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Old Sacramento

2nd St btwn 1st & Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
916 808-7059
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Ranked #18 of 96 attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This historic area of restored buildings, museums and novelty shops brings life to the Sacramento waterfront.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I was a bit disappointed that it seems to be two-three streets selling overpriced plastic tat. Good for a quick look around but avoid the restaurants overpriced and average food.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Lovingly preserved and restored buildings and Old West atmosphere with old railroad station and tourist shops. Very genuine and a lot of fun!

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Huntington Beach, California
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55 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Worth the visit. But in the few blocks, many repeat type stores and not any stores that did anything for me. Several candy stores. You can ride the train on the weekend. Has the Knotts Berry Farm feel, but just odd shopping stores there.

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Sacramento, California
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9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A visit to Old Sacramento is a must! It is a step back in the old days, there is plenty restaurants and shops, they are all oriented on the tourists, but that is quite ok, because everyone wants to make some money. Who has enough time should make an underground tour. It is very interesting to see how the cityscape... More

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice hustle and bustle but found the shops a little touristy. Not a lot of restaurant choices and we only 'found' the paddle steamer hotel by chance. A good experience though.

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Plano, Texas
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70 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Every city needs somewhere for tourists to congregate and for Sacramento this is it. Spread over about eight city blocks, Old Sac has enough shops and restaurants to satisfy any need. It can easily be reached by foot from downtown and there is also a very convenient parking garage. The area would be considered "good" for a tourist area but... More

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Senior Contributor
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16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We visited Old Sacramento as it was located next door to the California Railroad Museum. The area has several buildings from the 1800s and it was great to see the buildings being reused for modern shops. While we were there, we went to a kite shop that offered a wide variety of toys besides kites and a candy shop that... More

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Sacramento, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have been here many times since I was a kid. It is right next to the train museum, which is a wonderful museum, and close to many other Sacramento attractions. The buildings are really fun to look at but I have noticed in the last 3 years many of the shops are closing. If you have never been you... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There's no mistaking Old Sacramento for anything other than a tourist trap, but as tourist traps go, it's not without charm. The raised boardwalks and restored period storefronts capture something of the look of the old city, and the neighborhood is home to some of Sacramento's best restaurants, including the upscale Firehouse and the funky but mouth-wateringly good Indo Cafe.... More

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Powell River, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is one of the only parts of the city that isn't empty on the weekends. We were amazed at how abandoned Sacramento is went it isn't 'business hours'. Just marginalized people looking through garbage cans and asking for handouts. But Old Sac is more tourist oriented.

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