Although Antioch is located relatively close to the Bay Area, there’s plenty to see and do around the city.
Mangini Agricultural Museum We know that an agricultural museum may not be the top pick of things to do when visiting a region, but when in Rome . . . The fact is that ranching and agriculture were important to the area, and this museum celebrates that heritage. Visitors will see samples of agricultural equipment that was utilized in the area, but they will also learn about nutrition as well.
The Mangini Agricultural Museum is located on the Antioch Fairgrounds and opened in 1998.
El Campanil So many times, classic theaters do not survive in small cities. Mega plexes often replace the old theaters with the brightly-lit marques. El Campanil is a survivor. Built in 1928, this theater has hosted some of the Hollywood elite, including the Three Stooges.
The theater has a capacity of 1,000 and hosts live concerts as well as viewings of classic and foreign films.
Antioch Historical Museum Outdated schools are often torn down across the country. The residents of Antioch were able to save the beautiful Riverview Union High School. Instead of tearing it down, they created a museum within its walls to celebrate the local history of Antioch.
The staff and volunteers of the historical museum host events throughout the year, including BBQs and Victorian Teas. Check out their schedule of events on the website.
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve When one hears the phrase “black diamond,” one may automatically think of skiing. The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve does not offer this kind of recreation, but visitors enjoy the area for backpacking, hiking, and picnicking.
Chupcan, Volvon, and Ompin Native American tribes once lived in this area before it was covered with large ranches and farms. From the 1860s to the early 1900s, five coal mining towns thrived in the area. The remnants of these towns, including cemeteries of the old settlers, can still be seen. Before it was made into a recreation area, the Black Diamond region was used for sand mining. The sand was used to make glass.
Dow Wetlands Wildlife Preserve If you are looking for more beautiful views surrounding Antioch, check out the Dow Wetlands Wildlife Preserve. This preserve covers 471 acres and preserves freshwater and brackish tidal marsh. Visitors will be able to see a 30-acre beaver pond, which is the home to not only beavers but also otters, minks, and birds. Over 130 species of birds have been seen within the preserve.
The preserve is located between the Antioch Marina and the Dow Chemical Plant.
Antioch Speedway If you have the need for speed, you can visit the Antioch Speedway. Most of the time, races are scheduled on Saturday nights. Bring your earplugs, buy a beer, and enjoy the race!
If you run out of things to do in Antioch, consider taking to the trails. There are 31 parks and 11 miles of walking paths in and around the city.