Econo Lodge Sacramento Convention Center
711 16th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 443-6631
Fax: (916) 442-7251
The Governor's mansion, built in 1877, has 14-feet ceilings, crystal chandeliers, ornate moldings, Persian carpets, Italian marble fireplaces and French mirrors. Many Governors' wives, including Nancy Reagan, have remodeled the home. Among the famous guests who stayed in the mansion were Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Kennedy. Each room is furnished from a different era, so the tour is also a history of furniture. Tours are on the hour and guides must accompany visitors.
Surrounding the California State Capitol Museum, Capitol Park is a quite retreat away from the city. Featuring lush landscaping and trees from around the world and various memorials, this park is great to an afternoon history lesson or a moment in the sunshine. The Civil War Memorial Grove was planted in 1897 with saplings from famous battlegrounds and honors those who served. Also located within the park is the life size statue of Father Junipero Serra and the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This is the most photogenic park in Sacramento. This park, recently refurbished, is also a haven for amateur sports enthusiasts. Baseball fields, horseshoe sand pits, a soccer field, and tennis courts are available. Picnickers will find tables and barbecue apparatus scattered around this large park, measuring four blocks square. The wholesome atmosphere is reinforced by plenty of sturdy wooden playground equipment, jungle gyms, swings and slides for the kids. Joggers living in nearby Midtown neighborhoods make extensive use of the trail circling the park.
This river is a popular spot for locals and visitors during Sacramento's infamously hot summers. While it is prone to flooding during the rainy season, it's common to see boats and jet-skis dotting the river landscape on nice days. There are also hiking trails around the area that offer spectacular views of the river and the city. There are a host of recreational activities such as fishing, kayaking, and swimming that can be enjoyed on the river.
More than 20,000 pioneers from the Gold Rush era (1840s) "rest in peace" here, including John A. Sutter, Jr. (founder of Sacramento), Edwin Bryant Crocker and Mark Hopkins (two of the "Big Four" of railroading). This well-maintained Historic City Cemetery was established in 1849. You will find fresh air, beautiful flowers, art sculptures and historical facts. You can easily spend several hours exploring the history entombed on this 28-acre site. Self-guided tour maps are available at the entrance.
Spanning the American River, this 23 mile long park is the outdoor crown jewel of Sacramento. From lush marshlands to vista points and trails, the American River Parkway is a favorite among the outdoor enthusiasts of the city. Water activities include, fishing, boating and swimming, while land lovers can take advantage of the many picnic spots, tours and wildlife.
With its 302 acres studded with stands of mature trees and grasslands, this park where the American River flows into the Sacramento River, is a favorite of local fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts. Amongst the greenery, there is an archery range, horse and human trails and plenty of great picnic spots. During the spring and summer, the park is the setting of summer concerts that attract nationally known bands and a diversity of local acts.
Located in the Arden area of Sacramento, Cal Expo hosts a variety of concerts and expo shows, a sports wagering center, and the California State Fair. Its venues (18 at the present) are also available for private party rentals. Cal Expo is also home to Raging Waters, a popular water park open during the spring/summer. Check the website for information about upcoming events at Cal Expo.
With summer temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Sacramento locals flock to Raging Waters for relief from the heat. Featuring slides of dizzying heights, an 800-foot river that lazily snakes through the park and a man-made beach replete with simulated waves, this water park has attractions for the whole family. It is located within Cal Expo and offers season passes. Check the website for dates and hours as they vary greatly from day to day.
Fairytale Town is a world of Mother Goose where fairy tales come to life. Children can chase each other around the crooked mile and crawl on the tortoise and the hare. Captain Hook's pirate ship, Owl's tree house and King Arthur's table are all here. The petting zoo has a variety of animals to see, from sheep to donkeys. You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos and drinks from a concession stand.
This large and lush Sacramento park has something for everyone. From picnic spots, a golf course, barbecue pits and various sporting fields, William Land Park is a great outdoor recreational area for families. Gather together some friends for a summertime barbecue or join in on a pick up baseball game. Also located within the park is the local zoo and Fairytale Land.
The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 400 animals, including the snow leopard, red panda, eagles and reptiles. In addition to the animals, the zoo has lakes, gardens, an educational amphitheater, and a train that runs through the premises. Service and amenities also include picnic areas, concessions, gift store, stroller rentals and complimentary wheelchairs.