Things to Do in Land Park + Curtis Park
Land Park and Curtis Park, located just south of downtown, are two of Sacramento’s signature neighborhoods. They are included among the city’s oldest historic areas, and considered one of the most delightful areas to call home. In fact, a recent survey ranked Curtis Park as one of the 10 hottest neighborhoods in the entire country!
You may be wondering why residents (and evidently, people throughout the country) are so attracted to these twin neighborhoods, so let’s take the mystery down a notch by highlighting some of our favorite features of Land Park and Curtis Park!
Visit William Land Park
William Land Park is one of the main attractions in the Land Park/Curtis Park area, as it is a major hub for community activity. The 166.5 acres of developed land include an adventure play area, an amphitheater, a basketball court, a golf course, a jogging path, lakes, picnic areas, a rock garden, several sports fields, a wading pool and more.
The William Land Golf Course attracts residents and visitors alike, with its easygoing atmosphere and 9 holes weaving throughout the park’s beautiful scenery!
Bike Along the Sacramento River
Land Park and Curtis Park are bordered by the Sacramento River, which gives residents immediate access to outdoor adventure along the water.
The Sacramento River Bike Trail is a common destination for bikers and their wheels, which starts up north where the river meets up with the American River and ends down south in Meadowview. This is a popular trail for biking, hiking and dog-walking, and extends 9.3 miles along the beautiful Sacramento River.
Indulge at Local Restaurants + Bars
The Broadway area along the northern edge of Land Park is packed with restaurants and bars to enjoy — particularly ethnic restaurants! There are countless Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Ethiopian and Mexican restaurants, several of which have outdoor seating.
Queen Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine offers a unique African dining experience with a wide array of vegetarian, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and meat-lover dishes, combining flavors with exotic signatures such as Berbere and Injera. Bask in the sun out on their patio to experience their intense flavors and inviting service.
Tower Cafe serves specialties from across the globe ranging from their award-winning Famous French Toast to Piag’s Thai Steak, in addition to seasonal daily specials. This Land Park staple was voted the best brunch spot in Sacramento, and is located near the historic Tower Theater. But more on that later…
New Helvetia Brewing Company is brewing exceptional craft beer at their brewery located in the center of activity on Broadway. Their beers are “part of an ongoing experiment in pursuit of perfection,” which can be sampled in their enchanting Courtyard Biergarten or in their cozy tasting room.
Track 7 Brewing Co. was given its name partly due to the brewery’s proximity to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks, west of Curtis Park. Their simple selection of beers means they value quality over quantity at Track 7 — and you’ll get just that. Their expert brewers experiment with all varieties and styles of beer, including American, Belgian, English and German.
Three blocks south of Broadway, you’ll stumble upon the famous Gunther’s Ice Cream shop, which uses a slow, hand-controlled method when crafting their ice cream. This popular ice cream shop has been in operation since 1940, and their quality has delivered ever since!
Admire Wildlife at The Sacramento Zoo
The Sacramento Zoo is a local attraction drawing people from all over the region — right here in Land Park. The zoo has been in operation since 1927, hosting over 140 native, rare and endangered species.
Hours vary according to the season, but you can guarantee that the zoo will be open on a daily basis, with extremely affordable admission rates! General admission costs $11.75, seniors 65+ cost $11, children ages 2–11 are $7.75, and children under 2 are free.
Catch an Artistic Film at The Tower Theatre
The Tower Theatre is a Sacramento icon, towering over the Broadway area with its bright neon sign. People come from all over the Greater Sacramento Area to see independent, foreign and specialty films at this 1938 landmark.
Take a look at their upcoming showtimes and make a visit to this picture palace to experience something new (and old…)!
Have a Blast at Funderland Amusement Park
Funderland Amusement Park offers a thrilling experience for kids — and kids at heart! This amusement park has been dishing up kid-sized thrills since 1947, with a variety of rides from a Flying Dragon roller coaster to a peaceful Funderland Train ride. Your kids will have a blast at this action-packed park, and you can even visit the zoo, Funderland and Fairytale Town in one exciting (and busy!) day.
Photo Courtesy of Funderland Amusement Park
Imagine and Learn at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town is a long-standing kid-focused attraction that has been in William Land Park for over 50 years! It offers children and families a safe place to imagine, play and learn with 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens.
Get Connected at Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community is a major hub for activity in Curtis Park. Tenants within the center include local dance companies, catering firms, religious and social services and other community-based organizations. Beyond hosting on a more permanent basis, Sierra 2 hosts wedding, conferences, parties and stage performances from time to time, and is an inviting gathering place for residents of Curtis Park and surrounding areas.
Shop Local at the Land Park Farmers’ Market
The Land Park Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday starting in June from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the corner of 21st and Sutterville in Land Park. This brand new market has over 50 vendors selling baked goods, organic fruits and vegetables, charcuterie products, coffee and tea, crafts, cut flowers, cheese, fish, local honey, kettle corn, natural pet feed, oils, soaps, plants and much more!
Make Yourself at Home
With all of these neighborhood amenities and activities, it might be tempting to make your visit to the area a bit more permanent. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you take a look at the residential side of these neighborhoods, as the streets are lined with towering trees, rich foliage, and a wide variety of home styles — many of which have a rich history and have been passed down from generation to generation. You’ll find nearly any style of home you’re looking for, including California Bungalow, Spanish Revival, Storybook, Tudor, Craftsman and more!
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What are your favorite features of Land Park and Curtis Park?
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