Activities in Sacramento, California

Activities in Sacramento, California
Sacramento, the capital of California, is the state's oldest incorporated city and a major economic center of the Central Valley. Activities in Sacramento include rafting, kayaking and boating on the American and Sacramento rivers. Visitors have more than 30 parks for biking, hiking and walking. The city also is home to museums, landmarks and historic neighborhoods like Old Sacramento. Whether visitors want to participate in indoor or outdoor activities, Sacramento offers choices for adults and children.

Sacramento Southern Railroad Excursion

Sacramento Southern Railroad Excursion at the California State Railroad Museum offers 40-minute train rides across a levee over the Sacramento River. Passengers ride in vintage coaches and open-air gondolas pulled by steam locomotives. Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot. Car assistants answer questions asked by passengers. The railroad museum offers these train rides from April to September. Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. As of March 2010, admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 17. Children younger than 5 ride free. To ride in the El Dorado first-class car, passengers pay $15 per person. Museum members ride for free.

California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento Southern Railroad Excursion
125 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-6645
csrmf.org/train-rides

Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town is a 2.5-acre outdoor children's museum and park located in William Land Park in Sacramento. This area consists of more than 25 three-dimensional play sets featuring characters from children's stories. Children can let their imaginations wander as they take rides in Cinderella's carriage, walk along The Crooked Mile or slide down the Old Woman's shoe. Overnight programs include a sleepover at Humpty's House during the summer. Parents and children watch performances, have sing-alongs, do arts and crafts, and read bedtime stories. As of March 2010, admission for adults is $4 during the week and $4.50 on weekends and holidays. Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95822
916-808-5233
fairytaletown.org

Sutter's Fort SHP

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park gets its name from John Sutter, the Swiss immigrant who received a land grant from the Mexican government in 1839. Sutter named this Sacramento Valley settlement New Switzerland, becoming California Central Valley's first non-American Indian settlement. A decade later, gold prospectors converged on his settlement in search of wealth. By 1871, Sutter's Fort was in bad condition and the Native Sons of the Golden West worked to preserve this historic state landmark. The group purchased the land and turned it over to the state. Visitors can take guided or self-guided audio tours. Scheduled events highlight California history. As of March 2010, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 17. Special events cost more. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-445-4422
parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=485

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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