People travel to Oakland for sporting events, to visit family, for work or even as a day trip from San Francisco. Oakland is right over the Bay Bridge. So whatever the reason, if you are ever in the area, here are 5 things to do in Oakland:
Visit Piedmont Avenue. Piedmont is a small city within a city. A lot of people still consider it Oakland but technically it is its own city.
Piedmont Avenue is a street about 2 miles long. There are a number of local shops along this strip that are fun to window shop or for actual gift shopping. There is FOOD! Andâ€¦..Fentons Ice Creamery! Fentons has been in business since 1894. Truly an experience!
2: Grand Avenue & Lakeshore Avenue:
Grand Avenue and Lakeshore Avenue have a number of spots to visit!
Lake Merrit is right there. For a nice walk or jog â€“ it is about 3 miles around. On that walk, you can check out Fairyland or visit Lake Merritâ€™s Nature Center OR stroll through the Gardens at Lake Merritt.
Over on Grand Avenue: Go see a movie at the Grand Lake Theater. This theater opened in 1926. It is a historical landmark and if you watch a movie in the main theater â€“ sometimes they have an organ player play before the movie starts.Â For a cool evening hang out spot , check out the Lucky Lounge.
3: Lake Temescal:
Lake Temescal is a childhood favorite of mine. I had many birthday parties there. You can actually swim in the lake, chill at the park (there are 2 separate parts) or hike around the whole like (there are a few trails).
4: Morcom Rose Garden:
For a romantic walk through fragrant and beautiful greenery, head out to the Morcom Rose Garden. Â Many a wedding has been held here. I have gone here by myself, with a mate or with friends and family. Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery!
5: Jack London Square:
For an evening out, Jack London SquareÂ is a cool hang out area. There are a number of night clubs, lounges and bars to frequent:
- Yoshiâ€™s Oakland
- Kimballâ€™s Carnival
And if you are not looking for nightlife, simply park the car and walk around Jack London Square. There are a number of shops and restaurants at your disposal. Here are aÂ few notable places to eat:
- Itâ€™s All Good Bakery
- Barneyâ€™s Gourmet Hamburger
- Crepe Vine (technically in Berkeley)
By the way…
Oakland is on the map if you didnâ€™t already know. Here’s brief list of why Oakland is notable:
- Oakland Raiders (and yes â€“ I am a fan)
- Oakland A’s
- Golden State Warriors
- Historic Black Panther Party (Huey P. Newton)
- Actor Tom Hanks, Actor/Director Clint Eastwood
- Rappers Tupac Shakur,Â MC Hammer andÂ Too short