The 10 Best Things to Do in Folsom, United States

July 22, 2017 Timmy Ribble

Folsom is a city in Sacramento County, California, United States. It is commonly known for Folsom Prison, Folsom Prison Blues and Folsom Lake. The population was 72,203 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Folsom

1. Harris Center

10 College Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630-6798 +1 916-608-6888
Excellent
82%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 132 reviews

Harris Center

Reviewed By Russell H

The Harris Center is an incredible facility! The design, acoustics, and staff are amazing. Parking is easy and plentiful. Having attended musicals, plays, and concerts, the facility and performances are top tier.

2. Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

403 Stafford St, Folsom, CA 95630-2643 +1 916-351-3527
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

Reviewed By deanosan48 - Pleasant Hill, California

Fun with Henry the bear was an excellent outing by having our young grandkids to enjoy with.
Unfortunately the zoo was in a repair condition and we didn’t get to see all of the animals however the reduced rate made it very bearable .

Will certainly return in the future

3. Sutter St.

Folsom, CA +1 916-353-1001
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Sutter St.

This historical area is a pleasant spot to spend the day.

Reviewed By Vince F - Folsom, California

I live here in Folsom and I visit the "Old Town" area, along Sutter street several times a month. There is always something new and exciting to do. They have quite a few interesting shops, great dining, group activities, family events and City sponsored festivals. There is ample parking one block to the north, and a relatively new parking garage near the train turn-table. My favorites are the craft fairs, the farmers markets, and the frequent gathering of friends at eating and drinking places along the street.

4. Lake Natoma

Folsom, CA
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Lake Natoma

This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

Reviewed By Steve F - Columbia, South Carolina

Just jumped in the COLD but clean and clear water for a refreshing break. Lots of little spots along the lake to enjoy. We walked from our hotel and there are walkways and bike paths all along the side. Just lovely.

5. Folsom Prison Museum

Between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA +1 916-985-2561
Excellent
37%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Folsom Prison Museum

The museum contains various exhibitions, including descriptions of executions and mugshots.

Reviewed By Angela B - Trenton, Georgia

When I booked our hotel I got excited and checked to see if it had if this was where the Folsom Prison was Museum was small but had alot of neat stuff and a lot of Johnny Cash Stuff I Loved it

6. Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

7806 Auburn-Folsom Road, Folsom, CA 95630 +1 916-988-0205
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

This park offers everything: a huge lake for all sorts of water activities and nature trails for hiking, walking and horseback riding.

Reviewed By robgriffith5365 - Auburn, California

Dog loved it, though occasional ranger will give ticket if dog not on leash. Lake water was clear along edges (not like in summer when boat wakes churn up mud). Rock formations to climb (boulder) on near North end of road from Douglas Blvd entrance.

7. Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

9980 Greenback Ln, Folsom, CA 95630-2117 +1 916-988-0205
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Reviewed By EffStop - Meadow Vista, California

A late 19th century artifact turned int a State Park. Well done visitor center and exhibits. Friendly staff. Mid-week off season you might have the place to yourself. Mostly staffed by volunteers who are very well versed & respective of your desires. We went for photography & were left to photo as we desired. Tripods were not an issue as long as we didn't interfere with other visitors.

8. Folsom Historical Museum

823 Sutter St, Folsom, CA 95630-2440 +1 916-985-2707
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Folsom Historical Museum

This museum houses a number of artifacts and documents on the social and cultural history of the region.

Reviewed By Lisa Y - El Cerrito, California

If you’re touring Sutter Street/Folsom Old Town, an experience I recommend, buy a combination ticket and walk through both this museum and the one across the street, charmingly called the Museum of Wonder and Delight; the tickets are inexpensive, and neither museum will use up much time. The Museum of Wonder and Delight houses an eccentric collection of toys and dolls arranged in dioramas.

The Historical Museum features costumes, tools, and other items from the town’s Gold Rush days, plus some enjoyably quirky features: the restroom is inside a mock-up jail cell, for instance, and one of the displays has three odd items whose purposes the friendly woman at the front counter dared my husband and me to guess (we failed). The museum also has a room devoted to rotating special exhibits; when we visited, it displayed samples of other eccentric collections (masks, kachina dolls, old bridal gowns, fancy shoes….), which I actually found more interesting than the historical displays.

9. Folsom Premium Outlets

13000 Folsom Blvd, Folsom, CA 95630-8001 +1 916-985-0312
Excellent
15%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
43%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 58 reviews

Folsom Premium Outlets

Folsom Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. You're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round.

Reviewed By pkpuri - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice outlet with plenty of shops. The only problem is that they tend to be small outlets which limits the amount of stock they hold. You really have to look at what they have on display.

We found the staff very friendly and helpful. Bought items in Tommy Hilfiger. Went to Van Heusen and got a discount voucher for Tommy Hilfiger. Went back to Tommy Hilfiger and they happily put the discount through. Fantastic service.

Small food court which was OK for fast food. Clean and reasonable seating.

Been in larger outlets so Folsom is reasonable.

10. Beals Point

7806 Folsom Auburn Rd, Folsom, CA 95630-1717 +1 916-988-0205
Excellent
23%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Beals Point

Three beaches in the Folsom State Recreation Area.

Reviewed By Steve R - Roseville, California

There's many access points to Folsom Lake but Beal's Point and Granite Bay State Parks are the 2 popular sun and water spots. Where Granite Bay is a little busier and a younger crowd (still lots of families), Beal's Point is geared toward get togethers, families, fishing and play.

There's also day and overnight camping.

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