Sacramento Travel Guide

USA  #8 in Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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Free Things To Do in Sacramento

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Sacramento. Popular attractions include Capitol Parkand Old Sacramento Waterfront.
  • #1
    Things to do in Sacramento
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    #1 in Sacramento
    0.3 miles to city center
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    0.3 miles to city center
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Capitol Park has been home to the California state government since 1869. In addition to being the state's seat of government, the neoclassical Capitol building also houses a museum with state artifacts and the Capitol Art Program that holds a collection of artistic depictions of California, plus antiques, murals and governors' portraits.

    After you've explored the Capitol building and museum, take a stroll through the rest of the park that's home to memorials marking significant events in state history, including the Civil War Memorial Grove, the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the California Veterans Memorial and a life-size statue of Junípero Serra, who colonized the state.

  • #3
    Old Sacramento Waterfront
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    #3 in Sacramento
    0.6 miles to city center
    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    0.6 miles to city center
    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    A subsection of the city along the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento Waterfront is one of those National Historic Landmark Districts that pays tribute to the days of yesteryear. It can be cheesy. It can be fun. But either way, you're bound to visit because of the density of attractions. Avid historians head to any of the five museums, including the California State Railroad Museum, while the hungry folk dash to one of the numerous eateries. And don't miss the sweet confections available at nine different places. Enjoy your treat while walking along the river — a favorite activity of recent visitors.

    One TripAdvisor user says: "There is so much to do here. ... The old time boardwalks were fun. Also there are museums, underground tour and a boat ride on the Sacramento River. Great way to spend some time!"

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