Ages Good For: All
Location: Sutterville Rd. makes the southern border of Land Park and Land Park Dr. crosses through the middle of the expansive park.
Named after a Sacramento pioneer and hotel owner from the late 1800s, William Land Park has 160 acres that includes open park space with large grassy areas, shade trees, and picnic tables, as well as several favorite family Sacramento attractions. If you have kids always on the go, you can easily go to all of these attractions in one day if you start early at opening time. However many kids will enjoy spending much of the day exploring just one or two of these William Land Park attractions. And that’s exactly what William Land wanted. Upon his death in 1911, Mr. Land left over $200,000 to be used for “a recreation spot for the children and a pleasure ground for the poor…”
If you are visiting Sacramento with kids, then William Land Park and Old Sacramento are your must see stops during your visit.
Wander along a crooked mile, run through King Arthur’s castle, or slide down the old lady’s shoe. Fairytale Town has turned classic fairy tales into a playground for kids. Perfect for toddlers through about8 years old, spend the day playing and visiting pigs, cows, and rabbits. Some weekends or summer days you may catch a fairytale themed show, puppet show, or other special event.
In between visits to the attractions, stop for a pony or horse ride in the middle of the park. These horses will take you one a meandering trail. Toddlers to big kids can ride and parents can lead the horse.
A mainstay of William Land Park since 1927 is this 14.3-acre zoo that houses giraffes, flamingos, lions, snakes, lemurs, lizards, zebra, parrots, frogs, and much more. The mini train can take you on a tour of the zoo. The carousel’s artistic animals are a draw for kids and adults. The Sacramento Zoo also has many special events and activities throughout the year, such as ice cream evenings, summer evening concerts, zoo camps, and wildlife programs.
Funderland is Sacramento’s amusement park. This quaint amusement park has been providing kids with trills since the 1940s when it opened under the name Land Park Kiddie Land. There’s a train and other rides that even babies can ride, while older kids can ride the mini dragon roller coaster or log ride. Best for toddlers to age 8.
Gardens and Ponds
Three ponds offer fishing for trout or catfish and two gardens gives kids places to explore and see butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds amongst an artfully designed garden. Let your kids lead the way in the gardens as there are many paths to choose from and something new to find around every corner. The lakes and ponds are filled with turtles, Canada geese, native and domestic ducks. Please do note that feeding waterfowl bread is harmful to their health.
There are several sports fields for baseball, running track, softball, soccer, and basketball.
William Land Play Pool and Playground
The small wading pool for kids ages 7 and under in the park is free and open in summer. It’s located in a fenced off area next the playground.
The playground is enclosed, and has play structures for both toddlers and kids over the age of 5. These include a sandpit with digging equipment, tire swing, baby swings, big kid swings, and more.
To save some money on your day, look for combination discount tickets that get you into both the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town available at both locations. For lunches and snacks, you can enjoy a picnic in the park or eat at the food places in the zoo, Fairytale Town, or Funderland. At the zoo and Fairytale town, children age 0 to 1 are free. All kids and parents must have ticket for each ride at Funderland.