Downtown Sac

An Out-of-Towner Guide to Downtown Sac

Jordan Alwood

Need some ideas for the perfect day with your out-of-town friends? Downtown Sacramento is the perfect place to go when it comes to exciting events and great food for both locals and visitors. Check out some ideas below and visit the Events page for a full list of upcoming attractions.

Photo courtesy: Sac Brew Boats 

Enjoy the Old Sacramento Waterfront

Looking for an activity to center your day around? Try the Sacramento Brew Boat to kick the day off right. Head to the Old Sacramento Waterfront, float on the Sacramento River, and get some sun! The Sacramento Brew Boat has years of experience ensuring groups have the best tour experience possible.

Maybe water isn’t your thing…

We get it! Boats and water aren’t for everyone. No problem, we have another great idea: NEO Escape Rooms at the Old Sacramento Waterfront will send you on a heart-pounding secret mission full of excitement, clues, and mystery. Work together to succeed and complete the mission in 60 minutes, or time will run out! Choose from a variety of rooms, including the Haunted Train or Capitol Treasure.

Looking for more? We compiled a list of other activities to enjoy while you’re at the Old Sacramento Waterfront, including

Visit the other side of #DowntownSac

Downtown is full of fun activities to fit everyone’s liking. Flatstick Pub offers mini-golf, Duffleboard, and great deals on drinks. You can also try Punch Bowl Social and play a game of bowling while enjoying great customer service.

Next: Grab a delicious bite to eat in the Farm-to-Fork Capital.

After all that activity, you must be hungry. Take your out-of-town friends to one of our favorite restaurants, La Cosecha. Enjoy some of the best outdoor seating, quality service, and delicious food. We recommend getting the shrimp torta Delgado. Vegan options are also available if that’s how you roll.

Here are some more tasty restaurants we think you’d love:

While you’re downtown, check these out:

In addition to delicious food, #DowntownSac is home to some amazing cocktails, beer, and wine. Explore some favorites below:

End the night with dessert

Dessert at Estelle Bakery & Patisserie is a necessity if you’ve got out-of-towners! Take a short stroll through DOCO and you’ll smell the sweet scent of sugar coming from the bakery. As soon as you walk in you’ll notice the charming, warmly lit French bakery full of croissants, macarons, and other goodies. If you and your friends are feeling adventurous, split one of their cakes!

Enjoy these other dessert options the next time you have visitors:


We hope you and your out-of-towners have a great experience and get to enjoy all the special businesses that make up our downtown community. Check out a full listing of downtown restaurants, retail shops, bars, and more HERE. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures @DowntownSac on Instagram for the chance to
be featured on our social channels.