Folsom Area Guide
Local attractions in Folsom, California
Located roughly 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, CA, the town of Folsom first came to prominence during the famous Gold Rush of the 19th century; today, it’s a modern, sophisticated city, offering a wealth of fantastic cultural attractions – not to mention breathtaking vistas and outdoor activities to suit every taste.
The American River Parkway’s Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and separate equestrian trail offer hikers, cyclists and horseback riders prime opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature viewing and relaxation. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck and their lures along the parkway. Canoeists, kayakers and rafters can dip their paddles into the chilly and sometimes challenging water of the river, while recreational boaters can launch at Discovery Park, making discoveries of their own along the winding banks.
Shoppers will love exploring Sutter Street in Historic Old Town Folsom, with its diverse shops, galleries, and restaurants. And a visit to the Folsom Prison Museum is a must for those interested in seeing the landmark immortalized in popular culture by singer Johnny Cash, who held two concerts at the prison in the 1960s.
We’ve listed a few of the area’s many highlights below. If you’d like additional information about any of these or other Folsom attractions, please let us know!.
Historic Old Town Folsom
A stroll down Sutter Street will take you back to Gold Rush days. You'll discover antique and specialty stores, restaurants and nightspots, landmarks and museums.
This scenic small lake is downstream from Folsom Lake on the American River. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the CSUS Aquatic Center. There are also many locations for swimming, picnicking and sunbathing.
American River Bike Trail
From Folsom Lake to Discovery Park, along the American River, the bike trail offers over 30 miles of cycling in the most picturesque setting. Bicycle rentals, sales and supplies are available from the Cycles Plus, just across the hotel parking lot.
This unique zoo provides a home to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. While some were raised as "pets" and then rejected, others were orphaned or injured in the wild.
The Folsom Premium Outlets feature more than 80 factory outlets with famous brand names at discount prices. Visit the Palladio for a choice of over 30 stores, restaurants, & entertainment. There is also a wide variety of shopping opportunities in Historic Old Town Folsom and Central Folsom.
Folsom's three bridges are located within walking distance of Lake Natoma Inn. The newest bridge, the Lake Natoma Crossing, offers views of the American River, Lake Natoma and Historic Folsom. Nearby are the Rainbow Bridge, built in 1918, and the reconstructed Truss Bridge. The Truss Bridge is open to bicycles and pedestrians, and offers access to many bike and walking trails.
Museums and Tours
Folsom History Museum
Discover a wealth of treasures from the Gold Country's past. 823 Sutter St, Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Folsom Prison Museum
This famous prison was opened in 1880 and was California's second correctional facility. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tour the brewery, Japanese Gardens and Koi Pond. Self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historic Folsom Powerhouse
Hailed as "the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent" in 1898. It is the only 19th century powerhouse in the country open to the public. Call for group tours.
Nimbus Fish Hatchery
The Nimbus Fish Hatcheryis open year-round for fish rearing and educational activities. Fish spawning demonstrations are provided during the salmon and steelhead runs.
For more information, visit our Event Calendar page.
Every Saturday - Year Round!
All NEW Saturday Farmers Market around the Historic Railroad Turntable and Public Plaza in Historic Folsom every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. year- round!
Over 40+ farmers/vendors represented.
Certified farmers' locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. Freshly made baked goods, fresh eggs and dairy items, live music and so much more!
50th Spring Antique Fair
April 17, 2016 -- 8AM-4PM
The 50th Spring Antique Fair, Sunday, April 17, 2016 on Historic Sutter Street. Four blocks will be filled with more than 250 antique and collectible dealers. Admission is free. Great food and live entertainment will also be featured. Don't miss this Historic Folsom favorite event!
Amgen - Tour of California
May 20, 2016
Come join us for the 2016 AMGEN Tour of California on May 20th. We will be hosting this year’s Men’s stage 6 individual time trial as well as the Women’s stage 2 team time trial right here in Historic Downtown Folsom near Lake Natoma Inn. The events will begin at 1:04 PM for the Men’s, and at 10:45 AM for the Women’s.
Event Info: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/
49th Antique Peddlers Fair
September 18, 2016
The 49th Antique Peddlers Fair will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2016 from 8 am to 4 pm, rain or shine on Historic Sutter Street. Four blocks will be filled with a great selection of antiques and collectibles. Admission is free. Great food and live entertainment will also be featured. Don't miss this Historic Folsom favorite event that draws up to 10,000 shoppers!
September 24, 2016
Folsom Live will rock on. There's sure to be music for everyone! This is a ticketed event, coordinated by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.