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Sutter's Fort

2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816
916 445 4422
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Ranked #15 of 97 Attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Recreation of John Sutter's fort.
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Carson City, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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363 helpful votes 363 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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Savannah, Georgia
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51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This attraction was a little pricier than I had anticipated, and it didn't give out AAA or Senior discounts, but I'm still glad we went. You will be walking around in the dirt, so plan accordingly. It's a throwback to the rustic, historic days when California was still being settled. The staff was dressed in period costumes and were very... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The location of Sutter's Fort is good for anyone visiting Sacramento as it is fairly near the Capitol. Once there, it is easy to forget you are in the city. You are transported to when Sutter's employee James Marshall discovered gold flakes. Good layout and shows life of the 1800s.

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Whittier, California
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3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Indian Museum was our first stop, docents were very friendly and recommended the scavenger hunt, which my 9 year old guest loved doing. When we turned in her findings, they gave her a pencil and a post card for her efforts. Sutter's Fort was a warm visit in August but the docents were excellent, we made butter, saw the firing... More

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I agree with the previous reviews that Sutter’s Fort is a great place to learn about the history of Sacramento and surrounding areas. Be sure to check the blackboard near the ticket booth on arrival for times of tours and performances. I liked Adrian’s “Music of Sutter’s Fort” where he played songs on the violin like Shenandoah and Old Suzanna.... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited Sutter's Fort, which lies in mid-town, Sacramento. This fort originated in the 1840's but only one original building was evident by 1890 when folks organized to build it back to life as a museum. John Sutter's checkered history was as interesting as the fort itself. We enjoyed speaking with one of the life historians, Sam, who told us... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great little museum/site in the middle of urban Sacramento. The building itself is OK but the background info is great. The kids really enjoyed the demonstration of old rifles.

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Gold River, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Many school children have stayed overnight simulating the days of Sutter. A good look at the past ...enjoy it with your family. Cooler days are the best

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