5 spring activities in the Sacramento region: Wildflowers, train rides and farmers markets

The gloomy skies and rain might not show it but the spring season is officially here in Sacramento.

According to weather experts, the string of rain will eventually taper off by April, which means you can enjoy what the region has to offer this season soon.

See the top things you and your loved ones can do this springtime.

Farmers’ markets

Sacramento has several farmers’ markets in the area where you can find local produce, vegetables, flowers and other farm-to-fork goods.

Some of the farmers’ markets you’ll find from Sacramento to Folsom include:

Wildflower blooms

With the copious amount of rain that drenched the Northern California region this year, wildflowers are expected to bloom.

You can find large blooms in the Sierra foothills starting March, according to The Bee’s report. You might spot them at some Northern California parks too, such as South Yuba River State Park in Nevada County, which is hosting wildflower walks, and Stevens Trailhead in Colfax.

Rose gardens

Sacramento’s climate is perfect for roses, the President of the Sacramento Rose Society told The Bee. And it’s likely you’ll stumble by a rose garden if you take a walk around downtown.

The best time to find roses in full bloom is in April and you can try these spots to see them:

Train rides

For the 40th year, you can go aboard the California State Railroad Museum’s Excursion train ride.

The ride lasts 50 minutes and you can enjoy views of the Sacramento River. The train will run from March to June.

Coach tickets start at:

  • Adults: $15

  • Youth (6-17): $8

  • Child (Under 6): Free

  • Members: Free

First class tickets start at:

  • Adults: $25

  • Youth (6-17): $18

  • Child (Under 6): Free

  • Member Adult: $12

  • Member Youth: $9

  • Member Child: Free

Pet-friendly trails

You can enjoy the warm season and sun by taking a hike at one of the many trails in the area.

On these trails you can bird watch, take in scenic views, spot wildflowers and roam with rabbits and deer.

Some are also dog-friendly, so you can bring your best friend with you. They include:

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