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Top 20 Diversions for Sacramento Seniors
Whether you’re retired with spare time on your hands, or still
working but old enough to enjoy senior discounts, Sacramento has endless
entertainment options geared towards seniors on a budget. Below are 20
fun activities — in no particular order — that offer the
best bang for your entertainment buck. Happy recreating!
1 Catch a Steam Train. Who says train rides are just for kids? A scenic,
six-mile train excursion departs from the Public Market in Old Sacramento,
just two blocks south of the Railroad Museum on Front Street. The relaxing
ride takes about 40 minutes and runs every weekend from April through
September. www.csrmf.org. ($6 senior rate)
2 Step and Sip. Mission Oaks Senior Center, at 4701 Gibbons Drive, holds
a dance and tea for seniors every Tuesday and Friday from 1:15 p.m. to
3:45 p.m. Sway to live music and enjoy finger food. (916) 972-0336 for
more information. ($5 admission)
3 Tour a Local Winery. Just off of Florin Road sits the area’s
oldest family owned and operated winery. Coif a glass of the Frasinetti
Merlot or Chianti at the vineyard. Once you’ve wet your whistle,
migrate over to the on-site restaurant located in a renovated cellar.
The winery is open to the public 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (916) 383-2444, www.frasinetti.com.
(Wine tasting is free)
4 Bingo! Line up your chips at the Hart Senior Center, located at 27th
and J Street, and win up to $50 per card. The Center holds the event
three Tuesday’s each month. (916) 264-5462. (50 cents per card)
5 Play the Slots. Take the hassle out of traveling and take a trip to
Reno with the Sacramento Senior Citizens Club. Just $25 gets you a roundtrip
bus ride, plus an $8 credit for gambling and a $3 food voucher. The lively
trip includes a bingo game on the ride up to the casinos and a stop for
donuts and coffee along the way. For more information, call the Hart
Senior Center at (916) 264-5462.
6 Check out a Model-T. On June 18th, the Towe Auto Museum is holding
their Annual River City Roundup Car & Art Show. The event, to be
held inside the museum, includes a judged classic car competition. On
display will be pre-WWII era classics, as well as modern low-riders.
(916) 442-6802, www.toweautomuseum.org. ($5 admission, $12.50 with lunch)
7 Take a trip to the 19th Century. On June 11, the clocks at Sutter’s
Fort State Historic Park will be turned back to June 1846, when word
reached the Fort of the Bear Flag Revolt, an uprising against Mexican
rule in California. Costumed re-enactors will perform activities during
the special event. Sutter Fort was established by Swiss immigrant John
Sutter in 1839. His 48,000-acre estate was the first non-Indian settlement
in the Central Valley. (916) 445-4422. ($6 admission)
8 Star Gaze. The Sacramento City College Observatory opens to the public
on the first Friday of each month September to June. Catch a comet before
the season’s up. (916) 558-2423. (Free)
9 See the Silver Screen in 3-D. Beginning June 8, the IMAX Theater in
downtown Sacramento, is offering a summer senior special. All movies,
including the riveting “Sharks” documentary, will be discounted
to $7, while the concession will feature 1940s pricing. (916) 443-IMAX
10 Hear Outdoor Music. Friday Night Concerts in The Park will liven up
Cesar Chavez Plaza from 5 pm to 9 p.m. This season will feature artists
representing various music genres, including rock, pop, blues, folk,
and jazz. (916) 442-8575. (Free)
11 Have a Day at The Races. Don a wide brimmed hat and place your bets
at the Cal-Expo Horse Races. The Expo is open year-round Wednesday through
Saturday. (877) CAL EXPO. ($3 admission)
12 Reel In A Big One. Prolific fishing holes abound along the American
River and Sacramento River. Contact the State Department of Fish and
Game ((916) 653-7664) and Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation
((916) 653-6995) about fishing licenses.
13 Root for the Home Team. The River Cats are on a winning streak. Catch
them before the season’s over at Raley Field, just across the river.
You can’t beat the stadium’s garlic fries, either. Visit
www.rivercats.com for this season’s schedule.
14 Fill Up On Flapjacks. Stop into the IHOP on Madison Avenue Wednesday
evenings after 4 p.m. with a friend, and get one meal for free. The restaurant
offers a two for one deal for seniors four nights each month. (916) 338-0373.
15 Meditate on Macbeth. Shakespeare’s work is presented each summer
at the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre, outdoors in William Land Park.
The box office can be reached at (916) 558-2228. ($10 for seniors)
16 Go to Summer Camp. The City of Sacramento sponsors an annual overnight
camp for over-50 adults August 22 to 26 at Camp Sacramento. Participants
stay in furnished cabins and spend their days biking, horseback riding
and kayaking. Evenings end around the campfire. (916) 277-6046 ($220-$285
for the session)
17 Find Your Inner Beethoven. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra performs
throughout the spring and fall. Check www.sacramentophilharmonic.org for the current schedule. ($12 admission)
18 Hit a Kingpin. Capitol Bowl, at 900 W. Capitol, is a great place to
tie on your bowling shoes and practice your form. Check out the new state
of the art glowing lanes and a hopping restaurant/bar. (916) 371-5631,
19 Mingle with Monkeys. Weekends are crowded, but The Sacramento Zoo
is a relaxing, quiet sanctuary on weekday afternoons. Be sure to visit
the golden-bellied mangabey. (916) 264-5888, www.saczoo.com.
20 Read the Spectrum. What
other publication gives you a lively mix of news, features and entertaining
columns for and about seniors? We’re
biased, but we think it’s a great read.
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