Sacramento is rich with history and art. The following is a list of nine sites you can visit either for free or with a senior discount.
Admission is free and you can use the museum’s assistive listening devices, if you need to, by requesting them at the Tour Office. You can stroll through the historic State Capitol building and Capitol Park on a self-guided tour or join a group tour that begins each hour.
This museum complex consists of six buildings and features 21 restored locomotives and train cars as well as other railroad exhibits, like a Pullman-style sleeping car, dining car with china, a Railway Post Office, and railroad photography and art. On the weekends, take a train ride along the river, followed by a shopping trip at the museum store.
The Crocker Art Museum brings a wide range of collections together for the public’s viewing pleasure. Currently, you can see portraits from Andy Warhol, European works of art, Asian ceramics, tomb furnishings, and armor, as well as Californian and American art. Stay for lunch at the Crocker Café and pick up a souvenir at the museum store.
This zoo offers an abundant species of animals, but several events you can attend to make your experience more memorable. These include a birthday celebration for Jane the Red Panda, live music at Twilight Thursdays, all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Safari, and an Estate Planning Safari hosted by a local estate planning attorney.
Classic car aficionados will enjoy the more than 150 automobiles and vehicles on display dating back to 1885. You can view the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen replica, 1904 Ford Model B Touring car, 1911 Detroit Electric, 1912 Metz Roadster, 1930 Studebaker FD Commander Roadster, 1940 Lincoln Zephyr, and many more.
The iconic landmark was constructed from 1934 to 1935 and is still in use today with many of the same construction components. The original 1930s gasoline engine is still used to raise the bridge three to four times per day. If you love river views, you will enjoy standing on the bridge over the Sacramento River.
What once was a one-room schoolhouse is now a learning center for all ages. You can visit the museum to learn about the early days of the city’s education from costumed school masters and schoolmarms. The schoolhouse features a pot-bellied stove and vintage student desks.
Located in Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort relives the pioneering early days of the Gold Rush. The fort was used during the rescue of the Donner Party survivors and tells the story of its rich history in costumes and reenactments.
If you are looking for an overnight getaway, consider staying on the restored Delta King. The ship offers rooms facing the Delta River so you can enjoy the morning views with a cup of coffee. The ship features period furnishings in the bedrooms and bathrooms.
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