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!

Sutter’s Fort or Bust

This is 45 minute hands-on interactive program that tells the story of Sutter's Fort as the first mall of California. The program explains why so many people from diverse backgrounds made Sutter's Fort their destination. It begins with the arrival of John Sutter who became a land owner and farmer and talks about his journey to get here. The program will also discuss the various trades that made Sutter's Fort a destination. You will also find how Sutter impacted California by inviting people from all over the world to start a new life in California. There will also be a question and answer station to conclude the program. Students will participate at various levels at each station and is suitable for grades 4 through 6.

To book your Sutter’s Fort or Bust Program, contact Reserve America at (866) 240-4655.

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

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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