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Your Guide to the Midtown Sacramento Neighborhood

Explore Midtown Sacramento and all this popular neighborhood has to offer. Seniorly provides tips on how to enjoy the best things about this neighborhood.

By Arthur Bretschneider · Updated Jan 20, 2023
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If Sacramento has a heart, Midtown is it. This neighborhood offers a mix of both historic sites and architecture and modern restaurants and businesses. Midtown is very walkable and bikeable, helping both tourists and locals enjoy all this Sacramento neighborhood has to offer. Just east of downtown Sacramento, Midtown encompasses tree-lined streets featuring stately old Victorian homes. With outdoor fun, award-winning restaurants, the only urban winery in Sacramento, as well as art and music events, and a dedication to respecting diversity, the Midtown neighborhood offers rich experiences for visitors of all ages.

Outdoor enjoyment

From beautiful parks, with free classes and activities, to dog-friendly patios and one of the largest farmers markets in the state, Midtown is a perfect place to enjoy time outdoors, strolling or relaxing. With a variety of parks, you can find playgrounds, sports courts, and exercise classes like pilates, yoga, and bootcamps. You can even visit a recurring community market and wine garden at Winn Park, called Sippin' at Winn. The dog park, Truitt Bark Park, welcomes pups to run and play off-lead. Midtown's collection of parks, plein air dining, public art, and rentable bikes and scooters offers an organic way to enjoy all this neighborhood has to offer, all in the fresh air. Explore the Midtown Association's list of Midtown's Parks.

Foodie-focused

Sacramento is known as the Farm to Fork Capital, and Midtown restaurants and eateries live up to this expectation of freshness and sustainability. You can find flavors from around the world, from Spanish tapas and fresh, handmade pasta to gourmet Mexican and French patisserie. Complement each meal with the right beverage, with cider pubs, craft beer breweries, and of course, coffee from local cafes. Sacramento is host to a number of food, wine, and beer festivals every year that are sure to see participation from some Midtown vendors, so check local calendars to see what's coming up. Family-owned restaurants that focus on using local ingredients offer something for every palate. Although we can't list every great restaurant in Midtown, we can send you to the Midtown Association's Restaurant Map!

Midtown restaurant, source

Local history on display

Sutter's Fort, the first European settlement in the area, is in Midtown. You can visit the only surviving structure from that time, a two-story adobe building, at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, where other buildings have been recreated. Learn about what life was like for settlers, and hear about how gold found at Sutter's sawmill ignited the California Gold Rush. Visit the California State Indian Museum and explore the cultures and languages that once made up one of the most diverse native populations in the Americas. You can see both how native peoples lived before settlers arrived and how deeply they were impacted by this colonization.

Inclusivity taken seriously

Midtown is home to a diverse population, both in terms of race and income. Moreover, Midtown is also home to Sacramento's LGBTQ+ district, Lavender Heights. Gay-owned businesses are an integral part of the Midtown neighborhood flavor, and Lavender Heights in particular plays host to much of Midtown's art and music festivals as well as the farmers market and other recurring events. With many identities, races, and nationalities, Midtown is dedicated to a culture of inclusivity and mutual respect.

Midtown has plenty to offer everyone, including older adults, especially considering its walkability. Pedestrians are welcome and safe to roam this Sacramento neighborhood. Plus, Midtown is home to the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, where you can find a wealth of services, from free tax help and flu clinics, to dance and technology classes. The Hart Senior Center even hosts a City of Sacramento Neighborhood Walks program Mondays and Fridays at noon. This program is an opportunity to socialize, learn about Midtown landmarks, and get those steps in! 

We hope our guide helps you start taking advantage of all that Midtown has to offer.

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Arthur Bretschneider is CEO and Co-Founder of Seniorly. As a third generation leader in the senior living industry, Arthur brings both deep compassion and a wealth of practical experience to his work at Seniorly. Arthur holds an MBA from Haas School of Business and has been featured in the New York Times and Forbes Magazine as a thought leader in the senior living space. Arthur is a passionate and vocal advocate for improving the lives of older adults through community, and believes strongly that structured senior living environments can positively impact the aging experience.

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