Dawn over the landmarks of West Sacramento, California

For residents of Sun City Lincoln Hills, there's plenty of things to do in nearby Sacramento.

Sun City Lincoln Hills—one of the most popular and sought-after 55+ communities in California—boasts a staggering amount of resort-like amenities, active social clubs, and daily community events. Residents here enjoy such a large variety of things to do and amenities to experience that they often find themselves “staying in” for days on end.

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When homeowners here finally get the urge to enjoy time outside the community, they're in for a treat. The Sacramento area offers an abundance of entertainment and recreational opportunities, from gourmet dining, museums, and theatre to boating, hiking, and biking. Check out the comprehensive list below to explore all of the fantastic things to do in the Sacramento area outside of Sun City Lincoln Hills.


Close-up of professional chef's hands in black gloves making sushi and rolls in a restaurant kitchen

Downtown Lincoln offers a wide variety of exciting dining options.

Downtown Lincoln, just a few minutes away, offers a wide variety of exciting dining options and a wealth of different cuisines. Nearby Rocklin and downtown Sacramento offer even more dining choices too.

For a cozy breakfast of standard American comfort food, head to the local’s favorite breakfast joint, Awful Annie’s Lincoln. Diners with a taste for spice may want to try Rum Thai Bistro or Los Gallos Taqueria. Fourk Kitchen is a highly rated restaurant serving innovative farm-to-table cuisine, and Buanarroti Ristorante is a romantic Italian joint that’s perfect for date night.


Interior of Arden Fair Mall shopping center in Sacramento, California

Boutique, consignment, and antique shopping can be found around Lincoln and Downtown Sacramento. (Image credited to ZikG / Shutterstock.com)

There are several convenient shopping centers in the town of Lincoln, all with grocery stores, pharmacies, and other everyday necessities. Big-name grocers such as Sprouts, Raley’s, and Safeway can be found nearby, as well as gourmet grocers such as Nugget Markets in Roseville.

The popular open-air shopping mall Palladio in Folsom hosts live music events in the summer, and is a popular spot to shop, people-watch, and dine out. Boutique, consignment, and antique shopping can be found around Lincoln and Downtown Sacramento. Gypsy Chic Vintage Market is a popular antique market boasting a variety of interesting treasures.


Exterior view of the California State Capitol building in Sacramento, California

Sacramento is home to quite a few noteworthy museums.

Sacramento is home to quite a few noteworthy museums, including the favorite California State Railroad Museum (a must when the grandchildren visit). The Crocker Art Museum is a popular art museum in Downtown Sacramento, and the California Museum highlights the rich and diverse history of California.


The Tower Bridge across the Sacramento River in the heart of Downtown Sacramento, California

There’s always something exciting going on after dark in the Sacramento area.

From bars and jazz clubs to music venues, theatre, and karaoke, there’s always something exciting going on after dark in the Sacramento area. Sacramento Theatre Company is a performing arts venue featuring classical plays and other live performances. Comic relief can be found at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Midtown.

For something a little different, head to nearby Topgolf in Roseville, a popular sports bar and restaurant featuring golf-themed games that are a hit with groups of friends and family. A night at the card tables can be had right in Lincoln at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. This destination casino offers slots, table games, and sports entertainment as well as a varied buffet, fine dining, and overnight accommodations.

Outdoor Recreation

Trees lining the American River in Sacramento County

The Sacramento area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Sacramento area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and is teaming with local parks, lakes, hiking and biking trails, and natural preserves. Most notably, Folsom Lake offers an abundance of outdoor leisure opportunities, from fishing, swimming, and kayaking to hiking and barbecuing. This scenic reservoir is the ideal place to spend a summer’s afternoon.

Foskett Regional Park in Lincoln is a 42-acre park offering miles of paved paths for strolling, jogging, and biking, and nearby Traylor Ranch Nature Reserve and Bird Sanctuary is a great place for hiking and bird watching, of course. Adventurous types will appreciate the numerous rafting and kayaking opportunities located just north of Folsom Lake, where you can rent kayaks or go on a guided rafting trip, through companies like H2O Adventures.


A golf course with palms in sunlight

The Sacramento area will keep any caliber of golfer entertained and challenged.

Whether you’re an advanced golfer or just wanting to learn, there are a variety of golf courses and golf clubs in the Sacramento area to keep any caliber of golfer entertained and challenged.

Catta Verdura Country Club is a private golf club with a gorgeous clubhouse and well-kept greens. Located in Lincoln, it’s just a short drive from Sun City Lincoln Hills. Turkey Creek Golf Club is the place to go when you want a casual spur-of-moment game as it’s low-key and a great value, with well-manicured greens and generous fairways. Lincoln Hills Golf Club has two courses to choose from. There’s also a driving range, a chipping area and practice bunker, and easy online bookings.