Sacramento’s Midtown area is historic, hip, easygoing, and a definite locals’ favorite. Located between East Sacramento and Downtown, it’s pretty much the heart of Sacramento itself. With a down-to-earth vibe, its home to specialty boutique shops, vintage and antique stores, corner eateries, and one-of-a-kind pubs, pamper places like massage, nail and hair salons, and more. Locals and visitors love to spend their time in Midtown; wandering around the quaint area and absorbing its friendly laid-back style.
Thunder Valley Casino, Sacramento
Thunder Valley Casino brings a little Vegas to the outer-Sacramento landscape. A relatively recent addition to the area, it hosts over 2700 slot machines and almost 100 gaming tables for gambling enthusiasts to enjoy. For patrons who are less-inclined to gamble (or just need a break from playing), the casino offers an array of dining and drinking options, including a buffet, a few sit-down restaurants, a food court with a variety of fast-food options and two bars.
Golfland Sunsplash, Sacramento
This fun place has two 18-hole miniature golf courses, a 5,000-square-foot laser tag arena, more than 200 arcade games and a water park. The water-park has an adventure island, a wave pool, a lazy river and eight slide towers. The park does not permit outside food or drinks. It does have a pizza kitchen and snack bars serving a variety of foods and drinks
Folsom Zoo, Sacramento
Since 1963, when a badly burned bear was taken in and cared for by the city government, the Folsom Zoo has grown by leaps and bounds. It now provides a home for animals that no one else wants. Wild animals include bobcats, cougars, bears, coyotes, raccoons, elk and a few exotics. Domestic animals include livestock such as sheep, goats, chickens and horses. The mission of the zoo, in addition to helping the animals, is educational. First Tuesday of every month is half off the admission.
For a taste of the Old West, complete with dirt and cobblestone streets flanked with wide wooden sidewalks and “Bonanza”-style buildings, visit Old Sac. Tour the historical four blocks in a horse-drawn carriage or take a ride on a riverboat. Bustling with activity, this place offers tourist shops, museums and antique trains. On weekends you can usually hear Cajun, blues, or folk music in one of several saloons and restaurants.
Scandia Family Fun Center, Sacramento
Fun is what this attraction has to offer, with a variety of activities for all ages. You can play miniature golf on one or both of the Scandinavian-themed 18-hole golf courses. If you enjoy batting or want to practice your swing, this is the place for you. You can also test your skills behind the wheel of an Indy car or bumper boats.
American River Raft Rentals, Sacramento
For a great summertime day adventure, a self-guided rafting trip on the American River is hard to top. Take a relaxing three-hour drift down the Lower American River to Goethe Park. The raft rental season runs from mid-April through September.
Aerospace Museum of California, Sacramento
Aviation or military buffs can spend hours at the Aerospace Museum. Planes of U.S. military significance from World War II to the present day are on display. Actual restoration projects are undertaken here. If you look around you might be lucky enough to see one of the F-117 Stealth Fighters sometimes serviced at the base. Tables are available for picnics, and a gift shop is full of fun souvenirs. See website for museum news, admission pricing and more.
RiverWalk is a natural oasis meandering along the western bank of the Sacramento River. The network of scenic trails begins in the shadow of the Tower Bridge across Third Street from Raley Field. The paved trail is lined with native plants as well as signs that colorfully describe them. The centerpiece of this urban jewel is the Grand Staircase just below the Money Store ziggurat; it doubles as a concert amphitheater highlighting entertainers from everywhere.