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Family Adventures in Sacramento

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TASTE News Service, June 20, 2016 - Parents need look no further than Sacramento for a family-friendly destination that will please visitors of any age. From cool historical sites to kid-friendly restaurants, the city is packed with family-sized fun.

Below are just a few family adventures to try in the Sacramento region:

Little Foodies

Travelers of all ages can take a bite out of Sacramento's explosive food scene. Recognized as America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, the region offers a host of fresh and delicious options for every visitor. The region is home to more than 40 farmers markets, including the bustling Midtown Farmers Market every Saturday and the downtown Sunday market under the freeway that features a 70,000 square-foot mural. Empress Tavern, arguably one of Sacramento's hottest new restaurants, may look like a spot for adults only, but the in-house team is thrilled to serve younger guests. Empress provides kid-sized portions of the eatery's rotisserie favorites along with yummy house-made desserts. Or try a kid-sized creation from the bar at Mikuni Sushi, one of the region's most well-known Japanese restaurants. Local favorite Selland's Market and Café in East Sacramento offers veggies fresh from the farm, along with comfort classics like mac 'n cheese and turkey with gravy. Not far from the Sacramento Zoo, hungry families pack the booths at Dad's Kitchen for Farm-to-Fork burgers and sandwiches. And for a sweet treat, don't miss a slice of cake from 50's-style Rick's Dessert Diner, or a scoop from Gunther's, named one of country's best ice cream shops by Business Insider.

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Blending education with fun is always a winning combination, and there's no better place to explore both than in Old Sacramento. As you enter the 28-acre town of historic buildings constructed in the mid-1800s, you'll step back in time to the California Gold Rush era. Wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages, old-fashioned candy shops, and a Mississippi-style riverboat offer a hands-on introduction to early Golden State history. Children of all ages will love the interactive experiences, such as riding on a steam train, peeking inside a one-room schoolhouse, or dressing in period costumes for an “old-fashioned” family photo. With “Living History” volunteers roaming the town in period costume from the 1850s, Old Sacramento is the perfect setting for a fun and interactive history lesson. Families can even explore under the streets of Old Sacramento to see what the city looked like before it was raised up to accommodate flood waters in the Old West. Outside of Old Sacramento, the learning continues. At Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, kids will love the chance to make believe they're pioneers stopping at the trading post for supplies.

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No one throws a party quite like Sacramento, and the region offers countless events throughout the year that are perfect for the whole family. The summer fun kicks off each July at the California State Fair where kids can play games in the midway, meet furry friends at the farm or enjoy delicious treats from around the Golden State. During Labor Day Weekend, visitors can celebrate the region's heritage and Gold Rush History in Old Sacramento, when the city is transported back to the Old West for Gold Rush Days, complete with stagecoaches, cowboys and much more. In September, Sacramento's annual month-long Farm-to-Fork Celebration is packed with festivities highlighting all-things food. The biggest event is the Farm-to-Fork Festival, a free street faire spanning the city's Capitol Mall and filled to the brim with restaurants, farms, ranches and much more. The Festival is designed to show visitors of all ages where their food comes from, and give them a taste of it, too!

Editor’s Note: For a more comprehensive list of activities visit Before finalizing your plans for a trip to Sacramento, first visit the Central Valley listings in Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory. There you’ll find links to the websites of hundreds of area Lodging and Dining options, as well as links to Craft Beer specialists and nearby wineries.

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