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Best things to do in Oakland

Museum
“Great Museum, the architecture is amazing and worth the trip - but they always have an interesting exhibit. Friday nights food trucks, and dancing and open late until 9pm”
292 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Went to see the Old Masters exhibit, the museum is right by the BART station, easy commute from San Francisco. Beautiful building, and I liked to see lots of places to sit and rest a little. It stands out as one of the best! Each and every exhibit is outstanding and the space is beautiful. Not too big/overwhelming so perfect for an afternoon. Great cafe at the top too. Highly recommend!”
84 locals recommend
History Museum
“Alameda wasn’t always just a great place to raise a family but the home of the Alameda Naval Air Station. To this end, Alameda became the final resting spot of some major naval machinery, namely, the USS Hornet. Tours by docents daily or self guided tt comers that it was this vessel that rescued the astronauts after they splashed down from the first trip to the lunar body - Moon 🌚 over Alameda. ”
35 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Nestled in the Oakland hills kids and adults alike will enjoy Chabot. This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi. From interactive designs to Pink Floyd laser shows to guided stargazing hikes everyone will be entertained. Tip: Experience Chabot LaserMania, A Rockin'Music Odyssey. Featuring classics from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more, let this brilliant display of color and sound take you on a mesmerizing musical journey.”
58 locals recommend
Science Museum
“museum by day, but I would say the #1 place to just go and watch the sunset! ”
40 locals recommend
Arcade
“The Pacific Pinball Museum is an interactive museum/arcade offering a chronological and historical selection of rare bagatelles and early games, to over 90 playable pinball machines from the 1940’s to present day. Throughout the museum are hand-painted murals, Jukeboxes and rotating exhibits.”
29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Awaken Cafe is a live music venue, coffee roaster, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of the new downtown Oakland, with the mission to bring people together and launch movements.”
26 locals recommend
Science Museum
“What's really special here is the night time viewings through the telescope. Go see the moon like you've never seen it before!.”
19 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Jump'n Java Coffeehouse 4.3 (22) · $ · Coffee Shop Small, artsy coffeehouse where the WiFi is free, the vibe mellow & the food offerings minimal. 6606 Shattuck Ave Opens at 8:00 AM”
11 locals recommend
Library
“Besides a great selection of reading material the library has a shop, an art gallery and a performing arts stage. ”
5 locals recommend
Event Space
“The murals on the outside are stunning! You don't have to go in the building (though its pretty cool) they are painted on the outside.”
11 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“The Berkeley Public Library was recently renovated and is a very pleasant place to visit. Often noon time special activities for children and adults. The children's library has a play room.”
8 locals recommend
Arcade
“Vintage 80s video arcade games: Pac-man, Wreck-It-Ralph, etc. Great hangout and open til 10pm”
9 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Fun learning activities for young ones. So many activities, so little time.”
10 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“If visiting UC Berkeley, make sure you get a chance to go up to the top of the campanile, the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world.”
8 locals recommend
Library
“This is a great place to bring kids that’s free and accessible. They have an amazing children's room with computers and educational games, and friendly librarians. It’s good to come, grab a stack of books, and read to your kids, or have your kids read to themselves. There’s also a community room where they have free readings and performances. This is a great place to bring kids that’s free and accessible. They have an amazing children's room with computers and educational games, and friendly librarians. It’s good to come, grab a stack of books, and read to your kids, or have your kids read to themselves. There’s also a community room where they have free readings and performances.”
5 locals recommend