Sacramento is a great vacation spot for families looking for an authentic California experience. With 30 museums, the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, the city offers a diverse selection of family-friendly activities.
Families of all sizes can find interesting activities to do together, whether that be something for small kids or fun with older kids. The city is also a perfect setting for family reunions, with a host of unique activities.
Visit a Museum
Sacramento museums cover topics ranging from railroads and Gold Rush history to aerospace, Native Americans, prisons and art. Some of the most popular museums include the California State Railroad Museum, the California State Capitol, Sutter's Fort and the Crocker Art Museum. Free museum day is in early February each year.
Find an Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor activities can be found all over the Sacramrento region, with many of them being a perfect fit for families. Sacramento is bike-friendly, and bikes can be rented from various businesses. With more than 50 miles of paved bike trails along rivers and through the historic Old Sacramento, families can see the sights and get some exercise. Hiking, whitewater rafting and golf are also fun ways to enjoy the California sunshine.
Visit Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo
Kids and parents alike enjoy Fairytale Town, where 25 playsets recall scenes from fairy tales, and animals and performing arts stages round out the experience. The Sacramento Zoo boasts 14 acres of exhibits featuring lions, tigers, giraffes, zebras, chimpanzees and many smaller species of animals, birds and reptiles. Both are located in scenic William Land Park.
Explore Old Sacramento
Walk the wooden sidewalks of Old Sacramento and pop into candy shops, take in the waterfront and grab a scoop of ice cream on a warm day. The Gold Rush-era portion of Sacramento is full of history andis a great place to go with family.
Arts and Culture
Take in the arts on your trip to Sacramento. There are several independent theaters from one-man shows to Music Circus' theater-in-the round venue to the Broadway shows that play at the Community Center Theater downtown. The Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera and other professional arts groups have regular performances, and film festivals are popular ways to spend time in historic theaters throughout the year.