Old Sacramento
Old Sacramento
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Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This historic area of restored buildings, museums and novelty shops brings life to the Sacramento waterfront.
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles3,162 reviews
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Dottie77
Sacramento, CA39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The advertisement online shows the historic train along the river out in the country. This is false advertising and isn't what you're really going to get! The train only goes about 10 miles down to the Meadowview area and never leaves town. They work to make it a 50 minute trip by going slowly and stopping often.
The train itself is interesting. Open cars have bench or card chair seats, but the closed cars have comfortable upholstered seats. At $13 it's a good price, but they should just tell the truth.
Written 6 April 2021
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potaracke
Laupahoehoe, HI305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A very nice area to bring the family to walk around some of the oldest buildings in all of California! Of course, you have the river with excursion boats that you can stay on or eat on. Restaurants overlooking the river as well. Several old steam engines to look at that are really cool....a ferris wheel for the kids as well. Several touristy stores with candy and ice cream as well as adult type beverage places. It's a great place to spend a full afternoon or more! The Christmas tree is up to delight the kids and choreographed with music.
Written 27 November 2020
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV1,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
There are several shops and restaurants that could easily occupy a day if you chose to explore everything. Evangeline's Costume Mansion in particular is a standout shop. There is a general store on the first floor and costume shop on the second & third floors.
Written 18 August 2022
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Christina M
San Diego, CA277 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Really underwhelming. Unlike someplace like nearby Placerville, the stores are mostly tourist traps (candy, toys, souvenirs) and the restaurant options are underwhelming. We did a quick walk through and left. Didn’t keep my daughter’s attention long either. Time is better spent elsewhere.
Written 5 April 2022
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vaughanm1976
Amarillo, TX702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This older area is made up of restored or well maintained buildings from early Sacramento days. Area still has boardwalks. Very pedestrian friendly. Filled with shops, bars coffeeshops, and restaurants. California State Railroad Museum is in this area.
Written 27 July 2022
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Wynn R
Morgan Hill, CA2,348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I love going here, not only has the original structures been preserved, the train museum is also here. The shops are either tourist trinkets and eateries, or antique stores. Less than a mile west from Sutter's fort Museum.
Written 11 April 2020
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TarHeel
Durham, NC1,122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had some extra time to kill waiting for our delayed Amtrak train, so we spent an hour walking around this historic section. The buildings and sidewalks are right out of the old west, and there is a monument to the Pony Express. We stopped into several shops but didn't buy anything, although some of our tour group did. We also strolled along the riverfront a little bit and peeked at the big steamboat that was docked there. One of our group asked us to get some of the small donuts from a shop we saw on the bus, so we obliged and shared our treats. All in all, a nice way to spend some time if you're in the area.
Written 10 October 2021
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M P
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
It was probably a good place to visit at one time. But it felt like it's been abandoned
Possibly because covid shut everything down and it's been unable to start up again.
The buildings are in good shape and the few stores open have plenty of merchandise.
I saw an advertisement from 2017 where it looks like there had been lots of activities.
I hope it can recover.
Written 31 July 2022
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,311 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went to Old Town to have lunch before a visit to a local museum. There was zero chance of finding on the street parking. The garage was available and very expensive, $1.50 per half hour. Th first two restaurants we went to had a wait time of 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours. We finally found a place that could seat us inside...no outside tables available for over an hour. This will be our last visit here on a weekend for quite a while and we'd never venture here at night.
Written 3 October 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,068 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is the real reason why you want to have some tourist time in the State Capital. This is the historic preservation part of town with all the Gold Rush architecture and the incredible railroad museum. Lots of places to eat and drink and they are unique.
Written 9 September 2020
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