Guide to Kite Flying in Sacramento Region

January 14, 2012 12:00 AM

By Linda Bottjer

Let’s go fly a kite! Here is an activity everyone in the family can enjoy.

Wait.

In Sacramento AKA “the city of trees” and the surrounding area, there a several types of deterrents that can make kite flying a bit challenging.

Wait again – not every kite flying expedition will end up as a disastrous Charlie Brown outing with your kite wrapped around a live oak or elm tree. There are still places to launch your box, deltas, arch and glider kites among the many varieties. Here are a few including where to attend an annual festival and get your kite equipment. Before releasing your kite to dance colorfully upon the winds locate all trees and power lines.

12 3 travel outdoors kites sign Guide to Kite Flying in Sacramento Region

Photo Credit: Linda J. Bottjer


Old City Kites
1017 Front Street #B
Sacramento, CA
(916) 445-7575
Hours: daily 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Over 500 kites decorate the walls and ceilings of this shop located in Old Town Sacramento. Whatever are you looking for the friendly folks at OCK can help. Even if you have no idea what you need they will gladly listen to your desire and then advise you what kite will give joy the fastest. There are single line kites as well as multiple line stunt kites. Kites are designed for specific wind speeds like a giant rokkaku being able to fly in 5 – 20 mph air currents. Besides kites OCK also has accessories, like attachable spinners, that will add more colorful hues to your kite and ultimately – the skies.

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Inderkum High School
2500 New Market Dr
Sacramento, CA
Reviews, Directions & More Info:
(916) 567-5640

Up in Natomas the large parking lot of Inderkum High School makes a perfect launching place for kites on the weekends. Here winds, from gentle to gusty, blow and rarely disappoints kite flyers.

12 3 travel outdoors kites flying Guide to Kite Flying in Sacramento Region

Photo Credit: Linda J. Bottjer


William Land Park
Borders Riverside and Freeport Boulevards,
Sutterville Road and 11th and 13th Streets
Hours: Open dawn to dusk http://www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrecreation/parks/sites/
land_map.htm

After the crack of a baseball bat or a cheer of a soccer mom die down – head to the park’s baseball and multi-use fields.

Doc Gibson, Culuis and Duarte are baseball fields found mid park while three soccer fields between 15th and 16th Streets.

Additionally, there is a large expanse of green with few trees – but that is definitely not for kite flying. It is the park’s public golf course.

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Loomis Basin Community Park
6909 King Road
Loomis CA
Open dawn to dusk
www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Facility/Parks/parkpolicies.aspx

Three baseball fields are perfect for kite flying.

Granite Bay Community Park
6010 Douglas Boulevard
Granite Bay CA
Hours: dawn to dusk
www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Facility/Parks/parkpolicies.aspx

With pedestrian and biking trails members of the family who do not enjoy kite flying will find other fun activities.

Micke Grove Regional Park
11793 N Micke Grove Rd # A
Lodi, CA
(209) 331-7270

For a place known for their acres of oak trees there are places among its 285 acres to launch a kite. There is a flat section without many trees located just upon entering, in addition to softball fields.

Kites over Calaveras Festival
San Andreas Community Park
999 Park Drive
San Andreas, CA
(209) 754-0127
First Sunday in June

The San Andreas Merchants Association invites everyone to decorate the sky with kites. As an official event of the American Kite Association there are also demonstrations, kite parades and a mass kite fly.

Linda J. Bottjer is a full time writer and enthusiastic kite flyer. Her kites are graced the air above the Outer Banks to Golden Gate Park. Follow her adventures at www.words4sail.com.

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