The tournament venue and hosting hotel is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento. There are plenty of unique leisure and touring opportunities for all ages, and many of them are within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Hotel! Here are a few of my favorites that I recommend:
Take a trip back in time in Old Sacramento. Sacramento’s historic waterfront was the site of both tragedy — fire and flood — and triumph — the raising of the streets and the home of California’s first thriving business district, fueled by gold, agriculture and the river.
There are so many cool things to see and do here, a family could spend a good chunk of the day exploring and not see everything. Some highlights are California Railroad Museum, The Old Schoolhouse Museum, G. Williker’s Toy Emporium, and The Delta King.
Across the street from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The capital building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
Located throughout both the historic State Capitol’s West Wing and the East Annex, the Capitol Art Program maintains three collected works of paintings. The combined collection includes hundreds of prized paintings, murals, statues, and antique furniture chosen to portray the various phases of California’s history and depict significant eras of the State Capitol.
One of the most popular museums in Sacramento is the California State Railroad Museum. Each year over 500,000 people flock to this museum to step back in time and discover the history of the railroad. There are six buildings at the museum that cover an area of 225,000 square feet.
You will find many restored railroad cars and locomotives that were originally used throughout the state. Here you will see how the railroad has shaped California as well as its economy. One of the highlights of the museum is the Railway Post Office that visitors can step aboard to get a real experience of the past.
Just down the street from our host hotel, head down the street for something completely extraordinary at The Dive Bar. Above the bar is a 40 ft saltwater aquarium and in the tank are mermaids and mermen swimming around for your pleasure. Underwater performers will transport you to a sea of dreams with their world-famous shows, while our bartenders mix up their own aquatic alchemy behind the bar. This bar is truly unique and a great place to see a once in a lifetime experience.
Originally this fine establishment was known as the E.B Crocker Art Gallery, it has since changed its name and is the longest continuously operating art museum in the west of America. There are a lot of works of art in the museum, dating from the Gold Rush to today.
The museum opened its doors in 1871 and houses one of the largest collections of international ceramics in the U.S as well as much work from Asia, Africa and Europe. There is much to see and experience here and you easily spend an entire day wandering around the beautiful pieces.
The history of the Sacramento Zoo is fascinating as it shows how the zoo went from being “the little zoo in the park” to the large, impressive zoo that you will get to experience today. Initially the zoo was very small and housed about 40 animals that were collected from local parks.
Now the zoo has 400 animals from all corners of the globe and focuses its energy on education, recreation and conservation. There is so much to see and experience here and the children especially, will thoroughly enjoy meeting all the animals.
Before the Gold Rush that changed the face of California forever, the community focused around Sutter’s Fort. Created by John Sutter in 1839 the fort was a hive of activity until an employee of the fort discovered the gold that started the Californian Gold Rush. After this the fort was abandoned and left as it was.
The fort has now been restored and laced on the register of National Historic Landmarks. The main building of the fort is the two storey adobe structure, it was in that very building that the first gold was found that started the Gold Rush.
Fairytale Town is a 2.5 acre play area and children’s museum in Sacramento. The museum has been designed to bring all of your favorite nursery rhymes and fairytale’s to life. There are more than 25 different areas to play in, each reflecting a children’s story that can be brought to life with a little imagination.
There are also various animals dotted throughout the park such as Peter Rabbit or the sheep that Mary had. Fairytale Town is a great place to go back and reminisce over your childhood whatever age you may be.
Across the street from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is the mother church of the Catholic faith in Sacramento. This means that the church serves nearly one million Catholics and encompasses 99 churches. The cathedral was built in 1887 and has stood proud for all these years, recent renovations have made sure the cathedral continues to serve its people whilst looking spectacular.
The cathedral has an interior dome which is a sight to behold and stands at 34m high, another impressive feature is the 13 foot crucifix that has a 14 foot crown overhead, the weight of the crucifix and crown is nearly one ton.
Just down the street from our host hotel. Do you remember what it felt like to head to the arcade with a bag filled with quarters and a burning desire to beat your top score? Indulge in hours of gaming fun, at this arcade bar that offers dozens upon dozens of retro games from decades past. They also serve up some amazing food and beverages! Take a trip down memory lane and be sure to check this place out. Whether you consider yourself a casual or hardcore gamer or something in between, Coin-Op will have you thrilled from the moment you walk through the door. The entire place is loaded with more than 40 arcade games and pinball machines, including many classics that you probably haven’t seen in decades.