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Cameron Park
Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon. Park also offers tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trail, fishing, boat rentals and picnic areas.
Pittsburg
Take pleasure in the beauty and family atmosphere of the park as you picnic, play or enjoy the rides, Crawdad Fishing, train and party castle.
Apple Hill
(45 Miles)
Camino
Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a miniature train ride, pioneer museum and family play park.
Calistoga
Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance. The stage, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, appears as an innocent pool of shallow water until time for the major attraction.
Calistoga
Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country
Oakland
On Redwood Road, just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland, is a hidden redwood forest whose peaceful groves give little evidence of its bustling past.
Oyster Bay
(71 Miles)
San Leandro
An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and shorebirds abound. Views of the Bay are spectacular.
Hayward
The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center sits on stilts above a lively salt marsh in the San Francisco Bay. Walk our shoreline trail and see the unique animals that call our marsh home. Then visit the Interpretive Center and see them up close! We of...
Mill Valley
Contains 6 miles of trails in 30 to 90 minute loops as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. Free Discovery Pack available for kids, plus public programming at the visitor centres.
Glen Gardner
Facilities here include 7 multi use trails to explore by bike, hike or sled, plus an impressive observatory offering skywatching programs. Adventure playground also available.
Genoa
Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available.
Genoa
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley's first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. A local businessman, rancher and politician, Dangberg star...
Incline Village
Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy. Sand Harbor is the most popular, with sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities. Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Villag...
Carson City
Washoe Lake and Little Washoe Lakes are located in the heart of scenic Washoe Valley, between Carson City and Reno. Here, visitors will find spectacular views of the majestic Sierra Nevada and the Carson Range. Popular activities in the park include ...
Boulder Creek
Stretches from sea level to over 2000ft above and terrain ranges from almost tropical canyons and raging waterfalls to sparse and almost arid slopes. There's certainly scope for some terrific exploration!
Felton
Giant trees up to 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, plus nature centre, hiking, biking, fishing and more.
Dayton
Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silve...
Silver Springs
Fort Churchill was once an active U.S. Army fort. Built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers. It was abandoned nine years later, and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay. A visitor center displays information and ...
Fort Bragg
Offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The garden also includes a large model railroad, a fairy village and a "quail trail" just for children.
Fallon
Lahontan State Recreation Area is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles northeast of Nevada's Capital, Carson City, via U.S. Highway 50. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is slightly over one hour away by auto. You can acc...
Walker Lake
(144 Miles)
Fallon
Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus facilities at the park include shade ramadas, tables and ...
Carmel
This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply.
Friant
kids can view over a million fish in all stages of development, plus watch them jump and feed them as you go round.
Fallon
Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past. Belmont Courhouse, Although no developed facilities are available, camping an...
Sacramento
Since 1959, Fairytale Town has been a treasured place of laughter, memories, learning and family fun.
Concord
This is a small amusement park that is perfect for young kids. They have rides ~ about 10 of them or so that are geared towards the younger ones. There are only about 10 or so, so it is a place that you can go and hang out for a few hours.
Vallejo
Family fun is what we're all about at Six Flags. So get ready to let loose and laugh. From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, we've got plenty of rides you can enjoy together.
Santa Clara
Great America is Northern California's favorite place for family fun and thrills starring your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters, and the most family rides in the Bay Area.
Gilroy Gardens
(108 Miles)
Gilroy
Gilroy Gardens includes rides, attractions, theme gardens, food concessions, an Events Plaza, and more. Plus, our main attractions - some very unusual, over 50 years old, one-of-a-kind Circus Trees rescued from Scotts Valley, California.
Fresno
Rotary Storyland & Playland have been incredible treasures to the Central Valley for over 50 years. Several Million children and families have passed through the gates of these parks to enjoy laughter, fun and fantasy all at an affordable price. ...
Sacramento
Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and adults of all ages.
Roseville
Vortex, Revolution and StormRider are three progressive bowl type slides that are ridden solo or with friends on a duo in-line tube or quad cloverleaf raft. These rides offer a progression of thrills for even the most experienced water sliders.
Antioch
Antioch features a small municipal water park with five water slides. The park is very reasonably priced. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Waterworld
(52 Miles)
Concord
This massive 20,000-square-foot activity pool features seven family slides, the lily pad walk and the Dragon's Tail slide complex! One of the many fun places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Raging Waters
(87 Miles)
San Jose
Raging Waters San Jose, Northern California 's Largest Waterpark, offers 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon\'s Den. Raging Waters features thrilling high-speed slides, and family attractio...
Sparks
With a waterpark, go-karts, mini-golf, bowling, birthday parties and group parties - at Wild Island there is something fun for everyone! So come on out and catch Island fever. One of many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do wit...
Waterworks
(148 Miles)
Redding
Welcome to Waterworks Park-Coolest Place in Redding. We have all the thrills and spills you want in a water amusement park. We have rides for all ages from the extreme Avalanche to the Kiddie play area. Our tropical themed park is ready for summer ...
The Island
(149 Miles)
Fresno
On western edge of Fresno, this newly built waterpark opened in 2000 and is based around a tropical island theme. Waterslides to miniature racecars can be found in this great theme park. Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in Califor...
Clovis
There are more than 20 rides at Wild Water Adventures in Fresno. The park includes a play area for the small kids, a wave pool, a speed slide, tube rides and many other fun slides.
Paso Robles
The Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles is the hottest place to cool off on California's Central Coast. Situated within 10 minutes of many of Paso Robles' best wineries, where the summertime temperatures rarely dip below 90 degrees, it is exactly half...
Sacramento
Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Folsom
Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or orphaned in the wild. Most are native to North Americ...
Lodi
A privately owned 3,000 square foot, 2 story Museum and Reptile Store you are welcome to bring the kids and browse in. It's like a zoo you can buy!
Lodi
Micke Grove Zoo is home to native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, such as the Chinese Alligator, the Snow Leopard and the Cotton Top Tamarin.
Safari West
(66 Miles)
Santa Rosa
The natural world awaits you... Faster is not always better. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, instant communication and instant gratification, Safari West stands as a tangible testament to the joy of the natural world, where the pa...
Oakland Zoo
(67 Miles)
Oakland
The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit organization, managed by the East Bay Zoological Society. Founded in 1922 by Henry Snow, the Zoo has been located in its current Knowland Park location since 1936. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park...
San Francisco
Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay. Journey through crystal filled tunnels filled with 20,000 aquatic animals. Touch Sharks, rays and sea stars. Great if you're looking for things to do in San Francisco with kids
San Francisco
Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new Academy contains multiple venues, hundreds of unique exh...
San Francisco
At the San Francisco Zoo, it's our mission to connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California.
CuriOdyssey
(82 Miles)
San mateo
Create a vortex, make objects fly, and meet furry, scaled and finned animals! At CuriOdyssey, children can get up close with the natural world through interactive science exhibits, a native animal zoo, public and group programs, and seasonal camps.

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Paradise Island

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Fairytale Town

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Funderland

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Sacramento Childrens Museum

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Lagunas Awesome Party Palace

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Sacramento Zoo

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Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

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Scandia Family Fun Center

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Explorit Science Center

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Nut Tree

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Fun places to visit in Sacramento with kids

California is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of California's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in California with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

There are so many fun places to go with kids in California - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in CA