Our most recommended things to do in Sacramento

Sacramento: Historic Gold Rush River Cruise

1. Sacramento: Historic Gold Rush River Cruise

Spend the afternoon on a one-hour narrated cruise. Learn about the legendary past of California's capital city, from the first days of the Gold Rush to the booming metropolis that is here today. Set in Old Sacramento, California’s capital and the center of the state’s legendary Gold Rush story, cruises here drift down the scenic Sacramento River and provide a peek at historic sites and modern developments alike.

Sacramento: Alive After Five Cocktail River Cruise

2. Sacramento: Alive After Five Cocktail River Cruise

Take in the fresh river breezes on a cocktail cruise along the Sacramento River. Step onboard and sip on drinks from the bar as you cruise under the Tower Bridge and past the Sacramento city skyline. Have an unforgettable happy hour on the water while a live DJ plays the top hits. Take advantage of a full bar and purchase beverages onboard. Enjoy small bites that are available for purchase.

Sacramento: Rock The Yacht River Cruise

3. Sacramento: Rock The Yacht River Cruise

Try something different for your next night out and set sail from Old Town Sacramento on a 1.5 hour Rock the Yacht cruise. Kick back and relax with friends and meet new ones! Enjoy the fresh breeze of the river and soak up the sights of Sacramento.  Purchase hand-crafted drinks and snacks from the yacht's two fully-stocked bars. Choose from an array of expertly crafted cocktails, beer, or wine, as you relax and take in the river views. Sail from L Street Dock in Old Town and coast under the Tower Bridge. Let your hair down and delight in the friendly atmosphere and feel-good vibes.  Enjoy indoor or outdoor seating and remember to dress according to the weather. Cruises depart every Friday and Saturday, so grab your friends and head down to the only party you can't find on land!

Sacramento: Sights and Sips Cruise

4. Sacramento: Sights and Sips Cruise

Embark on a memorable happy hour cruise on the beautiful Sacramento River. Marvel at the Sacramento city views as you cruise the day away with friends and family. Have an unforgettable afternoon and listen to the local DJ spinning Top 40's hits as you sip on your beverage. Enjoy a full cash bar and munch on small bites (available for purchase) while you soak up the sun. Let the week wash away as you cruise in style.

Sacramento: Gunslingers Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour

5. Sacramento: Gunslingers Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour

Unravel the mysteries behind the nights of Sacramento, where a turbulent and changing past lends itself to a good, scary evening around town. You’ll meet your guide at Waterfront Park, where dark energy hovers over the Sacramento River. From there, you’ll wind through eight spooky, haunted locations, including the iconic River City Saloon. Feel a chill run up your spine as you hear tales of trapped railroad workers and the Hungry Ghost Festival. Delve into 19th-century spiritualism with the ghost of May Hollister Woolsey, and offer peace to the spirits of the devastating flood and cholera epidemic that scarred Sacramento for life.

Sacramento: Yolo Countryside Guided Rail Bike Tour

6. Sacramento: Yolo Countryside Guided Rail Bike Tour

Ride the rails in Sacramento and pedal your way down vintage train tracks onto an adventure through scenic farmlands, verdant woodlands, and glistening waterfront views. Before departure, check in at the Old Town Square. Explore the Sacramento River-front train station before heading up the Railbike loading zone. The guides will conduct a brief safety orientation and demonstration of the bikes before you select and board your bike. Enjoy a 10-mile roundtrip excursion that accommodates a wide range of fitness levels on 2-person bikes equipped with an optionally-activated motor for additional speed and support. Each fleet departs with two trained Railbike conductors to ensure safe travels for all riders. Discover the scenery of the countryside and the Sacramento River. You can also explore local wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, hawks, and more!

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers

7. California Audioguide for Self-Drivers

Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions.   Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

Sacramento: Gold Rush & Ghosts SmartPhone App Walking Tour

8. Sacramento: Gold Rush & Ghosts SmartPhone App Walking Tour

Discover the history of Old Sacramento, the Gold Rush, the Union Pacific Railroad, and the ghosts that now linger. Why take this to - Go at your own pace and schedule. The tour NEVER expires. - Stop anytime, get a drink, meal, explore, and continue when ready. - Listen again after taking it in person. - Professionally produced with top notch narration and music to set the atmosphere. - 10's of 100's take our tours around the USA, and love them. You see, Sacramento is a beautiful city with an amazing story. But like all good stories, there needs to be some adventure. And what's more adventurous than the gold rush, floods, fires, underground tunnels and murder? On our tour I’ll share with you the history of Old Sacramento including its railroad history, underground tunnels, gold rush days, skid row times, how Stanford was established, River boat rides and much more. And at each stop, you’ll also hear the tales of those that are said to still linger here.

Sacramento: River Valley Train Ride

9. Sacramento: River Valley Train Ride

Hop aboard and wet your whistle on this rolling libation train. Choose your favourite drink and enjoy an exceptional selection as you make your way through the beautiful Yolo Countryside aboard a vintage train car. Start your train ride at the River Fox Train station located on the Sacramento River. Travel along a 10-mile stretch of track through Yolo’s countryside. Embark on a journey among elements of a classic era. Passengers can enjoy events while reveling in nostalgic railroad charm. Locals and visitors alike will relish sightseeing Sacramento from a unique perspective. Admire ivy-covered woodlands, expansive acreage, and glistening riverfront views as scenery diversifies with every traveled mile. Choose from an assortment of refreshing experiences, each crafted to highlight your drink of choice with select drink tokens. Additionally, a variety of light snacks and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in our Concessions Car.

Old Sacramento Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

10. Old Sacramento Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Old Sacramento while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See the major attractions as well as lesser-known gems of Old Sacramento on a unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 21 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. There is no in-person guide you have to wait for. See the bustling the historic Eagle Theatre, stroll the Sacramento river front. Board the iconic Delta King riverboat hotel. Cross the beautiful Tower Bridge. Enjoy many interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages.

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based on 111 reviews

Very interesting trip. "Captain Jack" was great, even with his pirate jokes. Very informative. Took my 13 year old grandson who is not easily impressed and he had a great time.

Great way to spend an hour !! I highly recommend it! get there early & get a seat along the rail on the 2nd floor. !!

Great music, dancing and cruising! I took my best friend and she loved the experience!

It's about my 3rd time taking this cruise, but still no lees enjoyable.

Your captain was both informative and funny we loved it.