Welcome to Folsom
Family-oriented town dripping with gold rush history
Adorable vintage homes and family friendly developments dot the charming streets of Folsom, an affluent community known for its breathtaking natural scenery, beautiful bridges, and miles upon miles of bike trails. Its position on the Folsom Lake and Sacramento River plunges residents in the heart of exciting outdoor activities. With 260+ sunny days a year and lush parks to boot, people who choose this city always find it hard to leave.
Originally occupied by gold miners in search of their fortune in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the city was named in honor of Joseph Libbey Folsom, who developed the town after purchasing a ranch from heirs of a San Francisco merchant. Afterward, he lobbied for a railway to connect the town to Sacramento.
Over the years, families have been drawn to Folsom for its excellent schools, vibrant town events, and welcoming community feel. Its historic downtown district features a weekend pedestrian promenade, which is walkable from most homes and offers a variety of shopping and dining, as well as a museum.
What to Love
- Outdoor fun galore
- Charming downtown
- Architecturally splendid bridges
- Top-rated schools
- Rich in history
- Vibrant arts, exciting events, and a zoo
Folsom's recreational bounties do not just make it a fantastic place to reside, but also a great vacation destination, and residents certainly know how to use this to their advantage. With trails to explore, rivers to swim, and parks to stroll, many people prefer spending their days outdoors, reveling in the warm California sunshine while performing their favorite hobbies. Convenient to everything and with a welcoming charm, Folsom is perfect for parents looking to raise their kids in an excellent school zone.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Explore Old Town Folsom
, where restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues are set within charming historical buildings. From ice cream shops to bakeries, wine tasting rooms, and intercontinental restaurants offering classy menus, historic Folsom has got it all!
Step into Escape Folsom
, and lose yourself in the intimate ambiance and taste of fabulous cocktails paired with cheese trays or spinach salad, or come eat like the British in The Fat Rabbit Public House
, serving such delights such as scotch egg, Shepherd's pie, and Guinness draughts!
Sutter Street Steakhouse
is a classy spot for a prime rib-eye and black Angus cut served with yummy chops, hearty desserts, and an extensive wine and cocktail list. There's no end to steakhouse galore in Folsom, and Land Ocean
brings the teriyaki top sirloin and seafood enthusiast even more variety. Visit Palladio
to browse high-end retailers and enjoy a family feast of south Italian fare at Visconti’s
, beloved for serving meals in a warm, traditional space with patio seating.
Things to Do
Perhaps you'd love to dig up historical nuggets on the town's Gold Rush history at Folsom History Museum
or take to the trails on your bike for a brilliant Sunday morning spent outdoors. Whatever your interest, Folsom's got you covered!
At the base of the Sierra foothills where Folsom Lake
and the recreation area surrounding it lie, locals will always be found hiking, biking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, boating, water-skiing, and throwing picnics with family and friends. Are you a music aficionado? Then summertime Wednesdays invite you to transcendental Concerts at the Palladio
, where you should absolutely dance the nights away without a care in the world! Come say "hi!" to the tigers, bears, and lovely animals at Folsom Zoo
, and if wild rodeo action is your thing, come experience some fun at the popular Folsom Pro Rodeo
, offering high-flying motocross, mutton busting, nightly fireworks, a silver dollar dig for kids under eight to hit the jackpot, and so many more exciting events to ensure no one in the family is left out.
Folsom is served by the highly-rated Folsom Cordova Unified School District,
renowned for the engaging curricula and outstanding education provided to students. Some of the city's top educational institutions include: