Things To Do Around Sacramento

Fun is all around!

 

Sacramento is an exciting place to live.  Our claim to fame is we are two hours from everything - San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the Gold Country, the Wine Country, snow skiing, and scuba diving. But we have our own jewels right here.  Downtown Sac is bursting with eclectic shops, theaters, museums and an historic old town along the banks of the Sacramento River.  Hiking, biking, boating, basketball, baseball and soccer fill our leisure time.

 

SCROLL DOWN for some of our best including Fun Things To Do, Recreation, Museums, and Day Trips.

FUN THINGS TO DO

 

Arboretum - UC Davis

    100 acres of beautiful gardens and walking trails adjoining UC Davis

B Street Theater

    Contemporary productions and modern classics, in a small stage setting.

California State Fair

Every July - with animals, rodeo, jugglers, deep fried twinkies and of course the HYPNOTIST!

Delta Touring

    1000 miles of waterways to explore, between Sacramento and San Francisco Bay

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

    Environmental and cultural education with miles of walking trails on the American River Parkway.

Fair Oaks Theatre Festival

    For live theater under the stars in the Fair Oaks Amphitheatre

Fairytale Town

    A kids play paradise based on classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

Folsom Rodeo

    Every July the rodeo comes to town, complete with a spectacular fireworks display.

Folsom Zoo

    This charming zoo is just the right size.

Funderland Amusement Park

    Children’s amusement rides located in William Land Park

IMAX Theater

    Stretch your neck before you go - the screen is BIG

Music Circus

    Since the 1950s we have been enjoying live theater under the circus tent.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery

    The salmon climbing the fish ladder as they return twice a year to lay their eggs is breathtaking.

Old City Cemetary

    This is beautiful to explore, with magnificent headstones from the gold rush era.

River Cats Baseball

    They’re our Triple A affiliates of the San Francisco Giants

Sacramento Music Festival

    Held every Memorial Day Weekend in Old Sac, with Jazz, Blues, Latin, Zydego, & more.

Sacramento Zoo

    Lions, tigers, and bears - Oh My!  In William Land Park

Sandhill Crane Festival

    Every November you can watch thousands of sandhill cranes land for the evening in Elk Grove.

Segway Tours

    They bill themselves as Hysterical History specialists.  

Sutter Street Theater

    This is so fun - a tiny live theater on the main historic street of Folsom.

 

CULTURAL EVENTS AND MUSEUMS

 

Aerospace Museum of California

Civilian and military aircraft, with fighters, trainers, transports and bi-planes.  It’s all here.

California Indian Museum

Downtown at 26th and K

California Museum

California’s history and culture, including California’s Remarkable Women

California Automobile Museum

The history of cars and California culture - over 150 or them.

Crocker Art Museum

A leading California Art museum since 1885

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center

Full of interactive displays and exhibits.

Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park

Beautiful Victorian, built in 1877, now a park museum.

Leland Stanford Mansion Museum

This 19,000 sf Victorian mansion has had a $22M restoration - it’s stunning.

Mondavi Center for Performing Arts

    World class music and arts performances at this state of the art center at UC Davis

Railroad Museum

Lots of big metal machines from our railroad history.   Really fascinating and visual.

State Capitol Museum

The site of our state government, the capitol is very cool, with a good museum,

beautiful grounds, a Veteran’s memorial, and trees from around the world.

Sacramento History Museum

For Sacramento’s History - in Old Sacramento

Sutter’s Fort

Central to Sacramento’s history and the history of the Gold Rush - from the 1800’s. Very cool.

Sacramento Ballet

Everything from the yearly Nutcracker to the classics.

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

The beautiful concerts they produce are fabulous.

Strauss Festival of Elk Grove

    This sounds great - every July

William Land Park

    Sacramento’s largest park, with Fairytale Town, the Zoo and lots more.

 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

American River

    Boating, fishing, hiking, white water rafting, swimming, kayaking - there is so much to do.

American River Parkway

     for information on our glorious Parkway, bordering the American River

Biking -Bike Trail along the American River

    Biking in a natural setting is unsurpassed in Sacramento.

California International Marathon - CIM

    World class runners converge in December, through the streets from Folsom to Old Sac

Climbing - Granite Arch, Sacramento Pipeworks, and Davis’s Rocknasium

    These will prepare you for the real stuff in the Sierras and Yosemite.

CSUS Aquatic Center

    Sailing, kayaking, canoeing, crew - it’s all available at the Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma

Folsom Lake

    Swimming, boating, sailing, horseback riding - a beautiful lake with beaches and a marina

Folsom Lake Yacht Club

    Organizes sailing races and regattas on Folsom Lake, and offers youth sailing instruction

Golf Courses

    Here are 44 golf courses within 45 minutes of Sacramento -  we have great golf weather

Hiking

    Our 32 mile bike trail along the American River could not be a better place to hike.

Kings Basketball

    Love our Sacramento Kings NBA team

RPM Cart Racing

    Strap on your helmet have a blast racing on 3 indoor go cart tracks.  It’s a blast.

Soccer - Sacramento Republic FC

    They came on with a bang their first season here

Whitewater Rafting Tours

    The American River provides terrific rafting

 

DAY TRIPS

 

17 Mile Drive, Carmel

The beautiful homes and landscapes are famous    

Alcatraz Island

    The former penitentiary is now a fascinating day trip tour

Amador County Wine Tasting

    41 wineries in the Sierra foothill gold country

Apple Hill

    50 ranches growing and creating every type of apple concoction imaginable

Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco

    20,000 marine animals and 300 feet of tunnels in San Francisco Bay

Auburn Hiking Trails

    Auburn offers tremendous hiking in the two converging river canyons.

Big Sur

    90 miles of unbelievable coastline through redwoods, rugged cliffs and beaches.

Calaveras Big Trees

    1.5 hours from Sacramento are giant sequoia redwood trees and 5 mile walking trail

Cave & Mine Tours

    I was shocked by how awesome my first cave tour was.  Don’t miss out.

Exploratorium, San Francisco

    Explore science, art and human perception in a fun zaney way.

Hiking within 60 miles

    There are 60 hikes to choose from within 60 miles of Sacramento

Lake Tahoe

    Just two hours away, with snow skiing, summer vacationing, hiking and a jewel of a lake

Napa Valley

    Whether wine tasting, biking, shopping, or enjoying the scenery, Napa is awesome.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    1.5 hours away in Vallejo are thrill rides, animal encounters and entertainment.

Squaw Valley Cable Car Ride

    Whisks you 2,000 vertical feet to the top of Squaw Valley where you can ice skate or enjoy the view.

Yosemite National Park

    Jaw droppingly spectacular, and about 4 hours from Sacramento - you can do it in a day.


 


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