Best Summer Vacation Activities In Sacramento

July 12, 2013 5:00 AM

California’s sunny summer skies make way for exciting summer vacation activities you can enjoy right here in the city of Sacramento. The activities that Sacramento offers will definitely keep you and the family busy all summer. Take a look below at museums, water ways, art and biking. These places offer summer fun for the whole family.



California State Capitol Museum
10th and L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

California’s State Capitol is the most visited site by sightseers in Sacramento, offering a whopper of history about lawmaking. Take a look at the website before going to the museum and explore word searches, puzzles, games and facts about California’s history. Take the kids on a journey through the Kids Zone as they learn about the history of the city of trees. Then go on a physical journey to the museum and learn about the art, the architectural design, legislative laws dating back to the 1800s and most anything you want to know about California government.

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UC Davis Arboretum
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-4880

The Arboretum, a unique getaway, offers ideas about gardening as the family takes a nature walk to see the creative work of the spirit of UC Davis. Become a volunteer and learn about this program, the combination of plants and their beauty. Sacramento is named the city of trees, and this program promotes how to sustain beauty in and around the city in an environmentally friendly manner.



Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Ave.
Gold River, CA 95670
(916) 278-2842

Summer vacation is not complete without aquatic fun. The aqua activities offered at this center includes water skiing, wake boarding, paddling, boating, jet skiing, rowing and more. Learn about water techniques and safety while the family enjoys fun days in the sun. Want to join a youth group with summer activities in mind? Sacramento State Aquatic Center is the place. Camp ages are seven to 17.

Art Classes & Clubs
Kids Studio of Fine Arts
2900 Opportunity Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 774-ARTS

Join Kids Studio of Fine Arts summer camp and enjoy art in many forms. Learn the techniques in drawing fashion design, color mixing, painting with acrylics and painting sea creatures. Venture into the world of fantasy creating art that you can take ownership of and show off your mysterious heartfelt drawings. Think the studio is for kids only? Think again. This studio offers “Adults Studio Nights” every first and second Thursday at 7 p.m. Drop in, pay a $30 fee and enjoy a relaxed evening of art.

(credit: Cravenmonket/

(credit: Cravenmonket/

The American River Bike Trail
1608 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Enjoy a tour along the Sacramento River Bike Trail, a 23-mile route between the banks of the Sacramento River and Folsom Lake. You can chose a group tour or go solo as you view the history and wildlife. While on your route, stop and cool your feet in shallow waters, but watch out for those river currents. The sight is beautifully intact with trees where you can find a spot and have lunch before getting back on the path. Pick up a guide for a solo ride or connect with a group.

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Stephanie Reed, a freelance writer in the Sacramento area, covers family and parenting issues for She works and volunteers for local agencies and organizations promoting healthy family living. Her work can be found at

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