15 Best Things To Do in Sacramento, California

Remember the California Gold Rush in 1849? People flocked to California and in the dream of not-so-easy but fast money. That brought the idea of California Dream into existence. People began to flock to California to realize their dreams. It came to be known as a symbol of good luck and hope!

The gold rush gave a phenomenal boost to California’s economy, and Sacramento, the capital city of California, began to make progress in its development. Now, Sacramento is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world thanks to the wonderful attractions there. Want a list, catch up the best places to visit in Sacramento here!

Let's explore Sacramento points of interest and 15 best things to do in Sacramento:

1. Enjoy a bicycle ride on the American River Bicycle Trail

We thought that since normal people generally start their day with a nice jog or bike ride, so would you. The American River Bicycle Trail is almost a traffic free area. The trail weaves around the city in a 32-mile length. And all along the trail, there is some beautiful scenery that stays alongside you. A good way to start the day and a good way to start your Sacramento tour!

2. Visit US’s largest rail museum- The California Railroad Museum

The railways have always enchanted people! And now there are places where we pay homage to these iron giants. The California Railroad Museum is very famous because it holds the distinction of being North America’s largest railroad museum. It has some exquisite exhibitions which are a treat to watch! Be sure to make this a top priority on your list.

3. Witness Art from various parts of the world at Crocker Art Museum

Sharing the honor of being one of the first museums in the US, the Crocker Art Museum is California’s best art museum. With artifacts ranging from exquisite Californian art to those of European, Asian, African and even Oceanic origin, the range is endless. The gift shops are good too. This is a definite place to go. 

4. Know more about Sacramento’s history at Sutter’s Fort

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This place has a well-recorded history in the sheets of Sacramento. Sutter’s Fort had been the centre of activity before the Gold Rush. However, after that, it somehow got abandoned. Now, it has been reinstated to its former glory as it had. A beautiful place to visit with a rich history, if you are going to visit Sacramento in the near time, you must pay this abandoned fort a visit.

5. Take your kids to Sacramento Zoo

It is not of the likes of the Singapore zoo that you need at least 2 days to properly see it. It is just the perfect size of a zoo that can be visited in a day. There are scheduled presentations and some activities that are fun for both children and adults alike. Free on an afternoon, especially when the kids are pestering you? This is the place to hit!

6. Visit The California State Capitol Museum

This is the heart of Sacramento that pumps the ideals of history and culture into the young blood of today’s generation. The California State Capitol Museum is a perfect architecture in itself, and the surrounding park adorns the crown. There are guided tours, and if you wish to go on your own, you can do that too. Go visit with your kids and trust us it would be a treat! 

7. Enjoy a show at B Street Theatre

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The B Street Theatre has carved a name for itself and transformed itself into a brand that the people of Sacramento look up to. B Street Theatre has some excellent set of actors and receives great appreciations from critics, who for the record, revisit time to time. It is a gem that must not be left unseen!

8. See Vintage Cars at California Automobile Museum

For a museum that began with 5 people chipping in $100 each, it has come a long way. Founded in 1982, California Automobile Museum showcases a large collection of cars dating from the 1900’s to the present day. With the opportunity to sit inside the cars and get your photo clicked, it is a very good venture and especially if you are a car fanatic!

9. Visit The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

The icon of Sacramento, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is situated quite close to the Capitol. In fact, Sacramento is named after this church itself, in its Spanish translation. The Cathedral features on this list because of its architecture and the identity it has in the roots of Sacramento. It is as ornately decorated on the outside as its walls and ceilings on the inside. The best part is the feeling of warmth and safety it instills in you. A must-visit place indeed. 

10. Visit The California Museum

Does it ever occur to you that you feel low? Although we believe that something like this cannot befall upon you while you are in Sacramento, The California Museum would be the place to go! The California Museum records the Hall of Famers in California, and while you’ll browse through the listings, you are sure to fill up with confidence and energy. And that’s not all; there is also a section that is devoted to the Native Americans. Be sure to go there and pay a visit.

11. Know about the lives of American Indians at California State Indian Museum

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The California State Indian Museum opened its gates to the public in 1940. The museum focuses on the life of American Indians and how they used to live. A lot many traditional and arcane objects can be seen on display there, which in fact have been donated by the American Indians. There are shows and presentations organized on a regular basis. This is a unique museum and definitely warrants a visit.

12. Spend time on the Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge or the Sacramento River Bridge is a suspension bridge that has West Sacramento on one end and the Sacramento County in the east on the other end. The bridge was built in 1935, and as of now, the railroads are not allowed to access it for fear of collapse. It is painted gold to remind people of the Gold Rush. It is a good place to get photographs clicked and look at the horizon out there.

13. Enjoy a dive at the Dive Bar

What would you say if you see mermaids and mermen in a bar? Well, had it been after the drinks, it must have been the drinks you’d say. But if it’s before the drinks, let us tell you, it is The Dive Bar! People, disguised as mermaid and merman, swim in huge tanks in front of you while you take a sip of your favourite drink. It is one of the unique experiences in the world. This is a must-visit place.

14. Take your kids to Fairytale Town

Have you ever thought that the fairytale characters could ever come to life? Well at Fairytale Town, they are there! A 2.5-acre lush spread meant for children; it also has a museum area. There are more than 20 play areas where different fairytales come to life. It is an ideal picnic location with children.

15. Enjoy Organic Produce At The Kitchen

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The people of Sacramento believe in the Farm to Fork philosophy. And the people working at Kitchen brought this to life. The Kitchen is a not so economical restaurant, but it can be kept at a side if is to be considered as a one-time affair. With only organic products used, the restaurant has seen nightly sellouts almost every day. It is a must visit place while in Sacramento.

