Things to Do in Land Park & Curtis Park
Land Park and Curtis Park, located just south of downtown, are two of Sacramento’s most charming neighborhoods. They are known for their quaint historic homes, tree-canopied streets and family-friendly vibe. Best of all, they each have plenty of things to do, from enjoying the outdoors to unwinding at local restaurants. Following are some of the best ways to spend your time in Land Park and Curtis Park.
To the west of Land Park and Curtis Park is the Sacramento River, which gives both residents and visitors alike easy access to this scenic natural wonder. The Sacramento River Bike Trail wends its way from Old Sacramento to South Land Park for nearly 10 miles, offering views of the riverside landscape and passing through Miller Park, a popular spot for boaters.
The neighborhood’s crown jewel is William Land Park, another outdoor treasure. An expansive public park that hosts community events and festivals, it also has an established jogging trail, fishing pond, shaded picnic areas, play areas for the kiddos and a 9-hole public golf course.
Be a Kid Again
William Land Park is also home to Fairytale Town, a themed amusement park for the little ones. It offers children and families a safe place to imagine, play and learn with 25 play structures based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens. Nearby is Funderland, a pint-sized amusement park for the 10-and-under set. Popular rides include the Flying Dragon rollercoaster and the Funderland train ride.
Land Park is also home to the Sacramento Zoo, with more than 140 species of animals from across the globe, from African lions to Madagascar tree boas to Sumatran orangutans. And of course, flamingos! The zoo also has a climbing wall, carousel and train to explore, and hosts special events throughout the year, such as overnight campouts, holiday celebrations and – for mom and dad – wine and beer tasting.
Get in Touch With Your Artsy Side
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The Tower Theatre is a Sacramento landmark, its iconic neon sign overlooking the city. Film lovers from across the greater Sacramento area come to the Tower to catch the latest indie and foreign films, as well as classic movies from the Golden Age to today. The Tower also hosts film festivals centered on everything from film noir to anime.
Learn Something New
The Sierra 2 Center is a community center in Curtis Park that hosts a variety of classes and events. Learn how to meditate, practice yoga, study swordsmanship or get fit with Zumba or ballet. The kids can even learn how to paint, take a Taiko drumming lesson or study Spanish or Italian. The center is also home to the 24th Street Theater, which hosts dance performances, concerts, comedy acts and plays. Other events put on by Sierra 2 include a Curtis Park home tour, an outdoor summer concert series and artisan fairs.
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Hungry? Both Land Park and Curtis Park have plenty of restaurants to satisfy your craving. Tower Café, next door to the Tower Theater, is an eclectic restaurant with dishes from all corners of the globe, not to mention the most drool-worthy French toast in town. Selland’s on Broadway has a large outdoor patio and dishes to suit any taste, from burgers and sandwiches to pizza and salads. Taylor’s Kitchen offers upscale seasonal dining without the pretension often found in other high-end establishments. There’s even a market next door where you can pick up hard-to-find wines and gourmet deli items! If you’re craving some hearty, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, head over to Dad’s Kitchen. The casual, family-friendly eatery is known for its bacon-crusted burger patties, made famous by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Throw Back a Pint (or Two)
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Thirsty for an adult beverage? Both Land Park and Curtis Park have plenty of places to unwind. Hop Gardens on Franklin Blvd. is neighborhood taproom with a family-friendly vibe. They serve dozens of regional brews, plus Neapolitan-style pizza and salads. Another popular taphouse is Pangaea, which has a selection of international brews alongside upscale pub fare. One of Sacramento’s most well-known breweries is Track 7, which pours its award-winning brews — such as Panic IPA and Bee Line Honey Blonde — in a kid- and dog-friendly warehouse near Sac City College. On Broadway is New Helvetia, which serves its lagers, IPAs and stouts out of a historic brick building complete with outdoor biergarten.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
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Land Park and Curtis Park are home to several of the city’s most popular ice cream shops. Gunther’s has been serving its house-made ice cream from its Franklin Blvd. shop since the 1940s! In fact, its building is recognized as a historic landmark. But what brings locals to Gunther’s is its hand-crafted ice cream, with flavors such as Swiss orange chip and lemon custard. Another old-fashioned ice cream parlor is Vic’s, located on Riverside Blvd. Also in operation since the 1940s, Vic’s is serves house-made ice cream such as cherry amaretto and raspberry ribbon as well as classic lunch counter items such as egg salad sandwiches and BLTs. If ice cream isn’t your thing, but you still have a hankering for something sweet, check out Freeport Bakery. It’s THE place to go for special occasion cakes, pies and other desserts.
Make Yourself at Home
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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! Whether you’re searching for homes in Land Park or homes in Curtis Park, you’ll be impressed by their sophisticated charm and elegance.