These 28 acres on the Sacramento’s historic waterfront were the site of both tragedy — fire and flood — and triumph — the raising of the streets, the founding of the Transcontinental Railroad, the terminus of the Pony Express, and the home of California’s first thriving business district, fueled by gold, agriculture and the river.

Due to past and current efforts by the State of California, private and public museums, individuals, business, the City and County of Sacramento, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundations, scores of volunteers, and many others, Old Sacramento Waterfront lives on as thriving shopping and entertainment district as well as a global tourist destination.



In 1839 John Sutter arrived on the shore of the American River near its confluence with the Sacramento River. With the promise of a Mexican land grant, Sutter and his landing party established Sutter’s Fort. As the settlement grew and became permanent, it attracted other businessmen looking for opportunities. Sutter and the people he attracted created a commercial center in the area, but it was the Gold Rush in 1848 that created the City of Sacramento.


Who’s Who

Old Sacramento Waterfront thrives through partnerships between the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, non-profit organizations and private businesses, including:



We’d like to make your visit to Old Sacramento Waterfront as comfortable and convenient as possible.


Golden 1
1100 Front Street available 24 hours a day

Wells Fargo
1000 2nd Street inside the Wells Fargo Museum, available during regular business hours.

You may also find ATM kiosks in some businesses including the Old Sacramento General Store and O’Mally’s Irish Pub.

Public Restrooms

  • On Front St. between K and L on Waterfront Park, adjacent to Bali Kitchen. Open until 9 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Mondays)
  • On 2nd St. between between K and L, next the California Military Museum. Open until 9 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Mondays)
  • On Neasham Cir. at Front inside the Tower Bridge Parking Garage.
  • On Front St. between J and K in the Sacramento Southern Railroad Station. Open until 5 p.m.

Visitor Center

The Old Sacramento Visitors’ Center is managed by the Sacramento History Museum and is located at 1002 2nd St. The Visitors’ Center includes information not only about Old Sacramento Waterfront, but it’s a great starting point for excursions throughout the Sacramento region.

Lost & Found

For Lost & Found, please visit the Old Sacramento Visitors’ Center at 1002 2nd St. or call 916.808.7644 or e-mail info@oldsacramento.com.