3796 NORTHGATE BLVD, Sacramento, CA, US, 95834
- Phone: (916) 927-7117
- Fax: (916) 646-1433
The Governor's mansion, built in 1877, has 14-feet 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.
More than 20,000 pioneers from the Gold Rush era (1840s) "rest in peace" here, including John A. Sutter, Jr. (founder of Sacramento), Edwin Bryant Crocker and Mark Hopkins (two of the "Big Four" of railroading). This well-maintained Historic City Cemetery was established in 1849. You will find fresh air, beautiful flowers, art sculptures and historical facts. You can easily spend several hours exploring the history entombed on this 28-acre site. Self-guided tour maps are available at the entrance.
This is the most photogenic park in Sacramento. This park, recently refurbished, is also a haven for amateur sports enthusiasts. Baseball fields, horseshoe sand pits, a soccer field, and tennis courts are available. Picnickers will find tables and barbecue apparatus scattered around this large park, measuring four blocks square. The wholesome atmosphere is reinforced by plenty of sturdy wooden playground equipment, jungle gyms, swings and slides for the kids. Joggers living in nearby Midtown neighborhoods make extensive use of the trail circling the park.
This river is a popular spot for locals and visitors during Sacramento's infamously hot summers. While it is prone to flooding during the rainy season, it's common to see boats and jet-skis dotting the river landscape on nice days. There are also hiking trails around the area that offer spectacular views of the river and the city. There are a host of recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and swimming that can be enjoyed on the river.
Fairytale Town is a world of Mother Goose where fairy tales come to life. Children can chase each other around the crooked mile and crawl on the tortoise and the hare. Captain Hook's pirate ship, Owl's tree house and King Arthur's table are all here. The petting zoo has a variety of animals to see, from sheep to donkeys. You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos and drinks from a concession stand.
The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 400 animals, including the snow leopard, red panda, eagles and reptiles. In addition to the animals, the zoo has lakes, gardens, an educational amphitheater, and a train that runs through the premises. Service and amenities also include picnic areas, concessions, gift store, stroller rentals and complimentary wheelchairs.
With its 302 acres studded with stands of mature trees and grasslands, this park where the American River flows into the Sacramento River, is a favorite of local fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Amongst the greenery, there is an archery range, horse and human trails and plenty of great picnic spots. During the spring and summer, the park is the setting of summer concerts that attract nationally known bands and a diversity of local acts.
Conveniently located across from the Sacramento Zoo, Funderland is an amusement park designed for kids 12 and under. Popular rides include the Tea Cups, the Dragon Coaster, the Airplanes, and the Funderland train. There is also a carousel and old-fashioned bumper cars. Admission is free, but there are tickets for the rides. Private party rentals are also available, and the place features an on-site snack bar too.
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.