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Sightseeing and landmarks in Oakland

Art museums

Museum
“features great exhibits and hosts Off the Grid & live music on Friday Nights.”
  • 292 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A great little museum that will give you a glimpse of life in Alameda past.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“The Oakland Museum has a cool outdoor sculpture garden that's good for contemplation and views of the lake. They focus on California art and history.”
  • 3 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“Tour the WWII-era aircraft carrier that was later used to recover the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 astronauts as they returned from the moon. The Hornet's namesake, USS Hornet (CV-8), left from these docks in 1942 carrying the bombers that retaliated against Tokyo for the raid on Pearl Harbor.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“If visiting UC Berkeley, make sure you get a chance to go up to the top of the campanile, the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“This iconic bell tower is on the UCBerkeley Campus, featured in old postcards and most of the College's websites. Dating from early European-influenced architecture and liberal arts ideals, It offers both hope and directional perspective while orienting yourself on the campus or in the city at large. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located in a beautifully restored historical building, this museum focuses on the African American experience in the West, including Oakland's role in the Black Power and civil rights movements.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“You can buy a 2-hour sunrise cruise with Roosevelt's old ship, that since then has been used to smuggle drugs to Oakland. They offer wine tasting tours and food tours and you get to see the new Bay Bridge and a close up look of Alcatraz without having to deal with the long lines and hundreds of tourists in San Francisco ”
  • 1 local recommends
History Museum
“The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is an anthropology museum located in Berkeley, California on the University of California, Berkeley campus. In my days as a student at UC ( MANY years ago) it was called the Lowie Museum of Anthropology.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Lookout
“If visiting UC Berkeley, make sure you get a chance to go up to the top of the campanile, the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“This iconic bell tower is on the UCBerkeley Campus, featured in old postcards and most of the College's websites. Dating from early European-influenced architecture and liberal arts ideals, It offers both hope and directional perspective while orienting yourself on the campus or in the city at large. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Great close place to relax and watch the lake and people on bikes, skateboards, walking, running, music.. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“If you have a car or are willing to hike for a few hours, this is best general area to get amazing sunset views and get a glimpse of the entire Bay Area. I have a secret spot that I can tell you about that avoids the more crowded lookout points and links up with the nearby trail system. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“One of the best hikes in Berkeley. Combine it with a breakfast at Elmwood Cafe. Sunset hikes are phenomenal! Enter the trail off Stonewall Rd.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Pergola at Lake Merritt almost always has something going on. If not a workout class, then salsa dancing, drumming, local fairs and more. It is quite busy during the Summer months. Just a great place to set and get a wonderful view of the Lake, or take a jog by for a morning or evening run. If you want to sit for awhile and people watch or just chill, make it a stop!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“great hiking trails; close by yet feels far away from the city; great views.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Ten residential modernist enclave with a central open green space and spectacular view of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate. Developed by William Wurster. A must for architecture lovers.”
  • 1 local recommends

Historic sites

Historic Site
“The Cleveland Cascades are a great place to get in a full-body work out. Athletes use this spot to train outdoors. The top of the stairs offer a spectacular view of Lake Merritt. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Affectionately dubbed the Floating White House by the press, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht is one of the few floating museums in the country. The restored 165-foot vessel, a national historic landmark, is a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.”
  • 1 local recommends
Music Venue
“The Greek, as we call it, is an open-air amphitheater in Greek seating style. I've seen so many amazing bands here. Look on the website for what's playing when you're here!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“You can buy a 2-hour sunrise cruise with Roosevelt's old ship, that since then has been used to smuggle drugs to Oakland. They offer wine tasting tours and food tours and you get to see the new Bay Bridge and a close up look of Alcatraz without having to deal with the long lines and hundreds of tourists in San Francisco ”
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Library
“Besides a great selection of reading material the library has a shop, an art gallery and a performing arts stage. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“The Berkeley Public Library was recently renovated and is a very pleasant place to visit. Often noon time special activities for children and adults. The children's library has a play room.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Library
“One side is dedicated to children and has lots of toys in addition to books. The other (adult) side has some good reading areas as well as computers that are free to use.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Library
“This is a great place to bring kids that’s free and accessible. They have an amazing children's room with computers and educational games, and friendly librarians. It’s good to come, grab a stack of books, and read to your kids, or have your kids read to themselves. There’s also a community room where they have free readings and performances. This is a great place to bring kids that’s free and accessible. They have an amazing children's room with computers and educational games, and friendly librarians. It’s good to come, grab a stack of books, and read to your kids, or have your kids read to themselves. There’s also a community room where they have free readings and performances.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“Free WiFi--great when you don't feel like having to buy a coffee or food at a cafe. Lots of seating areas. Great selection of books, DVDs, and CDs to check out--and it's all free!!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
  • 3 locals recommend
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