Things to do in Oakland California

Be sure to visit these must-see Oakland destinations

If you’re considering a move to Lake Park, you’re choosing a great area. The busiest port city in Northern California, Oakland has gained significant accolades in recent years as a major travel destination. Upscale restaurants, nightlife, cultural offerings and recreational opportunities are among the many amenities Oakland offers its residents and visitors.

In 2013, the city was noted for having the most museums, theater companies and movie theaters per square mile in the United States. But the city offers much more; during your visit to Oakland, be sure to check out some of these popular destinations.

Oakland Zoo

This 100-acre zoological park is nationally renowned for its elephant exhibit, where the animals roam freely in a large space. Every weekend, the zoo features teen volunteers sharing information with visitors to the children’s section about the various animals — including alligators, insects, otters and lemurs.

Lake Merritt

Surrounded by a park and city neighborhoods, Lake Merritt was designated in 1870 as the nation’s first wildlife refuge, and it’s been recognized since 1966 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Highlights include the lake’s grassy shores, artificial islands that serve as bird refuges, a boating center with rental canoes and rowboats available, an amusement park, and walking paths.

Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California focuses on the state’s history, art and natural science and includes more than 1.8 million objects representing the state. The museum opened in 1969 following the merger of three museums that dated to the early 20th century.

The museum’s collection includes some 70,000 pieces of California art from as far back as the mid-1800s.

East Bay Regional Park District

This system of trails and parklands includes more than 119,000 acres, 1,250 miles of trails and 65 parks. Park activities include hiking, fishing, golfing, boating, horseback riding and observation of nature. The parks host a variety of activities for both children

USS Potomac

The USS Potomac, also known as the “Floating White House,” served as the Presidential Yacht for Franklin D. Roosevelt until his death in 1945. In 1995, the ship opened to the public, and more than 250,000 people have visited. This floating memorial to FDR, a National Historic Landmark, offers Bay cruises and other events.

Jack London Square

Jack London Square, a bustling business and entertainment district named for the noted author, is home to hotels, shopping, dining, an Amtrak station and a San Francisco Bay Ferry dock. The square features a farmer’s market on Sunday mornings and is the mooring site for the USS Potomac.

Oakland: Activities for every preference

Along with Oakland’s many attractions, you’ll also find great dining and theaters like the Grand Lake and the Fox to enjoy during your downtime. While you’re here, be sure to schedule a personal tour of Lake Park. We look forward to meeting you!