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Top 10 Fall Family Activities in Sacramento

Fall is here so let’s plan your family’s next fun adventure in Sacramento 

By Professional Organizer, Kim Salisbury

Being the capital city of California, Sacramento has a wealth of family-friendly activities that are especially enjoyable during the fall season. Here are my top 10 family activities in Sacramento, CA during the Fall season (not in any specific order of preference 🙂

1. Apple Hill

Located just an hour outside Sacramento, Apple Hill is a collection of over 50 apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and tree farms. It’s a great place for families to pick apples, taste fresh cider, and indulge in baked treats like apple donuts and pies. With the vibrant fall foliage, it makes for a scenic outing.

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2. Gibson Ranch Park Pumpkin Festival

This annual festival is a family-favorite, featuring pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, and plenty of fall-themed games. Kids can pick their own pumpkins while adults can enjoy the scenic beauty of the ranch.

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3. Effie Yeaw Nature Center

A great spot for nature lovers, this center offers family-friendly hiking trails where you can spot wildlife and experience the changing fall colors. The interpretive center also provides educational displays about the local flora and fauna.

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4. Boo at the Zoo

Sacramento Zoo transforms into a spooky, family-friendly haven during October. With themed decorations, trick-or-treat stations, and animal encounters, it’s a festive way to experience the zoo with a Halloween twist.
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5. Sacramento Harvest Festival

Holiday shopping, showcasing hundreds of vendors, exciting entertainment, unique food inspiration for Thanksgiving, and more. The show also features demonstrating artists, live on-stage performance acts, great musical bands, strolling entertainers, as well as a KidZone area with arts, crafts, and activities for the little ones throughout the event!

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6. Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm

Located in Wheatland, a short drive from Sacramento, Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm offers a classic fall experience. From pumpkin patches and hayrides to petting zoos and a mini railroad, it’s a day-long adventure for families.

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Midtown's Farmers Market

7. Midtown’s Farmers Market

The fall harvest brings a plethora of seasonal goodies. The Midtown Farmers Market is a great spot for families to explore fresh produce, artisanal goods, and enjoy live entertainment. Kids can learn about local agriculture and the importance of supporting local farmers.

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8. Pumpkins and Planes: Halloween in the Air Park

The historic charm of Old Sacramento becomes even more inviting in the fall. Families can stroll along the cobbled streets, enjoy riverboat rides, visit museums, and dine in historic eateries. Special events, like the “Theatre of Lights”, start in late fall, providing added entertainment.

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9. Pumpkin Patch Express – Sacramento River Train Ride

The scenic train rides along the Sacramento River become even more enchanting during fall. Themed rides, such as the Pumpkin Express or the Spookomotive Train Ride, are tailored for family fun with onboard entertainment and stunning views of the fall landscape.

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10. Trick or Treat at Sacramento Children’s Museum

Calling all boos and ghouls, join in for a fun day of trick-or-treating featuring multiple candy stations, outside play, art activities and more! SCM is hosting Trick or Treat on Halloween.

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