Sports thrive in the Sacramento Region, due in large part to the climate and local support. The people of Sacramento are proud to have several professional sports teams and an assortment of college teams. Sacramento is home to the NBA Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento River Cats play minor league baseball at Raley Field, a beautiful $30 million stadium.
Sacramento’s professional soccer team, the Sacramento Republic, thrills fans throughout the year.
Sacramento has been a host city to the AMGEN Tour of California, the largest cycling event in America. This Tour-de-France-style 800-mile race attracts top riders from around the world.
Sacramento has hosted the California International Marathon (CIM) for 30 years. The scenic course begins at the Folsom Dam and finishes in front of the spectacular California State Capitol. The field of 9,000+ runners includes recreational runners as well as elite athletes from around the world.
Residents of the region take advantage of the beautiful and varied weather conditions to take up some sports pastimes of their own. During warmer months, residents enjoy parks with sports fields and courts as well as golf courses and swimming pools. Lakes and rivers are popular places to stay cool in the summer and are perfect for fishing, boating, and other water sports.
The beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains are a prime destination for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Outdoor activity also thrives within the American River Parkway, which offers 5,000 acres of recreation area.The Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail provides over 32 miles of nature, animals, and river access.
Snow skiing and snowboarding are popular winter pastimes of the region’s residents. World-class ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range are within a two-hour drive of downtown Sacramento. These includeSquaw Valley, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, Alpine Meadows, and Heavenly.
Residents can also opt to stay in the area and enjoy several seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks.
Parks and Nature
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Sacramento Zoological Gardens, and the various botanical gardens and arboretums in the Sacramento Region are of interest to naturalists and provide rare access to isolated ecosystems.
The Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 animals, including exotic and endangered species, and is rated as one of the best small zoos in the country. Capitol Park covers over 33 of the 40-acre site of the State Capitol and is a peaceful retreat within the busy city. It is home to the World Peace Rose Garden and a number of memorials. The shady park is occupied by hundreds of varieties of trees, plants, and flowers, and is perfect for a quiet stroll or picnic. With over 14,000 acres of fabulous recreation habitat, Sacramento County’s parks and open spaces offer a wide range of activities including cycling, rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, running, and much more.