Oakland Places

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

    Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial DrSte 5200
    Every day, 10AM-5PM. Adults $17. Offers many hands-on science exhibits, especially good for children. This is one of the best places to get a panoramic view of the Bay Area: San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland and the Bay Bridge. Nearby is the UC botanical garden.
    Panoramic Hill food nearby
  • California Golden Bears Football

    California Golden Bears Football

    Above the Berkeley campus, Memorial Stadium plays host in the fall season to UC Berkeley football games. But if you want to watch a game for free, head above the canyon to Tightwad Hill, a hill where students and the public gather to watch games. It's also an ideal location for spectacular views of the Bay Area when there's not a game going on. Anyone is free to come as long as they pick up their own trash and don't wear the colors of Stanford University (red).
    eat nearby
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts

    Interlochen Center for the Arts

    4000 Highway M-137 in Interlochen
    A fine arts school established in 1928, offering over 600 arts presentations each year by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists.
    Oakland Airport restaurants nearby
  • Fentons


    4226 Piedmont Ave
    M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight. $5-15 large sundae or entree. This hundred-year-old ice cream parlor is a cornerstone of Oakland culture -- one of those places that East Bay folks point to as making the region special. The parlor is mentioned in the 2009 Pixar film Up. Huge bowls of ice cream and sundaes of various sorts are served in this always-crowded eatery. Sugar-amped kids roam the aisles all day and into the evening, and although the place attracts a cannabis-enhanced college crowd towards the end of the night, it always has a sweet and wholesome atmosphere.
    Piedmont Avenue
  • Crystal Mountain Ski and Golf

    Crystal Mountain Ski and Golf

    12500 Crystal Mountain Drive in Thompsonville
    Voted #1 Resort in the Midwest by Ski magazine. Downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice hockey, sleigh rides, snowshoe and moonlight hikes. Two golf courses with 36 holes, and over 90 golf schools, lessons and clinics. Equipment rental and tuning, snowsports school, kids' programs and lessons available. Therapeutic massage, fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, arcade room. Lift tickets $15 - $79, golf rates $30 - $85.
    Oakland Airport eat 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 restaurants nearby
  • Rasputin Music

    Rasputin Music

    Well known independent music store with a large selection of used music and LPs.
  • Briones Regional Park

    Briones Regional Park

    The park is located South of Highway 4 off Reliez Valley Road. Briones is a hikers paradise located in the heart of the busy San Francisco Bay Area. East Bay Regional Park District Headquarters +1 510 562-PARK, group picnic reservations +1 510 636-1684, group camping reservations +1 510 636-1684. The park is open 8AM-10PM. $5 per vehicle when the kiosk is attended. [5].
    Chabot Park eat nearby
  • Iron Horse Trail

    Iron Horse Trail

    Although this multi-use, whole-access trail runs between Concord and Dublin, the most interesting and scenic part of the trail is found in Walnut Creek. The Walnut Creek part of the trail goes directly into the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. Also, the trail abuts what's left of Walnut Creek's creek known as "Walnut Creek," which is now mostly buried beneath Broadway Plaza. Widely used by dog owners, cyclists and recreational buffs, the Iron Horse Trail follows the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. If you walk your dog on the Iron Horse, please use the complimentary pooperscooper bags provided for your convenience.
    Chabot Park restaurants nearby
  • Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

    Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

    Located immediately to the northwest of the John Muir NHS and extending to the Carquinez Strait, the ridgelines of this park offer extensive views of Mt. Diablo and the cities at its base, the Sacramento River Delta, the Mothball Fleet, Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. St. Helena. On clear winter days the snow-capped Sierras may be seen. Wild turkeys, hawks, deer, and other wildlife call the park home. In the spring cows are allowed to graze on the grassy hills. The park hosts a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail ([2]). Great for a short day hike (1 to 5 miles).
    Chabot Park food nearby
  • Tilden Park

    Tilden Park

    Offers several inexpensive activities for families with children. Many kilometers of hiking trails of various difficulties are available for free hiking, and include vistas of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Home to a 5-inch scale, narrow-gauge working steam train. $8 gets five rides through the woods atop the Berkeley hills, including a tunnel and trestle bridge. Right next door is the Golden Gate Live Steamers Club, maintained and operated by 275 members. This is an entire miniature railroad for hand-built steam engines. Bus 67 from Berkeley BART goes through the park on weekends. Also in the park, Lake Anza is a popular swimming destination for families and summer camps. There is a wonderful Botanical Garden with a very diverse terrain and a great collection of manzanitas and other California native plants.
    Chabot Park eat nearby
  • Alameda Creek Trail

    Alameda Creek Trail

    12 mile long bike trail follows the Alameda Creek flood-control channel from the hills to the bay. The paved trail is entirely car-free thanks to underpasses beneath each cross-street. About two miles from the bay, you can optionally go to Coyote Hills for a good view. From there, you can proceed south to the Don Edwards Wildlife refuge, and then west to the bike lane over the Dumbarton Bridge. Starting from the easternmost point on the trail (at the Niles Staging Area on Old Canyon Road) means that you will generally go downwind last when you are most tired.
    Chabot Park restaurants nearby
  • Mission Peak

    Mission Peak

    A great place for a challenging hike where you are rewarded with a very nice view of the Bay Area. The peak overlooks the Santa Clara valley and the Bay. To the east you can see Livermore and on a clear day, the Sierra Nevada. Bring a coat in the Fall and Winter.
    Chabot Park 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
  • Bayfair Center

    Bayfair Center

    15555 East 14th Street
    ) ☎+1-510-357-6000, [7]
  • 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 food nearby
  • Greek Theatre

    Greek Theatre

    U C Berkeley Campus2001 Gayley Rd
    Check the Cal Performances website for upcoming shows or concerts.
    eat nearby
  • Joaquin Miller Park

    Joaquin Miller Park

    3450 Joaquin Miller Rd
    A beautiful park in the Oakland hills, made up in part of "The Hights", the old estate of California poet Joaquin Miller. The park has some of the few remaining old-growth redwood groves in the East Bay. Lots of hiking and bike-riding opportunities.
    Joaquin Miller Park 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
  • A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort

    A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort

    627 A-Ga-Ming Drive in Kewadin
    36 holes of world-class golf. Golf school and lodging packages available. $20 - $74.
    Oakland Airport restaurants nearby
  • Dennos Museum Center

    Dennos Museum Center

    at the Northwestern Michigan College
    The Dennos Museum Center seeks to engage, entertain and enlighten its audiences through the collection of art and the presentation of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts. The museum offers a wide variety of programs in the visual and performing arts and holds one of the largest and most historically complete collections of Inuit Art in the United States.
    Oakland Airport food nearby
  • Berkeley Hat

    Berkeley Hat

    a wide variety of normal and eclectic hats
    Welcome to the Berkeley Hat Company Facebook Page! With over twenty-nine years of retail hat experience, Berkeley Hat Company is your source for a wide variety of hats and caps for men and women. Check us out at: http://www.berkeleyhat.com/
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Oakland uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.