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Sutter's Fort

2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816
916 445 4422
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Ranked #16 of 99 Attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Recreation of John Sutter's fort.
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Riverton, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

In downtown Sacramento and entire block is dedicated to presenting California history. There are a variety of rooms along the inner borders of the fort that exhibit different areas of historical interest. There are docents dressed in period costumes to give a "first-hand" explanation of the areas. Great exhibits and entertaining docents. I even liked the gift shop! They had... More

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Santa Clara, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place is not very big and it has walls that keep kids inside. It's a big square with rooms you look into, and as you approach the room, automagically, an audio tour starts and tells you what you are looking at. My husband and I loved it (mid-40's, been in this area forever) and our 10 year old daughter... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

What a neat place to visit. The exhibits were great and many of the rooms had audio commentaries that explained what was in each room and the historical events that took place. It was from Sutter's Fort that the rescue parties set out in attempts to help the Donner Party stuck in the Sierra Nevadas. There is even a 170... More

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Sacramento, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Many California fourth graders visit - and have done for years. But I was in Minnesota then learning about the voyageurs. Sutter's Fort is full of history and well-presented. Just make sure to start to the left, not right. You'll find the Orientation Room makes more sense at the beginning.

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Boonville, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Well rebuilt part of American history with very interesting reenactors and great service from the employees. Tells everything you need to know about the fort, and gives all sides to a complex man.

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This open air reconstruction of Sutter's old city and fort is kid friendly. Lots to see, plenty of places to run around, and enough cannons and exhibits of the self-sustaining life style of the 1830s and 40s to intrigue children of any age and adults of any age. We used to take our kids every time we went, and they... More

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Brentwood, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love history and this place has got it. Weird that it's located in the middle of town. Reenactments bring fort living to life..would go again

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Carson City, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It old buildings and really there not a lot to keep the kids interested, unless you go during living history. It's only once a month but it's really the only way to visit. They have people dressed in period clothing and they teach you about the time and how they survived. We learned how they spun wool and made blankets... More

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Salt Lake City, UT
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387 reviews 387 reviews
106 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Sutter's Fort occupies a full block. The only parking is the metered street parking. There was one other couple trying to park as we pulled in. Neither of us could make the meters accept our credit cards. I finally called the phone number on the meter and the person there said the secret is to slide the card very slowly.... More

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Earth, Texas
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217 reviews 217 reviews
50 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I am from Europe and I lived in houses that are far older than Sutter´s Fort. Nevertheless this site should not be missed while visiting Sacramento because it will show you first hands how people lived in this area 150 years ago and how the settlement of California took place. Come early to avoid the summer heat and plan to... More

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