Old Sacramento or ‘Old Sac’ to the locals is a must see for many Capital City visitors. The 28-acre area, along the Sacramento River, is a cluster of Gold Rush-era buildings. Visitors walk on wooden plank sidewalks and cobblestone streets while exploring the historic area. Old Sacramento was the western terminus for the first transcontinental railroad, the transcontinental telegraph and the Pony Express. A number of historic buildings are still standing like the B.F. Hastings Building, former home of the California Supreme Court. The State Railroad Museum is also in Old Sacramento. There are also more than 100 shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Old Sacramento Museums
Old Sacramento has more than 50 historic buildings. In 1965 the entire original 1850’s business district of Old Sacramento was named a National Historic Landmark. Along with the B.F. Hastings Building, you can still see the 1849 Eagle Theater and the 1855 Big Four Building. There are also a number of museums that are part of the Old Sac State Park including the must-see California State Railroad Museum with its 20 restored locomotives, toy train exhibit and train rides.
California State Railroad Museum
111 “I” Street
Open daily from 10am to 5pm
Sacramento History Museum
101 “I” Street
Wells Fargo History Museum
Corner of Second and “J” Streets
Open daily 10am to 5 pm
Old Sac Wells Fargo History Museum
California Military Museum
1115 Second Street
Open daily except Monday, 10am to 4:30pm
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Front and “L” Street
Shopping In Old Sacramento
Of course, many people come to Old Sacramento just for the shopping. There are more than 100 shops to peruse. You can find gifts, clothes, toys and collectibles. Old Sac offers a unique shopping experience that includes some favorites like Evangaline’s, Old City Kites, and G. Willikers Toy Emporium.
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Eating And Dining In Old Sacramento
There are plenty of places to grab a quick bite to eat in Old Sac or even have a romantic dinner overlooking the Sacramento River. You can get a sweet treat at one of the old fashioned candy stores, a sandwich at one of the delis or have a fine dining experience at a Sacramento mainstay like the Firehouse Restaurant.
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Unique Old Sacramento Experiences
Old Sacramento offers some unique experiences. You can go back in time by visiting during a Living History Day or by going underground to literally see the foundation of Sacramento. If the paranormal is more your speed, take a Ghost Tour of Old Sacramento.
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Old Sacramento State Historic Park website
Old Sacramento Business Association
Location and Parking:
Old Sacramento State Historic Park is located in downtown Sacramento and is convenient to reach by all freeways. Coming from any direction in the state, take Interstate 5 to the ”J Street” exit and follow the signs into park. Abundant covered parking is available at the main parking structure located at 3rd and J Streets. There are a limited number of metered, 90-minute on-street parking spaces throughout the park.