The Best Things to Do in Roseville
Less than a half-hour from downtown Sacramento, Roseville is a vibrant suburb known for its family-friendly neighborhoods, ample shopping opportunities, and great restaurants. It’s a sprawling area that hugs the Interstate 80/Highway 65 corridor, stretching from Pleasant Grove in the west to Granite Bay in the east. It has more than 70 city parks, more than 90 miles of bike lanes and more than 30 miles of off-street paths for exploration.
Roseville isn’t just a sleepy suburb. It’s a lively community that’s not only a great place to live, but also a great place to visit. In fact, its world-class restaurants, numerous shopping malls and local attractions make it a destination in its own right. Following are some of the best things to do in Roseville.
Roseville is THE shopping destination for the region. In fact, shoppers from throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond descend on Roseville for its many shopping malls and centers. Anchoring the retail scene is the Westfield Galleria at Roseville, a sprawling indoor mall with department stores and dozens of national and international brands, including luxury brands such as Gucci, Tiffany and Louis Vuitton. There’s also a movie theater and plenty of eateries. Nearby is the outdoor Fountains at Roseville, with its restaurants, boutiques, and big-name shops such as Anthropologie and West Elm. Surrounding the area are numerous smaller shopping centers and big-box stores, plus well-known stores selling everything from clothing and jewelry to toys and electronics.
But the Roseville shopping scene isn’t limited to big-name corporate companies. There are also plenty of small, independent boutiques peppered throughout the area. Following are some of our favorites:
Terra Cottage Boutique. Located in Old Town Roseville, this quaint boutique sells carefully curated goods, many designed by local makers. You can find on-trend clothing, handmade jewelry, home decor and adorable gift items.
Spin Gifts. Need a tabletop s’mores maker? How about fuzzy slippers or novelty socks? You’ll find them all at Spin Gifts, a quirky gift shop that offers everything from handmade earrings to cookbooks, funky holiday ornaments to coffee mugs.
Village General Store & Refillery. This shop specializes in Earth-first everyday items that are sustainable and, in most cases, locally produced. You can find small-batch soaps and bath products, fair trade coffee, and organic pantry items such as rice, beans and spices. They also have a large selection of environmentally friendly cleaning products (and refillable containers) so you can ditch the plastic and have your space spruced up in no time.
Roseville may be known for its urban amenities, but it also has numerous spots where you can get some fresh air and exercise as well. For a hike or bike ride, check out Miner’s Ravine Trail, which stretches six miles along both Miner’s Ravine and Dry Creek. This popular trail passes through residential areas and shopping districts, with side trails connecting the wooded greenway to neighborhood parks. Maidu Regional Park is an expansive park that has just about everything you could want in an outdoor space: a walking path, a skate park, a playground and plenty of spots to spread out and have a picnic. It’s also home to the Maidu Museum & Historic Site, where you can learn about the Nisenan Maidu who lived here for thousands of years. An interpretive trail has bedrock mortars and ancient petroglyphs.
If family fun is more your speed, head to Golfland-Sunsplash, a family-friendly amusement park that offers year-round fun. In the summer, you can woosh down a waterslide or float down a lazy river. In the winter, you can hide out inside for arcade games or laser tag. And if it’s not raining, you can take in a game of mini-golf any time of year. Around the holidays, they transform their outdoor space into a winter wonderland with thousands of sparkling lights. Another fun adventure is Topgolf, where you can rent a private bay and have a friendly competition courtesy of their high-tech target and scoring system.
Grab a Bite to Eat
Roseville has no shortage of great restaurants, from high-end special occasion destination restaurants to mom-and-pop spots serving cuisine from every corner of the globe. Following are some top picks.
Mikuni. A staple of the Sacramento area for quality sushi and Japanese cuisine for years, Mikuni’s Roseville location won’t disappoint. Hand rolls, sashimi, bento boxes and ramen will keep you full till dinnertime. They also have a special menu just for kids.
Zocalo. With locations throughout the greater Sacramento area, this popular restaurant specializes in regional Mexican cuisine like enchiladas and tacos, plus famous house-blended margaritas (including blackberry and mango), all served in a friendly, festive atmosphere.
La Provence. La Provence has been winning local awards for over a decade. Their upscale meals are paired with a light, casual atmosphere that feels both sophisticated and inviting. Sip an artisan cocktail while you enjoy pan-roasted halibut or beef Wellington and you’ll agree it’s one of the best restaurants in the greater Sacramento area.
The Place. Inspired by childhood memories and family recipes, The Place is the place for fine, authentic Italian food. With an impressive menu of fresh pizzas, paninis and mouth-watering entrées, you’ll want to come back again and again — even if it’s just for the cozy community atmosphere!
Catch Some Live Music
Roseville has no shortage of spots to enjoy the after-hours scene. If you’re hoping to catch some live music, there are plenty of spots to check out. Some to consider include the Owl Club, which has not only live music but DJ dancing, 20 beers on tap and 40 whiskeys; House of Oliver, an upscale wine bar & lounge with jazz every Thursday and live bands on the weekends; and Bar 101 Eats & Drinks, which has not only live music, but also trivia, comedy and open mic nights.
Make Roseville Home
Whether you spend a day in Roseville or a lifetime, it’s a great place to be. There are homes in all styles, sizes and price ranges, from historic properties to family ranch-style homes to sleek condos. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll there’s sure to be a home for you in Roseville.