds. Kids Inc. is a ranch with apple orchards, corn maze, pumpkin patch, Christmas tree farm, animals and nature trails. And Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area has 832 acres of snow ports with an elevation that scales to 8,200 feet.

In nearby Santa Rosa, a unique museum worth checking out is the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which showcases years of the daily comic featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Mr. Schulz’s studio, tools and memorabilia are on display.

An afternoon drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to the west and the Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the east, Modesto puts you close to all the pleasures of Yosemite National Park  and the splendor of nature throughout this region.

Modesto is a wonderful place to call home.  Providing homespun hospitality and an ideal place to raise a family, Modesto is also a big draw for people from throughout the Central Valley who flock to the area for its great arts, culture and entertainment.


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