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Guidebook for Sacramento

Benjamin

Guidebook for Sacramento

Essentials
Fresh, fantastic shopping! A bit pricey. Great deli
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Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
2820 R Street
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Fresh, fantastic shopping! A bit pricey. Great deli
If you're staying on a Saturday morning, this is a great place to pick up fresh and local food - this is the Farm to Fork Capitol after all :-)
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Midtown Farmers Market
1050 20th Street
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If you're staying on a Saturday morning, this is a great place to pick up fresh and local food - this is the Farm to Fork Capitol after all :-)
This is more of a lunch spot than the weekend Farmers Markets, but good to pick up some fresh, local food. Tuesday 10:00am - 1:30pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt Park
1615 9th Street
This is more of a lunch spot than the weekend Farmers Markets, but good to pick up some fresh, local food. Tuesday 10:00am - 1:30pm
This is more of a lunch spot than the weekend Farmers Markets, but some really great street food at this one. If you are downtown on a Wednesday, head over here. Tuesday 10:00am - 1:30pm
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Cesar Chavez Plaza
910 I St
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This is more of a lunch spot than the weekend Farmers Markets, but some really great street food at this one. If you are downtown on a Wednesday, head over here. Tuesday 10:00am - 1:30pm
24 hour brand new Safeway? Yeah, I shop here a lot. It's an easy walk or easier bike. There is even a convenient surface parking lot for those who want to drive.
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Safeway
1814 19th Street
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24 hour brand new Safeway? Yeah, I shop here a lot. It's an easy walk or easier bike. There is even a convenient surface parking lot for those who want to drive.
This used to be the only real grocery in the central city - and it wasn't even in the grid! Note - this was the site of the famous and missed Alhambra Theater. There a memorial in the parking lot
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Safeway
1025 Alhambra Boulevard
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This used to be the only real grocery in the central city - and it wasn't even in the grid! Note - this was the site of the famous and missed Alhambra Theater. There a memorial in the parking lot
For those unfamiliar, this Berkeley grocery is literally an outlet for food. It's great for cheap food, but you won't know what you'll be buying until you walk in :-)
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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
1700 Capitol Avenue
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For those unfamiliar, this Berkeley grocery is literally an outlet for food. It's great for cheap food, but you won't know what you'll be buying until you walk in :-)
Drinks & Nightlife
One of the simplest and best dive bars in town - and there is plenty of competition! Better yet, they have a great kitchen. Order the tacos, great with either Tri Tip or Potatoes.
Round Corner
2333 S Street
One of the simplest and best dive bars in town - and there is plenty of competition! Better yet, they have a great kitchen. Order the tacos, great with either Tri Tip or Potatoes.
I don't care what they call it, this will always be Benny's to me. My favorite martini. Make sure to get to the back patio.
Q Street Bar & Grill
2013 Q Street
I don't care what they call it, this will always be Benny's to me. My favorite martini. Make sure to get to the back patio.
Cocktails anyone? Shady Lady is the much disputed champion. I think these guys still rule the cocktail world in Sacramento, but things are getting crowded.
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The Shady Lady Saloon
1409 R Street
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Cocktails anyone? Shady Lady is the much disputed champion. I think these guys still rule the cocktail world in Sacramento, but things are getting crowded.
These are right next to each other and the top social spot in Sacramento. Unpretentious with quality stuff. The whole block is really fun. Block has great meat plates too.
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LowBrau
1050 20th Street
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These are right next to each other and the top social spot in Sacramento. Unpretentious with quality stuff. The whole block is really fun. Block has great meat plates too.
There are a cluster of Gay bars around K and 20th. This is a great place to start. Why? They pour the stiffest drinks in Sacramento.
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The Mercantile Saloon
1928 L Street
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There are a cluster of Gay bars around K and 20th. This is a great place to start. Why? They pour the stiffest drinks in Sacramento.
