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While any hotel you might stay in these days usually provides a fitness room with treadmills, stationary bicycles, weight equipment, and other fitness paraphernalia, Sacramento has lots to offer by way of outdoor fitness too.
Right off, there's American River Park, with a 26-mile hiking and biking trail. Walk or jog to your heart's content (and health). The American River meets the Sacramento River in Discovery Park, a 275-acre park that's a favorite of resident fisherman. There's no end to the fitness possibilities. This park is also great for bird watching, and you're sure to see Orioles or Grosbeaks in the summer months.
River Park, a neighborhood not far from downtown Sacramento, is a favorite place for locals to jog and/or walk their dogs. Lots of wildlife can often be glimpsed here.
If you prefer spectator sports, Sacramento has its own teams: basketball (Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Monarchs), baseball (Sacramento River Cats), men's and women's soccer (Sacramento Knights and Sacramento State Hornets), football (Sacramento Sirens), and a five-time World Team Tennis Champion tennis team (Sacramento Capitals). www.nettickets.com is one of many places to purchase tickets or, better yet, check out the websites of the individual teams mentioned above for ticket and season information
During the Summer, if you're in Sacramento, make plans to raft the American River. This is an all-day excursion-- usually 5 hours depending on water flows. You can use one of the rafting companies (River Rat or American River Raft Rentals) and they will take care of transportation. Or, buy your own raft (Costco has seasonal deals on rafts) and plan to have a car at the take in and take out points. Be sure to bring sunscreen, lunch and snacks, lots of beverages, sarongs rather than towels (they are easy to wring out and they dry quickly), and sunglasses. If you're a teenager, bring a large squirtgun. Feisty rafters target young people for friendly and fun water fights. There are several good spots for picnics along the way. To save room in the raft, bring an innertube to put your ice chest in and tie it to the raft to float behind. If you rent a raft, a 4 man raft comfortably fits 2 people, 6 man raft comfortably fits 3 people, etc. This adventure may not be suitable for young children because of the potential for tipping over in the rapids, even though it's unlikley. Bring life jackets if you do bring the kids. Most local fire stations lend life jackets.