Things to Do

Bring a sense of discovery to Rancho Cordova and find a region ripe for memorable experiences. Of course, there are many things to do in Rancho Cordova- no matter how long the stay!

So, let’s start with the American River, a gem offering family-friendly rafting, kayaking, fabulous fishing holes, and riparian riches ideal for birding and salmon sightings. Upriver, find Lake Natoma and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The center offers miles of flatwater famous for rowing, but also ideal for stand up paddleboarding (SUP), sailing, and canoeing. With Rancho Cordova right in the middle, the waterway is lined by the American River Parkway Bike Trail, a stunning 32-mile paved bike trail. In fact, cyclists of all ages and abilities absolutely love this path.

Venture out a bit farther and EUREKA! There's prime Gold Country exploration. Historic sites such as the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and antiquing and gallery hopping in nearby towns like Sutter Creek and Volcano are a short drive away! And world-class wine tasting in the nearby Sierra Foothills wine regions of El Dorado and Amador County, where old vine Zinfandels reign, are just up the road. Yet, other varietals, such as Barbera, wow as well. Be sure to check at the front desk for a Sierra Foothills Wine Passport. Or, throttle up the excitement at the Prairie City off-highway vehicle park where top motocross events take place annually, but amateurs take to the tracks every day.

Of course, Rancho Cordova is also California’s unofficial Sports Tournament Capital. City sports parks are well suited for outdoor tournaments, and the aforementioned Lake Natoma is nationally known for its smooth waters. Specifically, team-friendly accommodations and restaurants make Rancho Cordova a top choice for amateur and professional tournaments alike.

Whether traveling on a family vacation or adding a day to your corporate trip, find out how our warm hospitality, outstanding selection of accommodations, and easy access to major highways makes Rancho Cordova Northern California’s discovery zone. Find Exclusive deals, events & more. There are so many things to do in Rancho Cordova!

Food & Libations


Sample the tastes of the world with the culinary options in Rancho Cordova. Here is a list of Rancho Cordova Restaurants.


Claimstake Brewing Company - Discover the art of local craft brew in Rancho Cordova.

Burning Barrel Brewing CO - Meet the newest brewery on the block!

Fort Rock Brewing - An early 20th-century distillery-turned-brewery where you can bring the kids—even the furry ones!

Gold River Distillery - A small-batch micro distillery and home of award-winning Wheel House American Dry Gin.

Old Hangtown Beer Works - Access this Placerville brew in the heart of Rancho Cordova.

J.J. Pfister Distilling - Organically grown and handcrafted, this isn't just an impressive distillery; it's a unique and captivating event venue.

Ol' Republic Brewery- "Crafted for conversation" is just the start for this brewery. Bring the whole family!

Thin Line Brewing Company - A craft nano brewery where first responders and awesome beer are first in line.

Strad Meadery- Coming to Rancho Cordova Barrel District in 2019!


Gekkeikan Sake Tasting Room - Stop here for Sake!

Louie's Cocktail Lounge - A place “Where Cocktails and Music Meet” and fun is always in the lineup.


Amador County Wineries– California’s hidden wine country resides in the Sierra foothills, minutes from Rancho Cordova. Those in the know understand that old vine zinfandels from Amador County are an extraordinary treat. Find Barbera, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah and other varietals. Along with wines, discover quaint towns like Sutter Creek and Volcano; perfect for exploring antique shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants.

El Dorado County Wineries – Also close to Rancho Cordova, El Dorado County presents another wine region inviting exploration. The soil of the El Dorado County foothills is ideal for the world’s finest wine grapes, hailing from Bordeaux, the Rhône, Germany, Italy, and Spain. El Dorado County vintners will have a tasting glass waiting for you.

Lodi Wineries – A short trek from Rancho Cordova down Highway 99 explore numerous tasting rooms, ripe for resplendence. This Central Valley wine region is quickly gaining acclaim. Anyone with a passion for viticulture should add it to their itinerary.


Folsom’s Historic District – Above the placid waters of Lake Natoma resides one of the region’s hidden historical gems. Stroll along Sutter Street where unique shops and restaurants await.

Placerville – Infamously known as “Hangtown,” Placerville offers a throwback experience with a stroll-able historic district featuring bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Don’t miss the El Dorado County Historical Museum for a real glimpse of history.

Old Sacramento – Step back in time for riverside fun in the original Sacramento. Shops, restaurants, boat rides, train rides, and the California State Railroad Museum make this a perfect place for all ages. Follow Visit Rancho Cordova on social media to learn all the things to do in Old Sacramento and more!

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park- Explore Sacramento’s earliest settlement, and first non-native settlement in California’s Central Valley. The fort is named for Swiss immigrant, John Sutter.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – Take a step back in time to California’s famous Gold Rush era. Located in Coloma, the nearby river is a great place to cool off during summer.

Arts & Culture

Sacramento Children’s Museum – Let the kids play in a world of interactive discovery.

Harris Center for the Arts – Catch a Broadway show, a concert or children’s theatre production in this exquisite facility featuring three stages.

Crocker Museum – Visit the first public art museum founded in the Western United States. The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, is now one of the leading art museums in California. View a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs.  All complement its collections of Californian art, works on paper, European art, international ceramics, photography, Asian art, and African and Oceanic art.

California State Railroad Museum – Interactive exhibits with big trains, little trains and the history that goes along with it. Ideal for kids of all ages.

Folsom Zoo – More like a sanctuary than a zoo, meet plenty of animals to entertain you here.

Sacramento Zoo – With lemurs to lions to giraffes to kangaroos, the Sacramento Zoo is the place for animal discoveries in Northern California.

Sporting Events

Options abound for sports enthusiasts in the Sacramento region. From the NBA to Triple-A, there is something for everyone.

Sacramento KingsNBA in the Capital City.

Sacramento RivercatsSan Francisco Giants minor league team.

Republic FC – Professional soccer with fanatical fans. Keep an eye out for their new stadium!

Sacramento State Hornets – Sacramento State University’s sports teams. #stingersup


Folsom Premium Outlets® – An 80-store outdoor shopping mall just 20 minutes east of Sacramento. The Outlets are conveniently located off of Highway 50 at the Folsom Blvd. exit. Enjoy shopping at designer and name-brand outlet stores. Experiences range from women's apparel to jewelry and a varietal shoe store selection. Shops include Nike, Coach, Gap, Banana Republic, and Kate Spade. Located an hour and a half away from South Lake Tahoe and two hours away from either Reno or San Francisco, this Outlet is a mere hop from Rancho Cordova.


Nimbus Hatchery – A vibrant visitor center, raceways (ponds for fish), super salmon playscape and river discovery trail make this a must see. A kid favorite.

Mather Vernal Pools – Nature, close in. A great place for birding.

Apple Hill – Pick apples or a prime pumpkin. Explore fruit stands, bake shops, wineries,  restaurants and Christmas tree farms. This festive forest-rimmed location makes for a delightful escape.

Amador Flower Farm – Fourteen acres of scented and visual magic in California’s Shenandoah Valley.

Vintage Ford – See classic cars at this Rancho Cordova classic.

Sacramento Motorcycle Rental -  Family owned and operated, tour the Capitol region on a range of cruisers, adventure rentals, sport touring motorcycles and more!  Rentals start at $100. Be sure to reserve your adventure, today!