In the city of Sacramento,CA there are many fun things for families to do. As residents of a quiet neighboring county, my family is always looking for fun daytrips that are kid friendly, and on this particular day we happened to pay a visit to Funderland Amusement Park.
Funderland is a small amusement park with nine rides geared towards small children. Your children must be at least 2 years old to ride on any of the rides at the park, and most rides will allow a child of 42 inches or taller to ride unaccompanied. There are 3 exceptions on which your child must be 48 inches or taller to ride unaccompanied. Funderland’s rides are your standard carnival fare: There is a carousel, a pint-sized rollercoaster called the Dragon Coaster, a log ride with a minimal splash at the end, spinning tea-cups, an octopus ride for very small children, an airplane ride, a miniature Matterhorn ride called the Himalaya that runs forward and then backwards, a ride called Back Road Buggies in which the children “drive” an old style buggy car around a track, and the Funderland Train which carries riders on a scenic trip around the park and even goes through a tunnel.
Our boys’ resounding favorite ride was the Dragon Coaster, called so because of its colorful dragon head in the front and cars fashioned to look like dragon bodies. On the last car was a dragon tail. It has only one “scary” part, a mild drop followed by a fun and fast circle turn, which made it friendly to even the smallest kids on board. A very close second favorite was the airplanes. They have levers inside so the child can control whether the plane goes up high for a thrilling ride or rides low to the ground if that feels safer to your child.
It was a hot day, but there was plenty of shade for waiting parents to stand in while cheering for their kids on the rides. There were several drinking fountains throughout the Funderland grounds, but the one most centrally located was not working the day of our visit. There is one concession stand which sells your basic carnival-type foods such as corn dogs, cotton candy, sno-cones, pretzels, sodas, and bottled water. As with most amusement parks, the food stuff is a bit expensive. And we found it odd that the only restrooms were located conveniently close by but outside the Funderland gates.
There is no park entrance fee and ride tickets cost $1.50 each ($1.75 on weekends) or $13.50 for a wristband allowing unlimited riding throughout the park on week days only. If you’re paying per ticket it is helpful to know that each ride takes only one ticket per rider. Funderland also offers birthday party packages at quite reasonable rates. Another bonus is that the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town are within walking distance, as is a pony ride and the beautiful Land Park. We visited on a weekday and parking was not unreasonable.
Something to consider before planning a trip to Funderland is that the park is aimed at young children aged 2 to 12. Depending on the size of your older child, he may or may not enjoy the park, as the rides are definitely sized for much younger children and would not be considered very exciting to children on the older end of that age spectrum. Our 10 year old was bored by a few of the rides but was a super sport for the benefit of his 5 year old brother who thought Funderland was the bees’ knees! Don’t go expecting to ride the rides with your child as average sized adults would not fit on most of the rides.
Funderland is located at 1350 17th Avenue in Sacramento, on the corner of Sutterville Road and South Land Park Drive. If you frequently Google directions for trips, don’t trust it on this place! Google sent us driving up and down the one way streets of downtown Sacramento in this instance and we ended up calling the park for directions!
Overall, going to Funderland was a fun and reasonably inexpensive daytrip for both the kids and for us parents. In fact the kids are already bugging us to go back! And we probably will!