Intriguing Underground, After Hours & Interactive Tours
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento History Museum & Alliance are proud to present a fun-filled schedule of intriguing and interpretive tour offerings in Old Sacramento this summer. In fact, Old Sacramento Underground Tours are now offered seven-days-a-week through Labor Day Weekend. With such a variety of tour offerings that range from family-friendly to adult-only, there’s something new for everyone to experience and enjoy in Old Sacramento.
Gold Fever! Tours
Guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing Gold Fever! guided tours available every weekend this summer (and through the end of the year). Tour guests take on personas of characters in history – or “real-life rascals” – who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors discover if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion. Gold Fever! tours last approximately one hour and cost $10 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 17 and are free for children five and under.
Old Sacramento Underground Tours
Now in its 9th season and offered seven-days-a-week through Labor Day Weekend, Old Sacramento Underground Tours give guests the unique opportunity to explore what’s been hidden beneath the city for more than 150 years, while uncovering the facts and legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Tour guests explore excavated foundations, enclosed pathways and interesting archaeology exhibits while hearing sounds of 1860 street life. Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides lead the way while recounting tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. Tours of the underground last approximately one hour and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youths (ages 6-17) and are free for children five and under (however these tours are not recommended for this age group).
Underground After Hours
While they tend to sell out quickly, a new season of adult-only Underground After Hours are underway and offered on most Thursday through Saturday evenings through September. For the adult-only evening tours, guides will share some of the alluring dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento’s underground history. The adult-only Underground After Hours evening tours last approximately an hour and a half and cost $20 per person (only guests ages 21 and older will be admitted).
All underground tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street) whereas the Gold Fever! tours depart from the Sacramento Visitors Center (1002 Second Street). As an incentive to experience both tours, guests who “bundle” the tours (purchase tickets to both a Gold Fever! and a regular Underground Tour, not necessarily on the same day) can enjoy a reduced cost of $20 per adult for the two tours, and $13 for youth for the two tours plus receive a one-time free admission to the Sacramento History Museum.
Tour dates and times fluctuate with the seasons and during holiday weekends; please visit the website for the most updated schedule. For more information or to purchase advance tickets for Gold Fever!, Old Sacramento Underground or Underground After Hours tours, please visit www.sachistorymuseum.org. Proceeds from the tours benefit the Sacramento History Alliance programs and the Sacramento History Museum.