In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!


10/28 - 10/29: Haunted Fort

California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are pleased to present “The Haunted Fort” lantern-lit tours for those looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this fall season. Based in fact -- but with a decidedly creepy twist -- the historic site will offer these special tour on two-evenings only on October 28 & 29, 2016.

Sutter’s Fort SHP was once a portal for weary pioneers and serves as the gateway to their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special event. Amid the glow of campfire, daring visitors will go on guided tours through the darkened rooms and hear unusual and intriguing tales of how some of California’s early pioneers perished throughout history. “The Haunted Fort” tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and may not be appropriate for very young children. Advance tickets are recommended and cost $8 per adult and $6 for youth ages 6-17 This is not a horror house, but the lantern lit tours can be startling and your travels through the Fort rooms can be uneven.  Tours last 50-60 minutes.

Not appropriate for children under 8. Tours are arranged in groups of 15 which does not allow for strollers.  If you require additional space to accommodate a mobility device, please contact us.

This is not an opportunity for paranormal investigation which is disturbing to other guests and will not be permitted.  Guests who bring paranormal equipment on tours will be not be allowed to continue and tickets will not be refunded.  Thank you for your understanding.

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11/12: Girl Scouts

*11/12: Girl Scouts

Sutter's Fort presents Scouts at the Fort in November, January, March and May.  A wonderful 2.5 hour program designed to fulfill the requirements of the Girl Scouts "Playing the Past" badge, girls will learn about what their lives would have been like at Sutter's Fort.  Games, clothing, chores and wagon travel will all be explored.  An outstanding addition to the 4th grade California History curriculum.  For more information, reservationas are required.

Program typically runs for 10 am - 12:30 pm.  $15 per scout includes the Playing the Past badge and admission for one scout and one adult.  Siblings may attend, subject to standard admission charges at the gate.  Attendees may attend as individuals - they do not need to be a part of a troop.

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11/19: First Person Event (The Real Life in Sutter’s Fort 1846)

Continuing a series of fun and interactive “Hands on History” activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: The Donner Party and Westward Migration” event on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls and gates plus have the opportunity to step back in time to learn more about the Donner Party and western migration in general.  

Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more than 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows during the winter of 1846-47. The group is now known as the Donner Party, but they were actually many different families and individuals. Sutter’s Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. As part of the next “Hands on History” event, Sutter’s Fort guests will have the opportunity to see Patty Reed’s precious doll on display while learning more details and gaining additional perspective about the arduous journey. Fort visitors will also be able to pack a wagon, write in their journals with a quill pen, make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item to take home. In addition, interested Fort visitors are encouraged to bring a camera or use a smartphone to take memorable photos while seated in the covered wagon (which might also work as a unique holiday card this season).

The special “Hands on History” event costs $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17) and is free for children five years and under.

Please also see the Evening Living History event Candlelight Tours (separate admission charge applies):

Candlelight Tours

11/19: Candlelight Tours (Evening)

California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present festive and fun Candlelight Tours on Saturday evening, November 19, 2016. With all modern lights turned off and the iconic Fort lit by candlelight, guides will lead small groups of visitors into the Fort’s more intimate rooms for intriguing glimpses into the private lives of those who uprooted their families for a better life in early California. 

Each year, the popular Candlelight Tours offer a magical experience for individuals, families and groups of friends to “eavesdrop” on inhabitants of Fort rooms as they gossip about their neighbors and comment on the current events of 1846.  At the end of the enchanting tour, guests will receive a souvenir bandana and enjoy a piece of pie and hot beverage while discussing which 1846 story was the highlight of their memorable night.

With tours departing every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Candlelight Tours cost $17 per person and are recommended for ages 8 and above. Advance Candle Light Tour reservations are strongly recommended and can be purchased at:

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12/10: HOH - A Simple Emigrant Christmas

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12/10: Hands on History "A Simple Emigrant Christmas"

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates of Sutter’s Fort, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season.  For this special day in December, friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to step back in time to holidays past and enjoy docents in period attire as they interpret and demonstrate a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants did in the 1840s.  Entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions.  

Fort visitors can also participate in a number of special hands-on activities such as craft holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus decorate the Christmas tree, make holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grind raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” sing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more!   And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  

Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows:  $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under.  

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422



Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing