The California Museum engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. 1020 O St, Sacramento, (916) 653-7524, www.californiamuseum.org.
California State Railroad Museum
Experience the feats of engineering and ingenuity that have kept the Golden State steaming along for nearly 200 years – from immaculately restored engines and cars to exciting events and exhibits that bring the railroad to life. Be sure to check their website for a list of train ride times. 125 I St, Sacramento, 916-323-9280, www.californiarailroad.museum.
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
The zoo sanctuary has been the home to hundreds of animals from squirrels and deer to tigers and bears. 403 Stafford St, Folsom, (916) 351-3527, folsomzoofriends.org.
Large family friendly park with nature trails, farm animals, fishing, camping, equestrian center, outdoor concerts & events. 8556 Gibson Ranch Rd, Elverta, (916) 806-3868, www.gibsonranchpark.com
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Scenic trails for hiking, biking & horseback riding amid the foothills & waterfalls. 7587 Mears Pl, Auburn. www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/hidden-falls
Placer Nature Center
Discover room, watershed learning center, changing lands exhibit, garden, nature trails, school programs, camps and more. 3700 Christian Valley Rd, Auburn, (530) 878-6053, www.placernaturecenter.org.
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Offers a unique cultural haven for families and individuals who want to experience the life ways and culture of the Nisenan Maidu who called this location home for thousands of years. The museum houses interactive exhibits, displays and two art galleries showcasing contemporary California Indian art that changes throughout the year. The museum offers public tours every Saturday at 10am, school programs and group guided tours by reservations. 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr, Roseville, (916) 774-5934, www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.
Rocklin History Museum
Located in the historic Fletcher House, we invite you to come explore our fascinating collection of artifacts while learning of Rocklin’s rich history. 3895 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, 916-624-3464 www.rocklinhistory.org/museum.asp.
Roseville Telephone Museum
One of the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in the nation. The exhibits in the 4,500 square-foot museum chronicle and celebrate more than a century of communications technology in Roseville as well as nationally and internationally. 106 Vernon St, Roseville,
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Learning center with creative exhibits on sustainability topics such as energy & water conservation. Preschool programs, storytimes, classes and events. 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville, (916) 746-1550, www.roseville.ca.us/explore/.
Sacramento State Aquatic Center
Rent kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and more. Open to the public, also offers camps, classes and events. 1901 Hazel Ave, Gold River, 916-278-2842, www.sacstateaquaticcenter.com
Sacramento State Capitol
Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process. 10th & L St, Sacramento, (916) 324-0333.
Sierra College Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is open to the public and has many displays on animals, geology, biology and more. 5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, (916) 660-7924, www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/beyond-the-classroom/nat-hist-museum/index.php.
The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center
Offers fun and educational activities for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy the on-site nature trail along the American River to view wildlife, as well as the American River Parkway trail. Let the kids feed the fish for a quarter. 2001 Nimbus Rd, Rancho Cordova, (916) 358-2884, www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Hatcheries/Nimbus.
William Land Park
Large park offering many amenities, including the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town (kid-friendly park featuring a storybook theme, animals for petting, gardens & a cafe), Funderland (a small amusement park), golf course & ball fields. Land Park Drive in Sacramento.
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