906 15th Street, (Corner of 15th & I)
Built in 1883 by Robert McHenry. Today the Mansion is one of Modesto's favorite tourist sites.
Mansion and gift shop hours:
Sun. - Fri., 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Closed Saturday; Available for private group functions.
1402 I St., Modesto
Located a block away from the McHenry Mansion, the McHenry Museum building was originally the city library.
Tues. - Sun., noon - 4 p.m. Group tours call - 577-5344. Admission is free.
Great Valley Museum of Natural History
MJC, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto
Learn about the animals and plants that live in California's unique Central Valley.
Hours: Tues. - Fri., noon -4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $1 per person, $3 per family, 6 years and under free.
Castle Air Museum
Santa Fe Drive west of Buhach Road, Atwater
Currently more than 45 aircraft are on display!
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oct. - May and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., June - Sept. Closed major holidays.
220 S Sierra Ave., Oakdale
Modesto Points of Interest
9th & I streets
The Modesto Arch, built in 1912, was inspired by the Modesto Business Men's Association as an Ornamental and Electric Arch across I Street
Southern Pacific Depot
9th & J streets
Constructed in 1915 in Mission style, this facility now serves as the city's transportation center.
El Viejo Post Office
1125 I St.
Built during the Great Depression of the 1930s, it contains a series of historic murals in its lobby, depicting Modesto's agricultural life.
Lobby hours: Mon. - Fri., 6 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Sat., 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
American Graffiti Cruising Loop
9th & 10th streets (between G & K streets)
The popular film American Graffiti was based on producer George Lucas' boyhood experiences in Modesto, where cruising was a teenager's way of life in the late '50s and early '60s. The popular cruising loop of the 50's and 60's was 9th and 10th streets in downtown.
Lucas Plaza Statue
Intersection of Downey, 17th Street, McHenry Ave. and J St.. At the five points intersection, this bronze statue features two teenagers from the early '60s leaning against the fender of a '57' Chevrolet.
15th & I streets
This quarter-acre park is home to "The Paper Boy," a bronze statue of a young boy delivering copies of "The Bee' with a dog at his side. Also in the park is the Gallo Rose Garden.