Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Sacramento

Published Jan 19, 2017

Some great places to take the family in the Sacramento area this summer! A perfect opportunity to be a tourist in your own home town.

2015 Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in Sacramento

Sacramento Children's Museum

The Sacramento Children's Museum opened in 2011 with a mission is to spark a passion for life-long learning. They are accomplishing our mission by providing a place where children are encouraged to think for themselves, expand their problem-solving abilities through creative exploration, and exercise both their bodies and their minds.

The Museum's hands-on environments provide children with a gateway for opening up their minds to developing new abilities, building confidence, and making connections between their dreams and real world experiences.

California State Fair

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State.

This year’s Fair will take place July 10 - 26, 2015 and is expected to draw more than 750,000 people to Cal Expo to make memories that will last a lifetime. Initiated by Governor Pat Brown and opened by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1968 the current Cal Expo facilities were dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievement, preserve a slice of Americana, and provide a window into the future.

California Automobile Museum

The California Automobile Museum is a nonprofit organization which displays over 150 cars in a 72,000 sq. ft. facility. The vehicles on display range from a replica of the first driveable car, through Brass era vehicles, to Model A’s and cars of the 40s and 50s, race cars, cars of known Hollywood stars and musicians, ending with electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

The Museum offers car themed classes, trips around the globe, vehicle sales, event rentals, and a world-class collection of vehicles. Complimentary tours are offered with admission which is a maximum of $8 for adults. 

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum in the Western U.S. and is one of the leading art museums in California today. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks, and international ceramics.

Special family events this summer include Family Fridays featuring performances, playtime, and art-making inspired by the most beloved children’s books; as well as Sketch It art classes every 4th Sunday for visitors aged 5 and older (both events are free with general admission!)

Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town, is a 2.5-acre play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life! Over 25 bright and colorful play sets give young children a backdrop to play and re-live their favorite stories. Attractions include the Storybook Park, Gardens, Story Boxes, and live animals, includingMary's little lambs, the three little pigs, and Peter Rabbit & his sisters!

Since 1959, millions of guests have enjoyed the Fairytale Town experience through special events, theater performances, and educational programs.

Sacramento Zoo

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to over 140 native, exotic and endangered species and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Among others, new animals currently on exhibit include African lion cubs, the yellow-backed Duiker calf, Aardvarks, Fennec Foxes, and the straw-collored fruit bat.

As always, the zoo is a great place for a family outing!

Funderland Park

Funderland Park is best known for the rides, which offer something for kids of different ages.  The Flying Dragon, Funderland Train, Carousel, and Jungle Swing are among the 9 attractions.

There is no cost to enter Funderland, although tickets must be purchased for the rides.  Season passes are available which include unlimited riding throughout the season.  

Raging Waters

Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters is Sacramento's best amusement park, featuring more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages.

If water slides aren't your thing, cool down in the tranquil waters of the Calypso Cooler Lazy River, play a game of volleyball, or swim through tidal waves at Break Beach!

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains during the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, and helped rescue the Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848.

Relive history in this fascinating place for kids and adults alike!

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