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Sports, Recreation and Entertainment


Outdoor Recreation

Affectionately referred to as the “River City,” Sacramento offers residents and visitors a wide array of outdoor activities to enjoy year-round. The 32-mile American River Parkway is a beautiful paved pathway along the American River for walking, running and cycling. At the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, all ages can enjoy water activities including kayaking, water skiing, canoeing and more. And of course, there are unlimited boating, fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities at Folsom Lake or along the American and Sacramento Rivers.

If you like outdoor shopping and farm-fresh produce, you’ll enjoy Sacramento’s many year-round Farmers’ Markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers, flowers and more.

Golfers will enjoy the countless private and public golf courses, including Haggin Oaks’ 24-hour driving range.

And for a relaxing night of entertainment during the warm spring and summer months, pack a picnic and head to one of the many local parks featuring Pops in the Park concerts or Screen on the Green family movie nights!

Just beyond the Sacramento area, outdoor enthusiasts can choose from hiking and camping in the beautiful Yosemite Valley, strolling along a Pacific Coast beach or skiing in Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Sacramento Sports

Sacramento is a great central location for sports fans of all types. For basketball fans, our city offers the excitement of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings . Baseball fans can enjoy spring and summer evenings near the river at Raley Field, home to the Sacramento River Cats , Triple A affiliate of MLB’s nearby Oakland Athletics. And the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giant’s home fields are just a short drive away in the Bay Area.

If you like to get out and into the action, the Sacramento region offers a wide variety of recreational sports leagues for adults and children, plus unlimited opportunities for golfing, biking, swimming, hiking, skiing, boating and more.

Sacramento Entertainment

The Sacramento region is rich in opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to experience both modern and historic arts and entertainment. Our multi-cultural diversity is also proudly shared through music, art and festivals.

Local museums feature fine art and historical artifacts ranging from oil paintings to steam engines and gold panning to space exploration. Performing arts range from ballet, theatre and musicals to opera, orchestra and jazz. Sacramento also hosts a number of festivals including the world’s largest Dixieland Jazz Jubilee, the Strauss Festival and the Pacific Rim Street Fest.

In addition, before or after the show, Sacramento offers fine dining experiences at restaurants like Biba’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Scott’s Seafood, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Frank Fat’s Asia Bistro.