See what lies beneath Old Sac

The Old Sacramento Underground tour program continues to grow in popularity and is expanding tour offerings for the summer months — including seven days a week beginning Monday. June 18.

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret.

Now, visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks.

Tour guests explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while tour guides recount the tales of the devastation, perseverance and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.

For these hour-long guided walking tours, guests should check in at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. in Old Sacramento, before descending below several historic Old Sacramento buildings.

Participants should be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun along the way.

The third consecutive season of the popular “Old Sacramento Underground” tour program is underway and continues through fall 2012.

The schedule is: to June 17 — tours offered Thursdays through Sundays, departing every half hour 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m; June 18 to Sept. 3, — tours offered seven days a week, departing at 11 a.m, 12:30 and 2 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. There is an expanded tour schedule available over Labor Day weekend.

Due to the popularity of the tours, advance tickets are recommended and are available now at

Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for foundation members and $10 for children.

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 or by calling 916-808-7059.

Old Sacramento Foundation

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