Antioch is one of the oldest towns in California. It was founded in 1850 by two brothers, William and Joseph Smith, who named the town Smith's Landing. In 1851, the town's new minister persuaded the residents to change the name of the town to Antioch, for the Biblical city of Antioch, Syria. Antioch is the 270th largest city in America.
Highway 4 runs through Antioch and ends at the Antioch bridge. Tolls for the bridge are collected for northbound traffic, and there are 5 exits going East and 3 exits going west on Highway 4. This is a major highway for commuters to Oakland and San Francisco. During the morning, late afternoon, and early evening, it will be packed.
With Antioch's considerable sprawl, car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors. Local companies tend to offer better prices, but national chains might be more convenient as far as return policies and hours
Tri-Delta Transit buses serve the area; pretty much all bus lines will take you to the BART in Pittsburg. County Connection bus #930 goes to Walnut Creek. The main streets are Hillcrest, Lone Tree, Somersville, A Street and James Donlon. These streets can pretty much take you anywhere you need to go in Antioch.
Taxi service is available, but on a much reduced scale as compared to major cities, but you won't be able to hail a cab; it is necessary to call and arrange for a taxi to pick you up. Rates are fixed by city ordinance and do not vary among companies.
- Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, 5175 Somersville Rd. The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve includes the remains of several coal mines and the sites of five long gone coal mining towns (Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartville, West Hartley and Judsonville). You can visit the mines in the area some offer tours and visit the Rose Hill cemetery.
- Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline (Bridgehead Rd At Wilbur Ave). A 550-foot pier provides access to great fishing in the San Joaquin River.
- El Campanil Theatre, 602 West 2nd St, ☎ . The historic El Campanil Theatre opened on November 1, 1928 in downtown Antioch. It now presents a wide variety of entertainment opportunities.
- The Cannery Lady. Statue of lady working at a cannery, marker has a history of the early canneries in Contra Costa County.
The following buildings in the City of Antioch are on the National Register of Historical Places:
|Site||Year Built||Address||Listed||Open to Public Yes or No|
|Roswell Butler Hard House||1867||815 W. First Street||1992||No|
- Riverview Union High School Building, 1500 W. Fourth St, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home of the Antioch Historical Society Museum. The first high school constructed in Contra Costa County, this site is registered with the National Register of Historical Places.
- Contra Costa Canal Trail. This trail is built along the canal system. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians are allowed on the trail.
- Antioch public Fishing Pier, W. 1st St. A place where a lot of locals come and fish; there are no entrance fees and plenty of parking.
- Antioch Marina, 5 Marina Plz, ☎ . Great scenery and a very nice quiet place for walks. Has very decent rates at the marina and nice place to start out your day out on the San Joaquin River.
- Antioch Waterpark, 4701 Lone Tree Way, ☎ . A waterpark that is fun for people of all ages, has a variety of slides and pools.
- Contra Loma Regional Park & Swim Lagoon, 1200 Frederickson Ln, ☎ . A man made lagoon where swimming and fishing is allowed, a lot of great trails and scenery to see as well.
- Kangazoom Antioch Play & Party Center, 501 Auto Center Dr, ☎ . A great place to take the kids has minitaure golf, go-karts, batting cages and a lot of video games to play.
- Paradise Skate, 1201 W 10th St, ☎ . An indoor skating rink to go skating around or for roller hockey.
- Antioch Skatepark, 4701 Lone Tree Way. A concrete, city-built skatepark for skateboards and rollerblades, free to all bikes are not allowed inside, bring water as there is little shade and it gets hot in the summer.
- Delta Bowl, 3300 Delta Fair Blvd, ☎ . A great place for the family to go bowling.
- Golf Club at Roddy Ranch, 1 Tour Way, ☎ . One of the better places to play golf in the Bay Area.
- Lone Tree Golf Course, 4800 Golf Course Rd, ☎ . This walkable 6,481-yard, par 72 golf course is located along the rolling hills of Antioch, featuring plenty of trees and scenic vistas.
- Fourth OF July Fireworks Show.
- Rivertown Jamboree.
- Antioch Speedway (Contra Costa Speedway), 1201 W 10th St (Antioch Fairgrounds), ☎ . Where local car drivers race cars on the dirt track, very fun and entertaining time, usually the races are held during the summer.
