FUN THINGS TO DO
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Old Sacramento Waterfront (blocks from the Best Western Sutter House)
Sacramento's riverside restaurants and shops are the perfect place to welcome the summer. There is nothing better than a restaurant meal with gorgeous watery views.This region is home to a number of river dining establishments; some casual, some snazzy and some accessible by boat.
California State Railroad Museum
Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America's most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events.
River Otter Taxi Company
From Old Sacramento to marinas, restaurants and shops along the Sacramento River, River Otter Taxi Company - the sturdy 24-seat boat makes the placid round trip in about an hour and a quarter. Some of the notable destinations along the way include Chevy's, Crawdads and Woody's. Sacramento River Cats (minor league baseball) fans travel on the river taxi from convenient parking in downtown Sacramento to Raley Field on the West Bank of the Sacramento River.
The Discovery Museum Gold Rush History Center is one of several museums operated under the auspices of a nonprofit organization also in charge of the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center and Challenger Learning Center. The Discovery Museum History Center is a recommended stop in your vacation or journey to Sacramento. While many visit the California State Capitol, Old Sacramento features world class museums displaying artifacts, exhibits and information about California's golden past and Sacramento's growth during the discovery of gold in the mid-1800's.
California State Capitol Tours
Free guided tours of the State Capitol are given seven days per week (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, when the Capitol is closed). Tours are approximately one hour in length. Tour size is limited, so tickets for public tours are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 30 minutes before each tour. Groups of 10 or more cannot be accommodated on these tours -- please see GROUP TOUR RESERVATIONS below. The Tour Office is located in room B-27 in the basement of the historic wing of the Capitol (near 11th and L Street entrance).
Sutter's Fort stands as the oldest restored Fort in the United States. Today, the Fort is furnished and reconstructed to reflect its 1846 appearance. Many activities and programs recreate the past thanks to the volunteers who give their time to share their love of California History.
Governor's Mansion Tours
The Governor's mansion, built in 1877, has 14-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, ornate moldings, Persian carpets, Italian marble fireplaces and French mirrors. Many Governors' wives, including Nancy Reagan, have remodeled the home. Among the famous guests who stayed in the mansion were Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Kennedy. Each room is furnished from a different era, so the tour is also a history of furniture. Tours are on the hour and guides must accompany visitors.
Crocker Art Museum
The longest continuously operating art museum in the West, the Crocker Art Museum was founded in 1885 and remains the leading art institution for the California Capital Region and Central Valley. The Museum, which is housed in one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture in the United States, offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of California, European and Asian artworks, and International Ceramics.
Within our 14.5 acres there are over 600 animals comprised of over 140 different species at the Zoo. We specialize in rare and endangered animals from Reptiles to Mammals, Birds to Amphibians and more.You can find: photos, animal facts sheets and details about all your favorite creatures at the Zoo.
Hard Rock CafÉ
Featuring memorabilia from rock's most legendary performers. Serving the best down-home American food, seasoned with a healthy dose of Rock n' Roll! (916) 441-5591
Sacramento's vibrant landmark shopping complex featuring Macy's, Hard Rock Cafe, United Artists Theaters plus two sunlit levels of specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment places that create worlds of downtown excitement. Located between 4th and 7th on K Street.
Let your imagination run wild at Fairytale Town, a 2.5-acre children's play park and outdoor children's museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life!
Towe Auto Museum
Explore the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives past, present & future. Enjoy the California Automobile Museum's exciting collection of over 160 classic cars, race cars, muscle cars, hot rods and early models displayed throughout 72,000 square feet of museum space.
Thunder Valley Casino
Thunder Valley Casino has over 85,000 square feet of gaming floor. The spacious layout allows guests the opportunity to move freely about the gaming floor in search of their favorite slots or table games. Step onto the gaming floor and enjoy over 2,400 slot machines. If live gaming action gets your juices flowing, pull up a seat at one of the 98 table games and you'll experience complete satisfaction.
Sacramento River Train
Enjoy dinner, brunch or lunch aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain. This train features a sparkling gold exterior reflecting the area's Gold Rush heritage and 1,000-feet of blue waves that are a tribute to the Sacramento River that follows the train's route. While you roll along, enjoy a great combination of scenery, food & entertainment.
Sutter Gold Mine Tours
1 hour guided tour provides a chance to see the famous Mother Lode quartz vein structure from the inside. Ride the Boss Buggy Shuttle deep into the mine and see the inner workings of a modern gold mine. Learn about the history of the Gold Rush and the geology of the area. Above ground activities: gemstone mining, gold panning, mining movies in the Gold Theatre, picnicking.
Leland Stanford State Historic Park
The Leland Stanford Mansion is a stunning example of the splendor and elegance of the Victorian era in California.
Located on H Street near 33rd Street, this 1.5-acre garden, created in 1928, features more than 1,000 rose bushes, tree roses and blooming annuals. New award-winning varieties are planted in the garden each year. This site is a favorite Sacramento park for weddings and outdoor seasonal events.
William Land Park Golf Coarse
This 9-hole layout, at 5208 yards, has the length and difficulty of many 18-hole courses. With a pair of par-four holes and one par-five, even low handicappers will find their skills challenged. In fact, many regulars consider the par-three, third hole to be one of the best holes north of Pebble Beach. William Land Park Golf Course maturity is evident in the large trees lining the fairways and lush, manicured greens.
Starting at the fountains and grove of dwarf palms outside the Convention Center at 13th and K Streets, the mall extends six blocks west to the Downtown Plaza. Along the way there are two specialty movie theaters (Esquire IMAX and The Crest, a renovated repertory theater), diverse shops, bars, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Through the years, artists have graced some of the old buildings with murals.
California State Fair
The Cal Expo fairgrounds come alive every summer as the State Fair becomes a "city within a city" that hosts nearly one million visitors. Folks come from near and far for the memorable delights of this 156-year-old extravaganza that includes exciting exhibits, amazing attractions, live entertainment, and the Magnificent Midway.
The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento and are members of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages. Raging Waters, Sacramento is the perfect destination for families of all ages!
Join the legendary Hornblower dining experience as you leisurely cruise on the Sacramento River. Unlike any other Sacramento dining experience the Hornblower combines great food, nautical surroundings and ever-changing views.
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