Here's a different kind of Mother's Day gift: a leisurely train ride behind a vintage locomotive. These 40-minute, six mile excursions along the Sacramento River start and end in Old Sacramento. Passengers can ride in open-air gondolas cars with bench seating or closed coaches with more comfortable seats. Moms who ride on Sunday receive a complimentary Decadent Double Fudge Dipped Cake Pop (while supplies last). Tickets may be purchased Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:30.
Saturday is National Train Day. In celebration excursion rides will be pulled by two streamlined diesel locomotives: Southern Pacific 6051 and Western Pacific 913.
What: Excursion Train Rides on Mother's Day!
Where: Trains depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, Front Street between J and K Streets in Old Sacramento
When: May 13. Departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under. $15 for first class tickets aboard the El Dorado observation car.
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Granite Rock No. 10 is one of the historic locomotives that pull excursion trains through Old Sacramento. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum