It might not be officially summer yet, but no one told mother nature that! Triple digit heat has descended upon the Sacramento Valley leaving residence searching for relief. If playing in the water sounds like a great way to cool off, keep reading for our list of water-based activities that don’t require owning a boat!
The American River is right in our backyard and is a great way to cool off in the summer. You can purchase a raft or rent one from a raft vendor along the river. Most are large enough to accommodate several adults so grab your friends and relax in the mild current.
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
If floating down the river is just too mellow for you, consider kayaking or paddle boarding. Both activities take place in the same mild currents you would float in but add a little activity to your water day. As with rafts, kayaks and paddle boards can be rented from vendors on the river bank. They can also be rented at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.
White water rafting
If you are looking for a more adventurous way to cool off this summer, consider white water rafting. Excursions leave daily on the north, middle, and south fork of the American River. Whether you are a first time rafter or seasoned adventurer, experienced guides are available at a multitude of companies to ensure you have a safe and memorable trip.
Looking for a way to let the kids burn off some energy? Look no further than the water parks right here in Sacramento. Raging Waters at Cal Expo and Sunsplash in Roseville are both family favorites. The newest water park to the area is Wake Island in Roseville. This 80-acre park offers boat less wakeboarding, paddleboards, pedal boats, and the largest floating playground in the US.
Public pools are still more prevalent than most people realize – the city of Sacramento alone has 13 – and nearly every community in the area has a pool or aquatic center. Lists of pools can be found on most city websites.
If you want to get off the beaten path, there are several swimming holes you can hike to. Hikes range from family friendly on the south fork of the Yuba River to more advanced in the middle fork Yuba and north fork American. The more difficult the hike, the less people you will end up sharing with, so plan you hikes accordingly and don’t forget plenty of water and sunscreen!
However you choose to play in the water this summer, stay safe and stay cool! If you decide you want a pool in your own backyard, give us a call! We can help recommend a builder or find you a home with a pool already in the ground.