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 beautiful mansion built in 1899 is an outstanding example of the neo-classical revival style significant enough to have been designated as a National Historic Site by the United States Department of the Interior. The 37-room estate features a Tiffany-style dome, ten fireplaces and lovely parquet floors in its 16,224 square-feet. During the winter holiday season, the house features magnificent decorations and hosts a number of special festive events.
University of California Botanical Garden is located within the campus of University of California Berkeley. Open to the public since 1890, this is no less than an outdoor living museum that boasts over 12,000 species of flora and fauna. The garden can be rented for private events, wedding receptions, twilight tours, summer walks and concerts.
This East Bay woodland canyon offers great panoramic views of the Bay Area. The 205-acre park sits next to UC Berkeley and has trails accessible from the city. There are no facilities such as picnic tables, just wilderness to enjoy. Several trails are available for hiking, and wandering off the trails is not advisable, as the East Bay Park Department maintains this land in its natural state to provide a secluded natural oasis in the heart of the city.
Welcome to one of the largest collections of Jewish and Jewish-American art, artifacts, books and archives in California. Find an amazing wealth of information, history and little known facts here, making it a perfect place for both adults and children, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Some of the permanent collections include painting and sculpture from the 18th Century to the present, rare works by Marc Chagall and Chana Orloff, an extensive film and photography exhibit and an incredible library and archive collection that specializes in Jewish history in the Western States since the mid 19th Century.
Located in Walnut Creek, this museum is a multi-purpose facility that cares for injured and endangered animals from all over the state of California. It operates the largest veterinary rehabilitation hospital in the United States, treating over 6000 wild animals annually. In addition, they have educational tours for children, and a learning theater.
Oakland lies across the bay from San Francisco, connected by the Bay Bridge, with liberal college town Berkley as its other neighbor. A diverse and vibrant destination, Oakland is host to great outdoor experiences, superb restaurants and alluring architecture as well as a crackling nightlife scene. From the necklace of lights around Lake Merritt to the renowned Oakland Museum of California, whimsical Children's Fairyland and picturesque Jack London Square, there's never a dull moment in this first city of the East Bay. As the sun sets over the waterfront, the city's upscale Michelin-starred restaurants, historic dive bars, and boutique wineries offer experiences from the upscale to the laid-back.
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is a gallery located in Oakland's Uptown district, near many of Oakland's other galleries. The gallery started in 2007 and exhibits pieces and installations by talented artists both from the area and from around the country as well. The first Friday of the month Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is one of the galleries that participates in Oakland's Art Murmur, when many galleries host open houses.
Oakland United Beerworks makes hand-crafted beers using locally grown ingredients, creating a product that is very impressive. Formerly called the Linden Street Brewery, this brewery makes small-batches to ensure that each keg is up to their high standards. Their beers are available at local watering holes, but they're best sampled right here at the brewery.
Mercury 20, founded in 2006, is a gallery located in Uptown Oakland's vibrant Arts District. This gallery was established and is still run and supported by various East Bay artists, giving them a space to exhibit their works. Exhibits are on a monthly rotation, each of which opens on the first Friday of the month during Oakland's Art Murmur.
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.