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!


11/14: Girl Scouts

*11/14: 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.

Registration Form 


11/21: First Person Event (The Real Life in Sutter’s Fort 1846)

11/21: First Person Event (The Real Life in Sutter’s Fort 1846)

Throughout the daytime – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Fort visitors will step back in time to mingle with docents in period attire as they demonstrate what daily life was like in 1846.  Fort visitors will have special “hands on” opportunities such as talking with the blacksmith, bartering with the clerk in the trade store and more.  Fort visitors are also encouraged to bring a camera to take memorable photos while seated in the covered wagon (which might also work as a unique holiday card this season).

The daytime Living History activities on November 21 cost $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17) and are free for children five years and under.  

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

Candlelight Tours

11/21: Candlelight Tours (Evening)

Candlelight flyer

11/21: Candlelight Tours (Evening)

In the evening hours, Fort guests are invited to participate in special Candle Light Tours departing every 10 minutes between 6:30 and 8 p.m.  With all modern lights turned off and the Fort lit by candle light, 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.  It is a magical experience 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 enjoy a piece of pie and hot beverage while discussing which 1846 story was the highlight of their night. 

The evening 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:

Purchase Candlelight Tickets Here!


Due to ongoing restoration of Sutter’s Fort SHP all dates are subject to change and/or cancelation.

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



Important Note!

Sutter's Fort will be undergoing restoration

and will be open to the public,

although some access may be limited.


Please visit our Fort Restoration tab for updates or call 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 to 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