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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. The 23-mile Parkway runs from Hazel Avenue and the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, west to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers - from the historic Gold Rush and Maidu Indian sites through lush riparian and oak woodlands. The parkway also offers opportunities for nearby golf, guided natural and historic tours, archery, game fields and more. Picnickers and large groups can congregate at several park sites; many picnic areas are available for advanced reservations.
As the American River Parkway's popularity and natural diversity would indicate, there is an endless range of activities awaiting you. 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.
Located just off Highway 50, the Lake Natoma Inn serves as your gateway to the Mother Lode and Sierra Nevada scenic areas. Originally a gold mining town and the site of the first passenger rail system west of the Rockies, the city of Folsom is steeped in a rich and colorful history. Old Town Folsom is a short walking distance from the Lake Natoma Inn. A stroll down historic Sutter Street will take you back in time to the Gold Rush days. Folsom also has miles of preserved wetlands and creeks, bordered by developed trails and rolling hills, with an abundance of beautiful views.
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. 985-7452
Lake Natoma: 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.
Folsom Zoo: 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. 916 985-7347
Shopping: The Folsom Premium Outlets feature more than 80 factory outlets with the finest name-brand merchandise at discount prices. There is also a wide variety of shopping opportunities in Central Folsom, Historic Old Town Folsom and the Lakes Specialty Center.
Bridges: Folsom's 3 bridges are located within walking distance of the hotel. The new 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: A wealth of treasures from the Gold Country's past. 823 Sutter St, Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 985-2702
Folsom Prison Museum: The prison was opened in 1880, California's second correctional facility. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 985-2561
Geikkekan Sake: Tour the brewery, Japanese Gardens and Koi Pond. Self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 985-3111
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. 989-3924
Nimbus Fish Hatchery: Open year-round for fish rearing and educational activities. Fish spawning demonstrations provided during the salmon and steelhead runs. 358-2900
Second Saturday in Historic Folsom: (July 14, August 11, September 8) On the second Saturday of the month, Historic Folsom is vibrant and alive with street performers, an art walk, special tastings, live music and more. Learn more at historicfolsom.org
Folsom Rodeo: For 4 days over the 4th of July holiday, the country's best compete at barrel racing, bull and bronco riding and calf roping, with mutton busting for the kids. Each night ends with a special fireworks show. 985-2698
Taste of Folsom: Each October, great food, microbrews and wine, and live entertainment. Located between the hotel and Historic Folsom. 985-2698
Antique Market: Antique show and sale, 3rd Sunday in April. 985-7452
Peddler's Fair:Antique show and sale, 3rd Sunday in September. 985-7452
Spring Craft Show: Crafts, Food and Entertainment. 1st Sunday in May. 985-7452.
Christmas Craft Show: Old-fashioned holiday favorite. 1st Sunday in December. 985-7452
Folsom Renaissance Fair: The 3rd week of October, the Saint Matthew's Guild of Historical Performers transform Folsom City Park into the quaint city of Newcastle,
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Lake Natoma Inn is surrounded by a wide variety of cultural, entertaining, and outdoor activities throughout the year. Search through our events blog for interesting things to do while vacationing in Folsom, California.
Date posted: 04/09/2013
It’s that time of the year again. Spring is in the air and along with clear skies and warm weather comes Folsom’s annual Spring Antique Fair. The event will take place on the newly renovated Sutter Street on Sunday April 21, 2013 rain or shine...
Date posted: 03/26/2013
Spring has finally arrived in Folsom and what a beautiful season it is! It’s the best time of year to be outdoors and luckily there are a couple great events coming up that will allow you to be under the spring sun mingling with your friends and family while enjoying much of what...
Date posted: 02/14/2013
People who are staying in hotels near Orangevale CA should make a trip to visit Folsom History Museum this February or March. The Museum is operated by the Folsom Historical Society, and home to a collection of artifacts and treasures meaningful to the history of Folsom. Many exhibits feature the...
Date posted: 01/08/2013
Winter is a great season to stay in lodging in Folsom CA and catch a show at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College! Read below for some of the hot picks for the upcoming season!
Date posted: 12/14/2012
January is a great month to watch a show in Folsom, with the chilly weather outside! If you’re staying in Folsom CA lodging next month, head over to Sutter Street Theatre to catch one of the two performances below! You can buy tickets online here or by calling 916-353-1001. Off Broadway tickets...
Date posted: 11/21/2012
If you’re staying in hotels in Folsom CA for the holidays, why not see a show at the Three Stages at Folsom Lake College to get into the holiday spirit? The College offers a variety of shows all year but some of its most popular shows run around Christmas. Read below for more details!