- Our list of the best things to do in Oakland, California, features the top 1026 nearby activities — including 363 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Oakland, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Food & Drink, Entertainment & Shows, and Sights & Landmarks.
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Slow Burn Glass 2690 Union St., Oakland, CA MoreLess Info
In a hands-on workshop led by practiced artists, students create beer or wine glasses
A mid-1800s logging site, Redwood Regional Park is situated on 1,830 acres of coast redwoods, evergreens and grasslands that is home to wildlife. It provides picnic and camping areas, a playground and trails suitable for hiking and biking.
Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre is a Bauhaus-inspired performance space. Its event schedule includes orchestra concerts, plays, musicals, operas and other large-scale artistic events. The venue also screens classic films and is available for convention rentals.
A historic theater with striking architecture, the Grand Lake Theater shows select first-run movies in vintage 1920s ambiance. The theater also hosts festivals, special events, and film competitions, and welcomes student groups.
The average adult and adventurous children will enjoy Bay Voyager Day Trips which employs a custom built rigid inflatable boat. Histories and stories of San Francisco are told by the main guide while touring major sites of the city from the bay itself.
Lake Merrit is an expansive Californian lake circumscribed by a jogging trail. It is popular among early-morning joggers and power-walkers, and has a convenient boat launch. .The shores of Lake Merrit are frequented by birds; due to the volume of droppings, visitors should not sit on the bare grass.
The Fox Theater is a performing arts center that offers Orchestra seating, Mezzanine seating, and seating available on the Balcony. The theater can accommodate a variety of events including film screenings, holiday parties, and birthdays.
Oakland's Chabot Science Center is a museum and planetarium dedicated to scientific education and enrichment. It features a large planetarium and a film theater that shows educational programming related to space exploration and astronomy.