It's kinda the basic standard of a Midtown Sacramento bar. Could be filled with hipsters or old school hip hop lovers. That's what makes it fun.
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The Golden Bear
2326 K Street
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It's kinda the basic standard of a Midtown Sacramento bar. Could be filled with hipsters or old school hip hop lovers. That's what makes it fun.
This is a bar, but notable for the late night food. If you were even thinking of driving to Denny's, go here instead. On weekends, it's a great place for American food after 2am.
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Ink Eats & Drinks
2730 N Street
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This is a bar, but notable for the late night food. If you were even thinking of driving to Denny's, go here instead. On weekends, it's a great place for American food after 2am.
Big, young, brash nightclub. If you can stand the uninspired top 40 music, the atmosphere is great--especially on a hot summer night.
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The Park Ultra Lounge
1116 15th Street
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Big, young, brash nightclub. If you can stand the uninspired top 40 music, the atmosphere is great--especially on a hot summer night.
Dive Bar: Want to see some 50 somethings making out? Me too ;-). I love this dive bar so much, I once tried to lower it's ratings on a website so nobody else would know. Now it's our little secret.
Back Door Lounge
1112 Firehouse Alley
Dive Bar: Want to see some 50 somethings making out? Me too ;-). I love this dive bar so much, I once tried to lower it's ratings on a website so nobody else would know. Now it's our little secret.
Food Scene
Hidden Gem. You have had Korean Tacos, right? These guys have a fresh take and a fun location.
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Tako Korean BBQ
3030 T Street
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Hidden Gem. You have had Korean Tacos, right? These guys have a fresh take and a fun location.
The food and drinks here just keep improving. It's simple farm to fork and craft cocktails at reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere and good prices are the key here.
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The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar
2718 J Street
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The food and drinks here just keep improving. It's simple farm to fork and craft cocktails at reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere and good prices are the key here.
My favorite. Modern Japanese cuisine. Sit at the sushi bar. But don't get trapped into thinking it's a "sushi" place. Kru rewards the adventurous. Pricey. And if you see Bill, say hi from me :-)
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Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
3135 Folsom Boulevard
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My favorite. Modern Japanese cuisine. Sit at the sushi bar. But don't get trapped into thinking it's a "sushi" place. Kru rewards the adventurous. Pricey. And if you see Bill, say hi from me :-)
Looking for the perfect date spot? Adam is the owner/chef/waiter. American food or anything you want - they will make it. It's the kind of Manhattan restaurant that got pushed out by celebrity chefs.
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Moxie Restaurant
2028 H Street
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Looking for the perfect date spot? Adam is the owner/chef/waiter. American food or anything you want - they will make it. It's the kind of Manhattan restaurant that got pushed out by celebrity chefs.
Some of the best food in town. Continental. Local ingredients. Very elegant. Pricey of course. For drinks: I'll have the home made gin and tonic. She will have the white linen.
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Ella Dining Room & Bar
1131 K Street
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Some of the best food in town. Continental. Local ingredients. Very elegant. Pricey of course. For drinks: I'll have the home made gin and tonic. She will have the white linen.
The most hyped spot in town. Vegetable focused. The real deal in highlighting local ingredients. In my opinion it lives up the hype. Reasonable services. Counter service for lunch. Expect a wait.
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Mother Restaurant
1023 K Street
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The most hyped spot in town. Vegetable focused. The real deal in highlighting local ingredients. In my opinion it lives up the hype. Reasonable services. Counter service for lunch. Expect a wait.
Hidden gem. The lunch buffet is a great value and save some room for pastries at the front counter - great Baklava!
Darna Mediterranean Kitchen
925 K Street
Hidden gem. The lunch buffet is a great value and save some room for pastries at the front counter - great Baklava!
