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10 Most Instagram-able Places in #DowntownSac!

Geoanna Santana

After being cooped up in your home for so long we know that you are eager to go out into the world and start having some sense of normal. One of the things you could be thinking of while you are getting ready to go out is, “where can I take my next Instagram picture?” Well, you are in luck! We’ve put together a list of the 10 most Instagram-able places in #DowntownSac where you can snap your next pic!

Don’t forget to tag @downtownsac + @oldsac so we can reshare. Get ready, grab your camera and have fun with it!

1. Darling Aviary


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Come for the drinks, stay for the view! This beautiful restaurant in the heart of K Street has a hidden rooftop bar. Darling Aviary is nestled right on K Street that gives you views of DOCO and skyline views. The photoshoot opportunities are endless. They are open for dine-in seating Thursday and Friday from 4 PM – noon and Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM – 12 AM.


2. The Old Sacramento Waterfront

One of the most Instagram-able places in the city is the historic Old Sacramento Waterfront. It is the perfect place to take professional photos so you better grab your photographer and schedule an appointment! With so many old timey buildings and places to shop, you will get the most unique backgrounds to all of your photos. So, what are you waiting for? Grab an ice cream cone, get your significant other or friend to come with you and have yourself a mini photoshoot along the waterfront!

3. Train Car at the Old Sacramento Waterfront


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In 2018, Old Sacramento went under a rebrand to now be called the Old Sacramento Waterfront. To go along with the new logos and colors local artist Jeremy Stanger helped to highlight the rebranding by painting our new logo on a train that you can see for yourself right outside the Sacramento History Museum. It is the perfect spot to show your love for Sacramento by taking your photo in front of it and remembering to tag @oldsac for a chance to get your photo featured on social media!

4. Woofs on the Waterfront


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If your furry friend has an Instagram page that needs some updating then the Old Sacramento Waterfront is the perfect place to get their close up. Dogs are always welcome at the waterfront and with so many benches and covered places to walk when it gets warm, there are so many possibilities and photo angles when it comes to your pets close up!

5. I [heart] Downtown Sac Mural


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Do you love #DowntownSac? This mural by Jenn Ponci is one of our favs. Grab cup of coffee from one of our local businesses, bring a selfie stick or your friends, and grab a pic in front of this beautiful storefront mural right on J Street.

6. Downtown Commons (DOCO)

From basketball games to dining, shopping, and concerts, DOCO is home to some of the BEST memories. But have you taken an Instagram pic in the plaza?? There are plenty of great spots in the plaza that will bring in all the likes on IG.

7. Colorful Murals


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With hundreds to choose from, take your next pic in front of one of the beautiful #DowntownSac murals. From the Old Sacramento Waterfront to 16th Street, there are plenty of colorful murals that are sure to spice up your Instagram grid. For a comprehensive map of murals, check out Wide Open Walls’ website.

8. Crest Theatre


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The Crest Theatre is one of the most historic places in #DowntownSac. Since 1912, the theatre has been used for premier films, community events, independent and foreign films, concerts and more! The big colorful lights on the outside of the sign make you feel like you are going to a red carpet premier and it is the perfect place for you to stand in front snd get someone to capture your close up.

*Note: Ask your photographer to get down closer to the ground and tilt the camera up a little bit so you can make sure to get the full sign in your photo!

9. The Kay

The Kay District is always filled with electric energy from a mix of hotels, restaurants, offices and entertainment venues that the city has to offer. Things might be quieter now for the time being, but that means this is your prime spot to snap a quick photo while maintaining physical distancing from others.

10. California State Capitol


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An iconic landmark in Sacramento and California, this is the place to take a photo that will make a statement. From the rose garden to the steps of the capitol, you are sure to get that Insta-worthy shot.

Be sure to tag @DowntownSac in your experience for a chance to be featured on our social media channels too!