Downtown

Make your stay in California's capitol city a memorable one. Go back in time with a visit to Old Sacramento, jump aboard a steam locomotive or take a walking tour and learn about Sacramento's firsts and follies. Use the search below to discover Sacramento's treasures including restaurants and top attractions or find a place to to call your home away from home. You can also download a map or easy to use directory for local dining , entertainment and shopping options .

Family Weekend

Spend the day Downtown and make memories with your family. Explore Downtown Sacramento's rich history and culture with a visit to historic Old Sacramento, or one of Downtown's many museums and attractions.

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Download a downtown guide to help you plan your visit. These easy to use maps will help you navigate Downtown Sacramento and locate local businesses and attractions: Dining guide , Entertainment guide and Shopping guide . For a full list of businesses, check out our Downtown Directory.

Downtown Walking Tours

These unique tours through downtown Sacramento introduce visitors to the people, places and events that shaped California history. From John Sutter to Cesar Chavez, these tours cover more than 150 years of state and local history. Topics range from art and architecture to cultural, religious and urban history. Call 442-8575, email dsp@downtownsac.org to make a reservation, or simply show up at any tour's starting point at the specified time. All tours are guided and last approximately one hour.


Menu of Tours

Kids Meet the City | A tour of California history especially for kids
This tour is specially designed to serve as a fun and interactive way to introduce local history to students of all ages. This unique walk through downtown will explore the Gold Rush, the history and route of the famed Pony Express, John Sutter's place in California history, and the Big Four of the railroad industry as well as offer an introduction to city government with a visit into City Council Chambers.
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Fridays: 10 am
STARTING POINT: Steps of Historic City Hall, 915 'I' Street
COST: $10.00 per adult and one child under 13 years old, $5.00 for each additional child. School groups welcome! Call 442-8575 for group rates.

Tales of the Central City | An overview of early Sacramento history
Walk with us down memory lane on a guided tour of one of the oldest cities in California. Learn how Sacramento wrangled the distinction of California's State Capitol, walk the original route of the famed Pony Express, see the influence of railroad's ‘Big Four' on early urban planning and learn why downtown sidewalks are hollow. Our Gold Rush era specialist, Mike Munson leads this tour.
Sundays: 11 am
Mondays: 10 am
Fridays: 11 am
STARTING POINT: Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J Streets
COST: $10.00 per person

Structural Stories | Local examples of historical architecture styles
Stroll through the ages of architectural history right here in downtown Sacramento. From our Renaissance-style Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and the graceful Art Deco shapes of Crest Theatre to Chicago style architecture here in California, we will show you local examples of the world's finest styles. Shawn Peter leads this tour.
Tuesdays: 10 am
Wednesdays: 11 am
Thursdays: 3 pm
STARTING POINT: Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets
COST: $10.00 per person

Art is All Around Us | A tour of Sacramento's collection of art in public places
Tour Sacramento's impressive collection of permanently sited works of art integrated into Sacramento's built and natural environments. See local works by notable local and regional artists. This tour was developed in partnership with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program. Richard MacGill leads this tour.
Tuesdays: 3 pm
Wednesdays: 10 am
Thursdays: 11 am
STARTING POINT: Indo Arch outside of Downtown Plaza at 3rd & K streets
COST: $10.00 per person

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow | K Street commerce, growth and redevelopment
Beginning in Old Sacramento at Front and K streets, this tour will trace Sacramento's commercial growth by traveling on foot toward 13th & K. On this walk, see Sacramento's first commercial district, learn about K Street's early history as a vaudeville and entertainment hotspot and be the first to hear future plans for Sacramento's most talked-about pedestrian mall. Shawn Peter or Mike Munson will lead this tour.
Tuesdays: 2 pm
Wednesdays: 1 pm
Thursdays: 10 am
Fridays: 2 pm
STARTING POINT: Delta King docks at Front & K streets
COST: $10.00 per person

The Art of Terra Cotta | An architecture tour featuring local clay artisans Gladding McBean
This tour will discuss the history of terra cotta as an architectural art form and will highlight downtown's best examples of this turn-of-the-century technique. This tour emphasizes the contribution of the Gladding McBean studio, one of the region's best cultural and artistic assets, which has provided terra cotta tiles, pipes and sculpture for customers worldwide. Based in Lincoln, California, this studio has been in continual operation since 1874, with many downtown buildings showcasing the studio's early works. This tour will highlight these structures as well as discuss the evolution of this notable clay studio, the process of working with this unique type of clay and the studio's legacy on the art of terra cotta. Mike Munson leads this tour.
Sundays: 1 pm
Mondays: 2 pm
Wednesdays: 2 pm
STARTING POINT: Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th & J streets
COST: $10.00 per person

Waterfront Activities

Waterfront Dining

Take in the natural beauty of the Sacramento River while enjoying some of Sacramento's great restaurants.

Delta King's Pilot House Restaurant

1000 Front Street / 441-4440
Situated on the third deck of the historic Delta King riverboat, the Pilothouse provides spectacular views, with seating indoors or out. Here, you will savor local California farm-fresh cuisine.

Joe's Crab Shack

1210 Front Street / 553-4249
If you're looking for a casual, fun Sacramento River dining experience, Joe's Crab Shack will fit the bill. With buckets of crab and dancing servers, you're sure to have a good time at Joe's. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Rio City Café

1110 Front Street / 442-8226
Rio City Café, situated in historic Old Sacramento overlooking the Sacramento River, offers California Cuisine with influences from all over the world and extra emphasis on the southwest. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

Tower Bridge Bistro

100 Capitol Mall / 326-5050
Located inside the Embassy Suites Hotel adjacent to Old Sacramento, the Tower Bridge Bistro offers California-Tuscan cuisine in a scenic setting. Both Indoor and patio seating are available.

Riverfront Bike Trails

Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Downtown Sacramento provides bicycle access to the riverfront. Cyclists can access the northbound/southbound bike trail along the Sacramento River via O Street or in Old Sacramento on Front Street between L and I streets. The southbound trail will lead you to the Miller Park. The Northbound trail will lead you towards Richards Boulevard, Discovery Park and the 23-mile American River Parkway that stretches from downtown to Folsom.

Practice bicycle safety on the bike trails. Avoid biking alone or after dusk. Click here for more helpful times. Click here to view Downtown Sacramento Bike Path map .

Sacramento Region 511

American River Parkway

Boating

On a summer day in Sacramento, one of the best places to be is on the water. From personal watercrafts to guided boat tours and charters, the scenic Sacramento River has what you need for a little fun in the sun.

Miller Park

This city park is located right on the Sacramento River, just south of Downtown. The park includes picnic areas shaded by large oak trees, boat trailer parking, a boat ramp and dock. For more information call 808-5200 or visit the City of Sacramento website here.

Riverwalk

In cooperation with the City of West Sacramento across the river, the City of Sacramento is working to expand access to Sacramento's namesake river. Currently on the Sacramento side, visitors can walk along the waterfront from O Street to I Street through Old Sacramento. On the West Sacramento side, visitors can catch some of the best views of the downtown skyline by visiting Waterfront Park between the Tower Bridge and the I Street Bridge.

 


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