Step outside the Kissel Uptown Oakland to explore the hub of the city’s arts, dining, and entertainment scenes. Next door you’ll find The Hive, a cluster of eclectic breweries, bakeries, merchants, and music venues. Head down Broadway to discover your new favorite band at the Fox Theater, or take a detour to stroll the three-mile trail around Lake Merritt, where you’ll find verdant greenspaces, mom-and-pop cafés, the Children’s Fairyland Amusement Park, and much more.
The Fox Theater, located in Uptown, was built in 1928 and underwent a $75 million renovation to reopen in 2009, restoring many of the original details. Now you’ll find world-famous bands performing shows with their state-of-the-art Meyer sound system.
Chabot Space & Science Center is a nonprofit that features a planetarium, space artifacts and hands-on exhibits, and research-level telescopes that are available to the public for weekly live viewings.
Found in the center of Oakland, Lake Merritt was declared a state wildlife refuge in 1870, making it the oldest in the United States. A landmark with three miles of shoreline, the lake is popular with joggers, rowers, and walkers, and it offers several surrounding restaurants for lunch or dinner.
As part of more than 350 miles of trails that that circle the bay and go through 47 cities, the trails near Oakland’s 19-mile waterfront area offer a great space for enthusiastic joggers, cyclists, skaters, and walkers to get some fresh air.
Renamed after a former president of Mills College, Dr. Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, this hidden gem features redwood groves, rare wildlife, trails, and picnic areas just over the ridge of downtown Oakland.
Take in famous graves and gorgeous scenery along with public events at Mountain View Cemetery. A beautiful hilltop garden with live oaks and imported Italian stone pines make it a popular picnicking and biking location.