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Sacramento has a rich history, with prospective gold miners pouring into the small locale from all regions of the country during the mid-1800s-era California Gold Rush. Today, Sacramento serves as the most populated US state’s capital and an exciting destination for all sorts of people, especially families!

For starters, the Sacramento Zoo, Powerhouse Science Center, and a Kings game can act as a highlight of anyone’s day, no matter what your age is!

Let’s explore why choosing Sacramento for your next vacation will make it an unforgettable experience for the entire family! 

Where should we stay and how do we get around?

Before you get on a plane to the Golden State, you will probably need somewhere to stay. Good thing you found Vacation RenterWith a population of around 500k, Sacramento is a bustling city, with a variety of local events.

An out-of-towner might be surprised to learn that the River City is actually California’s State Capital. The good news is, moving around the city is relatively easy. Traffic isn’t too bad, and there is a pretty great public transportation system. 

Additionally, Uber/Lyft are readily available, but since you are traveling with family and young kids, it may be easier to just rent a car

Here are our top picks:

There are endless options to choose from when visiting Sacramento. 

To get a real feel of everything the city has to offer, we recommend reading on as a starting point on finding the right area.

Midtown

Midtown town is known as the “hip” area. The district has an exciting music & arts scene, as well as a ton of great dining options!  Have a cup of coffee and catch your breath at Philz Coffee before heading over to Crocker Art Museum for the day. Eat at awesome restaurants and many craft breweries that are open to all ages. Sutter’s Fort State Park is a great place to take a stroll, and frequently has live reenactors teaching about the history of the fort. For an awesome list of attractions in Midtown, Sacramento, click here.

Downtown

Find delicious, farm-fresh foods at the Downtown Certified Farmers Market every Wednesday from June through September. 

With a wide variety of vendors, you’ll find everything from locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh cheeses, and handmade artisan crafts.

If your family is visiting from May – June, check out a free Friday night concert in Cesar Chavez Park as part of Sacramento’s Concerts in the Park series! 

Now, let’s get this vacation started.

Places the kids will absolutely love!

Sacramento is home to more than just the Kings, and great seafood. Here is a list of locations that will thrill you and your family!

Sacramento Zoo

Housing over 500 animals, The Sacramento Zoo has been educating both children and adults alike on the exciting and exotic wildlife of the world since 1927. Your kids will be thrilled to spend the day looking at Giraffes, Lions, Orangutans, and many more animals! Don’t forget to take a ride on the Zoo Train, and climb the Kilimanjaro Climbing Wall.

Pro Tips 

  • Their doors are open every day from 9:00 to 4:00 and tickets must be purchased online.
  • You can save money by bringing your own food and drink to the Zoo and avoiding expensive concessions costs that certainly stack up while visiting as a family.
  • For more info on the Sac Zoo, click here

NBA Kings Game

Depending on the season, take the family to a live NBA basketball game! Home to the Sacramento Kings, the newly renovated Golden 1 Center is located in the heart of downtown. With dozens of home games every year, it’s easy to catch a game during your stay. If it’s not basketball season, the arena also hosts some of the biggest names in live music. 

Check out what the Golden 1 Center has coming up, here!

Pro Tips 

  • Parking can be pricey depending on the event. 
  • Being so close to downtown, it may be easiest to Uber or walk. 
  • Most events in California also require proof of vaccination.

Powerhouse Science Center

A wonderful option for a rainy day in Sacramento is the Powerhouse Science CenterFocused on STEM education, the center offers many hands-on exhibits in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Between examining fossils and watching planetarium shows, there is always something fun to see and learn here. An education day trip is always a great call as a family activity, especially when it’s spent at the Powerhouse Science Center.

Pro Tips

  • This museum is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 but has plans to reopen as soon as possible. 
  • Make sure to visit the website prior to planning your trip to avoid interruptions! 

Urban Air Adventure Park

Another great indoor activity for kids of all ages is the Urban Air Adventure ParkBoasting many activities such as ropes courses, climbing walls, trampolines, and bumper cars, your kids will be entertained for hours while burning off some excess energy.

Scope out your favorite rides from above on the Sky Rider, where your kids can zip and zigzag around over the entire park.

Pro Tips 

  • The Urban Air Adventure Park cares about safety, read here to learn all about the health & safety precautions they have put in place. T
  • The earlier you arrive, the more space your little jumpers will have to play.
  • This is a fun and affordable activity as “spectators” (parents) can hang out for free. But chances are, you may want to join in the fun! It can fill up quickly, especially in the afternoon and on the weekends.
  • Reservations are currently required, and can be made in advance online!

Old Sacramento

Take a stroll down the cobblestone street of historic Old Sacramento! From train rides and jetboat excursions to a wide variety of museums, this part of town can easily keep you busy all day! Take an underground tour below the streets, through foundations and passageways built over 100 years ago when the city was first settled. Head to Candy Land, a massive candy store (come’ on, it’s vacation) after lunch for some sweet treats.

Catch the best views of Old Sacramento from 65’ high at the top of the Waterfront Ferris Wheel! Don’t forget to take a spin on the old-timey Front Street Carousel.

Pro Tips 

  • To get around quickly while not missing a thing, consider renting bicycles for the family. 

A Trip to Remember

As you can see, Sacramento offers endless opportunities to entertain the entire family. You’ll have no problem filling your day with fun and excitement. An unforgettable family adventure starts here in Sacramento! To book a place to stay, and get your trip started, head on over to Vacation Renter and find an awesome family-friendly rental today.