Like most people these days you are probably watching your money closely and wondering what you can find do to in your state that is not only fun but either low cost or free. The state of California offers so many things to do for free that you can almost always find one near you. In this state of movie stars and natural wonders there are museums, historic places, and national parks to see. California is the land of the gold rush, endless sunshine and great beaches, so here are a list of some the places you can go and enjoy for free.
Located on 28 acres; Old Sacramento offers a look at the way the California was back in its heyday. A registered National Historic Landmark, this area is full of stores, museums, and historical attractions. Some of these attractions include museums dedicated to the pioneers that made California. There are landmarks and museums covering the railroads, pony express, and the state military history. Something can be found here for the whole family to see, along with lots of shopping and a collection of restaurants offering everything from American to Mediterranean cuisine. More information can be found at http://www.oldsacramento.com.
Have a sweet tooth? Then this is the free place for you, located north east of Oakland you will find the Jelly Belly factory. This is one sweet free deal; you will get to tour the factory where some of the world’s best tasting jelly beans are made. Here you will not only get to see how they are made, but get to taste sample along the way and get a sample bag at the end of the tour. In the final part of the tour you will get to see images of people like Martin Luther King Jr., Johnny Carson and of course the most well known Jelly Belly lover of all, Ronald Reagan captured in jelly beans. For more fun information on tours and hours go to their website at http://www.jellybelly.com.
Some of the world’s tallest trees grow in California and can be found in the Redwood National Forest. Bring your family for drives or hike amongst the redwoods. Found along California’s Redwood Coast this area offers places to hike, bike, camp and generally enjoy the great outdoors. Redwoods can live to be 2000 years old and reach a height of 360 feet and most of the old growth can be found in the 37 miles of unspoiled national forest lands. You can find trails throughout the park for horseback riding or simply walking, just don’t forget your camera. To find out more about the Redwood national Forest and the surrounding areas visit http://www.redwoods.info/?gclid=CPC7waC9oJgCFQO5GgodsHrFmA
For those of you who are in the Fairfield area, stop by the Anheuser-Busch brewery. You will go on guided tour of the facility and learn all about the art of making beer, from choosing the ingredients, to tasting the final product. Once you have completed the tour you will get to sample the beer in the Hospitality room (for those over 21). You can order your favorite or try any of a number of new brews that are being tested. Snacks and soft drinks are also available. Don’t forget to go outside and see the world famous Clydesdales, these huge beauties are known for their size, and precision and have been a Budweiser icon since 1933. Tour information can be found at http://www.budweisertours.com/tours.htm for all their breweries.
Feeling like you need to burn off some energy? Well if you happen to be in the Fresno area then the Providence Skate Park is just the place for you. Located on 24,000 square feet, Providence is considered to be one of the three largest skate parks in California. With features for both skateboarders and roller skaters, there is something for everyone. With so much skating area there is room for 50-75 active skaters at a time, with room for hundreds more to watch. There are zones designed for all levels of skaters from beginners to the most experienced and daring. Pack a lunch, grab your skates and be ready to have a great time. Log on to http://www.skateboardparks.com/california/provident/index.html for more information.
Every state has plenty of fun things to do for free all you have to do is look for them. This is just a sample of what is out there, most of the time all you have to do is get there. Remember that most towns have parks to play in and state parks in abundance, so the next time you get bored look around and get out there and have some fun.