Sacramento is one of the most family-friendly cities in California. Here, you'll find plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. From one of the best zoos in the nation to adrenaline-inducing amusement parks, here are seven places to play with your kids in Sacramento.
Fairytale Town is a children’s dream come true. They can actually live out their favorite bedtime stories and nursery rhymes with life-sized, but kid-friendly areas. This is a great place for toddlers and preschoolers to come and explore the pint-sized play areas, like the Jack and Jill Hill or the block of swiss cheese. Older kids can enjoy The Children’s Theater and The Mother Goose Stage. Fairytale Town has been open for around 60 years, and now has 26 playsets, an animal farm, two performing arts stages, and a few gardens.
Funderland Amusement Park has been in operation since 1946. It is a great little amusement park for the kiddies. Ideally, for ages 2 to 12, kids can go on the nine rides, including a roller coaster, trains, tea cups, a carousel, or a log flume. There is a snack bar that sells everything from hot dogs to churros to coffee (to keep the adults on their toes). The park is also easily located in William Land Park next to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo.
Since Sacramento is hours away from the nearest ocean, what better way to get some aquatic fun than at Raging Waters Sacramento. Only open during the summer months, this water park has attractions for the young and old, from daring water slides to meandering water rides. A kiddie area has kid-friendly rides.
Although the Sacramento Zoo is a smaller zoo in comparison to the others you can see in California, its intimacy allows the little ones to get up close and personal with hundreds of animals. There are hands-on activities, a playground, and several gardens. You'll also find more than 140 kinds of native, exotic, and endangered animals.
Kids young and old can learn about Sacramento’s early history at Sutter’s Fort Historical State Park. This Midtown attraction is an actual fort, not a figurative one, with walls two feet thick and about 17 feet high. There are hands-on activities and scheduled events throughout the year.
SeaQuest is located in Folsom, just 30 minutes east of downtown Sacramento. At SeaQuest families and kids of all ages can see exhibits about rainforests, deserts, and depths of the seas. Some of the best activities include touching stingrays, feeding birds and reptiles, and watching the sharks swim around.
Sacramento is home to the picturesque Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, which is great for birdwatching and hunting for waterfowl. Some of the best things to do are explore the hiking trails, go cycling on the bike paths, and looking for animals in their natural habitat. For more information or to plan your visit, go to the park's official website.