Attractions

Today you can find gold here without pans or mining equipment. It's in the area's family-friendly attractions, museums, and parks and gardens. It's there for the taking at four-star restaurants it's in every seat in the house for Broadway musicals and local plays!

Amusement Parks

Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Dr.
Sacramento - 95822
(916) 264-5233
916-264-5356 (fax)
Web: www.fairytaletown.org

Children's theme park featuring imaginative, three-dimensional play sets based on fairytales in a lush garden setting. Field trip programs, party packages and special events. See website for hours and fees.

Raging Waters
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento - 95815
(916) 924-3747
916-924-1314 (fax)
Web: www.ragingwaters.com

Raging Waters, at Cal Expo, features more than 25 slides and attractions including speed slides, wave pool and an area for little ones. There is something for every family member at Raging Water! AE, ATM, MC, V, W.A.

Art/Galleries/Public Art

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
2030 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento - 95815
916-808-3989
916-808-3996 (fax)
Web: www.sacmetroarts.com

Through its programs, the Arts Commission works behind the scenes to support, honor and advocate for artists and arts organizations, raise the visibility of the arts, create Sacramento as a rich cultural destination, build strategic partnerships, and raise the quality of life for all its citizens. The Arts Commission has four key programs: Art in Public Places, a large public art program with a collection of over 700 works; a vital Arts Education program in schools and social service organizations; Grants and Cultural Programs, and Arts Marketing and Cultural Tourism.

The Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento - 95814
(916) 808-7000
Web: www.crockerartmuseum.org

The Crocker Art Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European and Asian artworks. The Crocker is closed until the grand opening of its 125,000-square-foot expansion designed by architect Charles Gwathmey on October 10.

Ventana Art Gallery
552 Pavilions Lane (Pavilions Center)
Sacramento - 95825
916-920-9562
916-920-8346 (fax)
Web: www.ventanaartgallery.com

Located at Pavilions Center, this award-winning gallery features contemporary and traditional works of fine art by world-renowned artists. Open Mon-Sat 10a.m.-6p.m., Sundays 12-5-p.m. AE, MC, V

Delta River Cruise
PO Box 162428
Sacramento - 95816
916-399-9342
916-399-9685 (fax)
Web: www.deltarivercruise.com.

Cruise and Rail Excusion between the historic ports of Sacramento and San Francisco. Weekend Day Trips include a cruise with narration of points of interest along the route, lunch with dessert, beverage (full service bar on board), train ride on Amtrak Capitol Corridor, shuttle & parking. Corporate charters available.

Hornblower Cruises & Events
1206 Front Street
Sacramento - 95814
(916) 446-1185
Web: www.hornblower.com

Sacramento Hornblower Historic River Cruise, Dinner Dance, Sights & Sips or Champagne Brunch Cruise and Private Charters. Great food, nautical surroundings and ever-changing views! AE, DC, DI, JCB, MC, V, W.A.

Family Activities

B Street Theatre Family Series
2711 B Street
Sacramento - 95816
(916) 443-5300
Web: www.bstreettheatre.org

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento - 95815
(916) 263-3000
Web: www.calexpo.com

Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station
Front Street
Sacramento - 95814
916-445-6645
Web: www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org

Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Tarshes Drive and San Lorenzo Way
Carmichael - 95609
916-489-4918
916-489-4983 (fax)
Web: www.effieyeaw.org

Esquire IMAX Theatre
1211 K Street
Sacramento - 95814
916-446-2333
916-446-2377 (fax)
Web: www.imax.com/sacramento

Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Dr
Sacramento - 95822
264-5233
916-264-5356 (fax)
Web: www.fairytaletown.org

Children's theme park featuring imaginative, three-dimensional play sets based on fairytales in a lush garden setting. Field trip programs, party packages and special events. See website for hours and fees.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park
16th and H Streets
Sacramento - 95814
(916) 323-3047
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/governorsmansion

JB Ranch
8444 El Modena Ave.
Elverta - 95626
(916) 991-9500
916-991-3386 (fax)
Web: www.jbranch.com

Old Sacramento Historic District
Second and K Streets
Sacramento - 95814
916-442-7644
916-264-7186 (fax)
Web: www.oldsacramento.com

916-558-3912 (event hotline); Located downtown and bordered by Interstate 5, Capitol Mall and the Sacramento River. Take the J Street exit off I-5. Visitor Center: 2nd & K Streets. More than 125 boutique shops including souvenirs, art, gifts, jewelry and home decor on the boardwalk set amongst Gold Rush-era buildings, dozens of restaurants, clubs, museums and the Sacramento River.

Sacramento Southern Railroad Excursions
Front Street
Sacramento - 95814
916-445-7387
Web: www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org

Climb aboard a steam train weekends Apr. - Sept., for a 40-minute scenic ride along the Sacramento River; first class available for an extra fare. Departures on the hour 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit website for hours and fees.

Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento - 95822
916-808-5888
916-808-5887 (fax)
Web: www.saczoo.com

Home to over 140 native, rare and endangered species and one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Feb. - Oct.; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Nov. - Jan. Admission fees. Free parking or ride Regional Transit bus #6.

