Spring in Sacramento is just lovely. The down-to-earth and non-pretentious vibe make for the ideal family destination.The Mediterranean weather, the plethora of outdoor activities, the bountiful harvest and the countless number of restaurant patios to dine on make it your perfect Spring Break vacation option that won't break the bank.
Start your day in the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Meander the boardwalk and enjoy the beautiful Sacramento River. Visit the California State Railroad Museum and take a Underground Tour by the Sacramento History Museum. Next up, a little friendly competition at the underground Sac Mini Golf followed by lunch at Willie’s Burgers. Finish your visit with a souvenir old-timey photo at McGee’s Old Time Photos.
After a little R&R, hit up Drake’s Barn with the family. Grab a cold one, some snacks and a nice spot on the grass. Play some lawn games or just relax while the kids run around on the grass. Depending on the day, enjoy live music on one of three stages.
Just a hop, skip and jump away is Sutter Health Park, which is where you'll catch your Sacramento River Cats Game. The River Cats are the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate and the 2019 Triple-A National Champions! Don't forget, Family Value Tuesday’s include $1 hotdogs and ice creams, furry four-legged friends are free on Wet Nose Wednesdays and Friday & Saturday games conclude with fireworks!
Rise and shine with breakfast at Bacon & Butter in East Sacramento and serving up what's in season and found at the local farmer's market. After breakfast, head up to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center for some outdoor, on-the-water fun. Rent a canoe or take a paddle boarding lesson - the possibilities are endless.
In the later afternoon, take a stroll through Capitol Park. There are a number of trees and flowers, including the World Peace Rose Garden, which features more than 650 roses with more than 153 varieties, colors, and fragrances. Don't miss the various memorials and monuments throughout the park, too. If you're feeling up for it, the California State Capitol Museum offers free tours to the public daily and on the hour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
End your evening with some good ol' family fun at Punch Bowl Social. The 25,000-square-foot hot spot has bowling, darts, ping-pong, karaoke and video games! Don't worry about finding dinner somewhere, they offer a giant menu with something to fit everyone's taste buds.
Enjoy breakfast at the Tower Cafe. Do yourself a favor by ordering their famous French toast. Trust us. After breakfast, head down Land Park Drive to the Sacramento Zoo. Don't miss a giraffe encounter at the Tall Wonders of Africa exhibit or the reptile house for all things slithery, scaly, hoppy and crawly. If you're feeling extra adventurous, schedule a behind-the-scenes tour for an extra-special experience for the family.
End you day by renting bikes at Trek Bikes and make your way through Midtown and Downtown Sacramento making stops along the way. The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates is here to help you plan your bike friendly route around town.
Enjoy an Italian dinner outside at Paesanos. They offer kids dough balls, which will keep them busy for hours!
Other family-friendly activities & places
Aerospace Museum of California
California Agricultural Museum
Gold Bug Park & Mine
iFLy Indoor Skydiving
Midtown Farmer's Market
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
Quarry Park Adventures
Rick's Dessert Diner
Sac Yard Community Tap House
Sacramento Republic FC Game
For more spring break fun, make sure to check out our guide to spring in Sacramento.