Winter was long. thankfully for Sacramento, spring has sprung and the city has plenty to do.
Best part? You don't have to break the bank to have a good time in the City of Trees.
Here are five free, yes you read that correctly, FREE, things to do in Sacramento.
Free museum days - The Crocker is known for bringing internationally known art work to Sacramento. The artwork of Andy Warhol and Toulouse Lautrec have both been on exhibit at the museum. Admissions is usually $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but the Crocker has free admission days for families throughout the year. Best part is the museum is kid friendly, with art clinics and exhibits just for the little tikes.
The American River Parkway - The parkway is a paradise for cyclists and runners alike. Stretching 23-miles throughout Sacramento County, the parkway takes all who go on it on an adventure from the city to the more quiet and rural parts of the area along the American River. Access to the parkway is always free.
Second Saturday - Every person who has visited Midtown on the second Saturday of the month knows about 'Second Saturday'. Artists, culinary masters and dancers come out in flocks with craft booths, dance lessons and artwalks for the community. While every Saturday has a different theme, access the the street fair is free and open to anyone who wants to walk through and get a taste of Midtown's art culture.
Folsom Lake - Where do the people Sacramento go when it gets hot? Folsom Lake is a staple year round, but when the weather heats up, its where people go for relief from the heat. The lake is free for swimming and picnics, but there is a fee for paddle board and kayak rentals.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center- It's not as well known to the masses, but the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is a 100-acre nature preserve that lets anyone get out of the hustle an bustle of Sacramento. Self guided tours leads visitors through woodlands, meadows and even aquatic habitats. The Discovery Center on-site is full of exhibits, aids to answer questions, and literature about what the wildlife inside of the preserve and around the Sacramento area. Access to the preserve and Discovery Center is free, but there is a $5 parking fee