The Top Things to Do in North Natomas
September 11, 2020

The Top Things to Do in North Natomas

Just 10 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, North Natomas is a vibrant community of family-friendly housing developments, bustling shopping centers and expansive parks. Just north of 1-80, it has easy access to the central city, but with quiet neighborhoods, great schools and a suburban vibe.


But Natomas is no sleepy suburb. There are plenty of things to do here, whether you need a little retail therapy, some fresh air and exercise, or a chill spot to hang out with friends or family. Following are some of the top things to do in North Natomas.


Dine al fresco

The Waffle Experience Sacramento, Folsom + Elk Grove

Photo courtesy The Waffle Experience

North Natomas has no shortage of great restaurants, representing cuisine from all corners of the globe. Many of them have charming outdoor patios, perfect for enjoying a pleasant outdoor meal. Some spots to consider are Bella Bru, which serves sandwiches, salads, and comfort food entrees like ribs and meatloaf; Koshi Ramen Bar, which has ramen, rice bowls and appetizers; and The Waffle Experience, a brunch spot with waffle toppings like pulled pork and smoked salmon.


Go shopping


Natomas is known for its plethora of shopping centers, strip malls, big-box stores and national name brands. You can find what everyday essentials at spots like Target and Walmart, as well as clothing, shoes, electronics, books, cosmetics, home décor, gifts — you name it, you’ll find it in Natomas. Check out Natomas Marketplace, the Promenade and Park Place 2 Shopping Center.

Have a beer

Photo courtesy Track 7

Thirsty after all that shopping? Luckily, Natomas has a few spots that can quench that thirst. Track 7 has artisan brews like blonde ale, IPA and even sour (grown-up) slushies. Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse also has a wide selection of beers, including their own IPA, red ale and blonde ale. The Hub Eats & Drinks has 16 craft beers on tap, with a focus on local breweries like New Helvetia in Sacramento, Bike Dog in West Sacramento and Knee Deep in Auburn.


Get outside

North Natomas Regional Park

Build on former agricultural land, the Natomas area has preserved much of its greenspace in the form of regional and neighborhood parks. If you’re looking to get out and stretch your legs, try North Natomas Regional Park, which has walking trails, a pond and a dog park. North Natomas Community Park has a bike trail, lighted tennis courts and a nature area, while Tanzanite Community Park has a skate park and lake.


Indulge at a food truck

Photo courtesy SactoMofo

Looking for some scrumptious grub to go? Check out one of the food truck events taking place each week in Natomas. Hosted by SactoMofo, the events are held Wednesday from 5­–8 p.m. at Westlake Charter School  and Sundays from 5­–8 p.m. at Witter Ranch Elementary School. Visiting trucks include Local Kine Shave Ice, Bella Familia Wood Fired Pizza, and Bangin Bowls Latin cuisine.


Come home

If you’re thinking about planting roots in North Natomas, there are plenty of housing options. From new construction to established neighborhoods to modern condos, there’s sure to be something that meets your need (and fits your budget).




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Cathy Harrington

Cathy Harrington is Lyon Real Estate’s director of marketing, overseeing the content on the Lyon Local blog, website and social media channels.