One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is that there are so many options for day trips. My family and I can leave our home near Berkeley in the morning – spend most of the day exploring a beautiful new place – and be home sleeping in our own beds by that night. Within 20 minutes to two hours drive – depending on where we’re going – we can be playing on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk; hanging with otters at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium; visiting Pier 39, Golden Gate Park, or any one of the museums in San Francisco; driving through the beautiful wine country of Napa and Sonoma; or relaxing in the peaceful Sierra Nevada foothills – just to name a few. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite day trips with you in the coming months, and today I’m going to share some pictures from a recent trip to Old Sacramento. We visited Old Sacramento to check out the local shops, eat lunch, and tour the California State Railroad Museum.
My kids loved climbing on the train that you can find outside across from Rio City Cafe, as well as the train museum, which is indoors. We bought lunch at the cafe and ate outside on what turned out to be a beautiful and sunny winter day.
While the kids were at the museum, I checked out some of the little shops in Old Sacramento and stumbled across Artists’ Collaborative Gallery, which boasts art from local artists including photographers, painters, glassblowers and basket weavers. It was a really cool space and I recommend you check it out if you’re ever in the area.
When you’re walking around Old Sacramento, it almost feels like you’ve been transported to another time and place. The streets and buildings look like they’re straight out of an old western movie, and you can even catch a ride in a horse drawn carriage.
Old Sacramento is close to downtown shopping, the river, and the train station. Part of the California State Parks, it’s also home to numerous museums, theaters, shops, and restaurants. A short hour drive from the Bay Area – Old Sacramento can also be reached on the Amtrak Capitol Corridor line which runs between San Jose and Auburn with stops including Oakland, Berkeley, Davis, and Sacramento.
Where are some of your favorite places to visit in and around the Bay Area? Let us know and maybe we’ll include your destination in our next Day Tripping feature!