Summertime means longer days, warmer nights, sand in between your toes and afternoons at the beach. Just because we live in the Sacramento valley doesn’t mean we can’t spend our summer days lounging at the beach! Just 30 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, you can be building sand castles with your family at Beal’s Point on Folsom Lake, in Granite Bay!
I have lived around the Sacramento area most of my life, and I have never visited Beal’s Point until just recently…and what a shame!
Beal’s Point is a great place for kids and families, with all the amenities for a fun-filled summer day. Conveniently located off of Auburn-Folsom Boulevard, they offer a sandy beach; buoyed swim area and lifeguards are on site to help ease the “mama worries”. For an all-day, family event, they have shaded and grassy areas with barbecue pits, picnic tables and restrooms and even a snack bar. My kids were happy to get an ice-cold sweet treat at the snack bar after a long day of playing in the sand!
You can spend the day building sand castles and swimming in the lake, or you can rent rafts, paddle boards, pedal boats and kayaks on site.
Summer hours for Beal’s point are 6am to 9pm. If you are feeling adventurous, you can pack a tent and spend the night in their campground (reservations are required).
Park fees are only $12 per vehicle. So, when you are thinking about spending the day at the beach, you don’t have to book a flight to San Diego, you can just pack up the car and head to Granite Bay for some family fun in the sun!
By Heather Crivellone