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Top 36 attractions to explore in Sacramento County

Its county seat is Sacramento, which has been the state capital of California since 1854. Sacramento County extends from the low delta lands between the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River, including Suisun Bay, north to about ten miles (16 km) beyond the State Capitol and east into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The southernmost portion of Sacramento County has direct access to San Francisco Bay.

Aerospace Museum of California3200 Freedom Park Dr, McClellan Park, CA 95652, USA
Museums

Features displays of authentic military and civilian aircraft as well as space vehicle replicas.

American River ParkwayAmerican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA, USA
Outdoors- Other

The American River Parkway is a 32-mile parkway that runs along the American River throughout Sacramento County, California and consists of many smaller parks and boat launching points.

California Automobile Museum2200 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
Museums

Has a collection of over 150 classic cars, race cars, muscle cars and early models displayed throughout 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2) of museum space.

California Museum1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Museums

A majestic museum, which was dedicated to Californian history and the stories of California. The museum is home to the California Hall of Fame and has more than 20,000 square feet of exhibits, event facilities, and museological archives.

California State Capitol 1300 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Iconic Buildings

The California State Capitol is the seat of the Government of California, located in Sacramento, the state capital of California. The building houses the chambers of the California State Legislature, made up of the Assembly and the Senate, along with the office of the governor of California. The Neoclassical structure, designed by Reuben S. Clark, was completed between 1861 and 1874. The California State Capitol Museum is housed on the grounds of the capitol.

California State Railroad Museum125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Museums

The museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. Other exhibits show how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce and daily life, as well as the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people who work on railroads.

Capitol MallCapitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Iconic Buildings

Capitol Mall is one of the premier business addresses in Sacramento with sweeping views of the river and State Capitol. With a total of 29 Class A office buildings totaling more than 9 million square feet, Downtown Sacramento represents more than one-third of the Class A space in the entire Sacramento region. Some of Sacramento's major businesses and law firms are located on the Capitol Mall.

Carmichael Park3779, 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA
Parks

Carmichael Park is a major 38-acre park in Carmichael, California, an unincorporated suburb of Sacramento, California. The park includes 5 ballfields, 6 tennis courts and a dog park. The Community Clubhouse, Veterans' Memorial Building, the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and the Great Wall of Carmichael are all located within the park.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament1019 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Churches
Old Ruins

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is considered one of three of the most historically significant buildings in Sacramento.As the mother church, it is the seat of Jaime Soto, the ordinary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. The Cathedral is located downtown at the intersection of 11th and K Streets. Currently, the cathedral is considered both a religious and civic landmark.

César Chávez Plaza910 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Iconic Buildings

The Plaza de César Chávez is an urban plaza and park in Downtown San Jose, California. The plaza's origins date to 1797 as the plaza mayor of the Spanish Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, making it the oldest public space in Northern California. The plaza was reconsecrated after Californian civil rights activist César Chávez in 1993.

Crocker Art Museum216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Museums
Art Galleries

Oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. The Museum holds one of the state's premier collections of Californian art. The museum contains American works dating from the Gold Rush to the present, European paintings and master drawings, one of the largest international ceramics collections in the U.S., and collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art.

Discovery Park1600 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA 95833, USA
Parks

This is a 275-acre park located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers off Interstate 5 at the Richards Boulevard or Garden Highway exits. Activity areas include boating, fishing, group picnics, multi-use field areas, archery range and a variety of trails for horses, biking and hiking.

Effie Yeaw Nature Center2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA
Outdoors- Other

The Effie Yeaw Nature Center is an award-winning environmental and cultural education center located within the beautiful American River Parkway in Carmichael, California. Situated along a 100 acre nature preserve and the American River, the Nature Center provides educational opportunities for students and the general public.

Fairytale Town3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
Man-made Structures- Other

This fantastical wonderland is a magical setting of fairytail-themed playsets for children to explore and discover. A timeless classic just like the fairytales depicted, this park has entertained generations of Sacramentans and visitors alike. Over 25 bright and colorful play sets give young children a backdrop to act out their favorite stories, to encourage creative discovery, and to exercise on child-friendly slides throughout the lush grounds.

Folsom Lake 10 College Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Folsom Lake is the ninth largest reservoir in California. The lake surface area is 11,500 acres, its elevation is 466 ft, and it has 75 mi of undulated shoreline. Folsom Lake with its surrounding Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is one of the most visited parks in the California park system.The lake supports a large number of recreational activities. Aquatic activities account for 85% of all recreation visits to the area, which are designated for hiking, camping, and biking.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park1526 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
Iconic Buildings

The California Governor's Mansion is the official residence of the governor of California, located in Sacramento, the capital of California. Built in 1877, the estate was purchased by the Californian government in 1903 and has served as the executive residence for 14 governors. Since 1967 the mansion has been managed by California State Parks as the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park.

I Street BridgeI St Bridge, Sacramento, CA, USA
Bridges

The I Street Bridge is a historic metal truss swing bridge which crosses the Sacramento River to link the capital city of Sacramento, California, with Yolo County to the west. Built in 1911, this historic bridge has a vertical clearance of 14 feet 8 inches and was originally part of State Route 16. It also carries two walkways; one on either side of the roadway.

Jedediah Smith Memorial TrailJedediah Smith Memorial Trail, Sacramento, CA, USA
1 Day Treks

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail offers the best trail access in the Sacramento area. This world-renowned trail winds from Folsom to old Sacramento, paralleling the American River and stopping at many key places along the way. The trail is considered one of the longest paved purpose-built bike trails in the country. The trail is maintained by the County of Sacramento and is painted with mile markers placed at every half-mile increment.

Jensen Botanical Garden8520 Fair Oaks Blvd #2504, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA
Botanical Gardens

The Charles C. Jensen Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens located at 8520 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, California. They are open during the daylight hours without charge.The gardens exhibit a variety of flora including camellias, dogwoods, azaleas, and rhododendrons.

Map of attractions in Sacramento County