Sacramento has a fanciful history, with prospective gold miners pouring into the small locale from all regions of the country during the mid-1800s-era California Gold Rush. A total of two-billion-dollars worth of precious metal was extracted from the land in a few years, and the city is still filled with that sense of adventure today. Here’s a few fun things the whole family can do in Sacramento, California.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is a reconstructed nineteenth-century agricultural and trade colony. Sutter’s Fort, established in 1839, became known for providing temporary refuge to travelers. The fort was notable for its proximity to the end of the California Trail and Siskiyou Trail. Tours of the historic structures and living history museum are self-guided. A scavenger hunt is also available at the park, which is appropriate for all ages.
Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room
It’s fun to solve challenging puzzles and unlock game secrets at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room. Each room contains clues, hidden doors, and secret items to help. The room options include themes such as action and intrigue, mystery and suspense or horror. Once you start, you and your team have 60 minutes to escape the room.
Powerhouse Science Center
The kid-friendly Powerhouse Science Center focuses on hands-on STEM learning. The center aims to prepare the next generation by offering math, science, technology, space, and engineering exhibits. Typical interactive exhibits allow kids to dig up prehistoric beasts, examine fossils, explore the interior layers of the earth, and travel to distant galaxies. Planetarium shows are also offered on weekends.
Raging Waters Sacramento
Raging Waters Sacramento is located in Cal Expo, also home to Cal Expo Harness Racing, California State Fair, and Cal Expo RV Park. The water park features over 20 water slides, a wave pool, and an 800-foot lazy river. Treehouse Reef, with its nine slides, is for smaller swimmers. The two-foot deep Shark Pool is ideal for little ones learning to swim. A sand volleyball court provides fun outside the water. Free life jackets are available for use as well!
Urban Air Adventure Park
Trampoline fun is complemented by incredible adventures at Urban Air Adventure Park. Kids can strap in and zigzag overhead for a gravity-defying thrill with the Sky Rider indoor coaster. If they’re looking for a challenge, Warrior Obstacle Course lets kids test their balance and strength, and the Battle Beam gives every child a chance to become the very best at sword fighting.
River City Queen
You’ll board the River City Queen in historic Old Sacramento for a cruise down the Sacramento River. While experiencing the charm of the river on a Sunset Dinner Cruise, you’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks, music, and points of interest. A full-service bar serving alcohol, juice, and soda is available. The River City Queen, a paddlewheel-style vessel, specializes in two- and three-hour cruises that bring back the excitement of the Gold Rush era.
Old Sacramento, with its wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets, flashes back to the city’s Gold Rush era. Museums in Old Sacramento include the Sacramento History Museum, California State Railroad Museum, California Automobile Museum, Huntington & Hopkins Hardware, Wells Fargo History Museum and Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum. Look for live entertainment, carriage rides, tours, and more.
Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, exotic, and endangered animals. The zoo, Funderland Amusement Park, and Fairytale Town are located in William Land Regional Park, which also has an amphitheater, golf course, and expansive grassy areas.
Sacramento Zoo features animal areas like Small Wonders of Africa, Big Cat Row, and Aviaries. Rides include the Conservation Carousel, Zoo Train, and Kilimanjaro Climb.