Folsom welcomes visitors with amazing recreational opportunities, terrific dining experiences, endless entertainment, top-rated schools and a wide array of shopping options.
The very nature of Folsom is distinctive, with many natural amenities that provide a playground for year-round recreational enthusiasts whether on land or on water. The waters of the American River are crystal clear and feed into Folsom Lake, providing fresh water for the region and amazing opportunities for water sports, recreation or peaceful relaxation. The American River, Folsom Lake, and Lake Natoma frame the city and play host to boaters, water skiers, jet skiers, paddle boarders, kayakers, swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts. Residents enjoy over 43+ miles of paved trails, highlighting some of the city’s beauty as they meander along creeks and streams, through open space, wildlife habitats and woodlands.
Folsom is a dream come true for cyclists and mountain bikers. Enjoy a short local road bike ride along the American River, along the shores of Lake Natoma, along Folsom Crossing and the Folsom Dam, or up to Beal’s Point overlooking Folsom Lake. Adventure further on trails that connect to the Gold Country foothills. For the mountain biker, the Folsom area won’t disappoint with its nationally-renowned mountain biking trails. The Folsom community is masterfully planned with nearly every home in the city being within a half-mile of a park. Folsom’s 46 parks thrive with an almost limitless activity range with every sport you can imagine; tennis, baseball and T-ball, softball, football, soccer, track and field, cricket, lacrosse and many more.
If you are seeking adventure beyond the city limits, you will find multiple options for day trips to Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Francisco and many of the Napa Valley and Sierra foothill wineries.
Points of interest in the City’s Civic Center include the Folsom Community Center, Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary (ranked a regional treasure), the Folsom Public Library, the Gallery at 48 Natoma, the Folsom Senior Center, sports fields, a picnic area and gazebo, and more.
The rich history of the City of Folsom is marked by the '49ers during the great California Gold Rush. Folsom was the site of the world's first long-distance electricity transmission and the West's first railroad. At the Folsom History Museum you can learn about the Pony Express, the pioneers who settled here, the gold prospectors from the Gold Rush, the Chinese who built the railroads, the Maidu Indians who first lived here, the origins of Folsom Prison, and how Johnny Cash ended up singing the “Folsom Prison Blues”.
The Historic District, with its amazing architecture, is a sight to behold, especially at night. It is home to a number of museums proudly hosted by the Folsom Historical Society, including the Folsom Pioneer Village and the Museum of Wonder & Delight. Just up the road from Sutter Street, at the Folsom Prison Museum, visitors may hear stories of prisoners and their guards from a retired prison guard.
Today Folsom is also a city looking forward, a high-tech hub for small to large corporations such as Intel, Mercy Hospitals, California ISO, Paychex and more.
Folsom is host to excellent schools. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District is highly-rated and operates 15 schools in the city, including Folsom High School and Vista del Lago High School, both recognized by U.S. News and World Report on the Best High Schools list.
The City of Folsom is always bursting with activity offering something for everyone. Annual community events include Concerts in the Park, a Run with Nature, Folsom Live, the Folsom Rodeo, a Renaissance Faire, and a Spring Eggstravaganza.
From the latest cinema to live local theater, and everything in between, Folsom has it all. On the campus of Folsom Lake Community College, the Harris Center hosts hundreds of events every year. There isn't a bad seat in the house for concerts, off-Broadway Theater, and many other acts that come to town.
Folsom has many friendly merchants offering that perfect item you won't find anywhere else. The Historic District is home to numerous unique merchants including one-of-a-kind boutiques. The Palladio Shopping Center at Broadstone and the Folsom Premium Outlets set the pace with all of the national trends.
Folsom is home to plenty of hotels that offer comfortable and convenient lodging for any Folsom adventure you may plan. Gift packages are often available at the front desk.
Named the “Best place to raise a family in California,” (WalletHub), Folsom’s 72,000+ culturally diverse residents range from young families to active retirees. They take great pride in the safety and sense of community that the city provides.
(sources: www.folsom.ca.us; www.visitfolsom.com)
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