It’s summertime in Sacramento, a time to appreciate the countless fun things there are to do in the region. To start, here are our first 20 things to do in Sacramento during the warm weather months (and we’ll cover 20 more in part two of this blog.)
Lucky for us, “summertime” ranges from springtime well into the fall in Sacramento, so how many of these can you check off your summertime bucket list?
- Take the kids to the zoo in Sacramento! There are actually two zoos in the Sacramento region – The Sacramento Zoo located at Land Park Drive and 16th Avenue, and the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary at 403 Stafford St. in Folsom. They both have educational activities and fun events for children – even over night stays with animals! Sacramento Zoo: (916) 808-5888; Folsom Zoo: (916) 351-3527
- If you’re at the zoo in Land Park, you might as well bring the kids to Funderland for amusement park rides or take the younger children to 88-Fairytale Town for a day of imagination and laughs.
- Cool off in the river! One of the best resources Sacramento has to offer is its rivers and waterways, and with not only the Sacramento but American River waiting for you to swim, float, kayak, paddle board and boat, there’s never a shortage of wet and wild fun!
- A fast growing summer tradition is to kick it with the whole family at a Sacramento Republic FC soccer match where you can root enthusiastically for the home team to win another championship and hardcore supporters can even join up with the Tower Brigade Battalion.
- Don’t forget to get your baseball fix by attending a few Sacramento River Cat games at Raley Field in West Sacramento, the nicest minor league park in America!
- If you want to play sports instead of just watch them, join one of the many summertime softball or baseball leagues in Sacramento, flag football, outdoor basketball and ultimate Frisbee rec leagues. Or you can get really serious about your fun in the Sacramento WAKA Kickball league! Find out more at https://www.kickball.com/sacramento
- Take your dog for a walk around your midtown on a beautiful day, or for more exercise (for you and the dog!) head to one of Sacramento’s great dog parks, like Sutter’s Landing Dog Park, Partner Park Dog Park, or Lynn-Robbie Off-Leash Dog Park.
- There are even a good number of dog-friendly cafes, bars and restaurant patios these days, so you can do a “Pup” Crawl to Oak Park Brewing Company, Der Biergarten, Temple Coffee, Cafe Capricho, and more dog-friendly establishments.
- Of course summer is the best time to stroll around Old Town in Sacramento, stopping for a big brunch on the riverside, taking in the shops, bars, cafes, museums, and other Old West attractions, especially during holidays and the many Old Sac festivals.
- While you’re in Old Town, come aboard the legendary Delta King ship. It may be permanently docked in Old Sacramento but you can still enjoy the Pilothouse restaurant, a murder mystery dinner show at Suspects, stay overnight in one of the ship’s staterooms, or just have a drink with friends on the top deck lounge. Go to deltaking.com for more information.
- Screen on the Green features free outdoor movies at various parks around Sacramento during summer months. You can get more information at http://sacscreenonthegreen.com
- Nothing celebrates summer better than ice cream, and if you want a little Sacramento tradition along with your frozen treats, visit Gunther’s for a 50/50, Vic’s for a milkshake, or any neighborhood Rite Aid for a $2 ice cream cone.
- Summer is meant to be spent touring Sacramento on two wheels, so tune up your bicycle and hit the American River Bike Trail for a 26-mile ride from Folsom to Discovery Park, or join one of the man bike groups or bicycle pub crawls that are held during the warm weather months.
- Fun weekends start the moment you get out of work on Friday, as a short drive (or walk) downtown to Cesar Chavez Plaza will kick off the weekend with Concerts in the Park every Friday until July 29. Check out the lineup of bands at http://godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/concerts-in-the-park/
- Second Saturday Art Walks are a summertime tradition in the capital city, as thousands of residents descend on downtown, midtown, and other neighborhoods to sample local artwork and fun. You can go to http://www.2ndsaturdaysacramento.com for more information and schedules.
- If you haven’t gotten your fix of art on Second Saturdays, head to Roseville and Placer for their Third Saturday Art Walks, or Davis for their own ArtAbout on the second Friday of every month.
- The opus of every summer is the 4th of July holiday, and Independence Day is a great time in Sacramento. Line up early to catch the parades that go through the River Park or Arden Park neighborhoods, but the 4th festivities in East Sacramento are second-to-none.
- Take advantage of Sacramento’s ideal location by driving up to gorgeous Lake Tahoe for a day trip – or a whole weekend! Visit the gorgeous beaches at Emerald Bay, Secret Cove, and Sand Harbor and spend the rest of the day on the various mountains, enjoying hiking, biking, gambling, restaurants and drinks with new friends, and enough sunshine and clean air to reinvigorate you for the whole year!
- Stretch and breathe your way to ultimate relaxation with weekend Yoga in the Park in Sacramento. Yoga classes are free (donations welcome) and held at McKinley Park every Saturday and Tahoe Park every Sunday.
- We almost forgot the Sacramento State Fair – a staple of summers in Northern California! For about two weeks every July you can check out the rides, amazing bands, displays and shows, nightly fireworks, and of course plenty of creatively fried foods. For information on this year’s State Fair and band lineup, go to http://www.castatefair.org/home/
Check out part two of this blog where we’ll cover 20 more fun things to do during summer time in Sacramento!