William Land Park is a Great Sacramento Staycation
by Rick Delgado
on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 12:52pm.
With Summer in full swing, many families are looking to plan activities to entertain their kids and to spend some quality time. However, economic times are tough, which means a big family trip to Disney Land may not be in the cards. Instead of traveling, why not have a staycation and spend some time locally at William Land Park in Sacramento? Here's our updated guide with everything you need to know about this local gem
About William Land Park
William Land Regional Park, most often just referred to as “Land Park”, sits on 160 acres in Sacramento, located between Interstate 5 and State Route 160. Land Park is named after its donor, William Land, who left behind $250,000 for Sacramento “to purchase a public park within a suitable distance of Sacramento to be used as a recreation spot for the children and a pleasure ground for the poor.” Land Park was established in 1920.
Similarly to its surrounding neighborhoods, Land Park is rich in history and has so many attractions in its park that there’s something to do for everyone. For a map of Land Park, visit their website.
Sacramento Zoo in Land Park
The Sacramento Zoo opened on June 2, 1927, occupying 4.2 acres and had about 40 animals. With an expansion in 1960, today the zoo occupies 14.3 acres and has just over 500 animals on site. The zoo is most notably famous for its Tall Wonder Giraffe Habitat, where you can get close and personal to these large creatures. At certain times, you can also feed the giraffes. For more information, visit http://www.saczoo.org.
Bonus Tip: On August 20th, the Sacramento Zoo is hosting an Ice Cream Safari. Bring the kids and enjoy all-you-can-eat Baskin-Robbins ice cream, live entertainment, and plenty of yummy goodies available for purchase. Purchase your tickets in advance here.
Food Truck Mania (August 21, 4pm-8pm)
Bring your appetite down to Land Park on August 21st on the corner of Freeport Blvd. and Sutterville Rd. for a celebration of all things delicious. From 4pm to 8pm, gourmet food trucks of all shapes and sizes will be taking over the park. Embrace your inner foodie and sample a variety of local fare ranging from comfort foods to sweet treats. There will also be live music and plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep the little ones busy.
Movie Night in the Park: Zootopia (August 27, 7pm-9pm) Pack a picnic, blankets and chairs, then head down to Lank Park Amphitheatre for a free movie on the big screen. This month will feature the hit animated adventure Zootopia. Free snacks and beverages provided to all moviegoers. Movie starts at sundown. Be sure to come early, to make sure you snag a good seat.
Funderland in Land Park
Opened in 1941, Funderland is a small amusement park geared towards toddlers and young children. Inside Funderland, you will find 9 rides, including a train, carousel, and the Flying Dragon Roller Coaster. Fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. For more information about Funderland, visit their website.
Fairytale Town in Land Park
Opened in 1959, Fairytale Town is a 2.5 acres children’s themed park consisting of over 25 bright and colorful playsets that brings nursery rhymes and fairytales to life. Inside the park, you will also find a friendly flock of farm animals, couple of castles, two performing art stages, and several gardens. Come bring your little one and let their imagination run wild. For more information, visit www.fairytaletown.org.
Smoke on the River (Sept 19) Get ready for some tasty barbecue on September 19th. The 2nd annual Smoke on the River is a grill showdown like no other. Teams from all over the country will compete for the title of top grillmaster. Get your hands on some mouth watering ribs, brisket, and all the fixins. Complete with live entertainment and unlimited sampling of local craft breweries, Smoke on the River is a must-see event this September. Best of all, proceeds from the event will help fund school art programs for kids. Full details http://smokeontheriversac.com/
Land Park Golf Course
The golf course at William Land Park was built and opened in 1924, and was the first golf course in Sacramento. Often times, the Land Park Golf Course is known as the golf course with character. It is a 9-hole course with a couple of challenging par 5 and 4’s, but mostly consists of par 3’s. This golf course, however, is not for those who are very serious golfers as many times you will find children running on the greens. If you just want to have a good time and play on an affordable course rich in history, check out the Land Park Golf Course. For more information, visit http://www.williamlandgc.com.