Downtown Tours

Walking Tours

These unique tours through Downtown Sacramento introduce visitors and residents to people, places and events that shaped California history. From John Sutter to Cesar Chavez, the tours cover more than 150 years of state and local history with topics that range from art and architecture to cultural, religious and urban history.

Call 916-442-8575 or email dsp(at)downtownsac.org to make a reservation. Each of these guided walking tours last approximately one to two hours.

TOURS:

 

Downtown Haunted Tour

Downtown Sacramento’s history is full of tales of haunting and ghoulish behavior. From the discovery of an ancient Indian burial ground under the new City Hall, to Victoria era ghosts and Gold Rush ghouls, there are plenty of spooky stories surrounding the macabre side of Sacramento’s past.

We’re dying to help you get ready for Halloween with our new Haunted Tour through Downtown. Starting at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 9th and J street, you’ll be lead through the dead center of Downtown by DSP Guide and paranormal enthusiast Shawn Peter.  As you pass the old City Hall, library, and St. Rose of Lima Park Shawn will give you the scoop. Whispers, sightings, noises, and apparitions have been widely reported in the heart of Sacramento, attributed to legendary murders, vigilante justice, heroic rescue attempts, and tragic accidents.

The tour wraps up right in front of Sacramento’s most haunted landmarks, The Crest Theatre. After the tour, participants can enjoy a cold brew at in a much more lively location for spiritsKBAR, Dive Bar, and Pizza Rock are all nearby so you can grab a beer to ease your fears. After all, the stuff that Sacramento’s legends are made of just might be the same things that you hear go bump in the night.

 

  • WHEN: October | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • STARTING POINT: Cesar Chavez Park at 9th and J streets
  • COST: $10 per person

Old Sacramento Speakeasy Tour | Rich History & Dirty Little Secrets

DSP tour guide and history buff, Shawn Peter, takes you on a guided tour through Old Sacramento’s underground watering holes. The tour begins at the River City Saloon, an Old Town bar decorated in prohibition-era style. Your group will head to several other speakeasy spots including the famed Delta King Riverboat, which at the time served as a ‘floating’ hotspot for illegal drinking, jazz bands, gambling and fine dining.

Along the way, you’ll learn fascinating tidbits about the people and events that shaped the city’s early history as one of the ‘wettest cities in the union’ during this pivotal era in American history. Order a prohibition-era themed cocktail (or simply your favorite drink) available for purchase at participating tour stops. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours. This is a seasonal tour that will pick up again in spring of 2014.

  • WHEN: Summer 2015
  • TIME:  5:30 pm – 8 pm
  • STARTING POINT: River City Saloon, 916 2nd Street in Old Sacramento
  • COST: $10 per person for Speakeasy

Tour participants must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets for this tour must be pre-purchased, please, no walk ups.

Contact the DSF

Downtown Sacramento Partnership
980 9th Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: (916) 442-8575
F (916) 442-2053
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