It's not a fairytale when it comes to stories about Oakland having the best attractions in the Golden State. Our list of attractions makes sure all ages can enjoy a city that attracts a modern mix of history, intrigue and more.
Fairytales are larger than life at Children's Fairyland
! Imagine a 10-acre park on the shores of Oakland's Lake Merritt, where children play on whimsical storybook sets, enjoy amusement rides and attractions, and watch plays, puppet shows, musicians and more. Come experience a park that is a 60-year tradition in Oakland.
Address: 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 - MAP
Phone: (510) 238-6876
Visit Lake Merritt
, the crown jewel of downtown Oakland's urban heartbeat. The picturesque lake shores feature miles of parklands and neighborhoods. Residents and tourists alike flock to the scenic landmark attraction to enjoy an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The lake front is also popular for walking, running, and biking along its tranquil trails.
Welcome to Camron-Stanford House
, Oakland's last 19th century mansion on the shores of Lake Merritt. See the private residence and lifestyle of five prominent families who were instrumental in the development of Oakland and the statehood of California. The home has been authentically recreated through descriptions found in personal letters, newspaper articles, historical photographs, and architectural research.
Address: 1418 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612 - MAP
Phone: (510) 444-1876
Travel back in time at the Oakland Museum of California
. The museum shares the extraordinary tales of the Golden State and its people through engaging collections, exhibits and attractions that explore the state's connection to its history, art and nature. Discover local artesian wares at the museum store and participate in art-related monthly community events.
Address: 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607 - MAP
Phone: (510) 318-8400
Ain't life Grand! Discover the coal baron Dunsmuir family, their gracious home and elegant lifestyle at Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate
. This attraction allows you to step inside a Neoclassical Revival mansion with 37 rooms standing on a 55-acre estate. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride across lush gardens, around a scenic pond and stop at the Carriage House Crafters for some tea and the Dunsmuir Gift Shop for unique mementos.
Address: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605 - MAP
The Oakland Zoo
is home to over 440 native and exotic creatures, and boasts more than just animals. Enjoy rides on a rollercoaster, carousel, the Outback Express Adventure Train and many more fun attractions. Adopt a pet and catch shows about zoo animals at the Wildlife Theater. Explore overnight tours, zoo wide events and so much more!
Address: 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, CA 94605 - MAP
Phone: (510) 632-9525
Explore the architectural attractions of Oakland at Preservation Park
. The historic park is the choice for area residents to make lifetime commitments - meaning it's the number one destination for wedding events. The park consists of 16 restored Victorian Mansions, spanning two blocks that showcase five distinctive residential architectural styles tied to historic Oakland.
Address: 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612 - MAP
Phone: (510) 874-7580
Don't waiver on the USS Potomac
, affectionately dubbed the "Floating White House." Welcome aboard Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht, one of the few floating museum attractions in the nation. More than one million people have visited and sailed aboard the restored 165-foot vessel. This unique attraction is a national historic landmark and a memorial to FDR and his accomplishments.
Address: 540 Water St., Oakland, CA 94607 - MAP
Phone: (510) 627-1215