In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!


08/19: Frontier Medicine, Hands on History Event

Hands on History: Frontier Medicine
August 19th -- 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

$7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17) and is free for Friends of Sutter's Fort members and children under five.
Continuing a series of fun and interactive "Hands on History" activities each month, the Friends of Sutter's Fort and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park are pleased to present a special "Hands on History: Frontier Medicine - Sacramento's First Hospital." 
As part of this special "Hands on History" event, Fort guests will be treated to demonstrations provided by several physicians and a midwife showing many aspects of 19th-century medicine, including dentistry and homeopathic cures. Fort docents will also lead demonstrations where visitors can get involved and participate as "volunteer victims" to learn more about Gold Rush era medicine and practices. During this exciting day, interested Fort guests will also be treated to a special presentation in the on-site Distillery and black powder weaponry in action:
  • At 11:15 and 1:15 p.m., Dr. Bob LaPerriere, Curator, SSVMS Museum of Medical History, will deliver a presentation about Gold Rush-era medicine.
  • Witness the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter's cannon at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

10/27 and 10/28: Haunted Fort, Lantern Walking Tours

Friends of Sutter’s Fort are pleased to present our annual “The Haunted Fort” lantern-lit walking tours. Based in fact -- but with a decidedly creepy twist -- the historic site will offer these special tour on two-evenings only on October 27 & 28, 2017.

Sutter’s Fort SHP was once a portal for weary pioneers and serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special event. During these walking tours, daring visitors will visit darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history.

“The Haunted Fort” tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and may not be appropriate for very young children. Advance tickets are recommended and cost $8 per adult and $6 for youth ages 8-17.

Not appropriate for children under 8. Tours are arranged in groups of 15 which does not allow for strollers.  If you require additional space to accommodate a mobility device, please contact us.

Please note that this is not a horror house, but the lantern lit tours can be startling and your travels through the Fort rooms can be uneven.  

This is not an opportunity for paranormal investigation and will not be permitted.  Guests who bring paranormal equipment on tours will be not be allowed to continue and tickets will not be refunded.  Thank you for your understanding.

Tickets for Haunted Fort will go on sale in October. 

11/11: Playing the Past, Girl Scout Program

Playing the Past at Sutter's Fort

Sutter's Fort presents Scouts at the Fort in November, January, March and May.  A wonderful 2.5 hour program designed to fulfill the requirements of the Girl Scouts "Playing the Past" badge, girls will learn about what their lives would have been like at Sutter's Fort.  Games, clothing, chores and wagon travel will all be explored.  An outstanding addition to the 4th grade California History curriculum.  For more information, reservations are required.

Program typically runs for 10 am - 12:30 pm.  $15 per scout includes the Playing the Past badge and admission for one scout and one adult.  Siblings may attend, subject to standard admission charges at the gate.  Attendees may attend as individuals - they do not need to be a part of a troop.

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11/18: Evening Candlelight Tours

California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present festive and fun Candlelight Tours on Saturday evening, November 19, 2016. With all modern lights turned off and the iconic Fort lit by candlelight, guides will lead small groups of visitors into the Fort’s more intimate rooms for intriguing glimpses into the private lives of those who uprooted their families for a better life in early California. 

Each year, the popular Candlelight Tours offer a magical experience for individuals, families and groups of friends to “eavesdrop” on inhabitants of Fort rooms as they gossip about their neighbors and comment on the current events of 1846.  At the end of the enchanting tour, guests will receive a souvenir bandana and enjoy a piece of pie and hot beverage while discussing which 1846 story was the highlight of their memorable night.

With tours departing every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Candlelight Tours cost $17 per person and are recommended for ages 8 and above. Advance Candle Light Tour reservations are strongly recommended and will go on sale this Fall. 


Hands on History: War in California

Hands on History: War in California
June 17th -- 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Continuing a series of fun and interactive "Hands on History" activities each month, the Friends of Sutter's Fort and Sutter's Fort State Historic Park are pleased to present a special "Hands on History: War in California." 
"Hands on History" events costs $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17) and are free for FOSF members and children under five.  

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing