As the capital of our nation’s most populous state, there is a lot going on in Sacramento. The city is rich in sports, arts, special events, and history attractions that keep tourists and locals busy. Or, if you are just interested in pampering yourself, Sacramento can also help with that. Here are a few of the more popular ways to spend a day with friends, treat the grandchildren to a day to remember, or to just get out of the house in Sacramento.
The Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously operating art museum west of the Mississippi River. They offer discounted tickets for seniors 65 years of age and older. There are more than 145,000 square feet of Californian, American, European, Asian, and African exhibits, so plan to spend the day. In addition, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission provides several arts programs for the city, such as Art in Public Places. There is also a Second Saturday Art Walk.
Travel through the history of California at The California Museum located one block from the State Capitol in the State Archives Building. This facility is also the home to the California Hall of Fame, which celebrates families and individuals that have made their mark on the state’s history. If you are more interested in learning about the city specifically, head to the heart of Old Sacramento to the Sacramento History Museum, which follows the “City of Trees” from its pre-Gold Rush days through the present day.
The fall and spring are ideal times to visit the University Arboretum at California State University, Sacramento. The weather is nice, and the flowering plants are in full bloom. The arboretum is open all year round from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. If you are more active, there is a lot to do along the 23-mile American River Parkway. Older adults enjoy swimming, fishing, and just going for a little stroll.
Sacramento is a basketball town. From October through June (depending on how successful their season is), the Sacramento Kings NBA team plays at Sleep Train Arena. For over three decades they have been attracting more than 10,000 fans to each of their games. There are also semi-professional soccer, baseball, and rugby teams in the city.
You cannot talk about Sacramento without bringing up the California State Fair. Over the course of two weeks in July, more than one million people flood the Cal Expo for shopping, food and drinks, exhibits, horse racing, sports, rides, music, and other special events.
Sacramento has a lot of highly rated day spas to try when you are ready to relax. Two of the most popular options are Happy Day Spa, which has locations in Folsom, Natomas, and Sacramento, and Arden Hills, which was voted “Best Day Spa” by Sacramento magazine readers. For a stress-busting good time, book a facial or massage with friends or go on your own.
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