Take a day to explore The Bay
Stop, shop, and play when you’re in this beautiful city in the Bay area.
Whether you’re wanted to tour the yacht of a former president of step into fairyland, Oakland can take you on a great adventure the entire family will enjoy.
1Visit Jack London Square
Jack London Square is a waterfront hub with indoor and outdoor attractions to enjoy and explore. From museums to cinemas, and a few places to stop and shop, there are many ways to enjoy a day here. Check out two cool places to visit while exploring Jack London Square.
Address: 472 Water St, Oakland, CA 94607
USS POTOMAC TOUR OFFICE
Take some time to learn about Oakland’s history and step aboard the USS Potomac. Known as “the floating White House” because it was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s up until his death, now you can come aboard and take a history cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Three house cruises include a box lunch and learning about the bridges of the bay.
Address: 540 Water Street Oakland, CA 94607
Plank is one of the latest additions to Jack London Square and it offers over 50,000 square feet of fun and food. The gastropub offers a variety of ways to enjoy a night on the town. There are both indoor and outdoor spaces depending on what kind of night you have in mind, inside there’s an 18-lane bowling alley, an arcade, and billiards all offered in different areas, while outside there’s an outside bar and beer garden to enjoy the weather and play a game of bocce.
Address: 98 Broadway Street Oakland, CA 94607
2Fairyland And First Fridays
Children’s Fairyland is where the imagination can run while. All of your childhood stories have come to life, 60 storybook sets featuring some classic tales like Peter Rabbit’s Garden, Jack & Jill Hill, Willie In The Whale, and more. There are also kiddie rides, a petting zoo, and a 10-acre garden for kids to explore. There are also occasional events and performances, like puppet shows, children’s theatre, and special performances.
Address: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Schedule time for Oakland’s First Fridays and celebrate the city’s culture and community. The first Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the streets of Oakland crowd with vendors, artists, DJ’s, poets, local culinary artisans, dancers, and more for an experience you won’t forget. Not only is it free and open to the public, designated zones for kids, so it’s a family-friendly event. Every month there’s a new lineup of vendors and artists, so if you want to visit once or make it a reoccurring trip you’ll have new experiences with each visit.
Address: 2301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612