Safetyville, USA
3909 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento - 95827
916-366-7233
916-366-1762 (fax)

Free Things to See and Do

B. F. Hastings Building
1000 2nd Street (Corner of 2nd and J Streets)
Old Sacramento - 95814
916-440-4263

  • Housing the Wells Fargo History Museum and Old Sacramento Visitor Center, this building once housed the Pony Express, the California State Supreme Court (1855 - 1869) and Theodore Judah's office. ATM. Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free

  • Big Four Building
    113 I Street
    Old Sacramento - 95814
    916-445-7387
    Web: www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org

  • Named for the Big Four of railroad fame: Stanford, Crocker, Huntington and Hopkins. Includes Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store (916-323-7234) and Railroad Museum Library (upstairs 916-323-8073). Visit website for hours.

  • Blue Diamond Growers Visitor Center
    1701 C Street
    Sacramento - 95814
    916-446-8439
    Web: www.bluediamondgrowers.com
  • California Peace Officers' Memorial
    10th Street and Capitol Mall
    Sacramento - 95815
    Web: www.camemorial.org

    The beautiful bronze and granite edifice memorializes the more than 1,300 courageous peace officers who have laid down their lives "in the line of duty," serving their fellow Californians.

  • California State Archives
    1020 O Street
    Sacramento - 95814
    916-653-7715
    916-653-7134 (fax)
    Web: www.ss.ca.gov

    Open for research Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. except state holidays. Historic state documents from before statehood to the present. Visit the Golden State Museum in the Archives Building.

  • California Vietnam Veterans Mermorial
    15th Street and Capitol Avenue
    Sacramento - 95814

    Located at the east end of Capitol Park. A $2.5 million project established by law and built entirely by donations. Its 22 shiny black granite panels memorialize the 5,822 names of California's dead and missing. The exquisite full-relief bronze figures depict the realities of daily life during that conflict.

  • Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
    1017 11th Street
    Sacramento - 95814
    916-444-3071
    916-443-3749 (fax)

    Built in 1889. Its prominent architectural design comes from 19th-century Paris, and the stained glass is from Austria. Open daily.

  • Downtown Sacramento Partnership
  • Eagle Theatre
  • Historic Chinatown-Sacramento Yeefow
    Chinatown Mall
    Sacramento - 95814
    916-448-6465

    Located between Third and fifth streets, J and I streets. During the Gold Rush, this area was largely populated with Chinese immigrants; now, association halls and a Chinese language school help keep Chinese culture alive.

  • Historic City Cemetery
  • La Raza Galeria Posada
  • Nimbus Fish Hatchery
  • Old Sacramento
    Sacramento - 95814
    (916) 442-7644
    Web: www.oldsacramento.com

    Unique 28-acre State Historic Park is located downtown along the Sacramento River. Bustling with activity, the district is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and Transcontinental Railroad.

  • Old Sacramento Visitors Center
    Second and K Streets
    Sacramento - 95814
    916-442-7644
    916-264-7286 (fax)
    Web: www.oldsacramento.com

    Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 916-558-3912 (event hotline), 916-442-7644 (Visitor Center). Brochures, coupons and historic self-guided audio and walking tours available. Enjoy the Gold Rush-era ambiance while browsing 125 shops, restaurants and museums located on the Sacramento River. Featuring the world-class California State Railroad Museum, horse and carriage rides, entertainment, cobblestone streets and wooden boardwalks, living history programs and a year-round event calendar. Open daily, free admission. Plenty of parking and most stores validate.

  • Old Sacramento Schoolhouse
  • Pony Express Monument
  • Port of Sacramento
    2895 Industrial Blvd.
    West Sacramento - 95691
    916-371-8000
    916-372-4802 (fax)
    Web: www.portofsacramento.com

    The Port of Sacramento is a unique deep-water inland port serving ocean-going vessels and agricultural/industrial commerce. Open seven days week, up to 24 hours, depending upon ships in port. Guided tours may be arranged in advance. Free.

  • Shepard Garden and Arts Center
  • Theodore Judah Monument

Helicopter Tours and Services

Cutting Edge Helicopters LLC
3028 Peacekeeper Way
McClellan - 95652
(916) 760-8404
916-641-8969 (fax)
Web: www.cehusa.com

Cutting Edge Helicopters utilizes its aircraft and pilots to treat your clients to a unique bird's eye view of local points of interest. AE, MC, V

Historic Attractions

List of Sacramento area historic attractions
Sacramento

Old Sacramento
Sacramento - 95814
(916) 808-7777

916-558-3912 (event hotline); Located downtown and bordered by Interstate 5, Capitol Mall and the Sacramento River. Take the J Street exit off I-5. Visitor Center: 2nd & K Streets. More than 125 boutique shops including souvenirs, art, gifts, jewelry and home decor on the boardwalk set amongst Gold Rush-era buildings, dozens of restaurants, clubs, museums and the Sacramento River.

Museums

Out-of-Area Attractions

Performing Arts

Ranch Marketing/Farmers Market

Apple Hill
Hwy. 50 and Carson Rd.
Camino - 95709
530-644-7692
Web: www.applehill.com

One of the area's most popular attractions; Sept.-Dec. Ten-mile area of 53 family farms. Fresh fruit, cider, bake shops, wineries and brewery; U-pick cherries, berries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Most ranches. W.A.

Certified Farmer's Market Association
P.O. Box 981
Placerville - 95667
530-622-1900
530-622-8467 (fax)
email: jim@redshack.com
Web: www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com

El Dorado County's premier Certified Farmers' Markets each summer in Placerville, Saturdays; El Dorado Hills Town Center, Sundays; South Lake Tahoe, Tuesdays; Cameron Park, Wednesdays; El Doarado Hills Community Service District, Thursdays.

Short Drives

Sightseeing Tours/ Visitors' Services

Spa & Massage Therapy Services

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