Updated March 18, 2021

Outdoor activity in Sacramento can be relaxing and rejuvenating. If you’re looking for a physical distancing activity to take a mental break or spend time with family that’s not in the house, but still safe, choose one of these five activities to recharge your engine. 

American River Parkway  The American River Parkway takes you from the Old Sacramento Waterfront into the city of Folsom. The parkway meanders through parks and natural habitats as it follows the American River on a paved, wide 2-lane roadway. It’s perfect for bike riding, jogging or a walk among the natural habitat. 

Floating in the River  This Sacramento tradition is how locals cool off during our hot summer days. Many people start at Sunrise Recreation Area where the water level is low and less prone to fast river flow. But life jackets are strongly encouraged. Rafts, kayaks or innertubes are suited for this part of the river. Then you can dry off on the riverbanks or in the park settings.

Paddle Boarding on the Lake  The Sacramento region offers several areas where you can stand up paddle board. These include Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake, which offers four areas where you can launch paddle boards or kayaks.  

Self-Guided Walking Mural Tour  Sacramento is home to hundreds of murals. In 2017, Wide Open Walls spawned a proliferation of murals downtown, Midtown and throughout the city. Create your own walking tour here

Capitol Park This 40-acre park is an oasis in the city’s downtown core. Surrounding the State Capitol are trees and flowers from all over the world, memorials and tributes, and the spectacular International World Peace Rose Garden featuring 650 roses of 150-plus varieties. Capitol Park is perfect for a leisurely stroll and a picnic (with takeout food from one of the many nearby restaurants) on the grounds. 

Learn more about great hiking trails and the lesser-known gem that is Camp Pollock – a free family spot in nature within sight of downtown Sacramento – with Amy Rodrigues of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy on the Visit Sacramento Podcast.

Listen to "Sacramento Valley Conservancy's Amy Rodrigues on Preserving & Visiting the Region's Undeveloped Land" on Spreaker.