Sacramento is a town rich in heritage, with many places to enjoy with the family. If looking for a place to take the family for a photo-op, Sacramento offers a number of historic places. If you love the history of this city, you might enjoy having photos taken in Old Sac, Sutter’s Fort or the Railroad Museum. On the other hand, you might enjoy the majestic Governor’s Mansion or the State Capitol.
Old Sacramento
1002 2nd Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8575

Walking into Old Sac is like walking into your grandparents’ past; it reeks of heritage. Throughout the year, there are annual events such as the Mardi Gras Festival, St. Patrick’s Parade, the 4th of July event, Theatre of Lights and the New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Located on the Sacramento River, it offers entertainment, dining, shopping, historical attractions and museums on the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad. There are numerous places here to take family photos.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 445-4422

John Sutter built this fort and was instrumental in rescuing the infamous Donner Party. Sutter’s Fort has events throughout the year, or you can walk through it on your own whenever if you prefer. The fort can be rented for events of 25 or more guests. Sutter’s Fort also has a restricted period available for weddings. Stand next to the cannon for a special family photo.

California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street
Old Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-7387

The Railroad Museum has numerous places to take photos. You can stand next to one of the locomotives near the river, inside one of the dining cars or by the exhibits. It hosts events throughout the year, including the Polar Express at Christmas time. The museum also has a train that you can hop on for a ride. Check out the website for times and dates of the various events.

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Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
1526 H Street
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 323-3047

Entry to the Governor’s Mansion is by guided tour only. The mansion is currently undergoing renovation, so it is important to call for times available for the tour. The garden at the mansion would be a beautiful place for a family photo. President Ronald Reagan lived here when he was the governor of California, before becoming president. Taking a family photo in the mansion or on the grounds would be a treasured photo-op.

California State Capitol Museum
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

One of the most beautiful places in the museum is the Capitol Rotunda; it is considered to be the heart of the capitol. To see the majesty of this building, you only need to step inside the door and look up. A scenic place on the grounds is the Trout Pond near the monument honoring the veterans of the Spanish American War. Each spring the California Department of Fish and Game stocks the pond with Rainbow Trout. Each fall, they are released to complete their lifecycle. Check out the Virtual Tour online to find out more about the museum and ideas for other places to take a family photo.

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