Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret.
Underground tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project during Old Sacramento Underground Tours starting at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. in Old Sacramento.
New in 2014, underground tour guests have a special, hands-on opportunity to learn what it was like to raise and level a building by operating “mini-jacks” during the tours. The tours continue to Dec. 14.
Special “adult only” tours are available on three evenings throughout the summer where guides lead guests on special walking tours while sharing some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento’s underground history.
All underground tour guests need to check in at the Sacramento History Museum before descending below several historic Old Sacramento buildings. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased at historicoldsac.org.
The tour schedule through Aug. 29 is: Monday to Wednesday at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2 and 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., departing every half hour; and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., departing every half hour.
The adult only tour schedule through Aug. 29 is: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 6 except on July 4.
Check the Website for updated tour times that change with the seasons.
Cost for regular tours: $15 for adults, $12 for HOSF members, $10 for youths (ages 6-17) and children 5 and under are free. Adult only tours are $20 for adults (guests 21 and older).
The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is a public benefit corporation. Old Sacramento is a living historic district. The mission of the foundation is to convey the importance of historic Sacramento as a place that connects the past to the present and future through engaging and entertaining events, activities and programs.
More information is available at historicoldsac.org or by calling 916-808-7059.