Sacramento Zoo#8 in Best Things To Do in Sacramento
South of downtown, the Sacramento Zoo is a relatively small facility (only 14.2 acres), and is home to 140 different species of animals, many of which are endangered. It offers the zoo basics — lions, tigers, zebras and giraffes — as well as a selection of birds, reptiles and amphibians, but nothing to distinguish itself from any other municipal zoo. Still, most visitors find the zoo charming.
"It's definitely the smallest zoo I've been to. But it's well kept, and really clean. The gift shop's affordable as well. Perfect for the little ones that get bored easily," according to one TripAdvisor reviewer.
The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for most of the year, except from November to January when it opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $11.75 for adults and $7.75 for children ages 2 to 11. For more information, check out the zoo's website.
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#1 Capitol Park
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.
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