The Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento is open until January 7th and is keeping the Christmas spirit alive! There’s so much to do and see! Tanner and I had a blast, here are a few things we found, and you don’t want to miss! They have great attractions for kids of all ages, from kiddie rides to thrill rides, lots of vendors and food!
Tanner’s favorite attraction was the Minion Funhouse with moving floors, spiral stairs and silly mirrors! He must have gone through it five times! The American Warrior obstacle course for kids was awesome! I couldn’t believe Tanner made it up the rock wall, I was so proud!
I had way too much fun following Tanner through the Glass House and watching him run into walls. He loved it! The Dragon Coaster had the best ride attendant, who just had a great attitude and made the kids laugh by tricking them that the ride was done but then would send us off on one more trip around the track. Tanner thought he was just hilarious! We loved the State Fair Slide too! I wanted Tanner to go with me and he did the first few times, but then it was off on his own! He did great going down the slide by himself!
You’ll also see many of the classic favorites like the Zipper, Tornado, Merry-Go-Rounds, Swings, Starship and the Expo Wheel. Seeing all of the lights from the top of the Expo wheel was fantastic!
Check out all the rides!
Visit Santa and the other winter characters while shopping in the Holiday Market!
Don’t forget to check out a show! Circus of Light, acrobats, and daredevils are among the many shows you will find! We loved watching the acrobats walk the tightrope carrying all sorts of silly things!
I don’t know about you but, I LOVE carnival food! And Global Winter Wonderland has it all! Don’t leave without trying the hand-rolled pretzels! Hands-down best pretzel I’ve ever had! There were so many topping choices, salted chocolate caramel, pizza, cheese, toffee, and of course, the classic butter and salt, just to name a few! The deep-fried peaches were a must as well!
How-to: Make a weekend out of it!
We loved the Inn Off Capitol Park! If you’re a Choice Hotel member you are considered a VIP guest and get a goody bag at check-in which has a water bottle and snacks. I like to have ice water with me all the time, so the water bottle was nice to have for refills. The parking garage is so easy to get in and out of; it’s one level and had lots of available spaces. No long walks with your luggage, there’s an elevator right next to the parking spots. The front desk gals were so nice and helpful! The hotel has a small gym, just enough to get a short work-out in, and a beautiful seating/kitchen area on the second floor. The rooms are also very nice, this will be a go-to for me anytime I’m in Sacramento!
I had originally picked the Inn Off Capitol Park because it was close to Crepeville. I knew that’s what I wanted for breakfast! When we got to the hotel I saw that it was within walking distance so Tanner and I set off on our journey to find Crepeville when we got up Saturday morning! I was much more thrilled than he was about walking. But we had fun, I taught him about how to follow Google Maps and read the street signs (the streets were 16th & L, so it was easy for him to read) and he got to tell me when it was time to take our turns to get there! I had the most amazing crepe and I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture of the name and description! I would have never known to order it too if it wasn’t for the lovely young lady who helped me that morning. I asked her for her favorite fruit crepe and she said I have to try this one and made a slight change to it, so it was just how she liked it.
After breakfast, Tanner and I walked back to the hotel, jumped in the car and went to check out the Sacramento Children’s Museum. He loves museums and anything where he can see how things work or test limits!!
We ended our day in Folsom, which is one of my favorite towns to visit! I love walking through Historic Folsom and checking out the old buildings and great dining options! I had the most amazing pesto chicken sandwich and raspberry lemon drop at Chicago Fire. Tanner loved his kid’s pepperoni pizza! One thing on the menu I couldn’t pass up were the New Orleans inspired mini beignets! It was like being back at Mardi Gras! They came dusted with cinnamon sugar and delicious chocolate and caramel dipping sauces.
After lunch, we headed over to the Historic Folsom Ice Rink where we tried our hand at ice skating! It was Tanner’s first time and I haven’t been since I was a kid! What a blast! The rink was decorated beautifully, it was like a dream or something out of the movies. They have the cutest hot chocolate and coffee stand.
If you’re really feeling those after Christmas blues a weekend in Sacramento is what you need! Tanner has been talking about the Global Winter Wonderland since we’ve been back, so you know it’s a hit!
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