10Best Ways to Have fun in the California Sun

Sacramento is largely underrated as a California travel destination, as it's so often overlooked in favor of San Francisco or Los Angeles. Besides being the state capital, Sacramento has a beautiful old town area and plenty of attractions to keep families, couples or single travelers entertained. Here are our 10 favorite things to do in Sacramento.

Old Sacramento

Take a walking tour or a horse-drawn buggy ride to best experience this 28-acre State Historic Park, an important commercial center during the 1840s and early 1850s. Shops, restaurants, museums, and shows keep visitors thoroughly busy and...  Read More

This parkway lies on the banks of the American River, and its 23-mile chain of parks provides activities for all manner of interests. Miles of trails provide opportunity for cycling, horseback riding, and hiking. Adventurers can also take part...  Read More

Old Sacramento
Sacramento Zoo

Set on 14-plus acres, Sacramento Zoo is the largest accredited zoological park in the Central Valley. Guests can view over 4,000 exotic animals, including snow leopards, red pandas, and Sumatran tigers. A quarter of the 130 resident species is...  Read More

Old Sacramento

This is a great introductory amusement park for younger children. The rides are all geared for the under-8 set: teacups, bumper cars, miniature train, carousel and a mini roller coaster for example. There's a snack bar where you can get...  Read More

Old Sacramento

Fairytale Town is an old-fashioned themed park designed to encourage imaginative play. There are no rides, only "sets" of loved nursery rhymes and fairy tales where kids can pretend to be their favorite characters or make up their own stories....  Read More

Discovery Museum of Sacramento – Science & Space Center
Photo courtesy of Powerhouse Science Center

This edifying museum features a range of thought-provoking scientific exhibits, most of which are interactive. A nature trail that winds through 14 acres is also a child-friendly draw, and kids can expect to encounter living creatures on their...  Read More

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

In 1839, Swiss immigrant John Sutter established a fort that became Sacramento's first settlement. It was also a favorite stop-over for travelers in the community's early days. That fort has now been restored to its 1850s appearance and presents...  Read More

California State Capitol and Museum

This museum highlights regional and state political history in the very building that has served as the seat of California government since 1869. The facility offers an intriguing look at the people and issues that have made the state a center...  Read More

This museum, housed in a historic 1870s-era mansion, presents the state's most extensive collection of art, both old and new. Works from European, Asian, and North American masters are rotated in from the extensive permanent collection, and...  Read More

Permanent exhibits at this informative museum feature historic locomotives and train cars, and on-site theaters showcase films on the history of trains and their impact on the growth and development of the West. During summer months, a restored...  Read More