Historic and modern, Oakland has a little bit of everything, including a diverse metropolis, expansive hills and picturesque waterfront. It also has professional sports, a unique arts, entertainment and food scene, along with hiking, sailing and biking. Here are the best ways to spend your time while visiting.
1. Oracle Arena:
Watch the Golden State Warriors run the floor against top NBA talent at this modern, 20,000-seat event facility.
2. Lake Merritt:
Recognized as the nation’s first official wildlife refuge, this scenic area includes 140 species of birds, 30 species of fish, opossum, feral cats and a large colony of fox squirrels.
3. Oakland Alameda Coliseum:
Treat the family to a day of thrilling professional football, and root on the hometown Raiders, as they butt heads against storied NFL rivals.
4. Jack London Square:
Named after the famous author Jack London, this waterfront destination offers shopping, entertainment, a farmers markets and scenic views.
5. USS Potomac:
Tour this legendary historic ship, made famous for serving as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s yacht and for being owned by Elvis Presley.
6. Oakland Museum of California:
Explore nearly 2 million objects and exhibits that provide fascinating insight into the state’s incredible history.
7. Oakland Zoo:
Discover more than 700 native and exotic animals, including lions, bison, bears, tortoises, alligators, camels and chimpanzees.
8. Redwood Regional Park:
Peppered with century-old redwood trees, this scenic area includes picnic areas, camping areas and a playground for children.