So we wanted to present our list of 50 top things to do in the region! We covered the first 25 in part one of this blog, and here are the remaining 25 fantastically fun things to do and see in Sactown this summer!
1. 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!
2. Did you know that Auburn is known as the official Endurance Capital of the World? In fact, Auburn hosts some of the most challenging (and downright crazy!) endurance events in the entire world, including ultra-distance running, mountain biking, horse races, and triathlons of all kinds. http://www.visitplacer.com/california-endurance-capital.aspx
3. Tours, tours, and more tours! Sacramento is home to some tremendous options when it comes to taking a guided tour, including local food tours, bike bus tours, the Old Sacramento Underground tour, wine tours, and just about everything else you can imagine! https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attractions-g32999-Activities-c42-Sacramento_California.html
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. If you're into yoga, there are plenty of places to downward dog and sun salutation to your heart's 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 amphitheater and pick up some organic produce at the farm stand there!
14. 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.
15. 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 their batting cages or just relax in the indoor arcade.
16. 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
17. 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!
18. 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! www.westwinddrivein.com
19. Labor Day Weekend is a can't-miss event in Old Sacramento, with Gold Rush Days transforming the streets back to an 1850 western gold rush town for all to see and experience.
20. 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.
21. 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!
22. Sacramento is called America's Farm-to-Fork Capital for a 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/
23. 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!
24. You don’t have to travel far at all to spend a day in some of the most majestic woodlands in the world in the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests, hiking swimming, cycling, or even rock climbing. You can find out more here: http://www.visitplacer.com/national-forests.aspx
25. In fact, why not bring a tent and some gear and spend a night or two camping in the Tahoe National Forest, which has been named one of the top 20 national forests in the entire U.S.! You can also go camping closer to home in many more of Placer County's abundant forests, recreation areas, and campgrounds. http://www.visitplacer.com/national-forests.aspx