Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventure Draw Travelers to This California Wine Region

 Home to stunning wildlife and a wide array of exotic birds, Lodi invites travelers in for an up-close and personal experience with Mother Nature. Whether it’s a visit to the zoo, a birding tour, or maybe a scenic paddling trip down the river, the thrill of outdoor discovery is everywhere in Lodi.



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Lodi has some pretty special wildlife, and you can see some of these species up close! At Headwaters Kayak, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and pedal boats or opt for a guided tour to explore the Mokelumne River. Not only will you have a seasoned instructor by your side for the tour, but he or she will also point out must-see wildlife along the way. It’s a win-win!



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There’s something for every interest at Micke Grove Park, so it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring! Kids gravitate to the Micke Grove Zoo, home to some of the world’s most fascinating animals along with several endangered species like the black-and-white ruffed lemur and the cotton-top tamarin. If golfing is your sport of choice, book a tee time at Micke Grove Golf Links. For one, the 18-hole course is nestled among Lodi’s wine grape vineyards. Throughout the course, you’ll pass by eight lakes and 42 sand bunkers, so keep your eyes open! Surrounded by so much nature, it’s an ideal way to see Lodi while getting the competitive juices flowing. If you’re new to golf, sign up for one of the interactive lessons. Bicycling is another great outdoor activity for your Lodi adventure. Explore vineyard-lined trails and stops to wineries, eateries and attractions along your route – let our interactive bike maps be your guide! You can download them right into your GPS.  

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Lodi is a top bird-watching destination, and the county does a great job of keeping its natural habitats protected. For example, Lodi Lake Park is home to more than 200 species of birds along with fish and other wildlife. Butterflies, including the classic orange and black Monarch, the Painted Lady, and Cabbage White butterflies, flitter around the greenery. In the lake itself, which flows into the Mokelumne River, the colorful goldfish are easy to spot, while other species like the white crappie are more translucent. The park hosts several educational nature programs throughout the year along with evening kayak lessons and river tours.   The Isenberg Crane Reserve at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve is another must-see for nature lovers.

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Three Wineries and a Cafe

While on the ride, you can taste wine and enjoy lunch with a slice of freshly baked pie! Or, head out early and a enjoy a mid-breakfast stop.