Unveiling the Past: Exploring Old Sacramento’s Rich History on a Walking Tour
Old Sacramento, nestled along the banks of the mighty Sacramento River, is a living testament to the rich history of California‘s capital city. With its cobblestone streets, preserved buildings, and nostalgic ambiance, this historic district offers visitors a captivating glimpse into the past.
Embarking on a SacTown walking tour of Old Sacramento is a fascinating way to immerse yourself in the region’s history. We’ll explore historic sights on our walking tour, from Gold Rush-era landmarks to captivating museums and charming shops. Here are merely 8 of the many places you can visit with our Old Sacramento walking tour.
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Step back in time at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, the city’s oldest surviving school building. Immerse yourself in the 19th-century classroom experience as you browse through the authentic furnishings and learn about education during the Gold Rush era. Knowledgeable docents bring the history to life, providing insights into the challenges and triumphs of early education in California.
The B.F. Hastings Building
Admire the architectural splendor of the B.F. Hastings Building, an iconic structure that served as the western terminus of the Pony Express in the mid-1800s. Today, the building houses unique shops and boutiques, allowing visitors to explore its rich history while indulging in some retail therapy.
Experience the Gold Rush
Delve deeper into the city’s past at the Sacramento History Museum, where engaging exhibits and interactive displays shed light on Sacramento’s role as a commercial and cultural hub during the Gold Rush. Learn about the city’s diverse heritage, from the Native American presence to the arrival of European settlers, and discover the stories of the individuals who shaped Sacramento’s history.
Old Sacramento Waterfront
Stroll along the Old Sacramento Waterfront, where you can experience the charm of the past while enjoying modern amenities. Admire the beautifully preserved storefronts and take in the views of the Sacramento River. Indulge in delicious dining options, browse unique boutiques, and savor sweet treats from candy stores that evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Marvel at the majestic Delta King, a historic riverboat-turned-hotel docked on the Sacramento River. Step aboard to explore its elegant interiors, filled with Art Deco accents and reminders of its glamorous past. Take a moment to imagine the bustling riverfront of the past as you soak in the stunning views from the deck.
California State Railroad Museum
At the California State Railroad Museum, you will visit a captivating institution dedicated to preserving the state’s railway history. Explore the exhibits showcasing beautifully restored locomotives and learn about the crucial role of the railroad during the Gold Rush and the development of California. You can later explore the opportunity to take a ride on the Sacramento Southern Railroad, a vintage steam train that offers scenic excursions along the riverfront.
Make your way to the Eagle Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in California. This small and intimate venue transports visitors to the era of melodramas and vaudeville performances. Catch a live show or simply admire the beautifully restored architecture of this historic gem.
Big Four House
Visit the Big Four House, a remarkable relic of Sacramento’s early days and once the residence of the “Big Four” railroad barons—Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker. Learn about their influential role in shaping the development of California’s railway network, which propelled the state’s growth and prosperity.
With SacTown Bites, you will discover Old Sacramento with great photo opportunities over our 2-hour tour, learning about the Gold Rush and Sacramento’s history of fire and flood. You will also experience delicious food tastings at 5 to 6 stops and feel like you had a full meal by the end of the tour.
Each guest will walk approximately 1.1 miles, with periods of standing. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as Old Sacramento has cobblestone streets, wooden sidewalks, and uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people with walkers or have difficulty with balance or walking. Of note, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and allergies can be accommodated. Please contact us before your tour.
If you’re ready to experience Old Sacramento like the locals, call us at (916) 905-0031 to speak with our guides or book your next tour online!