Old Sacramento Underground Tours
About the Tours
Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Today, you can join thousands of residents and visitors in uncovering the facts behind the legends that lie below our buildings and sidewalks. Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project.
These hour-long guided walking tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum before heading out into Old Sacramento and descending below historic buildings. Be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun all along the way! During the summer months, please plan for very warm temperatures, as a portion of the tour is conducted outdoors and the underground spaces are not temperature controlled.
The 2014 season of Underground Tours began on April 5 and will continue into December. Tour times are as follows:
|2014 Dates||Days & Times|
|September 4 through October 31||Thursday & Friday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM
Saturday: 10:30AM to 3:00PM, departing every half hour
Sunday: 10:30AM to 2:30PM, departing every half hour
|November 1 through November 23*||Thursday & Friday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM
|November 28 through 30||Friday & Saturday: 10:30AM to 3:00PM, departing every half hour
Sunday: 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM
|December 6 through 14||Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM
* on Friday, November 7, tours will run at 11:30AM, 1:00PM, and 2:30PM.
Veteran's Day, November 11: please note there will NOT be tours available.
Adult Evening Tours
Special adult-only evening tours will take place throughout the 2014 season. These underground tours are filled with even more tales of early Sacramento’s “colorful” residents. Featuring courtesans, crime, and more, these 1.5 hour walking tours contain adult themes. No guests under age 21 allowed. The tours will end at River City Saloon where guests can redeem a coupon for a free Sarsaparilla, or a $2 shot of whiskey, or a $2 draft.
Adult Evening Tour times are as follows:
|2014 Dates||Days & Times|
|May 1 through August 24||Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6:00PM
|September 4 through October 5||Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6:00PM
|October 9 through October 30||Thursday: 6:00PM|
Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Sacramento History Museum, or over the phone by calling (916) 808-7059. These tours are often filled to capacity, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults: $15 (Adult Evening Tours are $20)
Youth (6-17): $10
Children (5 & Under): Free but not recommended. The tour content is best understood by children over age 6.
Adult Members: $12 (must be purchased either in person or by phone)
Children 5 and under will not receive audio headsets or receivers. Please note that all ticket sales are final and that neither refunds nor exchanges are available. Tours will run rain or shine.
All tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum, located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Please plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tour, as tours depart the museum precisely on time.
Private Old Sacramento Underground Tours
Private Old Sacramento Underground tours are available on weekdays, weekends, evenings, and during the off season, depending on availability. These tours accommodate up to 20 people and cost a flat rate of $300 for a 60 minute (regular) tour and $400 for a 90 minute (Adult) tour. Please contact Kathryn McAlpin at (916) 808-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a private tour.
Also, we offer special pricing for bus tour groups. Please download the tour bus flyer (pdf) for more information.
Sneak Peeks and Media Links
Our tours have been featured in magazines, newspapers, television programs and news segments. Check out the links below to get a taste of the Old Sacramento Underground experience!
- Video: April 2, 2014 on News10
- Video: April 11, 2013 on KCRA 3
- Video: November 18, 2012 on Univision
- Video: May 27, 2012 on KCRA 3
- Article: May 27, 2012 in the SFGate
- Article: November, 2011 in the L.A. Times
- Article: August 17, 2011 in the Sacramento Bee
- Article: July 13, 2011 in the Sacramento Bee
- Article: July 7, 2011 in the Sacramento Press
- Photos: July 7, 2011 on News10.net
- Video: July 6, 2011 on CBS13
- Video: July 6, 2011 on Fox40
- Video: July 6, 2011 on KCRA
- Video & Photos: April, 2011 on the Travel Channel
Tour Guide Opportunities
We are hiring tour guides! Please click here for more information.