There are many reasons to have a Sacramento vacation and many things you should try to see. Sacramento is California’s state capital; however, it is pretty low key in terms of profile compared to the other major Californian cities. It was chosen as the state capital because, at the time, it was a major player in the “Gold Rush.” The location, which is not far from the Pacific coast, and close to the Sierra Nevada, was also a factor.
These days Sacramento has dropped to number six position in terms of population of cities in California. That perhaps is why it is an attractive place to visit, compared to its larger neighbors. The city os big enough to offer a wide range of activities, but not so large that the crush makes walking around uncomfortable on your Sacramento Vacation.
Places to Visit During a Sacramento Vacation
Some people are very fond of visiting museums and delight in wandering the various galleries they contain. Sacramento has several such museums that you may want to visit on your Sacramento vacation. We suggest the following.
Crocker Art Museum
The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento was one of the earliest art museums in the USA and set the standard for other museums to follow. It was established as long ago as 1885. It is home to
- The countries best collection of Californian art.
- Collections of master drawings
- A vast collection of international ceramics
- European Art, Asian Art, African Art, and oceanic Art
As well as its world-famous collection, you will also find the Gerald Hansen Library and Totland at the Crocker Museum. The museum is closed every Monday.
Address: 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814-5399
California State Capitol Museum
The State Capitol has been home to the California legislature since 1969. Following a major renovation, it is now possible to see how much of the historic building used to look. Visitors to the museum are now permitted to tour the restored offices of the secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor of California. There are tours and various exhibits to add to your enjoyment, and you might also get the chance to watch a debate or vote.
located downtown Sacramento at 10th and L Streets
California State Railroad Museum
California State Railroad Museum has been closed since November 2020 because of the Pandemic. During this time a general contractor Sacramento has been doing extensive work, so that when it opens it will have an all new, fresh appearance. At some stage, it will reopen, and this is what to expect. Get up close to 150-year-old trains or take a fun ride on rails that were a major part of California’s development. Visit a variety of exhibits that tell the story of rail in California.
111 I Street, Sacramento, California, 95814
California Automobile Museum
This is a place that will entertain and educate you. Learn about the automobile and the influence it had (and still has) in our everyday life. A really amazing selection of cars that can retain the interest for a couple of hours Reminders of the cars that many people used in their youth. A real nostalgia trip at this museum. A place to return to time and time again.
Address: 200 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818-1107
Powerhouse Science Center
Now called SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity. It is an interactive museum that includes many very different exhibits, many with a hands-on element that the kids will love. Make sure you do not miss the Planetarium Experience. It is not a large museum, but there is plenty to do and explore.
Address: 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95821-2007
Traveling with Children
Of course, some children are fascinated by museums, and they probably will enjoy the Powerhouse Science Center, but sometimes they want to relax and play. If you have children at your party, we suggest that you include the following attractions in your itinerary.
Zoos are great family activities, and it is a fun activity for bringing families closer. Recently the zoo had a baby giraffe born, and this will become a firm favorite, we are sure. The zoo is a non-profit organization, and they place a high priority on animal welfare. There are over 500 native, rare, and endangered animals at Sacramento zoo. The recently renovated lion house allows you to get up close to rare African lions and includes a walk through a glass tunnel.
Address: 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
Another place not to miss on your Sacramento Vacation The well-designed park includes a baseball field, a children’s playground, and a lake—a riot of color in the summer months. The park includes an adventure play area that the younger children will love. Do not miss the climbing wall or the swimming and wading pools. McKinley Park is a wonderful place for picnics. The only downside is they seem to lock the bathrooms randomly.
Address: 601 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento,
Fairytale Town is a non-profit park facility with twenty-six playsets for children to enjoy, each based on a fairytale or nursery rhyme. The park has been open for 60 years and has served generations of families. There is also a flock of friendly animals and two performance stages that make the whole experience great for families to enjoy.
Address: 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Totland (at Crocker Art Museum)
Taking young children to an art museum is not normally a great experience. The kids get bored and parents frustrated. But at the Crocker Art Museum, they have opened Tot Land. A place where children under 5 can use their imagination and experience hands-on installations that will fire their imagination, created especially for Tot Land.
See Crocker Art Museum Above
History & Culture
We live in a world full of pressure and bustle. A fast-moving lifestyle with very little time to takes things slower. That is why soaking in American culture and exploring places associated with our historical past are such a delight. Take some time to slow down and discover how things once were, pacing your activities on your Sacramento Vacation
The Old Sacramento Waterfront is a historic district that contains everything you need for a pleasant day out. Whether you are looking for local culture or great entertainment, The Old Waterfront has it all, including riverboats, horse-drawn rides, and railroad excursions. Or, you can choose to wander, explore the stores and places to eat.
