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Barefoot Movement is a clean, brightly lit yoga studio located on the third floor of a building in Oakland's Uptown District. The studio hosts a variety of different classes, ranging from beginner classes to more advanced ones, pre and post-natal classes and restorative yoga. Barefoot Movement also offers massage classes.
Bubble away in pure bliss when you rent a private hot tub in your own luxurious candlelit spa room. Individuals or couples can rent private rooms that include a hot tub, steam room, and shower, along with other amenities. The spa also offers treatments to indulge in before or after you soak in your hot tub; these treatments include deep tissues massages, aromatherapy sessions, body masques, and facials.
This park consists of 16 Victorian houses concentrated in downtown Oakland. Each of the homes, which are sometimes open for tours, dates back to between 1870 and 1910 (the latter are technically Edwardian, but the designs are still charming). Some areas of the Victorian park are also available for weddings, meetings, and private parties. Take in five different styles of architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. In addition to a lovely walk along a scenic street, you will be enjoying a glimpse of what Oakland looked like in the old days. The park is free and open to the public.
This is the oldest wildlife refuge in Northern California and provides a variety of programs at Lake Merritt. Stop by the wilderness center when you visit Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park, a huge lake and recreation facility in downtown Oakland where you can picnic and rent sail boats. In the summer and throughout the year, the center puts on day camps, classes, and events. Every day at 3p, the center hosts a bird feeding that anyone can join. Afterwards check out the nature literature and displays the center has to offer.
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) serves as one of the most interesting and unique museums in Oakland. Nicknamed "The Video Game Museum," this museum has exhibits that focus on various inventions of digital medium, including featuring fully interactive gaming displays. The museum was established with an aim to preserve and maintain video games, digital art and digital media. The facility is run by some expert gaming industry professionals, historians and reporters.
Nathan & Co. is a top destination for all things fun and quirky. This cute boutique stocks everything from scarves and jewelry to cookbooks, crazy card games, lamps, funny books and everything in between. If you're looking for the perfect gift for someone or just looking for fun things to stock your home with, Nathan & Co. should be on your list.
Pinball machines, although they look like cheery little things, have a troubled past. From their rise to fame during the depression to their ban in 1940s, they've seen a few ups and downs. The Pacific Pinball Museum, established in 2004 by Michael Schiess, commemorates their story. Featuring some 400 pinball machines, some of them dating back to 1879, this museum traces their history quite interestingly. If you are the regular pinball enthusiast, this place should fill you with wonder.
Located close to the Port of Oakland, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is an ideal haven away from the city noise and pollution. The stretch of green land and the scenic backdrop make for eye-pleasing sight. It also has BBQ pits, shaded picnic areas, and amphitheater and play areas for kids, so its a perfect place to visit on a dull Sunday afternoon.
This is a unique aviation museum set in a vintage hangar at the Oakland International Airport's historic North Field. Aviation lovers of all ages travel to the museum to see its collection of restored vintage aircrafts. Other celebrated exhibits include the "Flying Boat," a 1946 upgraded version of the famous World War II British Sunderland, and a Lockheed 10-A Electra, sister ship of Amelia Earhart's plane. You will also find other displays including a history of women in flight.