Sacramento’s historic waterfront business district
Old Sacramento is the city’s largest visitor destination, attracting more than 3.3 million visitors annually. The 6-block historic waterfront district is home to Sacramento’s top museums including the California History Museum and California State Railroad Museum. Its distinctive architecture, cobblestone streets and boardwalk bring Sacramento’s gold rush era to life. Visitors can walk Sacramento’s original street level, which was raised in 1861 to protect against flooding. As Sacramento’s original business district, Old Sacramento boasts the highest density of locally owned retail shops, restaurants, and bars in Downtown Sacramento. Sacramento’s signature events including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Theatre of Lights and the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular are hosted in Old Sacramento. This district encompasses I to N Streets between the river and Interstate 5.