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To-do bucket list for Sacramento area high school seniors

I don't know about the rest of you, but I had a blast when I was in high school. I know it's not always the "time-of-your-life" vibe for a lot of other folks out there, but somehow I managed to have a pretty decent go at it. I think a lot of that had to do with with some fun experiences I had in my senior year of high school. Which got me thinking about a bucket list for local high school seniors and that I've put together below.

  • First and foremost, do a Senior Portrait Session! You're only young once and I've compiled some of my favorite reasons to do one on the blog of here!


  • Watch a movie at the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-in! Back when I was in high school, one of our good friends drove a Volvo station wagon and we DEFINITELY snuck an extra friend or two in the trunk area under a blanket to save money. hehe Be sure to pack snacks, blankets, and pillows to get comfy for your double-feature!


  • Grab late-night burgers, fries, and a shake at Willie's Burgers. I am personally attached to the one located at 16th & Broadway, since that's where I spent quite a few late Friday nights myself hanging out with friends in the parking lot white getting down on some chili cheese fries!


  • Call your besties and grab some blankets to watch the sunset at Boulder Ridge Park in Rocklin, CA. But be sure carpool with your friends AND get there early. The parking lot is tiny and you'll want to snag one while they're open.


  • When the days start to get warmer, head over to Gunther's for some ice cream or one of their famous fruit freezes to cool off in the evening. I remember the first time my parents took me as a kid. Ever since, I've really enjoyed introducing new friends to this place! It's always a tough choice between a strawberry-lemon freeze or a scoop of strawberry ice cream on a sugar cone.




  • Catch a River Cat Ball game. I'm an Oakland A's fan myself, so I was a little sad when they became the AAA team for the San Francisco Giants. But I'll always love me some lawn seats on an early summer evening with some ballpark food!



  • Go to a concert at the Golden 1 Center. I sure wish a concert this place had been one of my first live music experiences, but I think having seen them them at Arco Arena back in the day really gave me a newfound appreciation for how state-of-the-art the Golden One Center is. Tom Petty was around long before I was born, but he was the first artist I saw perform there and it'll go down as one of my all-time favorite concerts.




  • After the concert at Golden 1, head across the courtyard to grab dinner continue the evening with fun and games at Punch Bowl Social! They have everything from karaoke rooms and video gaming pods to table top board games and bowling.


  • Plan an evening of ice skating at Iceland Ice Skating Rink. They'll be renovating it soon, but it's been a fixture in Sacramento since 1940 and operated continuously since then to March of 2010 when a 5-alarm arson fire burned the structure to the ground. The fire destroyed most of the building, but the rink itself survived and it's been an open air rink ever since!

Did I miss any of the must-see, must-do experiences for someone possibly getting ready to leave Sacramento for college? I'd love to hear your ideas. Drop them in the comments below.