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How to Spend 1 Day in Sacramento

How to Spend 1 Day in Sacramento

Once a sleepy town, Sacramento is now a bustling city filled with diverse cuisine and nightlife options—not to mention nature escapes on the American River. For those with just one day, here’s how to maximize time in the Golden State’s capital.

Morning: Foodie Walks

Sacramento’s food scene has blossomed into an exciting culinary mecca. Opt for a lighter breakfast and make room for a food walking tour in the Downtown or Midtown districts. Sample some of the area’s best fare while your guide acquaints you with the state capital, and learn about the city’s history, arts, and culture. 

Afternoon: Active Adventures

Next, it’s time to explore Sacramento’s American River with an exhilarating guided rafting trip. Choose between a variety of rafting tours, including family-friendly options. For those looking for a dry, though equally exciting activity, consider indoor skydiving or a scavenger hunt that takes you to unique spots around town. 

Night: Fun in the Dark

For a casual, cool evening in Sac, kick back and relax with a drink on a sunset cruise along the easy-flowing Sacramento River. Float under the Tower Bridge and watch as the city lights up the night sky. Once the yacht has returned to port, disembark and grab a bite to eat while getting crafty at a local paint night, or eat aboard a train during a dinner theater experience filled with plenty of mystery and intrigue.

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Downtown Sacramento Historical Food Tour

Downtown Sacramento Historical Food Tour

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Learn about California’s capital city’s history as you pop into local eateries for tastings of local-favorite food during this Downtown Sacramento tour. Sample various products from local venues as well as menu items from restaurants that use locally sourced ingredients. Your guide tells you stories about the city that dates back to the 1800s, as well as gets you acquainted with the Sac foodie culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rock the Yacht Cocktail Cruise Sacramento

Rock the Yacht Cocktail Cruise Sacramento

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Make the most of your night in Sac with this 1.5-hour cruise along the Sacramento River. Board a boat, and cruise the water as you enjoy popular music spun by a DJ, as well as alcoholic beverages (own expense). Pass under Tower Bridge, snap photos with the city lights as your backdrop, and dance with friends, old and new.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$40.00
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Midtown Sacramento Arts and Food Tour

Midtown Sacramento Arts and Food Tour

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Explore the great art and food of Midtown Sacramento on a 3.5-hour walking tour. See colorful murals and hear about their history, stop into galleries, learn about the city’s architecture, and sample dishes at favorites eateries in this lively district. You might taste locally made sausage, seasonal salads, stir fry noodles, and delectable sweets, along with drinks such as craft beer.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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Sacramento Sutter District History and Food Walking Tour

Sacramento Sutter District History and Food Walking Tour

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Explore Sacramento’s Sutter District during this walking tour in a small group limited to 14 people. Stroll the tree-lined streets with a guide, and pop into about five or six eateries to sample dishes popular in Sac, including organic coffee, pork spring rolls, and chocolate cookies. Your guide knows the district well and also gives you a rundown of the area’s interesting history as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.47
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Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Puzzle your way through the heart of Sacramento on a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure for groups of 2–5 people. Follow a series of clues on your smart phone, then take on fun challenges that weave local history into the sights along your 2-mile course. Enjoy scenic views from the riverfront and explore the historic storefronts of Old Town while racking up points, see how you compare with teams that have already completed the scavenger hunt, and experience Sacramento as part of a unique, self-guided adventure.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$20.52
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Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento by Crazy Dash

Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento by Crazy Dash

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In this fun Crazy Dash scavenger hunt of Sacramento, players will use an app to find objects in the city, in any order they want, to collect points. They'll also complete challenges for points. Players can see their score on the app's live rankings. All scavenger hunts have a remote host to help along the way. Crazy Dash is our easiest and most casual scavenger hunt. Come explore with us in Sacramento.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento by Zombie Scavengers

Adventurous Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento by Zombie Scavengers

Walk around Sacramento while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse with Zombie Scavengers! On an app, you'll be given a list of items to find (in any order you choose) to help you survive a zombie apocalypse. You'll get points for finding these items, as well as completing some zombie themed challenges. Figure out the best game plan to get the most points in order to survive. A remote host will chat with you during the game if you have any questions. Prove you can survive the zombie apocalypse in Sacramento for bragging rights with all your friends!
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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