Why Natomas Should Be Your Next Weekend Day Trip Destination
Natomas is a pleasant area just north of Sacramento divided into two distinct communities, South Natomas and North Natomas. South Natomas is located minutes from downtown and is a popular area for city commuters to call home. North Natomas offers luxury living along the Sacramento River and hosts a variety of destinations, including picturesque parks and the Sacramento International Airport.
With an abundance of green space, restaurants, shops and other desirable destinations, here are just a few reasons you should consider Natomas for your next day trip.
1. There are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Natomas has an impressive collection of parks, including the 302-acre Discovery Park in South Natomas, North Natomas Regional Park in North Natomas, and the Teal Bend Golf Course along the river.
Discovery Park is where the American River meets the Sacramento River, providing plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. Go on a bike ride along the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Bike Trail, play a game of softball, enjoy your lunch at one of their scenic picnic tables, and much more.
North Natomas Regional Park features a water spray area for kids, lots of grassy fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, paths for walking and biking, two dog parks, and a permanent structure for the farmers’ market each summer.
Teal Bend Golf Course has the largest grass practice range in Sacramento and an 18-hole championship course nestled along the Sacramento River. Practice your game amongst this public club boasting 250 acres of natural wetlands, native trees, lush fairways and rolling green hills.
2. Natomas has delicious restaurants.
One of the most convincing reasons to visit a community is its collection of restaurants. You will not be disappointed with Natomas’ impressive lineup of eateries!
Start the day right at The Waffle Experience with some unique waffle creations using fresh ingredients, such as their “Lean on Me” fresh herb waffle topped with a turkey sausage patty, seasoned egg whites, gouda, apple compote, arugula and sun-dried tomato aioli.
Photo Courtesy of The Waffle Experience
Next, grab lunch at Bella Bru Cafe, a locally owned restaurant serving salads, pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and other delicious plates.
End the day at Malabar American Cooking, a family-friendly New American bar and grill serving exceptional steaks, fresh fish, hand-cut vegetables, garden-fresh salads and much more.
3. Plus, a renowned brewery.
Photo Courtesy of Track 7 Brewing
Natomas is home to one of Track 7 Brewing’s two taprooms. This family-owned brewery is one of the best in the area due to their inviting atmosphere and artisan brews. Track 7’s approach to beer follows West Coast tradition, but without fidelity to a singular “style”. This unfocused approach allows Track 7 to experiment with all varieties of beer, regardless of American, Belgian, English or German inspiration.
4. There are tons of shops in the area.
Take a stroll through the variety of shops at Park Place II Shopping Center, dotted with a collection of eateries if hunger strikes during your shopping trip. North Natomas Regional Park is next door to Park Place II, providing the perfect setting to enjoy a picnic or stretch your legs throughout the day.
The Promenade is another popular shopping hub frequented by Natomas residents and visitors alike. The laid-back outdoor gathering spaces make traveling from shop to shop more enjoyable.
5. And plenty of venues to see a show or concert.
The Benvenuti Performing Arts Center hosts a dynamic program of theatre and the performing arts. Their live performances are designed to inspire, challenge and empower artists, students and audiences in the greater Sacramento community.
You also may have attended a Sacramento Kings game or major event at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas, which hosted over 200 spectator events each year through 2016. This historical venue is well known throughout the nation!
6. Natomas hosts an amazing farmers’ market.
The Natomas Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday morning throughout the summer. Head to the North Natomas Regional Park between 8 a.m. and noon every Saturday from June through mid-September for fresh produce from regional farmers. The market will have live music playing to make the experience that much more lively and exciting! On the first Friday of each month through the summer, return to the park for the market’s First Fridays, featuring a beer garden, live band, hot food vendors, and much more.
7. It’s easily accessible from just about anywhere.
One of the best features of Natomas is its central location amongst the Greater Sacramento Area, which means you may easily access it from just about any surrounding community. With I-5 and I-80 intersecting in the Natomas area, you can hop on the highway from neighboring communities and get to Natomas after a short drive. And the roads go both ways! Natomas residents enjoy quick commutes in and out of the downtown area and to various neighborhoods in the area.
8. Natomas is located near the river.
The Sacramento River is one of the most picturesque features of this area, and Natomas residents enjoy convenient access to its fresh, flowing waters. In fact, there is an abundance of upscale homes nestled between the river and gorgeous agricultural fields, providing a secluded environment for residents and their guests.
In fact, if you enjoy your visit to Natomas enough, you may just want to become a resident yourself! There are plenty of homes for sale in Natomas, which means you too can enjoy access to all of the abovementioned amenities and so much more.
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