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Experience Oakland

Experience life in Oakland.

"We took our kids to Children's Fairyland - it's so cool that Walt Disney's inspiration for Disneyland came from this amusement park!

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akland is  quite frankly the perfect choice for your business or leisure stays.  We’re close to San Francisco, Napa, and Silicon Valley, Oakland is the hub to get to all of these points easily. Further, Oakland Airport flies to/from many wonderful destinations, making us a top choice to stay.

Our team also started #YouDontKnowOakland as many people don’t know the diversity and sense of community that are deeply rooted in our own OakTown.

Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA
Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA

Interesting Facts About Oakland

Oakland's rich history alone is interesting, but here are a few things you may not have known about #OakTown

  • Children’s Fairyland inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream was invented in Oakland – both Dreyers and Fenton’s claim this
  • Clint Eastwood is one of the many stars that graduated from Oakland Technical
  • High School while Oscar winner Tom Hanks went to Skyline High School
  • Oakland Museum has music and food trucks every Friday
  • Many James Beard award winning chefs got their start in Oakland
  • Lake Merritt is home to many exciting activities from its Lake Chalet restaurant to Gondola Rides and an Bonsai Garden
  • Oakland has a popular wine culture, with even and Ale and Urban Wine Trail
  • Oakland Arena and Coliseum is  home to many large sporting events, concerts and unique shows
Famous Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland, CA - Serving up some of the best tacos in the Bay
Famous Tacos Sinaloa in Oakland, CA - Serving up some of the best tacos in the Bay

Experience Oakland the Right Way

Plan your visit to Oakland and fill your itinerary with all sorts of activities we know you and your family will love! Some experiences we recommend.

  • Take the family to the Oakland Zoo
  • Go to an Oakland Athletics game
  • Take a hike in Oakland's redwood forrest
  • Taste some local wine at one of the many wineries in Oakland
  • Visit Jack London Square's Sunday farmers market
  • Go kayaking in the Brooklyn Basin
  • Bike across the new span of the Bay Bridge
  • East some excellent cuisine at some of the best rated restaurants in the world
  • Get your fill of some tasty tacos at the plethora of food trucks all over Oakland

And so much more! See what else there is to do in Oakland during your visit by visiting our blog.

Oakland experiences you'll love

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11 Things To Do at Night in Oakland

If there’s one more thing you must know, the nightlife here in the town is vibrant and alive. There are so many things to do in Oakland at night, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for you.

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5 Great Places To Enjoy the Great Outdoors of Oakland

Oakland is known as a city of beautiful locations. When you find yourself here, it would be impossible not to spend a day outdoors! There are many things to do in Oakland, from splendid hikes to quiet walks to lovely spots for a picnics. Oakland has a strong culture, lots of character, and tons of history that you can immerse yourself in while on foot. Here are five great places to enjoy the great outdoors of the city!

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Here Are 5 Summer & Fall Concerts You Don’t Want To Miss

Are you planning a trip to Oakland this summer or fall and want to maximize your stay? Consider planning around the several Oakland concerts slated for these seasons! Entertainment in Oakland is never lacking since dozens of artists from across the country are scheduling their show-stopping musical acts in the city.

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5 Reasons the Bay Area is the Best Place to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride

As people slowly recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic, it’s an honor to announce that pride month in San Francisco is back for its 52nd year! With a “Love Will Keep Us Together” theme this year, it’ll be an assurance that people of all walks of life will enjoy the Bay Area this June.

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Upcoming Events in Oakland

If there’s one more thing you must know, the nightlife here in the town is vibrant and alive. There are so many things to do in Oakland at night, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best for you.

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Oakland is known as a city of beautiful locations. When you find yourself here, it would be impossible not to spend a day outdoors! There are many things to do in Oakland, from splendid hikes to quiet walks to lovely spots for a picnics. Oakland has a strong culture, lots of character, and tons of history that you can immerse yourself in while on foot. Here are five great places to enjoy the great outdoors of the city!

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Are you planning a trip to Oakland this summer or fall and want to maximize your stay? Consider planning around the several Oakland concerts slated for these seasons! Entertainment in Oakland is never lacking since dozens of artists from across the country are scheduling their show-stopping musical acts in the city.

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