Oakland Things to Do

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  • 1. Chinatown

    Oakland's Chinatown is very different from the one in San Francisco. It's an authentic, working-class Chinese-American neighborhood, NOT a tourist trap. In fact, very few tourists go there at all....

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  • 2. Lake Merritt

    This is a great place to watch the beautiful people who workout. They walk or run at all times of the day. There is a staircase on Lakeshore that people run up and down. On Saturdays they have a nice...

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  • 3. Architecture

    The Paramount Theatre, built in 1931 by architect Timothy L. Phlueger in an Art Deco style which was notable for the depression era in which it was bulit. The façade features large motif’s recalling...

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  • 4. Parks / Squares

    This is a great, small zoo that can be enjoyed in it's entirety in about half a day. There have been constant improvements made over the past several years (perhaps longer), most recently the...

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  • 5. Sports / Coliseum Complex

    If you're in Oakland between April and September, go catch an Oakland A's home game at the Oakland Coliseum. They are only scheduled to be in Oakland for a few more years, as the plan is to move the...

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  • 6. USS Potomac

    This former Coast Guard cutter became the presidential yacht of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was specially fitted out for his special needs (due to having had polio). Guided dockside tours are offered on...

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  • 7. Oakland Museum of California

    This is one of the best museums of its kind. It has two sections: One dealing with California's natural history, the other with its social/cultural history. It's an excellent introduction to the...

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  • 8. Chabot Planetarium

    This is the finest planetarium in the Bay Area. It's located in the hills overlooking Oakland. Check out the shows. If you get tired of being inside, then hike one of the trails...

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  • 9. Combined Suggestions

    Although many people would recommend you to go up the Mormon church to observe the nice view of the bay. But there is a better place to get this view without barriers, Drive up from 35th ave up to the...

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  • 10. Theaters / Cinema

    Visit the PARKWAY THEATRE The Parkway is the coolest cinema that I have ever been to. It is cheap - admission is $5 and there is a 2 for 1 special on Wednesdays. Down at the front of the cinema there...

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  • 11. Jack London Square

    If you are in San Francisco and want to check out the other side of the bay, Jack London Square is the perfect place to visit. I met some friends in JLS for dinner at Kinkaids restaurant, I decided...

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  • 12. Oakland Zoo

    The Oakland zoo is a nice afternoon for the kids. It's not San Diego, but some of the exhibits are very nicely done. Lots of giraffes, a close up view of elephants, some lions and tigers - all in a...

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  • 14. Piedmont Avenue

    Piedmont Avenue lies along montclair neighborhood of Oakland and abuts Piedmont City and this district is the heart of luxe shopping, dining and nightlife in...

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  • 15. Churches in the hills

    Side by side in the hills above downtown Oakland you will find the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension and the Mormon Oakland Temple. These temples share...

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  • 16. Port of Oakland

    Oakland has the busiest seaport in nothern California. Harbor tours are available, from Jack London Square. You can also use the ferry boats (see my...

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  • 17. Old Oakland

    Most people brush off Oakland when visiting the Bay Area. Believe it or not there is a lot to do and see in Oakland especially if you're into shopping. You'll...

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  • 18. Visit Rockridge

    This North Oakland neighborhood has tons of great restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops along it's main drag (College Avenue). Also many small shops, although...

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  • 19. Old Oakland Historic District

    This historic neighborhood of elegantly restored Victorian commercial buildings dates back to the 1870s.

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  • 20. Dance in the streets

    Festivals throughout the year become opportunities for the swing and salsa crowds to show their stuff and enjoy some of the best weather in the bay area. Come...

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  • 21. Walk the square

    Lots of places and things to see in the square. Just walk around and take in all the sights, sounds, smells, and food.Jack London Square is a good place to just...

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