Stroll through the rose garden or enjoy the expansive space for sports and picnicking.. The Scene Soccer fields, baseball fields and basketball courts mix with plenty of open lawn for volleyball, relaxing barbecues and picnic tables. The famous rose gardens are required viewing, as are the ducks in the lovely lake. The jogging trail running the perimeter of the park is a big attraction; runners share it with power walkers, a plenitude of pooches and an occasional tricycle. The swimming pool is open to the public with plenty of lifeguards to handle the summer crowds. Or avoid the sun altogether by heading inside the McKinley Park public library for a peaceful afternoon between the stacks.
When to Go Early morning and late evening are the best--unless of course you're talking about mid-August in Sacramento, when those are the only times it's crowded. The rest of the amenities are so plentiful that most any time is good.