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Sacramento Historic River Cruise

Sacramento, United States
Sacramento Historic River Cruise

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Take in the sights of Sacramento from the river on this 1-hour cruise. Snap photos of Old Sacramento's landmarks and highlights while listening to live, onboard narration. Multiple departure times available to fit your schedule.
  • One-hour boat cruise along the Sacramento River
  • Live narration by the captain including Sacramento River facts and history
  • Scenic Sacramento River Views
  • Multiple departure times to suit your schedule
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One-Hour Boat Cruise Along the Sacramento River
Live Narration by the Captain including Sacramento River Facts and History
Scenic Sacramento Views
All taxes and fees
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks are not included in ticket price.
Limited Concessions Available on Board to Purchase
City Cruises Sacramento , 1206 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at Tower Bridge Garage at Front St and Capitol Mall.

This activity will end right where it started.
Find your way to the cruise's departure point in Old Sacramento at the L Street Dock at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule, please choose tour time at checkout.

Step aboard the Hornblower yacht and find the perfect seat for the hour-long cruise down the Sacramento River. Listen to your captain's narration as you pass landmarks such as Delta King, the I Street Bridge, the Tower Bridge, and the Air Force Docks. Hear stories about the Gold Rush, the Pony Express, and the Sacramento founder John Sutter. 

After an hour, return to your departure point.
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Sacramento River
One-hour yacht cruise along the Sacramento River
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Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge is a vertical lift bridge across the Sacramento River, linking West Sacramento in Yolo County to the west, with the capital of California.
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Old Sacramento
Old Sacramento is the riverfront historic district, with Gold Rush-era buildings, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages. It’s home to numerous museums, including the Sacramento History Museum and the state Railroad Museum.
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I Street Bridge
Built-in 1911, the I Street Bridge is a historic metal truss swing bridge that crosses the Sacramento River to link the capital city of Sacramento, California, with Yolo County to the west.
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American River
Pass by the American River. This river is a ~30-mile-long river in California that runs from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to its confluence with the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • All enclosed areas on board are non-smoking. Smoking is only permitted outside on the outer decks.
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Cruises are wheelchair accessible depending on which pier they depart from. Please let us know if you require a wheelchair accessible cruise so that we can confirm that your requested cruise date has wheelchair accessible departures
  • Limited, Non-guaranteed Seating on Board- First Come, First Serve
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hornblower Cruises Events
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "There is a bar onboard offering various refreshments and snacks." See review

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A Great Time in Sacramento!
, Jun 2022
We were enjoying this cruise as part of our 28th anniversary trip! Capt. Jack gave us a shout out and we received a round of applause and cheers from fellow passengers! A crew member took our photo… we learned a bit of Sacramento River history as well as enjoyed Our captain’s entertaining delivery, including his silly pirate jokes! A fun way to spend an hour enjoying a cocktail and cool breezes!
Fun time
, Mar 2020
Bought online tix- easy process. Entertaining short cruise on paddle boat. Captain and First Mate sense of humor on point. Cool music in the background and a full bar! A fun time.
Lovely river cruise
, Aug 2019
I really enjoyed this 1 hour river cruise up the Sacramanto River and back. While I wouldn't describe it as 'historic' I would definitely say it is informative. The boat goes at the right speed to get a fair way upriver, but still making it possible to snap some photos. There is a bar onboard offering various refreshments and snacks.
It was OK - the tour was good but there...
, Dec 2017
It was OK - the tour was good but there is not too much to see on that river
I was expecting more history. The...
, Sep 2017
I was expecting more history. The narration could have been more embellished

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