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!

Other Capital District Parks

California State Capitol Museum

Home of the California Legislature since 1869, the State Capitol underwent a major renovation that restored much of the building's original look.  The building features exhibits and tours - and possibly an opportunity to watch the legislators debate a bill or cast a vote.

Visit the California State Capitol Museum website.

California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum, Second and I Streets, Old Sacramento, (916) 323-9280 Front Desk. The California State Railroad Museum houses on of the finest collections of historic railroad engines in the world. Tour a swaying Pullman sleeping car. Board a million-pound steam locomotive. Visit North America's most popular railroad museum where our exhibits showcase how railroads and their diverse workforce have shaped our lives and culture.

Visit the California State Railroad Museum website.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, 16th and H Streets (916) 323-3047. The regal Victorian mansion, home to 13 of California's governors from 1903 to 1967, is filled with historic furnishings, fourteen-foot ceilings, chandeliers, Persian carpets and Italian marble fireplaces. Mansion guides tell stories of California's governors and their families.

Visit the Governor's Mansion SHP website.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, 800 N Street (916) 324-0575. After a 14-year, $20 million restoration and renovation, the Stanford Mansion is now open to the public. It also serves the citizens of California as the state's official reception center for leaders from around the world. The Leland Stanford Mansion is a stunning example of the splendor and elegance of the Victorian era in California.

Visit the Leland Stanford Mansion SHP website.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park, Front and I Streets, Old Sacramento (916) 445-6645. A cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures located within the Old Sacramento Historic District. Included are the 1849 Eagle Theater; the 1853 B. F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court and western terminus of the Pony Express; and the 1855 Big Four Building, which today houses the Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store and the California State Railroad Museum Library.

Visit the Old Sacramento SHP website.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Located in Jamestown, in the heart of California's Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento, Railtown 1897 SHP is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway. Since 1919, Railtown 1897 SHP and its historic locomotives and cars have appeared in over 200 television productions and movies. Steam Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays April thru October departing from the Railtown Depot hourly 11 am to 3 pm.

Visit the Railtown 1897 SHP website.

State Indian Museum

State Indian Museum, 2618 K Street, next to Sutter’s Fort (916) 324-0971. The State Indian Museum displays exhibits and artifacts illustrating the cultures of the state's first inhabitants. California Indian cultural artifacts in the museum include basketry, beadwork, clothing and exhibits about the ongoing traditions of various California Indian tribes.  A section of the museum features a hands-on area, where visitors can try their hand at using Indian tools, such as the pump drill, used for making holes in shell beads and other materials.

Visit the State Indian Museum website.
Visit the California Indian Heritage Center website.

Woodland Opera House

Built in 1885, the original Opera House burned down in the 1892.  It was rebuilt on the same site, using some of the remaining foundations and bricks from the walls, reopening in 1896. It became the stopping place for such performers a Nance O' Neil and Harry Davenport. The great Polish actress Madame Helen Modjeska and John Philip Sousa were some of those who performed on its stage.

Visit the Woodland Opera House website.

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