The Visitors Center is located at 1002 2nd St Sacramento.
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Following a $22 million renovation that took over 14 years to complete, the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park finally reopened in all its glory. Still, unfortunately, at the time of writing, because of the Pandemic, it is only the outdoor areas that are open, At some point that will change. You will be able to explore the 19,000 square foot mansion as well.
Address: 800 “N” Street, Sacramento
Places to Eat That You Should Not Miss
One of the most enjoyable parts of a Sacramento Vacation is discovering eating places that are novel and that offer a new experience. Here are some of the best places to enjoy during your Sacramento vacation.
A seasonal menu inspired by European cuisine, with fine wines and a full bar. The prices are very reasonable for quality food. The environment is crowded and exudes atmosphere. Not a place for intimate conversation. An adult restaurant with plenty of atmospheres.
Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento
The main dining room is full of natural light, which bounces off the white linen covered tables. It has been open for 46 years, and its profits go to the Sacramento Children’s home. Volunteers staff the restaurant. If you get the opportunity to visit in the future, do so, and enjoy a memorable experience. Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic, the venue is closed now, and there are doubts about whether it can ever reopen.
Address: 276 Sutterville Road, Sacramento
According to Michelin, this restaurant is primarily a downtown business restaurant, but they add that it also has a lot to offer casual diners. The menu features locally grown produce and sustainable seafood. Meats are organically grown, and the presentation is straight forward American style. The building has a long history, and the restaurant uses a two-story space.
Address: 926 J Street, Sacramento
Fun things to Do
A Sacramento Vacation is for relaxing, so in this section, we look at some leisure activities to be found in Sacramento. Nightclubs, Golf, and Virtual reality are just some of the activities on offer
This is the ultimate Social venue for golfers and their friends (you do not even have to like golf to enjoy this venue). It features 102 bays spread over 3 floors. It is a bit like golf meets bowling as a concept. The place is usually full, but it does not seem crowded due to the clever design and trained staff. They serve food at the driving range stations and offer friendly service—an excellent choice for an evening out.
Address: 1700 Freedom Way, Roseville, Sacramento
District 30 Nightclub
An awesome sound system with cool seating areas where you can enjoy reasonably priced drinks. Happy hour specials are two dollar beers and free food. This is definitely a popular local venue where people have a good time—my insider tip for Sacramento. The club opens Thursday through to Saturday till 3 am.
Located in the K Street Mall
Zion Virtual Reality
You need to book online for this popular venue (no walk-ins). Never tried VR? Then this is the place to come and experience it (training is given). Experienced players will love it too, whether single players or groups. ItIt is a great place for a family evening out. At just one venue, you get the opportunity to play a whole range of cutting-edge games in a premium, air-conditioned venue.
2401 Folsom Blvd STE 125, Rancho Cordova
Some people prefer more formal tours, and we have found three great tours for you to enjoy during your Sacramento Vacation.
Napa Valley Wine Tour
This is the ultimate Napa Valley wine tasting tour. Sure, there are cheaper tours, but this one is the ultimate experience, and it’s a private tour. It’s a half-day chauffeur-driven tour. Start the tour with complimentary champagne and set off to stop at five tasting rooms. You even get to choose the wineries to visit. Price includes up to seven guests, All of this with a local pickup. Note – it does not include the tasting fees. Take home a personally chosen selection of wine from your Sacramento Vacation.
+1 (702) 648-5873
Downtown Sacramento Historical Food Tour
Learn all about Sacramento’s history as you call into local eateries to sample dishes. Sample local products in small stores and eateries/ A knowledgeable guide who will tell stories about Sacramento’s history. Sample small bite-size tasters and treats from artisans while you get an introduction to Sacramento food culture. You will also get to see key landmarks during the tour. It is the ideal balance between history and great cuisine.
Sacramento Historic River Cruise
During yourSacramento Vacation, why not take a comfortable one-hour yacht cruise provides some history from Sacramento with a live narration supplied by the captain. See some of Sacramento’s historic sites. It is best to book ahead on this popular cruise. The tours take place between Thursday and Sunday with three cruises each afternoon.
1206 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814 between K and L Street – the L Street Dock.
As you can see from the above, there is a lot more to a Sacramento Vacation than you may first have thought. There are activities and opportunities for all the family. Make sure that you are not missing out on California’s hidden gem.
If you are reading this article during the period of the Pandemic, it is advisable to check whether venues are open or opened with modified conditions, before you make firm plans.