Tour Old Sac’s underground

Underground tours offer a fun fall excursion for individuals, families and groups of friends. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret.

As the Sacramento History Museum finishes out its fourth season of underground tours, visitors have the opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks.

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.

The tour cost is $15 for adults, $12 for HOSF members and $10 for children.

In September, weekday tours are at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m; weekends departing every half-hour 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In October, weekday tour dates and times may vary; weekends departing every half-hour 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the Website for updated tour times

The “adults only” underground evening tours offer a fun fall excursion for singles, couples and groups of friends.

Entertaining and knowledgeable guides lead tour guests on one-and-a-half-hour evening walking tours that explore some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento’s underground history.

The tours delve into tales of personal hygiene, health and living standards of the times and end at River City Saloon where guests receive a free Sarsaparilla and drink specials.

Tickets for guests 21 and older are $20.

“Adult only” tours in September run Thursday and Friday evenings, departing at 6 p.m. In October, they run Thursday evenings, departing at 6 p.m.

For all of the guided walking tours of the underground, guests should check in at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St. in 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 all along the way.

Due to the popularity of the underground tours, advance tickets are recommended and are available at or call 916-808-7059.

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation

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