The best patio in Sacramento. If the weather is good, sit out here and get a desert and coffee! Also, the eclectic menu and casual atmosphere makes it family friendly. In the summer: white sangria
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Tower Café
1518 Broadway
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The best patio in Sacramento. If the weather is good, sit out here and get a desert and coffee! Also, the eclectic menu and casual atmosphere makes it family friendly. In the summer: white sangria
Hidden Gem. This tiny diner has the best quick service Egg Foo Young and great pancakes. Yeah, so good! Don't sleep on their eggs an fried rice. Best in breed for Asian American diners, period.
Harry's Cafe
2026 16th Street
Hidden Gem. This tiny diner has the best quick service Egg Foo Young and great pancakes. Yeah, so good! Don't sleep on their eggs an fried rice. Best in breed for Asian American diners, period.
Best soup in the grid. Great place for lunch. Counter service and simple. They will make you try everything. Reasonable prices
Muntean's Soup
1225 J Street
Best soup in the grid. Great place for lunch. Counter service and simple. They will make you try everything. Reasonable prices
My favorite Thai restaurant in the grid. Modern atmosphere and slightly out of the box food. Counter service. Reasonable prices.
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Thai Canteen | Midtown
1501 16th Street
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My favorite Thai restaurant in the grid. Modern atmosphere and slightly out of the box food. Counter service. Reasonable prices.
I love this place. I proposed to my wife here (she said yes). Continental with local ingredients. Great service and beautiful atmosphere. The classic Midtown neighborhood restaurant.
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Mulvaney's B&L
1215 19th Street
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I love this place. I proposed to my wife here (she said yes). Continental with local ingredients. Great service and beautiful atmosphere. The classic Midtown neighborhood restaurant.
There are two contrasting popular ramen spots in Sacramento. Here, go with the Kiro ramen with a side of the hot sauce. Or skip the ramen altogether and order a Gyu Don. mmmmmm...
Ryujin Ramen House
1831 S Street
There are two contrasting popular ramen spots in Sacramento. Here, go with the Kiro ramen with a side of the hot sauce. Or skip the ramen altogether and order a Gyu Don. mmmmmm...
Yeah, we have one. Are you from the Bay? You're welcome.
Peet's Coffee
1800 19th Street
Yeah, we have one. Are you from the Bay? You're welcome.
Ready for some real coffee? This place roasts their own. It's good without being pretentious or serious.
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Temple Coffee Roasters
2829 S Street
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Ready for some real coffee? This place roasts their own. It's good without being pretentious or serious.
Ready for some real coffee? This place roasts their own. It's good without being pretentious or serious.
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Temple Coffee Roasters
1010 9th Street
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Ready for some real coffee? This place roasts their own. It's good without being pretentious or serious.
This place is as much about the conversation as the excellent coffee. Simple, clean, leave the laptop at home.
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Insight Coffee Roasters
1901 8th Street
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This place is as much about the conversation as the excellent coffee. Simple, clean, leave the laptop at home.
It may be divisive, but for me it doesn't get better than the Tan Tan Men at Shoki. Really good Ramen. Great broth. quick service. There are two locations, but they rotate the chefs.
Shoki Ramen House
1201 R Street
It may be divisive, but for me it doesn't get better than the Tan Tan Men at Shoki. Really good Ramen. Great broth. quick service. There are two locations, but they rotate the chefs.
Single counter burger joint from the 1930's. This is the place if you prefer a classic. Look, Sacramento has many, many good burgers, but this is the whole package if you can get a seat.
Jim-Denny's
816 12th Street
Single counter burger joint from the 1930's. This is the place if you prefer a classic. Look, Sacramento has many, many good burgers, but this is the whole package if you can get a seat.
Late night food is a Midtown must. GoGi has some of the fastest and best. Korean tacos are made to be eaten after 2am.
GoGi's Korean BBQ
1431 L Street
Late night food is a Midtown must. GoGi has some of the fastest and best. Korean tacos are made to be eaten after 2am.
This place is as much about the conversation as the excellent coffee. Simple, clean, leave the laptop at home.
