Top Choice Museum in Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center

Stargazers will go gaga over this kid-oriented science and technology center in the Oakland Hills with loads of exhibits on subjects such as space travel and eclipses, as well as cool planetarium shows. When the wea…
Square in Oakland

Jack London Square

The area where writer and adventurer Jack London once raised hell now bears his name. The pretty waterfront location is worth a stroll, especially when the Sunday farmers market takes over, or get off your feet and …
Lake in Oakland

Lake Merritt

An urban respite, Lake Merritt is a popular place to stroll or go running (a 3.5-mile paved path circles the lake), with bonsai and botanical gardens, a children's amusement park, bird sanctuary, boathouse and gondo…
Museum in Oakland

Oakland Museum of California

Near the southern end of Lake Merritt, this museum has rotating exhibitions on artistic and scientific themes, and permanent galleries dedicated to the state’s diverse ecology and history, as well as California art.…
Ship in Oakland

USS Potomac

Franklin D Roosevelt’s ‘floating White House,’ the 165ft USS Potomac, is moored at Clay and Water Sts by the ferry dock, and is open for dockside tours. Two-hour cruises (adult/child $55/35) are scheduled several ti…
Amusement Park in Oakland

Children's Fairyland

Lakeside Park, on the northern side of Lake Merritt, includes this 10-acre kiddie attraction, which dates from 1950 and has a charming fairy-tale-themed train, carousel and mini Ferris wheel.
Museum in Oakland

Pacific Pinball Museum

Put down that video-game console, cast aside your latest iPhone app and return to the bygone days of pinball play. Lose yourself in bells and flashing lights at this pinball parlor with 90 games dating from the 1930…
Cemetery in Oakland

Mountain View Cemetery

At the northern end of Piedmont Ave, this is perhaps the most serene and lovely artificial landscape in the East Bay. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the landscape architect of New York City’s Central Park), it’…
Architecture in Oakland

Oakland City Hall

This beautifully refurbished 1914 beaux-arts building is a downtown landmark.
Park in Oakland

Cypress Freeway Memorial Park

A forgotten urban park commemorates with public art the 42 people who died and those who helped rescue survivors when the Cypress Fwy collapsed in West Oakland, one of the most horrifying and enduring images of the …