Things to Do


When you bring your sense of discovery to Rancho Cordova, you’ll find a region ripe for memorable experiences. There are many things to do in Rancho Cordova no matter how long your stay is.

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, you’ll find Lake Natoma and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, which offers miles of flatwater famous for rowing, but also ideal for stand up paddleboarding (SUP), sailing, and canoeing. From Folsom to Sacramento, 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. Cyclists of all ages and abilities absolutely love this path.

Venture out a bit farther and you’ll find prime Gold Country exploration, with historical sites such as the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, antiquing and gallery hopping in nearby towns like Sutter Creek and Volcano, and world-class wine tasting in the nearby Sierra Foothills wine regions of El Dorado and Amador County, where old vine Zinfandels reign. Yet, other varietals, such as Barbera, wow as well. 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. Nearby 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, you’ll 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 in Rancho Cordova.

Food & Wine


You can sample the tastes of the world with the culinary options you’ll find in Rancho Cordova. Here is a list of Rancho Cordova Restaurants.


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

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.

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

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

Gekkeikan Sake Tasting Room - If sake is more to your taste, be sure to stop here.


Amador County Wineries– California’s hidden wine country resides in the Sierra foothills, minutes from Rancho Cordova. Those in the know understand that the old vine zinfandels from Amador County are an extraordinary treat to the senses. You’ll also find barbera, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc, syrah and other varietals. Along with wines, you’ll find quaint towns like Sutter Creek and Volcano, imbued with antique shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants, perfect for exploring. Pleasantly winding Sierra foothill roads offer something new around every turn.

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 lands you at 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 and restaurants, boat rides, train rides and the California State Railroad Museum make this a perfect place for all ages.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park- Explore Sacramento’s earliest settlement, and first non-native settlement in California’s Central Valley, 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, which was established in 1885, is now one of the leading art museums in California. View a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions and programs to 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, you’ll find plenty of animals to entertain you here.

Sacramento Zoo – From 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 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.

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


Folsom Premium Outlets® – An 80-store outdoor shopping mall just 20 minutes east of Sacramento. We are conveniently located off of Highway 50 at the Folsom Blvd. exit. Enjoy shopping at designer and name-brand outlet stores ranging from women's apparel to jewelry and a varietal shoe store selection. Shops include Nike, Coach, Gap, Banana Republic and Vans. We are an hour and a half away from South Lake Tahoe and two hours away from either Reno or San Francisco. The entire team at Folsom Premium Outlets hopes that you will visit us soon.”


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. From fruit stands to bake shops to wineries to restaurants to 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.