Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Quick Facts

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

California

(916) 445-7387

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Things To Do

Overview

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is a cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures. Historic buildings include the 1849 Eagle Theater; the 1853 B. F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court; and the 1855 Big Four Building. Old Sacramento''s historical significance comes from it being the western terminus of the Pony Express postal system, the first transcontinental railroad, and the transcontinental telegraph.

Old Sacramento is a California Historical Landmark. The National Park Service named the entire original historic 1850s business district of Old Sacramento a National Historic Landmark in 1965. With over 50 historic buildings, Old Sacramento has more buildings of historic value in its 28 acres than any area of similar size in the West.

Map of Old Sacramento (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.584746, -121.504809

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Cyclists will enjoy riding through the historic park, admiring the preserved buildings.

  • Fishing

    Contact the park for fishing information.

  • Historic Sites

    With its 53 historic commercial structures sited on 28 acres, Old Sacramento is a National Historic Landmark. California State Parks owns and operates a number of original and reconstructed buildings, mostly accessible, as part of Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

  • Picnicking

    Visitors are sure to find a comfortable place to picnic in this large park.

Seasonality/Weather

Old Sacramento SHP lies in the Central Valley with warm-hot and dry summer conditions (70's-90's F) and cooler, damper winter conditions (30's-50's F). Layering is encouraged.

Park Partners

California State Parks Foundation

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With their 120,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $170 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 278 state parks--the largest state park system in the United States.

(415) 262-4400

Directions

Driving

Old Sacramento State Historic Park is located in downtown Sacramento and is convenient to reach by all freeways. Coming from any direction in the state, take Interstate 5 to the 'J Street' exit and follow the signs into park. Abundant covered parking is available at the main parking structure located at 3rd and J Streets. There are a limited number of metered, 90-minute on-street parking spaces throughout the park.

Flying

The closest major airport to Old Sacramento SHP is Sacramento International Airport nearby. From there, myriad, car rental services are available, ranging from Alamo to National and beyond. For more information, call 916-929-5411.

Public Transportation

Sacramento Regional Transit District offers public transportation in the Sacramento area, with dozens of bus and rail routes. For more information on fares and scheduling, call 916-321-2877.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(916) 445-7387

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