In part one of this blog, we covered our first 20 things to do in Sacramento during the summer. Since the summer is halfway over, here are our next twenty to keep you plenty busy and entertained! Let us know which of these are your favorite, and if we missed any!
1. If you’re into yoga, there are plenty of places to downward dog and sun salutation to your hearts content in Sacramento, but one of our favorites is the yoga class held every Saturday at 9 AM at Soil Born Farm. Enjoy an outdoor yoga class in their ampitheater and pick up some organic produce at the farm stand there!
2. On a sizzling summer day there’s nothing better than cooling off at a waterpark all day! So head to Raging Waters on the Cal Expo fairgrounds for rides like the Honolulu Half Pipe, Shark Attack Slide Complex, Cliffhanger, Splashdown, and Dragon’s Den.
3. Or check out Scandia Family Fun Center where you can shoot a few rounds of mini-golf, whip around on go-karts, ride the roller coaster, hit one out of the park at the their batting cages or just relax in the indoor arcade.
4. An East Sacramento local institution, Selland’s on H Street near Sac State offers some of the best gourmet food and wine you’ll find. They even have special events like Wine Wednesdays where you can try six featured wines. http://www.sellands.com/specials-calendar
5. Every June in East Sacramento, Pops in the Park brings bands, beer, and neighbors and visitors together for four Saturday night events. To check out the next Pops in the Park schedule and more information, go to: http://eastsacpopsinthepark.com
6. A summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Bay to watch an A’s or Giants game, and you don’t even need to drive to enjoy the game. Amtrak now offers convenient service right near the ballparks, and you can bring friends and book a round-trip ticket with Companion Fares. Play ball!
7. After work or on a “Sunday Funday,” call up some friends and meet at Swabbies on the River for music, a few cold ones, river views, great fish tacos, and a great sunset.
8. Wine lovers don’t have to go all the way to Napa for the perfect day of tasting, since the Auburn Wine Trail (or the Ale Trail ) are only about 2o minutes away, and the hills of Amador County are also dotted with great wineries.
9. Feel like hitting the links? Sacramento has more than a dozen spectacular public golf courses, and Sierra View, Serrano, and Rancho Murieta are a few of the award-winning private courses.
10. If you’re a lover of the outdoors and want some fresh air and exercise this summer, spend the day hiking on one of the Sacramento region’s almost limitless hiking trails. From beginners that want a twenty-minute stroll on a paved path to avid sportsmen who want to backpack far into the mountains, there’s something for everyone! http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-sacramento-california
11. Hot August Nights hits Reno, Nevada for a couple weeks every August, bringing the largest nostalgic car show in the world, as well as music, drinks, amazing food (try the barbecue!), and fun crowds. https://hotaugustnights.net
12. Instead of always going out to find summer entertainment, apply for a permit to close off your street and throw a neighborhood block party!
13. Drive in movies are a great bit of nostalgia for many of us, as there are now only 338 drive ins left in the U.S. Fortunately, one of them is still open right here in Sacramento! Pack up the family and find a great spot at the Sacramento 6 Drive-In, where you can buy popcorn ice cream or other snacks. Tickets are only $7 for adults and $1 for children!
14. Labor Day Weekend is a can’t-miss event in Old Sacramento, with Gold Rush Days transforming the streets back to a 1850 western gold rush town for all to see and experience.
15. Rent an innertube, raft, kayak, or stand up paddle board and ride the current down the American River, starting at Sunrise and ending at Watt. You can get lessons and equipment at FLOW, RiseSUP, or the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, among others.
16. Pack a picnic basket and relax on the beach at Discovery Park, or spend the day playing on the shores and in the water at gorgeous Folsom Lake.
17. Speaking of all this water, what would summer in Sacramento be without boating on the river? So call up your best friend that owns a boat (who will be very popular every summer), and lie out, listen to music, boat hop, and even jump in the water this weekend!
18. Sacramento is called America’s Farm-to-Fork capital for good reason, with incredibly fresh, healthy, and tasty fruits, vegetables, and other organic foods sold by local farmers every day of the week! Check out the whole schedule and locations at: http://www.farmtofork.com/taste-and-tour/farmers-markets/
19. The fall may be for apple picking, but summer is for picking berries, and there’s no better place to harvest your own strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries Patrick’s Berry Farm in Camino. Get ready to eat some incredible jellies, jams, and plenty of pies!
20. Eppies Great Race is one of Sacramento’s great summer traditions, with thousands of spectators cheering on triathletes and teams as they run (5.82 miles), cycle (12.5 miles), and kayak (6.10 miles) along the American River Parkway. Your support is always appreciated, as Eppies Great Race benefits Therapeutic Recreation Services, a Sacramento County program for people with special needs and developmental disabilities.