Don’t Miss These Top Sacramento Attractions
California’s capital offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions. Budget minded travelers can save money by staying at one of Sacramento’s many RV parks. Don’t have an RV? Check out for great deals and then head on out to one of these must-see attractions.
- California State Capitol and Museum. No visit to Sacramento is complete without first stopping at the state’s capitol. Admission is free and free tours of the Capitol building and Capitol Park are conducted on the hour between 9am and 4pm. The Capitol Park features a rose garden, trout pond, commemorative bronze seals and the Camellia Grove memorial while the museum features hundreds of paintings, statues, murals and antique furniture.
- California State Railroad Museum. If you like trains, this is the museum for you, no matter if you’re two or 102. The museum is currently home to half a dozen exhibits including a high-speed train simulator with interactive controls. Excursion train rides along the Sacramento Southern Railroad are available April through September with fares ranging from $6 to $20. Museum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children while children under five years old are free.
- Crocker Art Museum. Founded by the Crocker family in 1885, the museum is home to over 15,000 pieces of art from all over the world including six permanent collections and two visiting exhibitions. Additionally, the museum offers studio classes, tours and talks, children’s events and school programs all throughout the year. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth and children under the age of six are free. The museum also offers free admission every third Sunday of each month.
- Sacramento Zoo. If you only have an hour or two to spare and love animals, the Sacramento Zoo is a must. The zoo may be small at just over 14 acres but there is still plenty of room for over 140 different species of native, exotic and endangered species. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo is actively involved in multiple conservation programs. The zoo features monthly events highlighting the zoo’s various inhabitants with special activities. Admission ranges between $7.75 and $11.75.
Bonus: If you’ve still got energy after all those attractions, consider a leisurely bicycle ride along the American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail). The 32-mile trail runs between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake’s southwestern banks at Beal’s Point, and is an ideal way to enjoy the city.