After a year of living here, we FINALLY got down to Old Town Sac! We decided to take the kids to the California State Railroad Museum since my oldest is in the middle of learning about the Industrial Revolution (timing on living here and learning American history has been on point!). Friends of mine had raved about how fantastic it was, and boy, were they right!
This museum is great for the entire family! It is a few stories tall and has multiple exhibits about the history of the railroad, how it was built, toy trains and real sections you can actually walk through! There are docents all the way through to answer your questions, and you can take tours at certain times. There is also a theater that shows the progress of the railroad since it began. The boys loved it (and so did we)!
Afterwards we headed down the road to eat lunch at Fat City Bar & Cafe, which was delicious. I love places with funky and unique decor. I get inspired in spaces like that, and Fat City definitely kept my attention. All the stained glass alone was enough for me, but their eggs benedict was pretty great too.
We then walked around and explored Old Town! I love the boardwalk throughout and the vintage feel of the entire place. There were plenty of unique stores to peruse, including my favorite, Evangeline’s Costume Mansion. Man, I love this place!! It is chock-full of high-quality costumes and novelties…from floor to ceiling! I could’ve spent all day in there playing dressing up.
Seriously, right up my alley!!
We walked around some more to see what else this place had to offer. For the most part it was full of unique little stores and restaurants (although there were too many cheap t-shirt stores, in my humble opinion). But overall, we enjoyed it.
We visited the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, which was built in 1977 to match the one-room Canon School built in 1884 to serve students in NorCal in what is now Yolo County. This was something I had been wanting to take the kids to, so it was great to finally get inside! It’s a quick visit, but it definitely brings history to life.
We finished up at Candy Heaven, which sounds like the perfect way to end the day, right?! They had every kind of candy you could think of, including TONS of flavors of salt water taffy! We had to try the chicken and waffles and maple bacon! Of course, there had to be something kinda weird (a trend I kept seeing throughout Old Town, which I ADORE), and there definitely was…life-size evil clowns looking down on those shopping for sweets. I wonder if there is a hidden metaphor in there somewhere??
I kinda fell in love with Old Town Sacramento today! If there’s a hint of quirky, of mystery, of the unique…count me in. It was a great day!