Alameda Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Alameda; our list of the best things to see, including Oakland Raiders (NFL), USS Hornet and Paramount Theatre.
  • The best place in Alameda: Oakland Raiders (NFL)

    Oakland Raiders (NFL)

    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way
    Known as "The Team of the Demons," the Raiders have a long tradition of performance-enhancing drug use, commanding the fierce support of Oaklanders and enjoying a large fan base across Alameda County. Be sure to enjoy the famous pre-game tailgating scene in the Coliseum parking lot, as well as the Black Hole Sun of hard-core fans in the endzone section. Most home games are not sold out, so it should be possible to buy tickets up until game time.
    Coliseum Industrial food nearby
  • USS Hornet

    USS Hornet

    707 W Hornet Ave
    Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for students. The USS Hornet is a retired World War II aircraft carrier that fought numerous battles in the Pacific and also retrieved the astronauts of Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 after splashdown. The ship is currently run as a museum, with the hangar deck, flight deck, and some other areas open to wander around in, and tours offering the chance to see control rooms, engineering facilities, and other areas of this retired warship.Allow a minimum of three hours; ideally five or more.
    eat nearby
  • Paramount Theatre

    Paramount Theatre

    2025 Broadway
    This gorgeous Depression-era theater, completed in 1931, has been completely restored and is maintained in almost mint condition. It's worth just looking at the sculpture, the paintings, even the carpets. Shows include classic movies, concerts, and other live performances.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • The Fox Theater

    The Fox Theater

    1807 Telegraph Ave
    A former movie theatre, the Fox was built in 1928. It closed its doors in 1970 and stood empty until 2009, when it reopened as a 1,500-2,800 seat music venue, following a two-year, $75 million renovation. One block from the 19th St BART stop, it is in the heart of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, which is also being re-branded as the Arts and Entertainment district.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Jack London Square

    Jack London Square

    Oakland's principal tourist destination, Jack London Square has seen serious renovation over the years. Named after writer Jack London, the city's favorite son, the area was the original wharf district of Oakland and retains some of its maritime feel. The main attractions today are shopping and restaurants, though, and it appears to be in a state of transition with several prominent stores like Barnes and Noble closing down recently.
    Old City-Produce And Waterfront eat nearby
  • Oakland Museum of California

    Oakland Museum of California

    1000 Oak St
    W-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. $12, $9 seniors and students, $6 youth 9-17, free 8 and under. A startlingly good museum dedicated to the art, history, and culture of California. The building itself is an admirable piece of architecture, and the exhibits are almost uniformly excellent and engaging. Well worth a visit.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • Children's Fairyland

    Children's Fairyland

    699 Bellevue Ave
    Mixed seasonal hours, almost always open on weekends. Amazing, dynamic playground and destination for children, right on Lake Merritt. Please note that only adults with children can enter. Make sure you get a Magic Key.
    Adams Point food nearby
  • Pacific Pinball Museum

    Pacific Pinball Museum

    1510 Webster St
    Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for kids under 12. The Pacific Pinball Museum showcases the "science, art, and history" of pinball. With admission, play is free on all but the oldest three of their 90 pinball machines, so allow several hours to explore the many variations there.
    eat nearby
  • Open air shopping center on the island.
    Oakland Airport
  • Color Me Mine of Alameda

    Color Me Mine of Alameda

    2205 South Shore Center
    World famous paint-your-own-pottery studio located at Alameda Towne Centre by the beach. Hundreds of preformed ceramics to paint as you wish. No experience necessary. Kids and adults. No reservations needed on most days.
    food nearby
  • Lake Chalet

