Things to do in Oakland
There are many fun things to do in Oakland. Oakland is an outstanding mix of picturesque hillside landscapes, a shoreline along the San Francisco Bay, numerous parks and particularly active cultural life. It seems nearly impossible to be bored in this city since the ethnical diversity of it reflects in a wide range of possible activities for every taste.
Fun things to do in Oakland
To get ‘the whole picture’ every visitor of the region should first visit the Oakland museum of California which gives an excellent view on both history and nature of the region. You can also have a look on the history of the city by having a tour on the Mountain View Cemetery.
Oakland is famous for its very active art scene. A great number of art events take place throughout the year – Fire Arts Festival, Art& Soul Festival, Oakland International Film festival are just few to name. For theatre performances, the visitors of the city are advised to visit Fox Oakland Theatre or Paramount Theatre. Some of Oakland’s finest Art Galleries include Betti Ono Gallery, Buzz Gallery and others.
One side of the cultural diversity of the city can be experienced by visiting the local Chinatown which is full of authentic Chinese markets, food and crafts shops. Speaking of catering- there are many great places to dine in Oakland, but if you want to meet the cuisine of the city from a rather unusual point of view, you should definitely try taking a Savour Oakland Food Tour- it’s a special tour that gives you a snapshot on both Oakland’s culture, history and food.
Science enthusiasts should definitely visit the Chabot Space and Science Center where the biggest telescope in the States, a planetarium and the large-screen Tien MegaDome Theater is located.
There are many possibilities of outdoor activities as Oakland is rich in regional parks e.g. Angel Island State Park, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, East Bay Regional Parks and others. Hiking and biking is possible in 400 miles long Bay Area Ridge Trail which loops through nine counties of the Bay Area and connects its parks and preserved territories.
Having such an active culture life, Oakland undoubtedly has an active nightlife as well. A very interesting place to have a drink at is Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon which is more like a time-travel than just a regular pub as it gives an opportunity to enjoy an almost authentic bar in the Jack London Square. Oakland is a great mix of various cultures where the historical meets the contemporary!