Unique Activities to Enjoy in Sacramento

Everyone has a different idea of what they like to do during their trips to new and exciting places. Whether you’re the person who loves staying active outdoors or someone who prefers strolling through museums and art galleries, you are guaranteed to have a great time in and around Sacramento. Grab a paper and pen and start writing down these fun things to do in Sacramento for your next vacation there!

Outdoor Activities

With summer quickly coming to an end, it’s time to think about our favorite fall, outdoor activities to include on your vacation wish list. While there’s a ton of unique things to do in Sacramento that involve being inside, it’s always nice to get some fresh air and enjoy nature! Check out these fun outdoor activities perfect for your next vacation or road trip!

Tour Soil Born Farms

If you’re a lover of organic foods and healthy eating, you must carve out some time to visit Soil Born Farms, a 55-acre piece of land located on the American River Ranch. Turn one of your vacation days into a day to take a drive throughout the area, enjoying the local farm lands. Located south of Hard Rock at Fire Mountain, Soil Born Farms is an urban farm that is used for so much more than growing produce. As one of the most unique things to do in Sacramento, Soil Born Farms offers a variety of experiences for all to enjoy. Due to the recent pandemic, be sure to schedule your farmstand pickup and just enjoy a drive to check on the fields. At the moment, all SBF classes and events are on hold. But keep your eyes peeled for upcoming news at the farm.

Along with the beautiful scenery, Soil Born Farms puts an emphasis on mentoring youth and future farmers, as well as teaching people how to cook and garden. Nothing “beets” an educational and entertaining experience out on the farm!

Go Golfing

For a more sporty change of pace, get ready to practice your swing at the newly debuted Top Golf in Roseville (only 26 miles south of Hard Rock Sacramento). With 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays, full-service restaurants and bars, a rooftop terrace, and much more, Top Golf is a perfect blend of golfing fun and relaxation while also keeping social distancing in mind.

Other than the luxury driving range amenities of Top Golf, there are countless “above par” golf courses to play on. From the mountainous serenity of Winchester golf course to the peaceful sounds of the lake at Rancho Solano, you’re sure to find the perfect place to unwind on the green!

Get Out On The Water

If you’re still wondering what to do in Sacramento, soak up the sun and catch some rapids by river rafting on Sacramento’s American River. American River Raft Rentals offers self-guided tours just a few miles away from downtown Sacramento. Float down the water with your friends and enjoy a tasty picnic in the park afterwards! In addition to the American River, Yuba River is also available for outdoor fun and is the closest river to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento property. Enjoy swimming holes, hikes, and much more.

Enjoy Sacramento Street Art (Free)

One of the most fun things to do in Sacramento is completely free and breathtaking to look at. Because Sacramento is rich in arts and culture, you have the opportunity to experience murals scattered across the city’s streets. Wide Open Walls, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote public art, plays a key role in decorating Sacramento in artistic expression. Its annual art festival brings the city to life with murals of all kinds. Snap a photo for Instagram or simply gaze at the art, but either way, take time to explore this fun thing to do in Sacramento!

Source: Photo by @SacTown

Stroll Around The Arboretum and Public Garden (Free)

It’s time to stop and smell the roses at the Arboretum and Public Garden at the UC Davis campus! This fun thing to do in Sacramento includes streams, grasslands, gardens, and paved walking paths that make for a peaceful and beautiful stroll. Learn the science behind the nature surrounding you and maybe even take a look around the UC Davis campus too! Be sure to read up on visitation guidelines during COVID-19 so you’re fully prepared to enjoy the scenery. 

Check Out Second Saturday (Free)

Experience Sacramento like a local by attending Second Saturday Art Walks! On the second Saturday of each month, Sacramento galleries and local businesses host an open house evening starting around 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The art walk is a fun thing to do in Sacramento for families and friends alike. Cruise around town and enjoy entertainment from the art exhibits, local artists, food and wine, live music, street fairs, and special events!

Indoor Activities

Once you’ve gotten a taste of the outdoors from spending your time rafting and strolling through the streets of Sacramento, switch gears to another type of vacation fun: indoor activities. These fun things to do in Sacramento will not only enrich your knowledge of the city, they’ll also be a nice break from the warm weather.

Check Out Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Memorabilia

Experience legendary music performances from another perspective through Hard Rock at Fire Mountain’s Memorabilia selection. Spread across the entire casino and on each floor of the hotel, Hard Rock’s memorabilia collection is something you can only find in Sacramento. From Diana Ross’ concert dresses to Eddie Van Halen’s Charvel guitar, you’ll be taken back in time to the most iconic eras of music with one-of-a-kind artifacts.

Tour The Crocker Art Museum (Virtually)

The Crocker Art Museum holds the world’s most prominent display of California art, in addition to European drawings and international ceramics. Crocker Art also has films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and children’s activities that are sure to be exciting for the whole family! And now you don’t even have to leave your suite at Hard Rock Sacramento to enjoy it! With the museum being temporarily closed, the facility is offering Crocker from home for a new kind of art experience. No matter what the normal is, Sacramento is still delivering its uniqueness to the public.

Go Wine Tasting at Fire Mountain

No need to go too far from the hotel & casino, you can enjoy our award-winning wine selection at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, just moments from your hotel room. Whether you’re looking for white, red, or bubbles, our team at Council Oak has it covered. Accompany any delicious meal with the perfect wine, and enjoy a culinary journey.

Dine At Hard Rock Sacramento’s Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

If you love fine dining and award-winning wine, Council Oak Steaks and Seafood is one of the best restaurants for you. Walk inside and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the world-class butcher shop where your steaks are being prepared to select. This expertly maintained, climate-controlled environment also features dry-age coolers and pink Himalayan salt brick walls where 100% U.S.D.A. primal cuts are aged between 21-28 days for extra flavor. One of the best parts about this restaurant is you can enjoy fine dining just moments away from your hotel room!

Tour Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Live a day in the life of a wealthy California governor at the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. This mansion formerly housed three governors- including Leland Stanford- and has been renovated and turned into a public museum showcasing the extravagance of the Victorian era. Tour the 19,000-square-foot property and walk away with more knowledge of the late 1800’s in California! Due to the safety of all during this time, parking is prohibited and driving into the facility is not allowed during this time. Switch things up and bike or walk in!

Grab A Beer At Track 7

There’s nothing more refreshing than ending a long day with a frosty glass of beer, and Track 7 is one of the best places to get one! Be bold with their Blood Transfusion IPA and satisfy your hunger with Track 7’s food truck grub (located at either of their tap rooms at Curtis Park or Natomas)! If you’re not in the mood for a beer, make your way to the Hard Cafe at Fire Mountain for a signature cocktail and collectible glass!


Even during this time, Sacramento is a booming city full of rich history and activities galore! Pick from these fun things to do in Sacramento and you’ll find yourself immersed in a non-stop adventure you’ll never forget! Book your room or suite at Hard Rock Sacramento today to ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing stay.