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May 2, 2018

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Jack London Square: An Overview!

Jack London Square is a dynamic and special historical place on the Oakland estuary within the Port of Oakland. How to explain it? Well, it’s here that you can get an up close experience with the maritime, agricultural, fine dining, transit, commercial, and literary side of Oak Town. It’s a place of industry and leisure. It’s named after Oakland’s very own author, you guessed it, Jack London, who spent much of his boyhood at this water front. There’s always something going on, so no matter what time of year you visit, there’s something in Jack London Square for you!

 Jack London Square: An Overview!

Jack London Square is a dynamic and special historical place on the Oakland estuary within the Port of Oakland. How to explain it? Well, it’s here that you can get an up close experience with the maritime, agricultural, fine dining, transit, commercial, and literary side of Oak Town. It’s a place of industry and leisure. It’s named after Oakland’s very own author, you guessed it, Jack London, who spent much of his boyhood at this water front. There’s always something going on, so no matter what time of year you visit, there’s something in Jack London Square for you!

AT-AT looking machines at Jack London Square. Shipping container cranes
Port of Oakland Cranes - Jack London Square

The Maritime

​Jack London Square is owned by the Port of Oakland. It’s here that you can get the best views of the magnificent and gigantic container ships bringing in and shipping out all kinds of goods. We mentioned the cranes here were inspiration for George Lucas’s Star Wars machines, the AT-ATs, catch the best views of them here! Also, you can check out the historical USS Potomac, the only presidential yacht open to the public. Visit their website and schedule a tour, it’s luxurious.

Jack London Square Farmers Market CUESA
Jack London Square Farmer's Market - Image by CUESA

The Agricultural

​Every Sunday, year round, there is a farmer’s market along the waterfront! It’s open from 10am-3pm. You can find all kinds of local produce, food crafts, and breakfast and lunch options!  

Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar with Boat out front
Boat in front of Scott's Seafood - Image by Scott's Seafood

Fine Dining

With such beautiful views, how could there not be fine dining at Jack London Square. Three popular options are Scott’s Seafood, Kincaid’s, and Yoshi’s where you can eat some of the best seafood around. Don’t miss the local musicians at Yoshi’s on the weekends!  

San Francisco Bay Ferry - Jack London Square
Ferry near Jack London Square - Image by San Francisco Bay Ferry

​Transit

​You can find two huge means of transportation in the Square. It’s here you can catch the Ferry over to Alameda or multiple docks in San Francisco. Commuters and visitors alike love the ferry, as it’s a beautiful way to cross the Bay! Love the sound of trains? You can also find an Amtrak station! Get on the train here to start your adventure North or South!  

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Oakland A's Headquarters - Image by Devcon Construction

​Commercial

​Many businesses have their offices in Jack London Square. Including big names like KTUV Channel 2 the Bay Area’s News and the headquarters of the Oakland A’s!  You’ll also find a diverse amount of restaurants and other businesses like Cost Plus World Market, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and a BevMo!

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Jack London - Image by NPR

​Literary

​Jack London was one of America’s first writers to make a living of the craft. He wrote American classics like White Fang, the Call of the Wild, and the Sea Wolf. Stop by to see a recreation of the cabin he lived in during his time in the Yukon. You will also find his stature and that of a wolf on the grounds of the square. Can you spot them all?

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