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Old Sacramento

2nd St btwn 1st & Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
916 808-7059
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Ranked #17 of 97 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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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went to Davis to spend time with my sis who is attending college there. At first I was afraid there wasn't a lot to do with kids. My sister took us to Old Sac and we actually had a great time. Many things to keep the kids busy and happy. We ended up renting bikes (One adult, 2 seven... More

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Carson City, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This has always been my favorite part of my trips to Sacramento ever since I was a child. Now I love bringing my kids here and knowing they love it just as much. I love the old buildings and the streets.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We felt the pressure of beggars, peddlers and people trying to give you fliers. The shops begun to look the same and the history of Old Town is unfortunately lost to the push of getting tourists to buy stuff. Not quite what we had hoped for.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Hours spent walking the old streets and checking out the Museums. The history given at the Welcome Center was excellent. The gentleman very accommodating to suggest what to see.

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Savannah, Georgia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I only had about an hour to check this spot out, but I was able to find some nice, touristy offerings. It was fairly busy and a bit difficult to navigate all of the pedestrians with a car, but we managed. If you want kitschy Sacramento offerings, stop on by!

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Wilmington, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Some good history here amidst the inevitable tacky tourist stuff. Building that was the western terminal of the Pony Express, Central Pacific RR Station (western end of the first Transcontinental RR - completed in 1869), memorial plaques. Most important is nearby CA State RR Museum -- one of the best in the world, even for non-RR buffs. Some good restaurants... More

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Hamilton, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed a wonderful couple of hours strolling the old streets of Old Sac, there are shops restaurants and activities for the whole family. Definite must see if visiting Sacramento or area. Leisurely pace and vibrant life enough to meet everyone tastes.

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Shanghai, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Just park at the public parking building as one follow the sign to visit this magical place. One can spend the whole day shopping, dinning, taking pictures and visiting museums. It is next to the Sacramento River, at one time a friend of mine find a seal resting at the deck near the harbor, it is amazing it can swim... More

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Dallas, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Was very quaint walking thru the old buildings, boutiques and them having the train loaded w tourists slowly roll by.restaurants and cafes abound, the old yellow bridge makes for gorgeous photo ops and there are history placards along the river walk

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I had read some reviews that said this area was incredibly touristy and tacky. Is it a bit kitsch and I visited as a tourist (so that is what I'm bringing to the table here!), but I loved it. It wasn't packed, just nicely busy....the vibe was incredibly friendly, in fact. There were loads of different shops and restaurants and... More

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