- Antioch Fairgrounds Flea Market (Corner of 10th Street & L St), ☎ . A somewhat small flea market usually open on Saturdays.
- Contra Costa County Fair. Your typical county fair held at the Antioch Fairgrounds, dates change usually year to year, so check website for dates.
- Sommersville Towne Center, 2556 Somersville Rd, ☎ . This is an enclosed shopping center with a small Macy's and a Sears as anchor stores.
- AMC Deer Valley 16, 4200 Lone Tree Way, ☎ . A 16 screen cinema located in the Deer Valley shopping center.
- 1 Oliver Fish House, 1828 A St, ☎ .
- 2 Rick's On Second, 619 W 2nd St, ☎ . One of the best places to get sandwiches in the area, a lot of the locals go here for lunch and dinner. Very nice little place, nice decor and pictures, very cozy feel.
- 3 Jerry's Hot Dogs No 1, 3005 Delta Fair Blvd, ☎ . Known around the area for the best hot dogs and Gyros around. They offer a very large portion of chili cheese fries. A local favorite where you can actually get a authentic gyro.
- 4 Sylvia's Country Kitchen, 2799 Lone Tree Way, ☎ . One of the best places in Antioch to get breakfast or lunch. Only fault is their inexplicably bland biscuits and gravy.
- 5 The Red Caboose, 210 Fulton Shipyard Rd, ☎ . A restaurant and bar that is inside a Red Caboose, a little of the beaten path but the locals love it.
- 6 Hazel's Drive In, 1820 W 10th St, ☎ . A local favorite, has some very large burgers there, order a "Willy" Burger and if you can finish it, you get your name and picture on the wall.
- 7 Riverview Lodge, 1 I St, ☎ . I Street Wharf. Perched on a dock, they have a bar that faces the Delta, locally known for its prime rib.
- 8 Taqueria Salsa, 3612 Delta Fair Blvd, ☎ . They grill their meat on a large open flame barbeque grill with some of the best Mexican food and great prices in town.
- 9 Sawaddee Thai Cuisine, 1884 A St, ☎ . A very family oriented small Thai restaurant with many types of entrees to enjoy.
- Brown Cow Farm, 3810 Delta Fair Blvd, ☎ . Has some amazing yogurt, holds annual samplings of their yogurts.
- 10 Little Manuel's, 1509 A St, ☎ . Great Mexican and Italian food, plus a bar. Enjoy the wall art while you munch on the free chips, salsa and bean dip.
- Skipolini's Pizza, 901 Fitzuren Rd, ☎ . A nice pizza place with an outdoor setting and an outdoor play area for children. The entire floor is covered in sawdust and has some of the best pizza around.
- Straw Hat Pizza.
- Mountain Mikes.
- Pizza Guys, 1100 Sycamore Dr, ☎ .
- Mac's Old House, 3100 E 18th St, ☎ . Great place for minestrone and steaks and has a very decent bar with a good happy hour.
- Cheers, 1888 A St, ☎ . A local place in which to drink.
- Mutiny MFB, 422 W Second St, ☎ . A great place to go to hear local bands or rap groups, great drinks and abundant parking.
- All Star Sports Bar and Grill, 2521 San Jose, ☎ . Your standard sports bar they have a pool table and darts and serve food as well.
- Best Western Heritage Inn, 3210 Delta Fair Blvd, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: .
- Stone Villa Inn Antioch, 1605 Auto Center Dr.
Exercise caution in downtown during nighttime, its dimly lit and the homeless are numerous in that area. As with any city just use smart judgement and you should be safe.
The Antioch Press, published by Brentwood Press & Publishing Corporation. Antioch Press is a weekly newspaper that is published every Friday. The circulation is just over 4,000.
- Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center
- Sutter Delta Medical Center
- Antioch Library, 501 W 18th St, +1 925 757-9224, part of the Contra Costa Library system.
- Go to San Francisco, which is only about 40 minutes away.
- Sacramento is also pretty close, about 45 minutes away.
|Routes through Antioch|
|Hercules ← Pittsburg ←||W E||→ Brentwood → Stockton|
|END ←||S N||→ Isleton → Sacramento|
|Emeryville ← Martinez ←||W E||→ Stockton → Bakersfield|