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5 Must-See Places in Sacramento, California

5 Must-See Places in Sacramento, California

Sacramento is a city in California famous as the "City of Trees," because of having more trees per capita than any other city worldwide. Located in Sacramento Valley at the conflux of the American and Sacramento Rivers, Sacramento covers 100.1 square miles of area including the land and the water. 

Sacramento is the state capital and this city was established in 1848. It is the largest city in Sacramento County and the sixth-most populous city in California, with a population of 531,285 in 2022

Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in America. It plays an active role in political activities, agriculture, healthcare, business, and education. The major institutions including California State University, Sacramento University of California, and UC Davis School of Medicine are also based in Sacramento.

Residents of Sacramento encounter changing seasons like hot, dry, and long summers. The winters are cool with frequent rainfall and foggy weather from December to January. Moreover, the snow rarely falls in Sacramento.

Sacramento is a tourist destination and becoming a moving destination due to its low-cost and high-quality living standards. It is home to theatres, art, museums, music, film festival, and parks. New Residents have a lot to explore here and if you are one of those, these are the 5 must-see places in Sacramento.

Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento Zoo, located in William Land Park, was opened in 1927 with an area of 4.2 acres. Initially, it started with 40 animals but later, the zoo expanded to 14.3 acres along with 500 animals of 140 different species

SacZoo has appealing animal exhibit areas and besides watching, kids also enjoy the animal rides. The zoo displays Giraffes in Tall Wonders of Africa. Small animals like aardvark primates and meerkats are habitats of Small wonders of Africa. Moreover, around 200 reptiles, Big Cat Row, Lemurs, and Aviaries with more than 20 bird species, are also very entertaining. Sumatran orangutans, chimpanzees, okapi are also attractive wildlife here. 

SacZoo has beautiful flowers, walking tracks, a sitting area, glass to look through, and dinosaurs all over the park that are very appealing. There are also a gift shop, eateries with outdoor dining options, and picnic tables. It provides double strollers and wheelchairs on rent for kids and the elderly.

Sacramento Zoo hosts entertaining events and programs like Happy Hours, Members Evenings, Estate Planning Safari, Summer Camps, Family Overnights, Behind the Scenes Tour, and Virtual educational programs. 

Midtown Farmers Market

Midtown Association introduced Midtown Farmers Market in 2013 which is one of the many local produce markets in Sacramento. This market operates every Saturday all year round.

This family-friendly Farmers market is located on 20th street in the heart of Midtown and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market offers regional products ranging from local fresh produce and cooked food to the art and crafts of local artisans. 

Signage at the Midtown Farmers Market
Midtown Farmers Market opens every Saturday all year round. (Credit: Sacramento 365)

Midtown market features many attractions for residents to shop and enjoy including live music bands, a kids' play area, fresh flowers, food trucks, bars, and live food at food stalls. Visitors enjoy various food ranging from avocado toast, coffee, tea, and fresh coconut milk to Thai, Mexican, and Korean food. There are seating and standing-up tables in some areas to enjoy eating with the family. 

Old Sacramento Waterfront

Old Sacramento is a Registered National Historic Landmark that offers many historical attractions. These include Sacramento History Museum, California State Railroad Museum, and Crocker Art Museum.  

There are many adventures for visitors in Old Sacramento. People enjoy riverboat cruises, rides, historic railroads trips, horse carriage, cobblestone, dance on the Edge, venues, theatres, nightclubs, bars, and late-night eateries. Other entertaining activities include the Gold Entertainment, Fever Game Tour, History Time, and Underground Tours.

Old Sacramento is also home to several shopping activities. Second Sunday Brunch Market, Sip and Shop Wine Walk, bicycle shop, electric motorcycle shop, indoor plant store, and many more are present at Old Sacramento. 

Old Sacramento offers many historical attractions and fun activities such as riverboat cruises, rides, entertainment and many more.

California Automobile Museum 

If you love vintage vehicles, California Automobile Museum is a must-visit place The museum opened in 1987 as Towe Ford Museum and is located at 2200 Front Street Sacramento. The museum is built in a 72,000-square-foot warehouse that showcases 140 classic vehicles and hosts various displays, classes, and events. 

The oldest vehicle in the museum is a bicycle of 1880 Columbia "Penny Farthing," whereas the latest is the 2011 Nissan LEAF- famous for its drift power. Museum also features some rotating exhibits of different themes like Pickup Truck and California Motorcycle Culture, camping events, and road trips. 

The museum has a remarkable collection of Ford cars. It features four permanent exhibits of automobiles that are Make a Move, Going Green, Cars of the Stars, and Car Club Cavalcade. Visitors can participate in events like the summer series of Dive-in and Sunday Drives that take place on the third Sunday of each month. There’s also a food spot and a gift shop available within the premises. 

Raging Water Sacramento

Raging Water is one of the best and largest fun destinations in Sacramento and has been operating since 1986. It offers around 25 water attractions, water slides, a pool, and fun activities for all ages. This waterpark hosts multiple events like concerts, year-end school celebrations as well as birthday parties.

An eight hundred feet long lazy river and a Break Beach wave pool are attractions of Raging Water Sacramento while there is also a Shark Pool and Treehouse Reef for toddlers.

This water park offers Cabanas for rent if you want to relax or even arrange a party. Food options include the Beachside Cafe, Dippin' Dots, NorCal Pizza, and Oasis Bar which offer delicious food, drinks, and beer. The waterpark has a Big Kahuna Surf Shop that provides stuff that visitors might need in the water park ranging from apparel to sunscreen and gifts. 

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