What to do and see in Rancho Cordova, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 2, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Rancho Cordova is a city in Sacramento County, California, United States which incorporated in 2003. It is part of the Sacramento Metropolitan Area. The population was 64,776 at the 2010 census. Rancho Cordova is the Sacramento area's largest employment sub-center, attracting over 50,000 commuters. The city is served by Sacramento Regional Transit's various bus lines and the Gold Line light rail line, though fewer than 0.1 percent of commuters to Rancho Cordova use the line according to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (2010-2012). In 2010 Rancho Cordova was named as a winner of the All-America City Award.
Restaurants in Rancho Cordova

1. Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

2001 Nimbus Rd, Gold River, CA 95670-4504 +1 916-358-2820
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery

Reviewed By SaraJL - Sacramento, CA

We love visiting the hatchery. The hatchery offers a free toddler story and craft time during the cooler months (too hot in summer). We love watching the fish jumping up the ladder during salmon season. It is so wonderful to have a great educational place for the family to come and learn about nature.

2. Mather Golf Course

4103 Eagles Nest Rd, Mather, CA 95655-2900 +1 916-364-4353
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Originally built in 1958 for the exclusive use of the Military, this 18-hole public golf course is set amid 1,400 scenic acres of Mather Regional Park.

Reviewed By BEN P - El Dorado Hills, CA

With damp mornings and a drought, it is difficult to maintain a course. With an 8:20 tee time, the fairways and greens were covered with wet clumps of fresh cut grass making the course a little messy. The drought has the greens hard and fast. But overall, we still had a great time on the course. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

3. Effie Yeaw Nature Center

2850 San Lorenzo Way off Tarshes Drive, Carmichael, CA 95609 +1 916-489-4918
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 71 reviews

Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Reviewed By Bokehfoto - Northern Cali

Effie yeaw is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature. With helpful and friendly staff in the visitors center you will soon be on your way to having a great day.

4. Sacramento Children's Museum

2701 Prospect Park Dr, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670-6406 +1 916-638-7225
Excellent
44%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Sacramento Children's Museum

Sacramento Children's Museum's opened our doors in 2011 with a mission is to spark a passion for life-long learning. We are accomplishing our mission by providing a place where children are encouraged to think for themselves, expand their problem-solving abilities through creative exploration, and exercise both their bodies and their minds. The Museum's hands-on environments provide children with a gateway for opening up their minds to developing new abilities, building confidence, and making connections between their dreams and real world experiences.

Reviewed By Kimberly H

The museum is small but highly interactive for the space. Best for ages 3-9 with the middle of that range being the best target for the activities. It has been awhile since I visited but when we went they had a wall of vacuum tubes that was very engaging for the older end, a glass wall in the art room where artist could put on a smock and decorate, then a squeegee would wipe it all down so they could paint another masterpiece! There was a water play area, a "supermarket" and "Home" for interactive play and other activities. It is a local gem.

5. American River Raft Rentals

11257 S Bridge St, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670-3002 +1 888-338-7238
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

American River Raft Rentals

Reviewed By Adam C

Came here with my family over the weekend. We reserved a 6 person raft. It was smaller than I expected but we had only 5 people and one was a child so we had enough space.
The price was very reasonable. ~$120 for the whole thing, including shuttle tickets.

The check in process was efficient. We had to carry the raft from the rental down to the river, which was about a 5 - 10 min. walk. Getting it in the water was easy. Once we got down stream, the check out process was also straight forward.

Parking was a bit confusing at first as there wasn't a clear sign of entrance. Also, the bathroom situation wasn't great. But it is an outdoorsy place, so that's understandable.

6. Sacramento State Aquatic Center

1901 Hazel Ave, Gold River, CA 95670-4501 +1 916-278-2842
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Reviewed By Cristina J

The Sac State Aquatic Center is a great place to visit. One can rent waterboards, kayaks, etc.. The cool water feels especially refreshing on a hot Sacramento day. Life jackets are provided, which is all one really needs (besides a water bottle!). The bathrooms were maintained, which is always appreciated. I only wish there was more of a sandy area in which to let kids play and park a chair. However, most kids have fun and don't even notice!

7. Ancil Hoffman Golf Course

6700 Tarshes Dr, Carmichael, CA 95608-5398 +1 916-575-4653
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Ancil Hoffman Golf Course

This 6,794-yard, 18-hole championship course has been designated in the top 75 public golf facilities by Golf Digest.

Reviewed By HEC140 - Sacramento, California

Hoffman has been a favorite of mine for decades.Until I joined Del Paso CC, I played it regularly. Had occasion to return today due to aeration at my home course. Hoffman is in wonderful shape. Fairways are great and greens excellent- fast and true! What a gem for a county course and for $26 for seniors. Only weakness is its bunkers- dirt not sand. A Marshall patrols for slow play. The routing has always been fun and creative. Just stay out of the trees!
Staff in proshop is pleasant as is the starter.
I just cannot say too much about the condition of the course complete with two fawns and doe on the 8th hole who paid little attention to the golfers. They seem to have chased away the geese that were there on my last visit.

8. River Rat Raft & Bike

4053 Pennsylvania Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-7419
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 3 reviews

River Rat Raft & Bike

WE provide rafts for self guided raft trips on the lower american river clean clear beautiful water with a bunch of splashing rapids. We also sell service and rent the best mountain bikes going.. come check us out

Reviewed By Indiana_Jonesse - San Francisco, California

There were about 30 of us who went. One person was in charge to check out/rent the rafts. The check out was simple and painless.

We tied four rafts together as we conquered the American River. The water level was low and rapids was like level 1 only :(

But whether you joined us or not, do not go to the river unless you were armed with water guns or covered with rain gear. Our group was like an army ready for mortal combat shooting the shooter with double bazookas, cameras and jello shots. One group of rafters (two rafts) dared us and started shooting at us. They were outnumbered as we all "ambushed" them with our water guns.

To make things clear, River Rat was the place we rented the rafts but the fun continued on while we were rafting. The service they provided us was great as we surrendered the rafts in the end (at the destination point) and we boarded on the bus provided by River Rat to be taken back to our cars.

Overall, was a great experience.

9. Monster Mini Golf

12401 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742-6416 +1 916-294-0000
Excellent
42%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Monster Mini Golf

Reviewed By Stephanie M - Sacramento, California

This course is in the Nimbus Winery complex along with the Old Spaghetti Factory and Brainy Zoo Toys (A fun place to check out while you're there.). It is completely indoors making it great for cold or rainy days. The course is fairly small, but fun. Wear some white to get the full effect of the black lights. For those with auditory sensitivity, the noise level may be overwhelming - a pair of ear plugs should help. There are bathroom facilities on site, an air hockey table and a small gift shop. Parking on site is plentiful.

10. Lake Natoma

Folsom, CA
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Lake Natoma

This tranquil lake offers plenty of water activities and a laid back feel.

Reviewed By Steve F - Columbia, South Carolina

Just jumped in the COLD but clean and clear water for a refreshing break. Lots of little spots along the lake to enjoy. We walked from our hotel and there are walkways and bike paths all along the side. Just lovely.

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