We already know CB is the place to be, but where are the places to see here in Sacramento? We are all fastened to our routines of going to school for seven hours and then coming home to finish homework, stuck inside for the majority of the day. Where is the time to relax!? Down […]
We already know CB is the place to be, but where are the places to see here in Sacramento? We are all fastened to our routines of going to school for seven hours and then coming home to finish homework, stuck inside for the majority of the day. Where is the time to relax!? Down time is so crucial in staying healthy mentally and physically, but if you just stay at home or go to restaurants to relax, you are not getting out of your routine of being indoors all day. The Talon interviewed seniors about outdoor treasures this city has to offer. So that next time you want to relax, you can do so surrounded by nature, not by walls.
Five Star is a specific part of Land Park that has become a favorite to students like Carlos Pasillas (’18) and Cruz Solano (’18). Near the Sacramento Zoo, it has pathways leading to the pond and benches to sit. Five Star is the perfect place to admire the sky. Carlos shares that when he is there at night he gazes at the stars and the moon or looks out into the park at the abundance of darkness, allowing him to feel like he is the only one there.
“This is a place where I don’t think about what I’m going through. It’s a place where all my problems go away for a couple minutes,” says Carlos, as he reminisces on how at peace he feels while at Five Star.
Five Star is described to have a magical, soothing atmosphere, which is exactly the type of relaxing environment us stressed out students need.
The shores of the Sacramento and American River are the closest things to a beach in Sacramento — and that’s okay! It is the perfect place to seclude yourself from the rush of the city and people because you can find locations that are so remote.
“It’s actually so beautiful and peaceful. I can sit and spend the whole day with [my boyfriend] and not be bothered by a single person,” says Claire Martin (’18), who frequently goes there to write and spend quality time with loved ones.
Claire admires the fact that it can be a disturbance-free environment where you can just think, relax, and enjoy!
It is also a place to dabble in some water sports. Popular activities are water skiing and tubing, which can both be extremely fun and hilarious ways to spend time with friends. Whether you want to be active or subdued, the Sacramento/American River is a wonderful place to visit.
McKinley & Capitol Park:
I am drawing from my own experiences when I say Capitol and McKinley Park are my favorite places in Sacramento. I went on countless picnic dates this summer, and these parks were always my go-to’s. Capitol Park is wonderful because there is a mixture of nature and city life allowing yourself to relax without fully separating yourself from others. It is located in the hub of Sacramento, so it is convenient for everyone to get to, as well as convenient for eating as a variety of restaurants like Cafeteria 15L, Bento Box, and Pieology surround it.
McKinley Park is more relaxing, as it is located in the middle of a calm neighborhood. The Rose Garden is beautiful and big enough to set up your own picnic equipped with blankets and breakfast. If you plan to go in the morning like I always do, Orphan, a breakfast and brunch restaurant is within a mile away, so you can pick up pancakes or french toast to take with you. There is also a pond and a playground there if you are in the mood to encounter geese or encourage your inner kid to come out.
It is important to change your daily routine and add a little spice into your life, or in this case nature. Spending your time outdoors is the ultimate relaxer and pick-me-up for when you are stressed, overwhelmed, or down. Grab some friends and have an adventure, smell the roses, and appreciate the world around you!