Attractions in Oakland
Docked at the Jack London Square, the USS Potomac is the former presidential yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Often called the "Floating White House," the USS Potomac is also a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the yacht to learn about the history behind it as well as that of President Roosevelt and WWII. Tours on the yacht also include a scenic cruise along the San Francisco Bay.
Oakland Museum of California
Founded in 1969, the Oakland Museum of California showcases the essence of California through science, history, and art exhibits. Housing more than a million objects, the museum features collections that include highlights such as antique furniture, historical documents, tools, Native American artifacts, and early paintings of the California landscape and Gold Rush era. Additionally, the museum houses thousands of specimens from bird, fish, reptile, and amphibian species native to the area. The museum also offers a restaurant and outdoor gardens that boast sculptures and a koi pond.
The Children's Fairyland is America's first theme park dedicated to young children. Covering 10 acres, the theme park offers several children's rides like a Ferris wheel, carousel, and train. Children can watch their favorite children's books and characters come to live in 30 different play sets, such as Captain Hook and Alice in Wonderland. Also, the park features the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, which is the oldest puppet theater still operating in the country.
Preservation park is a unique attraction that consists of 16 historical buildings that are arranged to reflect an 1800s Oakland neighborhood. Some of these buildings include homes once owned by former local residents such as the Italian villa that once belonged to a San Francisco dentist. Other homes include a Queen Anne cottage and Colonial Revival house. Visitors will enjoy wandering through this charming Victorian neighborhood, admiring the beautiful architecture of the homes as well the beautiful gardens, wrought iron features, fountains, and antique street lamps.
Oakland Ice Center
Oakland Ice Center is a large facility where adults and children alike can enjoy ice skating and hockey. The center also offers various classes for figure skating and hockey. Birthday parties can be booked here as well.
Built in 1931, the impressive Paramount Theatre shines as both a state and national historical landmark. Designed in artistic Art Deco, the theatre hosts fabulous live performances of ballets, musicals, and comedy as well as concerts of jazz, gospel, symphony, blues and pop music.