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Sacramento with Kids

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Things move a little more slowly in Sacramento than in California's other big cities. Local food and wine, an eclectic vibe, beautiful weather, and history—being the state capital and center of the Gold Rush—make Sacramento a fun yet laid-back place to explore.
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1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
This amusement park is all about keeping the little kids entertained with gentle rides. A train encircles the grounds. Closed in December.
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2711 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
Masullo Pizza is my idea of the perfect pizza place in the U.S.—the servers are friendly, the interior is stylish, the food honors what is local and seasonal, and the pizza is outstanding. Robert Masullo, the owner, takes pizza seriously, using a...
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3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
This is a place where kids can be kids and burn off lots of energy while feeding their imaginations. Fairytale Town is a cute non-profit park across the street from the Sacramento Zoo. Kids love this place (mine included!). Nursery rhymes and...
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125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
At one end of Sacramento's historic center, Old Sacramento, is the California State Railroad Museum. The museum is great fun for both children and adults. Kids love playing with the tables of train sets and pressing the buttons to make model...
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448 La Rue Rd, Davis, CA 95616, USA
When I want to experience nature and get away from the city, I head to Davis, just 20 minutes from Sacramento. Davis is home to University of California at Davis and the university's 100-acre arboretum. I love walking the winding paths of the...
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216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
The Crocker Art Museum recently underwent a renovation, and the results are stunning. It feels like a "real" museum, the type you would expect to find in a big, thriving city like Sacramento, the capital of California. The permanent collection of...
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3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA
The Sacramento Zoo makes for a perfect family outing in Sacramento. Located in one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods, Land Park, the zoo covers 14 acres and houses 140 native, rare, and endangered animal species. Highlights include lemurs,...
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1518 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
Tower Cafe, which sits next to the landmark Tower Theater and original Tower Records, is a favorite among locals. The outdoor garden seating makes you want to stay for a long, relaxing meal; the bubbling fountains (with birds stopping for quick...
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2726 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Sacramento has been called the Farm-to-Fork capital of the U.S. because of its location, surrounded by farmland that brims with high-quality produce, nuts, wine grapes, and livestock. Cafe Bernardo takes advantage of the area's bounty by using...
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3199 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
Vic's Ice Cream is a fixture in Sacramento. Opened in 1947, the neighborhood diner has maintained its original look from the black-and-white floor tiles to small booths and black bar stools. The employees have looked the same since I started...
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1820 29th St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
Located on the hip corner of 29th and S Streets with Temple Coffee and Revolution Wines, Pushkin's Bakery addresses an increasingly-popular niche--gluten and dairy free food. While all the items are dairy-free, not all are vegan because eggs are...
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2829 S St, Sacramento, CA 95816, USA
There are many cafes in Downtown and Midtown Sacramento, but none has stolen the hearts of city residents like Temple has. Temple serves a variety of high-quality, award-winning coffees, some espresso drinks and others prepared in a French press....
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L St & 18th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, USA
Zanzibar is a place I enjoy returning to whenever I am in the area. Located on a trendy strip of Midtown Sacramento, next to wine bars and upscale restaurants, this quirky shop sells fair-trade products from around the world. Despite its global...