5 of the Best Attractions to Visit in Oakland

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Diversity is one of the many reasons that make Oakland an interesting place. Over the years, the city has blossomed into a place with plenty of things to offer for local and overseas tourists alike. Its cultural events and venues, food scene, and green spaces are just among the top reasons to go. Here are some of the best attractions you would not want to miss when in the city.

Chabot Space and Science Center
Chabot Space and Science Center
A visit to the Chabot Space and Science Center is fun and educational for everyone. The center boasts of an impressive projection planetarium. Visit not just to learn more about space science but also for the stargazing experience.

Jack London Square
Jack London Square
Jack London Square is a bustling and scenic destination to those who want to enjoy a great view, grab a delicious meal, go for a leisurely waterfront stroll, or do all of those and then some. There is no lack of things to see, savor, and experience when in the area. From the replica of Jack London’s cabin to the historic USS Potomac nearby and all the dining options available, the square provides great opportunities for a fun Oakland experience.

Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt is like an oasis in the concrete jungle of the city. Sitting in the midst of an urban setting is a lake and parkland that is home to a wildlife refuge that dates back to 1870. At any given time, visitors have the chance to see some of the more than species of birds that can be found in the area. Some of the top things to see and do include the gondola ride on the lake, Friendly Demonstration Garden, Bonsai Garden, Community Garden, Japanese Garden, Lakeside Palmetum, Mediterranean Garden, Pollinator Garden, Rhododendron Garden, Sensory Garden, Succulent Garden, and Vireya Display Garden among others.

Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California offers a glimpse into California’s history and culture. It features three wings filled with exhibits and collections of artifacts and artworks related to art, history and the natural sciences. The galleries as well as the interactive activities provide an engaging educational experience.

Redwood Regional Park
Redwood Regional Park
Redwood Regional Park is a verdant forest that offers a respite from the city vibe. It is a great place for nature and outdoor lovers or anyone who wants a quick getaway to somewhere more serene and relaxing. This woodland is home to beautiful and awe-inspiring redwood groves. It is a great place to bask in nature or enjoy a good hike in woodland trails.