Author: Arundhati Bhand
An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to ...

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  1. Old Sacramento

    # 1 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 557 times in trip plans
    Old Sacramento

    Tags: Landmark

    Address: 1002 2nd St Sacramento, CA 95814

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Old Sacramento is basically a 28 acre National Historic Landmark District that acts as a memento of the glorious past of the city of Sacramento. The whole area is full of various shops, attraction and...Read more

  2. California State Capitol Museum

    # 2 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 297 times in trip plans
    California State Capitol Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The California State Capitol Museum comprises of the State Capitol and the grounds around in it. The State Capitol has been the home of the California Legislature since 1869 and has undergone a series...Read more

  3. Sacramento Zoo

    # 3 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 168 times in trip plans
    Sacramento Zoo

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: 3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Opened in 1927, the Sacramento Zoo, located in William Land Park is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Sacramento. The museum started off from some 40 animals and now currently has over ...Read more

  4. Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

    # 4 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 255 times in trip plans
    Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail

    Tags: Trail

    Address: Sacramento, CA, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Trail is a paved out pathway of almost 51-kilometer length and is used majorly by bicyclists for recreational purposes. It passes through many famous attractions of Sacramento like the Discovery P...Read more

  5. Sutter's Fort

    # 5 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 418 times in trip plans
    Sutter's Fort

    Address: 2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built in 1839, the Sutter’s fort was basically and agricultural and trade colony. A Swiss, John Sutter, was the one who built it and the fort was eventually named after him. In the old days, the...Read more

  6. California Automobile Museum

    # 6 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 280 times in trip plans
    California Automobile Museum Image

    Tags: Museum

    Address: 2200 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The California Automobile Museum was opened to the public back in 1987 and has come out a long way since when it just had a single Montana baker in its collection. Currently there are over 150 classic...Read more

  7. Fairytale Town

    # 7 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 131 times in trip plans
    Fairytale Town

    Tags: Park, Rides

    Address: 3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Fairytale town was opened in 1959 and was dedicated as a gift to the children of the Central Valley by the people of Sacramento. The immense popularity of Disneyland was a prime reason behind the conc...Read more

  8. Cathedral Of The Blessed Sacrament

    # 8 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 558 times in trip plans
    Cathedral Of The Blessed Sacrament

    Tags: Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: 1017 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church, the magnificent Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament has been serving the Sacramento diocese for over 127 years. A religious landmark in the city, this architec...Read more

  9. American River Parkway

    # 9 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 214 times in trip plans
    American River Parkway

    Address: Sacramento, California

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Running along the American River that flows through Sacramento, the American River Parkway is a 37-kilometer-long parkway that houses many boat launching points and small parks as well. Spread across ...Read more

  10. Sleep Train Arena

    # 10 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 145 times in trip plans
    Sleep Train Arena

    Tags: Sport, Arena

    Address: 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento, CA 95834, United States

    Previously known as the ARCO Arena, and then the Power Balance Pavilion, this arena is now called Sleep Train Arena. It is an indoor arena which is the home of the Sacramento Kings of NBA fame. Hostin...Read more

  11. Tower Bridge

    # 11 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 360 times in trip plans
    Tower Bridge

    Tags: Bridge

    Address: Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Built in 1935, the Tower Bridge is a vertical lift bridge that is built across the Sacramento River and is an iconic structure of the city. Initially the bridge was used as a railway bridge and much l...Read more

  12. Sacramento History Museum

    # 12 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 98 times in trip plans
    Sacramento History Museum

    Tags: History Museum

    Address: 101 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Opened in 1985, the Sacramento History Museum is probably the only museum in the United States that focuses on California, Sacramento and California Gold Rush history. The building is an exact reprodu...Read more

  13. Sacramento Convention Center

    # 13 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 106 times in trip plans
    Sacramento Convention Center

    Tags: Convention Center

    Address: 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States

    The Sacramento Convention Center is a huge convention and meeting venue which has 31 meeting rooms, 137,000 square feet of exhibit space and a ballroom. As beautiful the building appears from the outs...Read more

  14. California State Indian Museum

    # 14 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 61 times in trip plans
    California State Indian Museum

    Tags: Museum, History Museum

    Address: 2618 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816, United States

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The California State Indian Museum was opened in 1940 and has been operational for more than 75 years now. The museum is perfect for allowing a sneak peek into the lives and culture of the Native Indi...Read more

  15. Funderland Park

    # 15 of 2055 Things To Do in Sacramento | Added 178 times in trip plans
    Funderland Park

    Tags: Amusement Park, Park, Entertainment

    Address: 1350 17th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95822, United States

    Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Funderland Park was opened in the 1940s and was initially known as Land Park Kiddle Land, until 1984, when it was purchased, remodeled and then renamed to its present – Funderland Park. The ...Read more

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  • Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

    800 N St

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    2701 L St

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    101 I St

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    1020 O St

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    2200 Front St

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    1600 Exposition Blvd

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    1017 Front St

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    1801 L St

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    1415 L St

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    8251 Alpine Ave

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    2730 N St

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    6125 Riverside Blvd

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    411 N 16th St

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    500 Leisure Ln

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    3399 Arden Way

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    9333 Tech Center Dr

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    9529 Folsom Blvd

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    4551 Mack Rd

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    1475 State Highway 16

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    5500 Honor Pkwy

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    3349 E Curtis Dr

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    5699 S Land Park Dr

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    2780 Azevedo Dr

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    3839A Bradshaw Rd

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