10 fun activities to do this summer

There are many things to do during the hot summer months while school is out


The Sacramento area offers many different opportunities to make lasting memories this summer. (Photo illustration by Kaitlyn Riley)

During the summer students have about three months off and after a while they may run out of ideas of fun things to do. If you’re looking for some ideas of summer activities, look no further.


Go paddle boarding

Paddle boarding is a fun summer activity where you can enjoy the outdoors, while also staying cool. There are a few places in the Sacramento area where paddle boarding is an option. Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma are good areas where you can take your own paddle board or a rented one. The Sac State Aquatic Center offers the use of paddle boards that range from $11-16 per hour.


Visit the Music Circus

Witness the theatrical production of many different shows from Broadway Sacramento including “The Addams Family,” “Ragtime” and “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” among many others. Tickets range anywhere from $65-95 per show, but discounts are available to those who buy tickets to more than one show. 


Visit a Museum

Even though students may want to take a step back from school, it doesn’t hurt to keep learning by visiting Sacramento area museums. Dive into the rich history in our state such as Sutter’s Fort or the California State Railroad Museum among many others. Adult admission to the railroad museum is $12 and adult admission at Sutter’s Fort is $5.


Go to a River Cats game

Enjoy a day game or a night game under the stadium lights at Sutter Health Park and cheer on the Sacramento River Cats. Tickets range from about $12-69. Test your luck on buying seats and see if you can catch a foul ball or buy lawn seats and see if you can catch a home run. Don’t forget to try the famous Dinger dog!


Visit the Sacramento Zoo

Whether you are going with a group of people or by yourself, check out the many different animals at the zoo from monkeys to giraffes and even alligators. Tickets are around $21-26.


Attend a Farmers Market

Midtown Sacramento holds a farmers market every Saturday. You can find many things such as fresh produce, flowers and homemade crafts and products. It doesn’t cost anything to go to the farmer’s market, you only have to pay for parking and what you find at the market.


Have a picnic

Gather some friends and family and make lunch or grab your favorite food. Take it to your favorite spot, maybe a park. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to sit on. Other fun activities during the picnic may include listening to music, playing games, making crafts or just having conversation.


Go on a hike

For those who are active or love the outdoors, going on a hike is a good option. It may be a good idea to go on a hike earlier in the day when it is cooler and be sure to pack snacks and drink lots of water. There are many places to hike around the Sacramento area such as the American River. Just outside of Sacramento are some rural areas to hike such Placer and El Dorado counties.


Go to Top Golf

Whether you have been wanting to try out golf or you have been playing for a while, golfing can be a fun activity. Starting out at Top Golf is a good way to learn how to swing a club and to get your ball to a target. Face off with friends and see who scores the most points. Prices range from $37-60 per hour per bay depending on what time of day you go. This can be split up among however many people are playing at a bay, the maximum is six. There are also half price specials if you play on Tuesdays.


Go to the movies

This last one is a fun activity that is easily forgotten. There is nothing like going to the movies and getting movie theater butter popcorn. Keep an eye out on the movies coming to the theaters this summer. Tickets can cost anywhere from $7-12.