Frugal Fun in Sacramento

Taking a stroll across the Old Sacramento Bridge at night is a frugal way to enjoy the city.

Looking for some places to have fun on the cheap in Sacramento? This lively city offers plenty of activities that won’t break your budget. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to fun.

 

Paintball

If you are looking for some extreme outdoor fun, paintball might be just the thing to unwind. Sacramento hosts several paintball facilities where you can hide behind castle ramparts, slither through culvert-style pipes, and use sniper trails to sneak up on your enemies. Check out Santa Clara Paintball (six locations), Davis Paintball and Midway Paintball. These facilities are reasonably priced and perfect for an afternoon of cheap fun.

Music and Theater

If your tastes run more to the artistic side of life, you’ll love Sacramento’s many theaters and concert venues. The Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom (www.sutterstreettheatre.com) offers regular plays and other productions. The Sacramento Theater Company (www.sactheatre.org) is one of the oldest and largest arts institutions in the area, and offers more than 300 performances a year. If you’re a student or a senior, ask the box office about discounted tickets.

In the spring and summer, many area parks host small, free concert events, where people can listen to everything from classical to rock. Some parks will even host free movie nights.

Tour Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento is an historic area and park on the banks of the Sacramento River. This 28-acre town is straight out of California’s Gold Rush days, complete with wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages, and historic buildings constructed in the 1800s.

Old Sacramento has many free attractions, including the Wells Fargo History Museum, and a replica of an 1800s one-room schoolhouse.

Go for a Walk

Sacramento is beautiful in fair weather, and there are plenty of interesting sites that won’t cost you a dime to see. Pick up a free copy of the Sacramento Visitors’ Guide at the Old Sacramento Visitors Center. There is a whole section entitled “Walking Tours of Sacramento.”

Sacramento is a wonderful, historic, vibrant city with great weather and a lot to offer, even if you’re on a tight budget. So try out some of these ideas and, while you’re out, look for even more frugal fun in Sacramento.

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