    Lake Chalet

    1520 Lakeside Dr.
    (between 14th and 17th), ☎ (510) 208-5253. Fantastic seafood and steaks in an elegant dining room overlooking Lake Merritt. Step out onto the pier for a drink and gondola ride.
    Civic Center
  • Alameda Skatepark

    located on the closed Alameda Naval Air Base; great spot to ride skateboards and skates and great views of the bay
    Take the #63 bus to get there.
    South Kennedy Tract restaurants nearby
  • College Avenue

    one can enjoy delicious food hailing from various continents
    Located mostly in the Rockridge neighborhood and well-known for its shopping and food. Easily reached from the Rockridge BART station, one can enjoy delicious food hailing from various continents, take in a yoga class, go book shopping at friendly independent book stores, buy artisan crafted jewelry, treat oneself to gourmet chocolate and sweets, or take a break with a pint and some pub grub. Family friendly and easily reached, College Avenue is a destination for many Oaklanders.
  • Peralta Museum of History and Culture

    2496 34th Ave
    Check website for tour hours and special events. Once headquarters of the Rancho San Antonio Spanish land grant, this six-acre park contains the 1870 Antonio Peralta House and interpretive exhibits, a native plant garden, and changing exhibits on history and culture.
    Harrington eat nearby
  • Feelmore510 Adult Gallery

    1703 Telegraph Ave.
    , ☎ +1 510 891-0199, e-mail: Located in the Uptown District of Downtown Oakland. Feelmore510 is a unique and esteemed space. Offerings include the traditional Adult Products as well as Vintage Adult Film, Antiquarian Books, Pre-1980 adult magazines, Vinyl Records, and Erotic Artwork. Open extremely late nights (Mon-Tues Noon-9pm; Wed-Thur Noon-Midnight; Fri-Sat Noon-1:30am.)
  • Golden State Warriors (NBA)

    Oracle Arena
    The Warriors play a fast, loose, and desperate type of basketball, a departure from a typical winning NBA team. After moving from Philadelphia to San Francisco, the Warriors settled in the East Bay and won their second championship in the 1930's. Prices are on the lower end for the NBA ($1 to over $25), though cheaper tickets sell out for most games and all tickets sell out for big games up to a week before.
    Coliseum Industrial food nearby
  • Hangar One

    2601 Monarch Street
    Distillery where you can buy spendy but excellent spirits (plain and flavored vodkas, Scotch, eaux de vie, etc.) and/or enjoy a $10 tasting menu.
  • Grand Lake Theater

    3200 Grand Ave
    This beautiful Art Deco theater (built in 1926) shows first-run movies. It has a spectacular neon sign that is lit on weekends, and is famous for the ultra-liberal (and sometimes conspiracy-minded) weekly sign proclamations from the theater owner. At Friday and Saturday evening shows, an organist plays standards in the main theater.
    Adams Point restaurants nearby
  • The Hat Guys

    1764 Broadway
    The type of classic men's hat store you can't find advertised on Wikis anymore -- except here. First-class service and a contagious passion for hats. The largest inventory of hats on the West Coast -- hats in all sizes and hats for women and children, too.
  • Mua


    2442 Webster StSte A
    ((on 8th, just prior to intersecting Webster)), ☎ (510) 238-1100. A hip, new restaurant and bar in a large space just north of downtown.
  • Farmstead Cheeses and Wines

    Farmstead Cheeses and Wines

    1650 Park St
    Great staff, great cheese, and great wine. Located in the Alameda Marketplace [1].
    South Kennedy Tract
  • Oakland City Hall

    Oakland City Hall

    1 Frank H Ogawa Plz Fl 6
    Oakland City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Oakland, California. The current building was completed in 1914, after its predecessor was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Standing at the height of 320 feet, it was the first high-rise government building in the United States. At the time it was built, it was also the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Uptown Nightclub

    1928 Telegraph Ave
    Local bands and DJs, often with no cover. Big venue with an antique bar and outdoor patio.
  • Mezze


    3407 Lakeshore Ave
    High-end Mediterranean cuisine, with a good bar and occasional live music.
  • Bacheeso's

    246 Grand Ave
    (at Park View Terrace). The best Mediterranean brunch buffet anywhere (or order from the menu).
    Adams Point
  • Coach Sushi

    532 Grand Avenue
    Bottomless sake for $3.50 provided you spend $12 on food. Need I say more?
    Adams Point
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Alameda uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.