Among other attractions, Citrus Heights has the Rusch Botanical Gardens, about 2 acres of beauty. It has representations of seven biomes of California and features rose, herb, citrus, and African plants. It's also a State Site of Historical Interest. The gardens are beautiful, and can make a great morning or afternoon of walking and exploring for those who want a trek outside of Davis.
There's shopping at the Sunrise Mall, which is smaller than the Roseville Galleria or Arden Fair Mall, and features many stores which can be found closer to Davis. One benefit of going to Sunrise over Arden is the strip mall across the street, Sunrise Boulevard, that contains Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, ULTA, and a Barnes & Noble. Across the other street, Greenback Lane, is an Old Navy and a BevMo.
Until September 2007 there was a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts here, but that became one more victim of corporate over-expansion and and closed many outlets, as did Mrs. Fields Cookies. If you're a tennis fan, the Sacramento Capitals team makes its home at the mall during the summers, which is cool if you want some signatures or to meet a team.
And there's a Benihana, the closest location to Davis for those fans of teppanyaki style cooking, who want shrimp and food thrown at you and knives juggled.
Locals frequent call Citrus Heights "The Heights," with a strong inflection on the "Heights."