The USS Potomac has a lofty and well-earned nickname, the Floating White House. It is on this 165-foot sailboat that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was often found during presidential summers. Today, visitors can tour the ship to marvel at its opulence and walk the same corridors and decks as this famous political figure. No less important was FDR's wife, Eleanor, who celebrated her 57th birthday aboard the ship in 1941 Tours Dockside Tour: The Potomac is open for 45-minute docent-led dockside tours mid-January through mid-December. History Tour: May through November, two-hour cruises around San Francisco Bay with docents are available. Emphasis is placed on the impact Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration had upon the Bay Area and surrounding landmarks.
Home of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team, Oracle Arena is located adjacent to the O.co Coliseum and hosts a spectrum of events in both sports & entertainment, including artists and performers like Louis C.K., Adele, and Drake.
Founded in 1922 and established at its current site of Knowland Park in 1936, the Oakland Zoo is a Bay Area icon. The hundreds of animals range from Gila monsters to African elephants, and there's hardly a better way to enjoy a walk in Oakland than touring the zoo's expansive and educational grounds.
The Old Oakland Historic District provides a window into what Oakland looked and felt like in the 1870s. Victorian homes line a manicured main street now home to shops and restaurants. During the summer months, visitors can join a free, guided walking tour of the district to learn more about the area's history and mark the shops they want to visit once the tour is over.
When the Fox Theater opened its doors in October 1928, 20,000 patrons thronged Oakland's newest movie palace to experience music on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a live stage show and one of the latest innovations, the "talkies" that were replacing silent films. But one of the biggest draws was the massive domed theater itself, an opulent and exotic mix of terra cotta tiles, dizzyingly detailed paintings and golden deities, reminiscent of a Brahmin Temple. The Fox closed its doors in 1966, but after over 40 silent years, the Fox Theater re-opened its doors in 2009 as a live music venue, arts school, and restaurant.
Formerly known as O.co Coliseum (and originally, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) the Oakland Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium that's home to both Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics and the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. The Coliseum also hosts entertainment events and performances by some of the top touring acts nationwide.
Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Originally designed as a movie house by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, the Paramount now serves all the arts. The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, theatre, and - of course - movies.
Whether you are planning an adventure for the entire family or a date night for two, Chabot Space & Science Center is the ideal place to stretch your boundaries and expand your universe! General Admission includes access to Chabot's hands-on interactive exhibitions, full-dome digital Planetarium and historic Observatory. The Observatory is open Friday and Saturday evenings for telescope viewing.
While out and about in Oakland, stop by Oakland Chinatown for an experience very different from San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood. Indulge in authentic cuisine and rich cultural experiences like the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest and other special events.
Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition, including wild game, fresh pastas, wood fired pizzas and authentic vegetable and poultry dishes.
After working at Chez Panisse for over 20 years, Russell Moore opened this warm and rustic restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Inspired by traditional home cooking in France, Italy and Spain most of the dishes served at the restaurant are cooked at the restaurant's prominent fireplace or wood burning oven. A small, decisive, daily changing menu reflects the seasons, the region and the restaurant's commitment to small farms. Camino offers a specialized cocktail menu using the same carefully sourced ingredients as the kitchen.
Flora is housed in an Art Deco architectural gem in the Uptown district of Oakland. They serve a selection of reinvented American classics accompanied by an extensive menu of prohibition-era cocktails.
Dona Tomas is a special restaurant where you almost feel like you're at a lively villa in Mexico enjoying fresh squeezed lime margaritas in the courtyard patio or dining on the authentic regional Mexican cuisine in the main room or the crimson red bar room. With the seasonally changing menu and a love and respect for Mexican food and culture, Dona Tomas strives to present a culinary experience highlighting the best dishes from Mexico.
Lake Chalet might be Oakland's best place to dine outdoors. Dig into daily specials like margaritas and tacos on Tuesday nights or Lobster Fra Diavolo on Fridays. Dining over beautiful Lake Merritt on the Boathouse Dock is a feast for all the senses. After dinner, take a romantic gondola ride.
Bocanova, located in Jack London Square, features Pan-American food in a lively and colorful setting. Available for all your dining needs, they offer intimate tables in the dining room, a number of communal dining tables for larger parties or if you're in the mood to meet new people, and counter seating up by the exhibition kitchen, when you're in the mood for a show.
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
The cuisine at Brown Sugar Kitchen reflects Tanya Holland's interpretation of soul food. Her influences include her African-American heritage, her formal training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in France, and her general appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines.
Burmese cuisine reflects a history inspired by surrounding countries and ancient traditions. Coastal, forest, tropical, and mountainous cultures within Burma have all contributed to the rich tastes and smells you experience in each bite. Enjoy this rich cuisine at Burma Superstar.
Since 1950, Children's Fairyland has been delighting children and their parents with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals, wonder-filled puppet shows and inspired live entertainment.
How's this for an eclectic combo? Japanese cuisine and live jazz. That's what you'll get at Yoshi's, a nationally known jazz den with an unbelievable roster of talent and superb acoustics. Share one of the outstanding Morikomi platters with a group of friends.
Knock back a beer in the bar's small lounge area, play a game of pool in their separate room, or enjoy live music with a mid-sized dance floor near the stage.
Vibrant cosmopolitan energy in a full-service bar and lounge with Southern twists and classic standards, alongside the most comprehensive Bourbon Portfolio west of the Mississippi -- single barrel; small batch; blended; bottled-in-bond; cask strength.
There are no frills or craft cocktails at this pub, but if you're looking for a casual Irish drinking spot with a great jukebox, McNally's is right up your alley.
One-of-a-kind boutiques situated along 19 miles of historic waterfront property make this area a top attraction for shoppers. Cruise a few streets east and you'll run into the warehouse district, a nine-block area that's home to an old-fashioned wholesale produce market, a weekly farmers market, coffeehouses, restaurants, boutiques, and live-work lofts.
The flavor of this expanding neighborhood is defined by its many Latino residents-as well as by several large, colorful murals. Fruitvale plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year, including the popular Dia de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, during which you'll find dozens of street vendors hawking their wares. Browse ethnic specialty stores, food shops, and clothing boutiques. When you get hungry, stop in at one of the area's many restaurants and taquerias, where you're likely to find the perfect enchilada.