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Things to do in Alameda Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Plaza
“The Square itself is a bit sleepy but has some good restaurants. Park in the garage on Washington and ride the ferry to SF for a cheap tour of the Bay! The ferry validates your parking. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Get your Japanese fix (and an amazing Happy Hour from 430-6pm weekdays and saturdays), with some delicious Sushi and Sake...plus a lot of amazing in house creations.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Nature
“Crown Memorial State Beach is a state park in the city of Alameda, CA on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It is operated by East Bay Regional Parks District, under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and the City of Alameda. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Burmese Restaurant
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“I recommend the Garlic Noodles. But seriously, everything here is delicious!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Transit Station
“The best way to get to SF! Stops at the SF Ferry Building and all the delicious things on offer. You can also go all the way to Pier 41 if you are set on visiting Pier 39. Clipper Cards for you a discount!”
  • 55 locals recommend
History Museum
“Tour the WWII-era aircraft carrier that was later used to recover the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts as they returned from the moon. The Hornet's namesake, USS Hornet (CV-8), left from these docks in 1942 carrying the bombers that retaliated against Tokyo for the raid on Pearl Harbor.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“One of the best coffee shops in the Bay Area! Consistently amazing cups o'joe!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Tikki Hut, kitchy style, Vintage, Hawaiian themed decor and drinks. Great music! Good drinks!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Distillery
“Take an Uber to Alameda for breweries, food, and wine tasting on the water. Check out Rock Wall Winery, Faction Brewing and/or St George Spirits ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Sailor's bar made from the bones of a whaling ship. Try not to spill your drink on the crooked floor. It’s in Jack London Square, which in itself has lots of restaurants and shops and is a fun place to stroll around right on the water.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“You can do it all at Plank: bowling, bocce, video games, watch a game, sit on the patio and watch the boats go by in the historic Jack London Square community. They serve drinks and food here as well. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beach
“On a sunny day, this is really one of the best spots on the island. Weekends can be a little too busy for my taste, but it always reminds me of how awesome it is to live on Alameda. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Stylish, lively restaurant serving locavore Californian & Italian fare & drinks in spacious digs.”
  • 33 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Baconized Bloody Mary. Burger with bacon and cheddar. Breakfast carnitas burrito.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Arcade
“Over 90 playable pinball machines from the 1940s to present day, for one price of admission.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Winery
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“Local family-founded winery housed in a converted 40,000 square-foot airplane hangar located on the former Naval Air Station Alameda.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Night Club
“Get your Japanese fix (and an amazing Happy Hour from 430-6pm weekdays and saturdays), with some delicious Sushi and Sake...plus a lot of amazing in house creations.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Burmese Restaurant
“I recommend the Garlic Noodles. But seriously, everything here is delicious!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“You can do it all at Plank: bowling, bocce, video games, watch a game, sit on the patio and watch the boats go by in the historic Jack London Square community. They serve drinks and food here as well. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Stylish, lively restaurant serving locavore Californian & Italian fare & drinks in spacious digs.”
  • 33 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Baconized Bloody Mary. Burger with bacon and cheddar. Breakfast carnitas burrito.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Good, thin-crust pizza on the Jack London waterfront. Outdoor eating options”
  • 33 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Soul food from the south, all vegan and all amazing. My carnivore friends are happy to go there. Low key local atmosphere, not touristy.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“Go for the beignets with chocolate ganache. Then walk it off over at Crab Cove.”
  • 23 locals recommend

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