Family vacations in Sacramento can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Sacramento family vacations.
Address: Downtown Sacramento, CA
Hours: The neighborhood is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individual attraction hours vary.
Price: Free to explore the neighborhood. Most attractions carry admission fees.
Funderland Amusement Park
Sacramento Children's Museum
Address: 2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Hours: Hours vary. Check website for current information.
Price: General admission, $7.00; 60 and older and military, $6.00; children younger than one and museum members, free.
The Sacramento Zoo features more than 600 animals. Popular exhibits include the Australian Outback and Tall Wonders (a giraffe exhibit). The Sacramento Zoo is also known for its work with endangered animals. Snacks and souvenirs are available at Kampala Cafe, Savannah Snacks and Zoofari Market Gift Store.
Address: 3930 West Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822
Hours: The zoo is open November through January from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and February through October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Weekdays/Weekends and Holidays: General Admission, $10.50/$11.00; senior admission, $9.75/$10.25; children 2 to 11, $6.50/$7.00; children 1 and younger, free.
The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
Address: 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821
Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Price: Members and children 3 and younger, free; teenagers 13 to 17 and seniors 60 and older, $5; Adults, $6; children ages 4 to 12, $4.
California State Capitol Museum
Address:10th and L Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814
Hours: The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
California State Railroad Museum
A part of Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is one of Sacramento's most popular attractions. The museum features 21 restored railroad cars and locomotives dating back to 1862, as well as a reconstructed 1870s-era Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station.
Address: 111 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Hours: The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Price: Adults, $9.00; youths ages 6 to 17, $4.00; children 5 and younger, free.
What are your family's favorite Sacramento destinations?
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