Underground Tours

It’s Jacked Up!

Come see and learn how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s!

Tour guides explain how the streets and buildings were “Jacked Up!” to avoid further flooding as visitors explore two spaces that were created by the city’s successful raising process.  This historical tour includes hollow sidewalks, sloped alleyways, and the Underground spaces themselves.  Our colorful cast of guides ensures no two tours are ever the same!


Old Sacramento Underground tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento.  This ½ mile guided historical walking tour lasts approximately one hour and visit areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings.  The tour is ADA compliant and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Come dressed for the weather outside!  You will be outside until you reach the underground spaces, which are not temperature controlled.  Tours run rain or shine!

Please note, there is no photography in the Underground spaces.


Underground Tour Schedule:

The 2016 tour season begins April 2.  Tickets are now available.


Purchasing tickets for Memorial Day Weekend?
If you are purchasing tour tickets for May 27-31, 2016, please be aware that the Sacramento Music Festival will be in full swing in Old Sacramento.  Parking may be limited in the historic district.  You will either want to allow extra time for parking or consider alternate transportation methods.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth.  Children 5 and under are free, however, the tour is not recommended for this age group.

Reservations are recommended since tours do sell out.  Please note that tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Want a private tour?  Private tours can be booked for up to 20 people for a flat rate of $300, based upon availability.  Please email Shawn Turner at sturner@cityofsacramento.org or call 916-808-7973.

Underground School Tours:

School Tours run all year long!  To book an Underground school tour, please contact Kristin Ryan at kryan@cityofsacramento.org.  Tour dates and times will depend on program availability.  Please note that there is a strict 25 person maximum (including adults) for each Underground school tour.