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Review of William Land Park

William Land Park
Ranked #7 of 188 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is the park we went to first. Then after we parked we found the Funderland nearby, with Sacramento Zoo across the street. Good thing we brought food and drinks for long day there. Go early for best free parking, near both places.

Thank 764cliffordl
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"fairy tale town"
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"sacramento zoo"
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"rock garden"
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"hole golf course"
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"baseball diamonds"
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"lovely neighborhood"
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"lots of picnic tables"
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"trees for shade"
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"private parties"
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"softball fields"
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"feed the ducks"
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"family reunion"
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"walking trails"
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"great place for family"
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"nice zoo"
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"birthday parties"
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

There are lots of picnic tables, and areas for private parties and Shakespeare in the Park(during the summer)

Thank Carolyn C
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Sacramento has many neighborhoods, but Land Park is by far the most beautiful, storied and famous. Its streets are tree-lined with homes built in the 1930s and 1940s, with no two houses alike, and it is indeed a park. Famous folks have lived here too, from Thomas Kinkade who was born in Sacramento and lived in Land Park as a child, who came to adopt his idyllic cottage view of homes from simply living in Land Park, to the founder of Tower Records, Russell Solomon, to Anthony Kennedy, who was raised in Land Park and who lived in Land Park until he was appointed to the Supreme Court, to the writer Joan Didion, to artists Wayne Thiebaud, and Gregory Condos, and many more….

But the greatest aspect about Land Park is that there is an actual 160.5 acre park in the middle of it! The actual park itself is named after a real person, William Land, who was a pioneer and who built the Western Hotel in downtown Sacramento in 1875. William Land donated $250,000 for a public park, and from that bequest our beautiful 166.5 acre park was born!

William Land Park was established in the 1920's, and it's gorgeous 9-hole golf course was was built in 1924.

Land Park is 166.5 acres, and contains not only the golf course, but the popular Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town and Funderland for children, several baseball diamonds, 3.4 miles of jogging trails (which we use all the time), 2 softball fields, 3 baseball fields and 3 soccer fields. There is also a basketball court. There are many picnic areas with tables and barbecues. And there are three beautiful large ponds with fountains, and these ponds are stocked with fish--but look out for the geese! There is also an amphitheater where summer stage productions are very popular, and a botanical garden to roam through.

This is the best place in Sacramento to relax, take a walk, job, picnic, or do whatever you want to enjoy Sacramento's beautiful weather. Sacramento is known as the City of Trees and Land Park certainly supports this with all its beautiful trees.

William Land Park (or just "Land Park" as the locals call it) is located just east of HIighway 5 south of Sacramento. You can take the Sutterville Road exit from Highway 5. Or you can approach it from the north by taking Land Park Drive to 13th Avenue. From the east you can approach it from Highway 99 by taking Sutterville Road exit. The park sits between Freeport Bouelvard to the east, Sutterville Road to the south, 11th and 13th Avenues to the north, and basically Richardson Boulevard to the west.

So, take a frisbee, a cold drink, and enjoy Sacramento's crown jewel.

And don't forget to grab some sandwiches at LaBou delicatessen just south of the park, or better yet, check out Sacramento's best and probably oldest and coolest retro ice cream parlor in Land Park, Vic's Ice Cream Parlor. We locals love it, and feel like we've stepped back into the 40s or 50s when we go. It's a real neighborhood ice cream parlor that's famous!

3  Thank raygay
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Had a family reunion at this park that turned out super nice. There were lots of trees for shade. The Sacramento Zoo is in this park too.Great place for Family Time.

Thank roddybo
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

We were able to reserve the large picnic area. There were plently of clean picnic tables and benches. There was a play land area close by that kept the younger children entertained. There were bathrooms close by. This park helped us to have a successful family reunion.

Thank 723jackie
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