Insight Coffee Roasters
1615 16th St
This place is as much about the conversation as the excellent coffee. Simple, clean, leave the laptop at home.
Mother's naughty sister. Where Mother is hip, fresh and vegetarian--Empress is underground (literally), moody and all about meat. It's also exceptional and is poised to be a Sacramento institution.
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Empress Tavern
1013 K St
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Mother's naughty sister. Where Mother is hip, fresh and vegetarian--Empress is underground (literally), moody and all about meat. It's also exceptional and is poised to be a Sacramento institution.
Cute little cafe with just the right pastries, sandwiches and a good tomato soup. French macarons? I'll take a dozen :)
Estelle's Patisserie
615 David J Stern Walk
Cute little cafe with just the right pastries, sandwiches and a good tomato soup. French macarons? I'll take a dozen :)
If you're from the Bay Area or like your coffee fancy and drip, we've got you covered. It isn't really a secret, but their mint mojito is a treat.
Philz Coffee | The Ice Blocks
1725 R St
If you're from the Bay Area or like your coffee fancy and drip, we've got you covered. It isn't really a secret, but their mint mojito is a treat.
Basic Mexican - but so good! I like the cilantro house dressing on the salad. Reasonable prices and a fun atmosphere.
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Tres Hermanas
2416 K Street
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Basic Mexican - but so good! I like the cilantro house dressing on the salad. Reasonable prices and a fun atmosphere.
Great place to gather and have fun. It may be a little loud for some. Pitchers of sangria are a must. Bread is good, but add the $1 dipping sauce and it gets way better.
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Tapa the World
2115 J Street
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Great place to gather and have fun. It may be a little loud for some. Pitchers of sangria are a must. Bread is good, but add the $1 dipping sauce and it gets way better.
A fantastic new restaurant in town. New American, continental and fusion. Lunch is tasty and unpretentious. And dinner is sit down with a touch of class.
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Magpie Café
1601 16th St
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A fantastic new restaurant in town. New American, continental and fusion. Lunch is tasty and unpretentious. And dinner is sit down with a touch of class.
Classic Italian done to perfection. On Friday I order the lasagna, it's superb. Dress up, and expect a pricey meal. This is a white tablecloth place. It's classy.
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Biba
2801 Capitol Avenue
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Classic Italian done to perfection. On Friday I order the lasagna, it's superb. Dress up, and expect a pricey meal. This is a white tablecloth place. It's classy.
I love the pizza here. Neapolitan style thin crust with fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere. Pure Midtown style. Stop by for gelato on a hot night
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Hot Italian Pizza & Panini Bar
1627 16th Street
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I love the pizza here. Neapolitan style thin crust with fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere. Pure Midtown style. Stop by for gelato on a hot night
Sunday only. This is the best Farmers Market in the grid. It's right under the freeway. Get there early or the little old ladies will clean up! Open 8am-noon on Sundays
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Certified Farmers' Market
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Sunday only. This is the best Farmers Market in the grid. It's right under the freeway. Get there early or the little old ladies will clean up! Open 8am-noon on Sundays
Everything Else
Great little gelato spot. Already a Midtown classic.
Devine Gelateria & Café
1221 19th Street
Great little gelato spot. Already a Midtown classic.
$5 get's you in and the gym is worthy, plus a pool. One of the best deals in town.
Sacramento Central YMCA
2021 W Street
$5 get's you in and the gym is worthy, plus a pool. One of the best deals in town.
Just in case!
Rite Aid
2101 S Street
Just in case!
Fantastic #1 Yelp rated Dry Cleaning - just in case!
Sterling Cleaners
2417 Broadway
Fantastic #1 Yelp rated Dry Cleaning - just in case!
Sightseeing
Tour the Capitol. Just do it. It's a quick tour and you might even see some action on the Senate floor!
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Capitolio de California
1315 10th St
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Tour the Capitol. Just do it. It's a quick tour and you might even see some action on the Senate floor!
