9 Free or Cheap Family Attractions in Sacramento #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

Sacramento is a city overflowing with
history and fun things for families to experience. If you’re on a
budget, don’t worry, not all of Sacramento’s family friendly
attractions will break the bank. In fact, there are a wide range of
free or cheap family attractions available. That means that this
fun-filled city is a great option for those traveling on a budget.
Check out this great list of 10 things you can do in Sacramento for
$15 or less!

California Railroad Museum

Located in Old Sacramento, the
California Railroad Museum
provides a thorough history of how the railroad came to California.
With full-sized trains on displays, including a passenger car that
simulates the movements and sounds you would experience when
traveling on a train, and a full dining cart too, this museum is a
favorite with kids. The Thomas the Train display upstairs provides a
reprieve for parents looking for a little downtime, and the video
shown on the hour in the theater is a great way to learn about the
history of the railroad. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for
Free Concerts in the Park
During the summer, Sacramento offers
concerts in the park
each Friday evening at Cesar Chavez Plaza.
This is a great way to get out with your family, sit back and listen
to some great music while really taking in the vibe and feel of a
The California Museum

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Packed full of historical information
and relics from California’s past, there is no better place to go to
learn about the varied history of this state than The
California Museum
. The California Hall of Fame is found here, as
well as a variety of permanent exhibits and ever changing temporary
ones as well. Admission is $9 for adults and $6.50 for children.
Touring Old Sacramento

is a section of town that has been preserved from
Sacramento’s hay day. Strolling the old wooden boardwalks, you will
find everything from joke and costume shops to old time soda
fountains. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, and get a bite to
eat on a budget. Check out the Spud Shack where you can get french
fries from around the world. Small sizes start at under $5, so dig
Free City Splash Parks
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Sacramento is home to a wide range of
located throughout the city. What better way to spend a hot
day in the sun, then splashing around in the water with other kids?
Admission is free, and hours vary by park.
Discovery Museum Science and Space

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Feeding children’s imaginations and
hunger for learning, the Discovery
Museum Science and Space Center
offers children a peak into the
world of everything from dinosaurs to plants. Dig for dinosaurs or
see a real Mars rover in action, kids can explore for hours in this
museum’s interactive exhibits. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for
teens and $4 for children.
Tour the Sacramento Historical City

While it might sound like a grotesque
way to spend the afternoon, touring the Sacramento Historical City
Cemetery is anything but. There is a lot of history to be learned
here. There are graves in this cemetery dating back to, including
sections dedicated to early pioneers and those in the Civil War.
Notable men laid to rest here include John Sutter Jr, the son of John
Sutter Sr. who helped to establish Sacramento and Mark Hopkins one of
the big four who brought the railroad dream to fruition. You can
download or print out a touring list of notable cemetery residents
before your visit on the Sacramento
Historical Cemetery website
. Admission is free.
Sutter’s Fort State Historical Park
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A reconstruction of the β€œFort”
built by John Sutter in 1839, Sutter’s
Fort State Historical Park
provides visiting families with a
wealth of information on the history of pioneer life, the gold rush
days, and Sacramento itself. Children will enjoy the sense of
adventure that comes from visiting the Fort, and parents will love
that there is a lot to learn and soak in from an educational
standpoint. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-17.
Sacramento Zoo

Just a short drive from downtown, the
Sacramento Zoo is a favorite
among children, and it is easy to see why. Filled with exotic
creatures from around the world, this zoo may not be the largest, but
it provides hours of fun for visiting families. Go early in the day
during summer months, as animals often become scarce as temperatures
rise. For an extra treat, you can have a giraffe encounter for just
$3 per person and try your hand at feeding a giraffe. Admission is
$11.25 for adults and $7.25 for children.
Sacramento is a history filled city, with so much to offer visiting families on a budget. Need more ideas? Check out this list of the top 25 things to do in Sacramento
Some attraction tickets were provided for the purpose of review, but all words and opinions are my own. 


  1. My kids would love the zoo and I think the Discovery Museum would be fun as well.

  2. Thank you for this! If we ever make it to Sacramento, it's nice to know there things we can do with our son that are cheap and/or free. πŸ™‚

  3. This looks so fun, if we ever take a trip to California I'll need to keep this post in mind!

  4. The Old Sacramento district would be something we'd really enjoy. We have something similar in a city close to us and we love hanging out there.

  5. We have never been to the Sacramento area but it really looks like there are a ton of great options for families!

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