Local Attractions

15 Must-See Places and Things to Do in and Around Oakland

  1. Stroll the all-natural habitats of the Oakland Zoo. 
  2. Learn to blow glass or arc weld or even how to properly eat fire at the Crucible, the Bay Area’s only nonprofit sculpture studio, educational foundry and metal fabrication shop offering classes in fine and industrial arts. 
  3. Take in a flick at the historic Grand Lake Theater. 
  4. Ride in an Italian Gondola on Lake Merritt at sunset.
  5. Treat yourself to a summer evening picnic and musical at the Woodminster Amphitheater nestled in the woods in the Oakland hills.
  6. Practice your figure eights or watch a Cal Bears Ice Hockey Game at the Oakland Ice Center.
  7. On the waterfront, visit Jack London’s hangout—the First and Last Chance Saloon which has been in continuous operation since 1883. 
  8. Watch shooting stars and other celestial objects at the Chabot Space and Science Center.
  9. Learn to windsurf in the warmer-water Oakland Estuary. 
  10. Explore the Mountain View Cemetery during one of its twice-monthly free tours. Its splendid grounds nestled in Oakland’s foothills are home to some of Oakland’s most fascinating historical gems!
  11. Ride the elevator 317 feet to the top of UC Berkeley’s famed Campanile Tower and watch the 61-bell carillon being played up close and personal! Take ear plugs and marvel at the 360° view.
  12. Walk aboard a national treasure— the retired aircraft carrier USS Hornet which was involved in World War II and the Apollo manned space mission. 
  13. Visit the unique Oakland Museum of California, with its tiered Babylonian style roof gardens. It is the only museum devoted entirely to the environment, history and art of California. museumca.org
  14. Step into some of the most beautiful natural settings on earth—2,500 acres of open space make up the Oakland Parks and Recreation. Visit seven community gardens, play tennis in 59 outdoor courts, play golf at three spacious golf courses, grab a ball and choose from 53 athletic fields or dive into a refreshing pool.
  15. Take the Oakland/Alameda Ferry and cruise right into McCovey Cove at AT&T Park for a Giants game.

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