Romantic Things to Do in Citrus Heights, California

by Crystal Vogt
Take a walk through the Fountain Square rose garden.

Take a walk through the Fountain Square rose garden.

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Incorporated in 1997, Citrus Heights, California, is located in Sacramento County just 15 miles northeast of Sacramento. While Citrus Heights is predominantly residential, there are two shopping malls, Sunrise Mall and the Birdcage Walk, located within the city, along with various restaurants. While there are romantic things to do in Citrus Heights, the town borders the city of Roseville, which is a bigger municipality that offers even more romantic spots.

Eating Out

Citrus Heights is home to many romantic bistros and restaurants for first dates and couples looking to get better acquainted or rekindle their romance. Cool Hand Luke's Steakhouse ( and Elephant Bar ( offer intimate atmospheres for couples, while a few miles away in Roseville, romantic restaurants such as Paul Martin's (, Il Fornaio ( and Suede Blue Steakhouse ( await. After dinner, share a banana split or hot fudge sundae at Leatherby's Family Creamery (no website; 7910 Antelope Road, Citrus Heights; 916-729-4021).

Wine Tasting

Conversing over wine in the right setting can be an intimate way to get to know your partner. The Wine Consultant ( in Citrus Heights is one of the few places in town to test out your wine knowledge as a couple or a group. Every Saturday, the wine-tasting venue showcases new arrivals from noon to 4 p.m. Located in Roseville is Crush 29 (, a 9,000-square-foot wine-tasting venue with restaurant that offers a wine list with more than 200 selections.

Outdoor Events

Enjoy one another's company while attending an outdoor event held in Citrus Heights. During the summer, the city of Citrus Heights ( offers free concerts in Rusch Park every other Sunday in the afternoon. On or around Dec. 1 of every year, the city holds its annual Christmas tree lighting, which can be fun to watch with your significant other over hot cocoa. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., stroll hand in hand through the Citrus Heights Farmers Market and check out local produce and wares.


If flowers are your thing, prepare a picnic basket and head to the Fountain Square rose garden, located at 6237 Fountain Square Drive in Citrus Heights. Created in 1979, the award-winning plot is one of 130 All-America Rose Selection gardens nationwide. The Fountain Square rose garden is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also located in Citrus Heights is the Rusch Botanical Gardens (7801 Auburn Boulevard), established in 1978. The botanical gardens, open from dawn to dusk, cover two acres and feature various plants including roses, herbs and African varieties.

About the Author

Crystal Vogt has been an editor and freelance writer since 2005 and has had her work mentioned on MediaBistro, Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money, among other outlets. She received her M.S. in journalism from Boston University and holds a B.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara.

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