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Davis, CA 95618
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If it's science that interests you, walk right into the Explorit Science Center. This non-profit organization is for kids, teachers, adults, families, students and teens. The Center holds programs, lectures, field trips, assemblies, nature labs and safaris for schools. It also arranges vacation classes for students and for all those who would like to know more about the world they live in. Come and enjoy the experience! Check the website for more details.
Thousands of school children come here to learn about the native plants on this unique 80-acre preserve. During day camps in July and August, children get an up-close-and-personal look at nature. Other year-round activities for children include guided tours through the redwoods and occasionally the staff offers stargazing sessions. The Arboretum is not just for children. The staff offers gardening and landscaping workshops for adults.
Situated between F Street and Oak Avenue, the Community Park sits pretty. It has a community pool, a tennis court, two play areas, a public skate park and a dog park. The 28 acres of lush greenery and fun is open during the day. The skating park, which has a concrete ramp, is open for skateboarding. It also features many soccer fields and softball backstops.
Vultures, screech owls and bald eagles are among the birds displayed in living-room-sized cages along tree-shaded pathways. The volunteers and professional veterinarians affiliated with California Raptor Center release about 65 percent of their patients after successful treatments ranging from surgery to physical therapy. The staff leads Hawk Walks to view recently released birds in the surrounding habitat. Visitors can view demonstrations of techniques such as "on the fist." During monthly events, staff lectures and presentations focus on the fascinating features of raptor biology and ecology. Admission is free.
Yolo Basin Foundation was established in 1990 to conserve the Yolo Wildlife Area. It focuses on environmental education and restoration of the Yolo Bypass Region, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish & Game. The organization introduces people to wildlife, and teaches them to live harmoniously alongside; it is also a sponsor for non-profit events, such as California Duck Days. Check out the website for more details.
Officially the world's largest corn maze, Dixon's Corn Maze covers more than 40 acres (16 hectares) of land. The maze is also known for its penchant for getting its visitors to lose their way, within minutes of entering it. The intricate passage-ways are an exciting feature of this maze, and finding one's way through them is quite a challenging yet fun-filled activity. Corn Maze is a part of Cool Patch Pumpkins, a recreational destination that also features a scarecrow exhibit as well as several varieties of pumpkins on display. If you're up to the challenge, come and pay Corn Maze a visit!
Want to take your family out on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Want to enjoy the lulling sound of the sea as verdant, green sights calm your senses? Head to Miller Park for a relaxing day out with family and friends. Take a leisurely stroll down one of its avenues, throw a bunch of goodies in a basket as you spread your picnic under the sun, go boating or simply take in the majesty of the tranquil surroundings that delight your soul. A wide range of local, community, social and cultural events are also held at this venue. Miller Park, with its charming location by the sea, attracts one and all to sample and savor its riveting beauty. Contact the Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento for more details on current and upcoming events.
The seats in Raley Field offer a nice view of the Sacramento skyline. The park has more than 11,000 seats and is a popular venue for concerts, festivals and other events. It is also home to the Sacramento River Cats, a baseball team who holds the 2007 Pacific League Champions title. There are concession stands offering the usual ballpark fare, as well as Mexican cuisine, pizza, barbecue and grilled veggie sandwiches. Beverages include soft drinks and a variety of micro brews on tap.
Fairytale Town is a world of Mother Goose where fairy tales come to life. Children can chase each other around the crooked mile and crawl on the tortoise and the hare. Captain Hook's pirate ship, Owl's tree house and King Arthur's table are all here. The petting zoo has a variety of animals to see, from sheep to donkeys. You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos and drinks from a concession stand.
Founded in the 1870s, Crocker Art Museum is known as the first art museum in the West. The historical building with hand-carved doors, ornate walls and parquet floors, creates a gorgeous backdrop as impressive as the art. The art includes the Gold Rush, Victorian and European masters and contemporary works. The museum hosts art talks, classical concerts, jazz concerts, and tours (afternoons and weekends). A gift shop is also available.
Conveniently located across from the Sacramento Zoo, Funderland is an amusement park designed for kids 12 and under. Popular rides include the Tea Cups, the Dragon Coaster, the Airplanes, and the Funderland train. There is also a carousel and old-fashioned bumper cars. Admission is free, but there are tickets for the rides. Private party rentals are also available, and the place features an on-site snack bar too.
More than 20,000 pioneers from the Gold Rush era (1840s) "rest in peace" here, including John A. Sutter, Jr. (founder of Sacramento), Edwin Bryant Crocker and Mark Hopkins (two of the "Big Four" of railroading). This well-maintained Historic City Cemetery was established in 1849. You will find fresh air, beautiful flowers, art sculptures and historical facts. You can easily spend several hours exploring the history entombed on this 28-acre site. Self-guided tour maps are available at the entrance.