$100 Million renovation put this once hidden gem on the map. But the best part is still the old Mansion - do not miss it!
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Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
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$100 Million renovation put this once hidden gem on the map. But the best part is still the old Mansion - do not miss it!
It's a classic! Taffy and T-shirts here. And buildings that either are old or look old. Don't go on a hot day. If you drive, park in the parking garages - streets are full and they ticket like mad
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Old Sacramento
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It's a classic! Taffy and T-shirts here. And buildings that either are old or look old. Don't go on a hot day. If you drive, park in the parking garages - streets are full and they ticket like mad
Yes, that's right - it's in the river. It's a boat afterall! This is a quick hitter, but fun. Stop by and walk around. Grab a drink at the Pilothouse. The theater is cool, but the restaurant is not.
Delta King Hotel
1000 Front Street
Yes, that's right - it's in the river. It's a boat afterall! This is a quick hitter, but fun. Stop by and walk around. Grab a drink at the Pilothouse. The theater is cool, but the restaurant is not.
The State Capitol building is beautiful. My tips are to book a tour and spend at least an hour exploring the park--no need to rush.
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Capitolio de California
1315 10th St
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The State Capitol building is beautiful. My tips are to book a tour and spend at least an hour exploring the park--no need to rush.
Newly restored and stunning.
Governor's Mansion State Historic Park
1526 H St
Newly restored and stunning.
Entertainment & Activities
Best railroad museum I've even seen. Amazingly fun with kids. And go see the movie first thing!
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California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street
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Best railroad museum I've even seen. Amazingly fun with kids. And go see the movie first thing!
It's a small, older zoo. But renovations have been made to make for nice habitats for the residents. Great for kids and near other kid friendly destinations. I go straight for the red pandas!
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Zoológico de Sacramento
3930 West Land Park Drive
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It's a small, older zoo. But renovations have been made to make for nice habitats for the residents. Great for kids and near other kid friendly destinations. I go straight for the red pandas!
A glorified playground, but a fun one. Good for young children.
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Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Drive
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A glorified playground, but a fun one. Good for young children.
A little amusement park. Good to finish the trifecta with your younger kid when visiting the Zoo.
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Funderland Park
1350 17th Avenue
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A little amusement park. Good to finish the trifecta with your younger kid when visiting the Zoo.
A hidden gem for parents. This historic home has been converted into a children's focused library. Charming beyond words.
2112 22nd St
2112 22nd St
A hidden gem for parents. This historic home has been converted into a children's focused library. Charming beyond words.
Don't get me wrong--Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of Basketball. But Golden 1 is the best modern sports experience, period. If you have the chance, go to a game or a concert. And if you can afford it, opt for the lower bowl as the upper bowl seating is literally quite steep.
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Golden 1 Center
500 David J Stern Walk
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Don't get me wrong--Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of Basketball. But Golden 1 is the best modern sports experience, period. If you have the chance, go to a game or a concert. And if you can afford it, opt for the lower bowl as the upper bowl seating is literally quite steep.
Parks & Nature
For Runners: Take the extra bit around Park Way and it's a full mile loop. The trail is decomposed granite and easy on the knees. The playground is also amazing for kids.
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McKinley Park
601 Alhambra Boulevard
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For Runners: Take the extra bit around Park Way and it's a full mile loop. The trail is decomposed granite and easy on the knees. The playground is also amazing for kids.
Has a wonderful new playground--especially for kids 8 and younger.
John C. Fremont Park
1515 Q Street
Has a wonderful new playground--especially for kids 8 and younger.
Fantastic 27 mile (!!!) parkway for biking, running and river access. From Midtown, the entrance is a little tricky and starts next to Blue Diamond on C between 19th and 20th. Message me if you have any questions about access.
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American River Parkway
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Fantastic 27 mile (!!!) parkway for biking, running and river access. From Midtown, the entrance is a little tricky and starts next to Blue Diamond on C between 19th and 20th. Message me if you have any questions about access.