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African American Museum and Library in Oakland
659 14th Street Oakland
(510) 637-0200
The African American Museum is devoted to organizing, preserving, interpreting and sharing the African American experience in California with a primary focus on Northern California and Oakland. Public awareness of the contributions of the African American community will be developed through exhibits, outreach, programming, research materials, library, and information services.

Alameda/ Oakland Ferry
530 Water Street, Jack London Square
(510) 522-3300
Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the faint call of seabirds, as you ride the ferry to Pier 39 in San Francisco or to a Giant’s game. Up to three boats are in ferry service operation at one time. All boats are accessible to riders with disabilities.

Botanical Gardens in Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley
(510) 643-2755
The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public featuring one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. Established in 1890, the Garden's 34 acres contain over 12,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world arranged by region.

Camron-Stanford House
1418 Lakeside Drive
(510) 444-1876
Built in 1876, this beautifully restored house is the last Victorian on Lake Merritt. Glimpse how the elite lived in the late 1800's. Award-winning, narrated slide show.

Chabot Observatory
4917 Mountain Boulevard
Observatory: (510) 531-4560
Science Center: (510) 530-3480
View the stellar exhibit and the planetarium show. Scan the heavens through a telescope on Friday evenings.

Children's Fairyland
1520 Lakeside Drive
(510) 238-6876
Children's Fairyland was the first three dimensional theme park in the nation, and Walt Disney's prototype for what was to become the magic kingdom of Disneyland! This colorful theme park captures the magic of popular nursery rhymes and fairy tales with sixty specially designed sets that children can clamber on and explore.

Dunsmuir House and Gardens
2960 Peralta Oaks Court
(510) 615-5555
This 37-room Colonial Revival Mansion was built in 1899 and offers the perfect opportunity to view how the wealthy lived. The home is fully-furnished and the estate offers a park-like setting. Various special events are offered throughout the year including Scottish Highland Games and Christmas at Dunsmuir.

Downtown Oakland, Free Walking Tours of Historic Sites
24 hour Tour Hotline (510) 238-3234
All tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. Tours are on Wednesday and Saturday with a special Historic Tour on Tuesday. Please call for dates and locations. Reservations are encouraged.

Jack London Square
Broadway and Embarcadero

PR Contact: (510) 208-4646
24 hour Events Hotline: (510) 814-6000
Jack London Square is a special spot at the water's edge where places for shopping, dining, and daydreaming are all waiting for you. Take a ferry ride or stroll along our scenic Boardwalk, all against a backdrop of beautiful waterfront vistas. And, if you're really looking for fun, there are exciting special events from hot jazz to cool blues.

Lakeside Park
(510) 238-3092
The 122-acre Lakeside Park is located at Grand and Bellevue Avenues and is surrounded on three sides by Lake Merritt. You can jog, walk, bicycle, feed the ducks, relax in fragrant herb and Japanese gardens, enjoy bird watching, or just catch some rays. Gondola rides also available on Lake Merritt.

Lawrence Hall of Science
(510) 642-5132
Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley puts you in the shoes of a scientist by encouraging you to analyze, predict and explore things a scientist would.

Six Flags Marine World
Marine World Parkway, Vallejo

(707) 644-4000
This 160-acre wildlife park and oceanarium features animals of land, sea and air in entertaining shows, innovative habitats and interactive exhibits. Marine World's goal is to provide education through entertainment, and to showcase the special relationships between people and animals.

Oakland Ballet
1428 Alice Street
Administrative Offices (510) 452-9288
The ballet just completed its 30th season at the magnificent Paramount Theatre. The annual program of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is among the most enduring.

Oakland/East Bay Symphony
300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1360
(510) 444-0801
The symphony presents free noontime ensemble concerts along with four annual performances at the Paramount Theatre and numerous outreach concerts throughout the community.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
(510) 238-3401
Internationally acclaimed as the finest museum of California art, history and natural science. The natural science hall informs visitors about the various biospheres found in California from the Coast to the desert to the High Sierra. Lush rooftop gardens and the museum cafe are worth experiencing, too.

Oakland Mormon Temple Visitors' Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
(510) 531-1475
At the visitor center, groups may view exhibits and interactive video presentations about Jesus Christ, the purpose of life, and the importance of families. This attraction also has some of the best views of the Bay Area.

Oakland Oracle Arena & McAfee Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
(510) 569-2121
Home of the Athletics, Raiders, Golden State Warriors, and year round concerts and events.

Oakland Zoo in Knowland Park
9777 Gold Links Road
(510) 632-9525
The zoo is the only place in North America where you can see a baby African elephant. The zoo also has over 300 other exotic and native animals in naturalistic habitats, including a 1.5-acre Lion Country, a 1-acre elephant exhibit and Gibbon Island. Siamang Island opened in late 1993.

Paramount Theater
2025 Broadway (at 21st Street)
(510) 465-6400
A stunning example of Art-Deco architecture built in 1931 and authentically restored in 1973. This city, state and national historic landmark boasts seating for 2,998 patrons plus lavish lobby areas. Guided tours are provided.

Pardee Home Museum
672 11th Street
(510) 444-2187
A grand old Oakland landmark, the Pardee Home museum is a living history of three generations of one family. Visitors are treated to a rare glimpse into the domestic life of the family that lived in the house from the time it was built in 1868 until 1981.

Port of Oakland
530 Water Street
(510) 272-1100
The huge, white cranes that dominate Oakland's waterfront enable the Port to handle over 90% of the containerized goods that pass under the Golden Gate Bridge. Ranked among the top five U.S. ports and among the top 20 worldwide. Harbor tours are offered.

Preservation Park
1233 Preservation Park Way
(510) 874-7580
Sixteen restored Victorian houses, occupying two richly landscaped blocks near the Oakland Federal Building, provide a glimpse into historic Oakland. The park includes a 19th-century fountain, and five distinct domestic architectural styles from 1870–1910.

USS Potomac
Foot of Clay Street at Jack London Square

(510) 839-7533
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's private yacht was also owned by Elvis Presley. Available for tour, public cruises, and charter.

Western Aerospace Museum
8260 Boeing Street
(510) 638-7100
Static aircraft displays, aeronautical artifacts, aircraft library, and gift shop. Giant flying boat and an Electra similar to the one flown by Amelia Earhart.