Sit back and relax without worrying about costs

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As the semester comes to an end students that find themselves struggling with balancing responsibilities such as school, work, bills, family or children will soon have time to distract themselves from all of those things.

Making time to go out to distract yourself is as essential as finding time to study and work. It’s necessary for your health and helps you stay motivated.

Here is an overview of affordable local places students and general public can visit to distract themselves and relax without worrying.

Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple

The Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple is welcome to all.

The temple consist of more than 90 statues “that celebrate the life and story of the Cambodian Buddha,” according to visitstockton.org.

Visitors can walk around, relax and learn more about other cultures and practices in the diverse community.

All the statues represent the Cambodian culture and Buddhism.

“Every Statue has its meaning,” said member of Buddhist community Bunraph Ham.

The teachings are for anyone who is interested, but there are rules and principles to follow.

“The teaching are for regular people but for me, a monk we have ten rules we have to follow but for regular people… there are only five rules you have to follow,” said Ham.

Entrance is free and is open to public seven days a week.

Location: 3732 Carpenter Road, Stockton

Victory Park

Victory Park itself is a great place to visit with beautiful views, calm surroundings and large park size for jogs or walks around the park. The park consists of multiple picnic areas, a basketball court, two tennis courts, a rose garden, large trees for shade, two ponds with fountains one near children play area and the Haggin Museum.

“I would recommend the park because there is a lot of surveillance and its good for bringing the family,” said Karen Hernandez, a Stockton resident and park visitor.
Location: 1201 N. Pershing Ave. Stockton

Haggin Museum

It’s an art and history museum located in the park. Entrance is free the first Saturday of each month.

The Museum is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays-Sundays and Wednesdays- Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about Haggin Museum visit hagginmuseum.org or called (209) 940-6300.

Location: 1201 N. Pershing Ave. Stockton

Free Yoga (Victory Park)

Victory Park is also home to free yoga at the park.

According to the free yoga in Victory Park website, freeyogavictorypark.weebly.com the classes are offered every first Saturday of each month from March through November at 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and the class begins at 9:00 a.m.

The classes are given by founder of UC Yoga, Health and Wellness Allison Boyd. Everyone is welcome. The only requirement or recommendation is to bring a large towel or yoga mat.

For more information or to get updates for the yoga classes go to freeyogavictorypark.weebly.com.

Discovery Trail at University Park

The park is located in the Stockton Campus of California State University Stanislaus but open to public.

Discovery Trail is a one mile walk with 14 different stops that highlight art, architecture, nature, a rose garden, a lake and other historical elements,” according to the Stockton University Park informational website.

The park itself is great for walks, jogs, picnics, relaxing, or meditating.

Stockton Resident and former Delta College student Rhondda Nunes enjoys walking her dogs in the park and is at ease while doing so as the park has 24-hour on site security.

“I like how there is security here and my dogs like the water and the water is pretty clean compared to the other parks,” said Nunes.

The park is located in 612 E. Magnolia St. in Stockton or for more information about the Discovery Trail at University park visit universityparkstockton.com/discovery-trail/