Sacramento is the capital of California. It's grown immensely along with the state. There is a riverside vestige of the town's past, Old Sacramento. We were taking care of our grand kids on the weekend and stayed at the Embassy Suites just on the Sacramento River, very near the Tower Bridge (left) which was closed for a construction. We walked down to the river and strolled along the dock. Along the way boat owners were having quiet parties along side their craft. The girls drew compliments as we passed. At the end just before we climbed up to Joes Crab Shack where we had dinner, there perched on the edge was a huge sea lion. Somehow it had made its way from the ocean to the San Francisco Bay and up the delta and river to Sacramento, perhaps a good 75 miles of twists and turns.
Yes, kids can fit through the holes in the cheese sculpture.
The next day we went to Fairytale Town a couple of miles south of the hotel. This is a very low tech park for kids. At the entrance a sign read, "Adults must be accompanied by a child." The themes were Wizard of Oz, Winnie the Pooh, and animals to pet. Chickens roamed freely, and there were enough structures to climb on that kids from two to 10 seemed happy to be there. Each one had a dedication plaque, and one was donated in 1958, about the same time that the first Disneyland opened 400 miles south. The only high tech addition was a speaker at each site that either played a song or told a story depending which side of a plastic key a child inserted. The girls each had a key, and other kids who did not gathered around to hear the stories at each stop on their tour.