A July 2006 trip
to Sacramento by SeenThat
Quote: Are less than five hours in a town enough to explore its main sights? I checked that in Sacramento.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2007
I am not usually attracted to caged animals, however my visit to Sacramento was short and I couldn’t be too picky. The zoo offers plenty of educational activities for children, and I have little doubt the place has been designed and rightly so – mainly for them. Placed at a central location within the city, the zoo offered a perfect solution for my sightseeing plans. In the hour I dedicated to the place, it was impossible to study the many animals there, but the visit was a welcomed and pleasant green break within an urban experience. Its superb location near the State Capitol made reaching the zoo a breeze. An oddity telling sign of our times was the Cell-Phone Safari Tour; unluckily, lacking such a gadget I was unable to enjoy it.The collection is divided into several categories. The cats section includes the Geoffroy’s cat, the jaguar, African lion, the margay, the snow leopard and the Sumatran tiger, which appears to be the favorite among the visitors. The primates are another big attraction of the park and include here lemurs, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and three less usual monkeys called mangabey, saki and guenon. A few giraffes, zebras, and bongos contribute to the savannah’s feeling of the place. Other mammals were in display, among them pandas, kangaroos, sloths, and hyenas.Many colorful birds helped to diversify the visit: eagles and swans, parrots, and hornbills. The zoo appeared to give a special emphasis to frogs and toads, many of those were in display and kids seemed to be fascinated by them; lizards, snakes, and turtles made company to them. A small collection of fish was also in display.The zoo is ordered in a friendly fashion. Cats, lemurs, and chimpanzees enjoy separated but nearby areas; birds and reptiles are placed around the mammals and the savannah animals surrounded the park. However, the main feature of the zoo is its extensive organization of activities for all ages. They include evening concerts, the Swingin’ Safari Golf Tournment, Zoovies (animal movies), reading meetings (!), and a special Ice Cream Safari. Unluckily, only those staying at town for most of the year can enjoy most of those!
Open daily - 9am to 4pm; except for special dates.Guests may stay on Zoo grounds for 1 hour after closing time.General Admission Weekdays: Weekdays $8.50, Weekends and Holidays: $12.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2007
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, California 95822
Attraction | "The Crocker Art Museum"
One of the most thrilling aspects of my visit to California was the obvious Asian influence on the local culture. In San Francisco I saw a Japantown for the first time. In Berkeley most restaurants were an eclectic mix of Asian cuisines. In Oakland I tasted the best Vietnamese sandwich ever. Even Sacramento enriched that angle of my Californian experiences, as happened in my short stop at the Crocker Art Museum.I measure up a museum’s exhibition success by its ability to surprise me and transform the visit into an exciting adventure. A surprise in an art museum would mean an unexpected connection between two cultures or an unknown angle of a given artist. Crocker did it; after seeing its Asian collection I almost cancelled my scheduled trip to Thailand for the following month.Crocker’s permanent collection is too big for being in display, only about 4 percent of its 14,000 works of art are in display at a given moment; however, Digital Crocker allows seeing works not in display during a visit. The collection is divided into eight categories, namely California Art, Drawings & Prints, Asian Art, International Ceramics, American Art, European Art, Photography and Recent Acquisitions.The Early California Art collection includes outstanding examples dating from the Gold Rush through 1945, and was thus complementary to the visit to Sutter’s Fort. Judge E. B. Crocker assembled the core collection in the early 1870s; the collection was afterwards enriched by other contributors. It includes scenes from the mines, the Grand Canyon and the life in the nineteenth century settlements.The main points of interest for me were the various Asian artifacts displayed in the museum. Korean ceramics, Chinese textiles, Japanese arms and armor, and tea ware by 20th-century masters as Shoji Hamada and Tatsuko Shimaoka were there to be seen. Thai and Burmese sculpture and decorative arts offer a foretaste of the rich religious tradition and the role of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Overall, the collection shows the diversity of Buddhism in Asia, and makes a good prelude to a trip there.
Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5pm; Thursday, 10am – 9pm Adults: $6 Free admission on Sundays from 10am to 1pm
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2007
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Attraction | "Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park"
Sutter's Fort SHP State Historic Park
2701 L St
Sacramento, California 95816
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