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!
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
A kids play paradise based on classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Every July the rodeo comes to town, complete with a spectacular fireworks display.
This charming zoo is just the right size.
Funderland Amusement Park
Children’s amusement rides located in William Land Park
Stretch your neck before you go - the screen is BIG
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.
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.
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’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
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
Central to Sacramento’s history and the history of the Gold Rush - from the 1800’s. Very cool.
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.
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
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
Here are 44 golf courses within 45 minutes of Sacramento - we have great golf weather
Our 32 mile bike trail along the American River could not be a better place to hike.
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
17 Mile Drive, Carmel
The beautiful homes and landscapes are famous
The former penitentiary is now a fascinating day trip tour
Amador County Wine Tasting
41 wineries in the Sierra foothill gold country
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.
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
Just two hours away, with snow skiing, summer vacationing, hiking and a jewel of a lake
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.