The Top Things to Do in Rocklin, CA
Located in south Placer County less than 30 minutes from Sacramento, Rocklin is a family-friendly community known for its top-notch schools and colleges, fun community events, leafy neighborhood parks, various shops and boutiques, and lively bars and restaurants. Its high quality of life, low crime rate and access to plenty of services and attractions have led to it being named one of the best places to live by both Money, Inc. and ChamberofCommerce.org. Not only is it a great place to call home, it’s also a great place to spend an afternoon. Following are some of the top things to do in Rocklin, California.
Visit a Park
Did you know a park is located within half a mile of nearly every door in Rocklin? In fact, there are more than three dozen parks within the city limits. Whether you’re looking for a playground for the little ones, a splash pad to cool off, a designated space for your pooch to run free, or a quiet trail to hike or bike, Rocklin has a spot for you. One of the most popular parks in Rocklin is Quarry Park, home to Quarry Park Adventures, which has ziplining, rock climbing and paddle boats in a former granite quarry. Use the city’s interactive park finder to explore the many parks in Rocklin.
Go Out to Dinner (or Lunch, or Brunch!)
Stomach growling? Rocklin has plenty of restaurants to suit any taste. A few favorites include The Chef’s Table, which has elevated comfort food with a farm-to-table slant; Zest Kitchen, a vegan cafe with salads, burgers and wraps; and BarnBurner, a brunch spot with mimosas in unique flavors like cotton candy and basil peach. Rocklin also has a great selection of restaurants representing cuisine from across the globe, including Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian and Lebanese, among others.
Have a Beer
The greater Sacramento area is known for its amazing craft breweries, and Rocklin is no exception. It’s home to several notable spots, including Out of Bounds Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery known for their strawberry blonde, grapefruit double IPA, and barrel-aged caramel super stout. Another option is Moksa Brewing Company, which has a blueberry sour ale, hazy double IPA and helles lager. Other options for beer lovers in Rocklin include Kathrin’s Biergarten, a friendly, open-air spot with dozens of beers on draft, plus traditional German food. University of Beer also has a large selection, as well as casual pub fair. Craft Beer Vault also has a large selection of regional brews, plus weekly trivia.
Participate in a Community Event
The city of Rocklin is passionate about fostering a sense of community for residents. They do this through a variety of enrichment and recreational programs, including half marathons, 5K obstacle courses, after-school programs, and other events. There’s a weekly farmers’ market July through October in the Blue Oaks Town Center as well as a FREE drive-through farmers’ market for families in need courtesy of the Placer Food Bank Feed Our Future Program. Rocklin also hosts free outdoor movies on Friday nights during the summer, Shakespeare in the Park and live concerts at Quarry Park.
When it comes to retail therapy, Rocklin is probably best known for its proximity to the Westfield Galleria mall in neighboring Roseville. But Rocklin has its share of stores as well. All the big national big-box stores have outposts here, such as Target and Walmart. It’s also home to specialty stores like Bass Pro Shops, RC Willey, Petco and Ulta. And, if you’re looking to support locally-owned shops, check out Lux n Lav for on-trend women’s clothing, Varied Treasures for gently-used home goods and furniture, and Deer Creek Farm for unique gifts, home decor and gourmet food. Best of all, proceeds go to support Compassion Planet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk foster youth!
Find the Perfect Home
After a day in Rocklin, you may be considering planting roots here. Luckily houses in Rocklin come in all shapes and sizes, from modern townhomes to single-family ranch style homes to luxury homes in gated communities. You can search homes for sale in Rocklin and take advantage of everything this friendly suburb has to offer!
Category Neighborhood Guides, Real Estate
Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.