Five Things You Didn’t Know About Elk Grove

Just outside the hustle and bustle of California’s capital, there is something wonderfully unexpected – the City of Elk Grove. From parks to sports, beer to wine, agriculture to wildlife, unique experiences are found around every corner in Elk Grove! Here are five things you may not know about our savvy city.

The History of Elk Grove

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In the heart of our great city is Old Town Elk Grove, a National Register of Historic Places Historic District. Many buildings within Old Town date back to the 1800s. Explore restaurants, shops and a whole lotta’ history while visiting this gem in Elk Grove. Local tavern Bob’s Club is home to Elk Grove’s oldest building. It’s also open 365 days a year – the perfect spot to unwind during your trip.

Just outside of Old Town Elk Grove, there are additional sites listed as California Historical Landmarks. These include the grave of a Donner Party survivor and the grave of the last possible survivor of the exploring party that accompanied Lewis and Clark. The history of Elk Grove is endless!

Explore the Arts of Elk Grove

Stroll the streets of Elk Grove and you may come across one of the 20 art displays around the city. From wildlife art pieces to decorated utilities, Elk Grove’s art scene is worth exploring for locals and visitors alike. Explore bronze sculptures of eagles, horses, elk and more with the help of this interactive map. Even if you’re not an art fanatic, Elk Grove’s art installments are so fascinating, you may just become one!

Elk Grove is also known for our large community artistic talent. From live theater to musical performances, art shows take place almost every weekend here. You can check out the calendar of events here.

Rain Garden Plaza

If you love nature, you’ve come to the right place! Elk Grove is home to the first comprehensive large-scale rain garden in California. The Rain Garden Plaza is a beautiful, serene open space with gardens that bring in a variety of wildlife while educating visitors about the conservation of natural resources. While you’re here, be sure to check out the local artwork around the plaza!

The Wrangler Bar

Calling all country lovers! One of Elk Grove’s biggest secrets is The Wrangler Bar. Named one of the best cowboy bars in the West by American Cowboy magazine. The friendly bar is all about simplicity, keeping the western tradition alive with an authentic country experience. From the gravel, to the branded door to the old wooden floors, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of this leading area country bar.

The Great Outdoors of Elk Grove

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One of Elk Grove’s biggest assets – the great outdoors! Elk Grove has more than 90 parks, totaling more than 700 acres of lush landscaping and recreational amenities. This includes playgrounds, picnic areas, softball fields, skate parks and swim centers. The Cosumnes River Preserve, Laguna Creek Parkway and Stone Lakes Refuge all border Elk Grove, providing wetlands, open space, walking and riding trails, fishing and birdwatching.

Elk Grove is truly full of surprises. Come experience our one-of-a-kind city and stay awhile!

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