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Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Things-To-Do

Your Guide to Year-Round San Francisco Bay Area Things to Do!

There is no better choice if you are looking for hotels near Jack London Square or hotels near Oakland International Airport. The Executive Inn offers a central waterfront location ideally situated close to Oakland’s corporate and government centers, Alameda’s technology parks, the Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport and the area’s convention centers. Oakland’s proximity to San Francisco, Wine Country and Silicon Valley make it an ideal location for business and leisure travelers.

Getting Around the Bay Area

Our courtesy shuttle is available from 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and takes guests to all Downtown and Jack London Square attractions, including the Oakland Museum, Lake Merritt and the Paramount Theatre. The shuttle also takes guests to the Lake Merritt BART Station or Jack London Ferry Terminal with regular service to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square.

Rental Car Information: If you prefer to rent your own vehicle, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, picks up guests at our hotel.

Oakland & East Bay Fine Dining Venues

Within walking distance of the Executive Inn, you will find a variety of restaurants to choose from.  Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant is right on the marina at Embarcadero Cove, as is the Port Deli.

For those wanting to venture out into the city, board our complimentary shuttle to Jack London Square, which features some of the area’s finest cuisine.  From Scott's Seafood Restaurant, Kincaid's Bayhouse, Jack's Bistro and the famous Yoshi's Restaurant and Jazz Club, there’s a little something for everyone.

For a casual evening out try Everett & Jones BBQ, The Fat Lady or SFO Pizzeria. And for those looking for charming elegance, Montclair Bistro and Garden Room offers European-style cuisine and is located only four miles away. View area restaurants by cuisine

Sports Venues, Arenas & Stadiums: Professional & College Teams

If it is sports action that you love, you’ll find it in Oakland and the Bay Area! From baseball and football, soccer and basketball, the San Francisco Bay area has plenty of major league and nationally know college sports teams to keep you in the game. In Oakland, enjoy A’s MLB baseball, Raiders NFL football, and basketball from the NBA Golden State Warriors. Across the bay, enjoy San Francisco professional teams within a short drive, or a ferry ride: Giants MLB baseball and 49'ers NFL Football.

The indoor Oakland-Alameda County Arena features professional basketball by the Oakland Warriors. For baseball and football fans, the main attractions are the Oakland A’s and Raiders, who play nearby at the outdoor O.co Coliseum in Oakland. You can also check out the action at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and other local schools.

College Sports: UC Berkeley and Stanford are both PAC-10 Conference schools, offering sports action for football, basketball, baseball and much more.

San Francisco Bay Area Shopping Districts, Centers & Malls

From popular brands to unique finds, shopping in Oakland and San Francisco offers something for everyone. Don’t miss Jack London Square in Downtown Oakland, California — a historic waterfront with dozens of stores and a weekly farmer’s market. College Avenue/Rockridge District is the area’s most unique specialty shopping area. Swans Marketplace is a culinary delight, featuring international foods and meat/fish markets. You can also take the BART to Union Square in San Francisco for a world-class shopping adventure, or discover San Francisco shopping in other nearby neighborhoods.

Museums, Galleries & Historic Sites

San Francisco Bay Area museums are an eclectic mix. Some of the finest museums and galleries in the world can be found in this area, providing an amazing diversity of artistic expression, historical reference and scientific exploration. Here, you will find exhibits about everything from cable cars to submarines, and historic sites such as large brick forts under the Golden Gate Bridge and great wooden ships of another area anchored in the Fisherman's Wharf area!

Among East Bay museums are the Oakland Museum is home to a world-class collection of California memorabilia. Nearby Lake Merritt offers an important Bonsai garden, open to the public. Visit the Megadome and the Ask Jeeves Planetarium at the just completed $70 million Chabot Observatory and Science Center. Oakland’s USS Potomac, FDR's floating White House, is a National Historic Landmark with year-round tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Of special interest to young people is the renowned Lawrence Hall of Science, a hands-on museum focusing on physics, biology and almost everything related to basic science. The African American Museum and Library of Oakland offers a glimpse of the African-American experience in California. If aircraft artifacts are your "thing" and more can be found at the Oakland Aviation Museum.

Performing Arts

Oakland’s famous Paramount Theatre is home to the nationally recognized Oakland Ballet as well as international classical and popular music and theatrical productions. Shakespeare in the Round productions are presented free in Lake Merritt Park each summer. The Oakland East Bay Symphony is a regional orchestra performing works by contemporary American composers.

For The Kids

Children’s Fairyland is a historic 10-acre outdoor park in which children’s literature is "brought to life" through fairy tale exhibits, animals and talking storybooks that children activate by turning a "Magic Key.” The Oakland Zoo is nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park. Each year, thousands of families and school groups from around the Bay Area come to visit over 300 native and exotic animals that live in naturalistic habitats at the Zoo. Children’s art, art classes and working studios are all offered at the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA).

San Francisco

Take a beautiful ferry boat ride from Jack London Square beneath the Bay Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf. Ride the famed cable cars to Union Square and take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) back to Oakland for an exciting, fun-filled day! Find more about San Francisco and plan your own adventure.

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Outdoor Bay Area Fun: Golf, Hiking & Water Sports

Bicycling/Walking/Trails: Walk along the waterfront and observe the native waterfowl and sea life at the estuary. Tilden Park and many other East Bay areas contain well-marked, maintained trails in forest, parkland and native environments. Take the ferry to Angel Island for a fun filled day of hiking.

Canoeing/Kayaking/Sailing: California Canoe and Kayak in Jack London Square rents canoes and kayaks for a paddle around the Oakland Estuary or the San Francisco Bay. Classes and trips for canoes, kayaks and sailboards are available at Jack London Aquatic Center. Or, try classes at Lake Merritt Boating Center.

Boating: Harbor water excursions include water taxi, dinner and midnight cruises. There’s even a romantic gondola ride you can enjoy on Lake Merritt or the Estuary from Jack London Square. There are several annual boat shows in the area, featuring power boats, sailboats and more. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, rent a kayak from California Water Adventures in Jack London Square or a paddleboat on Lake Merritt.

Fishing: Located just steps from the Executive Inn is the San Antonio Fishing Pier. Convenient sinks and benches make easy cleaning of your fresh catch!

Golf: Ten minutes away is Alameda’s Chuck Corica Golf Complex, offering the >Earl Fry Course and the Jack Clark Course.

Tennis: Practice your serve and get in a workout the fun way at nearby Davies Tennis Stadium, offering well-maintained courts and facilities.

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Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, you’ll enjoy a lovely end to your day at Executive Inn. Find more Oakland, CA attractions at the Oakland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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