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!
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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.
FOLSOM HISTORY MUSEUM
HISTORIC FOLSOM POWERHOUSE
NIMBUS FISH HATCHERY
Browse through antique shops and other charming stores on this friendly stretch of sidewalk that’s been actively operating since the 1850s. With more than 80 great businesses to explore, you’re bound to find some wonderful treasures to take home.
Located about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, Folsom Prison opened in 1880. It’s also the state’s second oldest prison. In addition, this prison is known for its concerts by Johnny Cash, especially in 1968.
AMERICAN RIVER BIKE TRAIL
HARRIS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
With its three stages, Harris Center for the Arts is well-equipped to provide a wide variety of terrific performances. From theater to music to dance, you can enjoy many different productions that will leave you wanting more.
FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE
As the 114th community college in California, this institution is deeply involved in the community with a number of great programs students can pursue. It also includes a wonderful performing arts center that is open to the public.
FOLSOM ZOO SANCTUARY
Open since 1963, this zoo centers on providing the best care and homes for its animal inhabitants. You’re welcome to come see these terrific creatures and tour the grounds during your visit.
FOLSOM PREMIUM OUTLETS
PALLADIO SHOPPING CENTER
If you enjoy great shopping options, plenty of different restaurants and terrific entertainment, then the Palladio Shopping Center should be on your list of locations to visit. It’s the ultimate retail experience that you might want to stop by more than once during your stay.
CSUS AQUATIC CENTER
Offering boat rentals and boating classes, the CSUS Aquatic Center has everything you need when it comes to going out on the water with safety in mind. There is also a scenic picnic area and a place where you can enjoy the tranquility of fishing.
Whether you want to row, kayak, swim or just take pleasure in the beautiful scenery, Lake Natoma is the perfect place to relax. You can also enjoy the paved trail that goes around the lake.
JOHNNY CASH TRAIL
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