Fun Things to Do When Visiting Oakland, CA

Oakland on the beautiful San Francisco Bay often gets forgotten due to the proximity of San Francisco, its better known neighbour. This is a mistake because Oakland is a fantastic place to live in and to visit with a wide range of attractions and things to do. 

So next time you fancy a day out just check out the fun things to do when visiting Oakland CA and pay a visit to this amazing city. 

First up Oakland CA is ideal for anyone with limited mobility or disabilities. The city is the center of the disability rights and independent living movement so is accessible to everyone. This makes visiting the area hassle free and easy to navigate in a wheel chair or with a walking aid or stroller buggy. It is also set up for bike riding with cycle trails all around the area. 

The Oakland Museum of California

 This is a fantastic display of art, history and natural science. Many of the exhibits are interactive, so this museum is a great place to learn as well as have fun along the way.

The Chabot Space and Science Center

Likewise the Chabot Space and Science Center is an impressive celebration of science and technology. Many of the exhibits are hands on and you can also wonder at the marvels of the universe in the planetariums and large screen theater. 

Lake Merrit

The Lake Merrit lakeside park is situated in the heart of the city but it is hard to believe this when you visit. There is a cycle trail and walk way around the lake as well as Fairyland – a park designed for children with gentle rides and animals to pet.

You can also rent a boat and gently potter around the lake. Many riverside bars and restaurants provide a great place to take some time out and if you visit at dusk you can experience the illuminations in this beautiful park. 

Jack London Square

Hang out in Jack London square and enjoy the shops, bars and cafes. Jack London square often hosts attractions such as live music festivals and the twice weekly farmers market and is a great place to relax and enjoy the Oakland ambience. 

Oakland Zoo

Home to over 700 animals, Oakland Zoo provides a natural habitat to exotic and domestic species including grey wolves and grizzly bears. Visit the zoo in style with a gondola ride that takes in many of the animal enclosures. 


If you are visiting from San Francisco you may think why bother, but Chinatown in Oakland offers something different to Chinatown San Francisco. For one thing it is bigger and you can also visit food factories and see how delicacies’ such as fortune cookies and ramen are made.

To find out more about fun things to do when visiting Oakland, CA check out the Visit Oakland website. The site provides updated information regarding opening times, attractions, ticket prices and upcoming events and is the perfect companion to planning a fun day out in Oakland. 

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