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Top 10 Best Things to do in Sacramento, California

Amazing Activities & Attractions in Sacramento

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Bucket List: Top 11 Best Things to See and Do in Sacramento, California, USA

Sacramento is a historic town known for its deep history of the Gold Rush and Railroad Transportation. It is known as “America’s Most Diverse City” and “hipster city.” There are also many best things to do in Sacramento, CA, from visiting museums to amusement parks.

So to know more about the City of Trees, here are the 10 best things to do in Sacramento, CA.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

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Old Sacramento State Historic Park By DestinationFearFan – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

An interesting historical landmark to visit, the Old Sacramento State Historic Park was a former business block in the 1850s that now attracts tourists globally. The site features structures back from the Gold Rush days and other notable buildings such as the Eagle Theater and

California State Railroad Museum

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California State Railroad Museum By Swampyank CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

For a kid-friendly attraction, head to the California State Railroad Museum, where you can learn about train transportation that evolved in California’s history. The museum displays train transport vehicles that help connect California to its neighbor, featuring diesel trains, steam trains, small and big trains, and the oldest and newest trains.

California State Capitol

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California State Capitol By Andre m – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

One of the most beautiful buildings in town, the State Capitol has impressive architecture and the seat of the Government of California. It is also considered part of the National Register of Historic Places, featuring a museum filled with the history of the State of California, including its counties and cities.

Crocker Art Museum

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Crocker Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the western Mississippi River, a must-visit for art enthusiasts. The museum was established in 1885, featuring permanent art collections of California. In addition, the museum exhibits American works from the Gold Rush, European artworks, and the largest collections of ceramics in the U.S.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

John Sutter plaque at Sutter's Fort by Ian Howard via Wikimedia cc
John Sutter plaque at Sutter’s Fort By Ian Howard – Own work, CC BY 2.5, cc

If you’re into history, go back in time by visiting the 19th-century trade colony and agricultural area Sutter’s Fort. The site is filled with lots of history dating from California’s Gold Rush, American migrants Donner Party, and was the first non-indigenous neighborhood in the central valley.

Sacramento Zoo

Falmingo at Sacramento Zoo photo via Pixabay
Flamingo at Sacramento Zoo photo via Pixabay

For a fun-filled family experience, Sacramento Zoo is a 14.3-acre zoo located in William Land Park. It houses over 500 animals such as raccoons, giraffes, fennec foxes, red panda, and red-billed hornbill. The facility also features some activities for children, including a carousel, train ride, and playground.

California Automobile Museum

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Old trucks in California Automobile Museum By Dariusz Jemielniak – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Another must-see museum for history and car enthusiasts, the California Automobile Museum, located along the scenic Sacramento River, showcases over 150 collections of classic cars. The museum was established in 1983 and the first of its kind in the west. It also holds the largest collection of Ford globally.

Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town photo via FB Page
Fairytale Town photo via FB Page

If you’re looking for a place to spend time with your kids, Fairytale Town is the place to go. The site is a 3.5-acre amusement park featuring a children’s play park and outdoor museum turning fairytales into life. It was established in 1959 with several attractions on-site, including the Storybook Park, Animals, Gardens, and Photo Gallery.

Cathedral Of The Blessed Sacrament

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Cathedral Of The Blessed Sacrament by Matthew Hendricks CC BY-SA 2.5, cc

Located in the middle of downtown Sacramento, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento is a beautiful and tranquil Roman Catholic Church established in 1886. It is also the seat of Roman Catholic bishop Jaime Soto. The church is a religious landmark and considered one of the largest cathedrals in the western Mississippi River.

Raging Waters

Raging Waters Sacramento photo via FB Page
Raging Waters Sacramento photo via FB Page

Lastly, the best place for friends or family gatherings, Raging Waters is the largest waterpark in town located at Cal Expo. The waterpark was established in 1980 with many attractions such as a 12-meter high water slide, 18-meter high-speed slides, interlocking racing slides, wave pool, lazy river, kids water playground, and volleyball court.


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