The Heart of the Gold Country

Family Fun & Kid Stuff

Family Fun & Kid Stuff
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Families find it easy to play in Amador County. Events are often free and work well for adults and kids. Car shows, chili cook-offs, big wheels rides, Halloween events, parades, plays, and concerts in the park.

For less structure, there are playgrounds at beautiful parks, creeks, lakes, municipal swimming pools, disc golf and county fair. Amador County appeals to multiple generations with a broad range of outdoor, year-round activities and free or affordable events.

The Amador Whitney Museum exists to promote an interest in the history and culture of the Mother Lode region among both residents and visitors. It will do this with particular emphasis on the contributions and experiences of women who have lived in the Mother Lode, from the distant past to the present day.

You are invited to take a trip back in time on the ghost trails adventure!

Go on a scavenger hunt through the historic Pine Grove, Aqueduct and Volcano cemeteries. Use your map to find specific cemeteries on the adventure and the headstones that match people in the short stories of pioneers, their journey west and settling in Amador County. This is a great family activity!

Packets are $10 each, available at the ACRA office.You order tickets over the phone, paying by credit card and we will email your packets.

Golden Valley Camp is designed to support your programs or to provide programming that will meet the needs of your group.
 
They can accommodate up to a hundred campers. Their eleven cabins are appropriately clustered and separated to meet your needs for lodging and supervision of mixed gender groups.
 
Miles of hiking trails, fun recreational options, and many opportunities to get alone with God on their beautiful wooded property.
 
Golden Valley Camp
22500 Barone Road
P.O. Box 84
 
Lakeside sites at Pennisula Campgroud. Lake and hillside sites at Blue Oaks Campground. Secluded hillside camping at the Eagle Beach "Boat-In" Campcround.  Open shoreline campsites in Primitive Campground.  Four group campsites with amenities including barbecues, tables, water, hot showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Turkey Hill Equestrian/Group Campground adjacent to the Mokelumne Coast to CrestTrail.
 
Ask about Packages, Specials and the Annual Pass Program.
 
Eight 1-bedroom and one 2-bedroom Cottages sit on rolling hills with mature trees and lake views.  Three 4-bedroom Triplexes great for family groups of 10-12.  Three single room Motel rooms with deck furniture to enjoy the lake view.
 
Ask about Packages, Specials and the Annual Pass Program.
 
Lake Camanche Resort - North Shore
2000 Camanche Road
Ione, CA 95640
(209) 763-5121 or (866) 763-5121
 

Miners' Bend is an amazing historical display of gold-mining artifacts from the Argonaut, Sutter, and other gold mines.

Along with the mining artifacts, the new park will have informative plaques, picnic benches, trees and “Chinese” rock walls lining the park. The mining artifacts are from our colorful past, most of which have been donated by our local Amador County mines and other generous donors.

Pipi Valley is a great place for riding Off Road Vehicles, camping, picnicing hiking and fishing. Fun for the whole family.  The area is part of the Eldorado National Forest along the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.  Historically, the native Miwok people of northern California used to camp in this region in summertime.
 
PiPi Picnic Area
The PiPi Picnic Area is located at the entrance to PiPi Campground along the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River and offers great fishing and swimming opportunities.

Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.

Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old gold mining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessible only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine and can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.
 

Train Park is the home of the famous Iron Ivan. Old No.7 was the last steam locomotive to operate over the Amador Central Railroad between Ione and Martell. Originally built for the Mc Cloud River Railroad in 1901, it is a Baldwin 2-6-2 number 8 Prairie type locomotive and is a fine example of one of the early steam locomotives produced by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

The park provides a play structure, swings, and picnic tables

Train Park
1 Main Street
Ione, CA
(behind City Hall)