We were looking for a real fort…something from way back when
people were milling in and out with pots of gold. Turns out, it’s not what we found
in Sacramento CA’s
Sutter’s Fort. This is not to say that the visit there wasn’t great because it
WAS! Sutter’s Fort was built in the 1839 and it was erected as a symbol or
memorial for an era we all know as the Gold Rush era right here in California.
It’s a phenomenal place for the kids because they will learn from all the demos
that they give. Even as grown-ups, we found out that there were a lot of things
that were sifted out of our history books. We could never ‘feel’ the era
through the books. Well, Sutter’s Fort changed all of that.
There were huge cannons in there that was awesomely captivating.
The kids all wanted to work the cannons, especially the boys…and the girls run
for cover. And then there’s this jail too. The many figures re-enacted how the
people, mountain men, traders and blacksmiths, went around their daily lives
moving around in their wobbly wagons with nothing but full confidence and
conviction. I love the exhibits….all of them! They’re incredibly informative,
educational and real too. It tells you history without boring you to death so,
yes, that is why I say this is a fantastic place to bring the kids to in Sacramento
I was particularly enthralled by the furniture and utensils
because if they were replicas (as opposed to the real thing), they look awfully
real to me!
What was great is, of course, the fact that it’s very close
to the main downtown area in Sacramento CA
and you could finish the trip off and end the day with a nice, scrumptious
dinner in the many restaurants. Sutter’s Fort is very strategically located for
tourists and acts like a time vessel that visitors can step in and out of. When
you step in, you’re in another place and time. Step out and you’ll be back to
where you were! There’s an audio tour that you can use to enhance your
experience there…many tourists love their self-guided tour.
We heard that they had live cannon shoot off as well but was
quite disappointed when there wasn’t one when we were there. The admission fee
was kind of steep but well worth it as a whole. Another perk was that after visiting
the Sutter’s Fort, head on over to The California Indian Museum which is very
near. It’s another amazing place to visit if you’re going with a group or with
kids. The trip will be fascinating and incredibly memorable.
Call +18003595991 for obligation-free Sacramento
CA charter bus rental rates.