What’s happening in Oakland? Local Attractions and Fun Facts!

Full of vibrant culture and delectable dining, Oakland is the place to be for in-the-know travelers.

Just five miles from downtown San Francisco…


Local Attractions

Guests visiting the Bay Area often hone in on San Francisco as their ideal vacation destination. But those who do miss out on a hidden gem: Oakland. A convenient urban retreat for travelers, Oakland invites you to discover all the spirited city and surrounding areas have to offer when you book a vacation at one of the top Bay Area hotels.

Arts & Entertainment

Oakland has nurtured, or been a second home to, many of the world’s most famous people in the liberal arts and sciences, including novelists Gertrude Stein, Jack London, Amy Tan and Maya Angelou; actors Mark Hamill, Bruce Lee and Tom Hanks; architect Julia Morgan; classical conductor Calvin Simmons; and rappers MC Hammer and Tupac Shakur.

One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S., with over 150 languages spoken within the city’s borders, Oakland holds several annual cultural events… Indulge in some culture when you visit our downtown Oakland hotel.

Lake Merritt

This large tidal lagoon, just east of downtown, is home to many acres of parkland, as well as the United States’ first official wildlife refuge. Rent a sailboat, visit the small children’s amusement park dubbed “Fairyland,” or just take a picnic and relax in Oakland’s more than 250 days per year of sunshine.

Fox Theater

Originally opened in 1928 as Oakland’s largest movie theater palace, the grand architectural landmark flourished for many years before falling into decline and eventually closing. After more than 40 years of silence, the theater reopened in 2009 as a school, restaurant and popular live concert venue.

Paramount Theatre

Built in 1931, this massive Art Deco movie theater was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast, seating 3,476 people. Today, it is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Oakland Ballet, and venue for live music events, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series, and screenings of classic films.

Oakland Zoo

A popular Bay Area attraction, this 100-acre zoo, nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, is easily walkable and contains modern exhibits. Visit your favorite furry friends and create lasting memories on your next trip!

Chabot Planetarium

Chabot Planetarium offers many wonderful experiences for visitors of all ages. Enjoy a date night with a live planetarium show, telescope viewings or a wide variety of exhibits. Culture is never far from our hotel.

Jack London Square (Walking Distance from Hotel)

Jack London Square is a popular entertainment and business destination on the waterfront. Shop in local boutiques. Enjoy a monthly art market, or take in a meal at one of the waterfront’s many cafes and restaurants. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our Jack London Square hotel gives you easy access.

Oracle Arena

The proud home of the Oakland A’s, Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics, Oracle Arena is also a great destination for live shows and entertainment. Many of music’s biggest names play at this venue year-round. Check out the schedule to book tickets to a game or see a show during your stay!

Historic Downtown  (Walking Distance from Hotel)

Don’t miss the chance to stroll the streets of historic downtown, enjoying the city’s 40 clubs and modern bars and more than 75 acclaimed restaurants and cafes. The small area also boasts 30+ galleries and cultural venues, and more than 32 attractions and annual events. We can assure you, you won’t get bored.

Tribune Tower

This 21-story building is the former home of Oakland’s main newspaper, the Oakland Tribune, and is also a major architectural landmark of the city. Although the building no longer houses the newspaper, it still bears the paper’s iconic sign outside.

Chinatown (Walking Distance from Hotel)

Called “Oakland’s Chinatown” to differentiate it from the popular Chinatown in San Francisco, this pan-Asian melting pot is full of authentic shops, entertainment and Oakland restaurants. Considered one of the safest and most vibrant Chinatowns in America, this is a must-visit destination for guests.

Plank (Walking Distance from Hotel)

Plank guests have a number of options, from a sun-filled outdoor experience on our huge patio, featuring our beer garden with over 50 handcrafted local beers or a game of bocce ball to an energy-filled inside experience with 18 lanes of state-of- the-art bowling, catching a sporting event on one of our 40 HDTVs or flexing your competitive muscle playing interactive video games. Not to be missed for the over 21 crowd, The Boardroom is our special place for adult VIPs, equipped with music, private bowling lanes, billiards, bar and lounge with views overlooking the bay.

Taken from http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/oakdt-oakland-marriott-city-center/nearby-attractions/gpwsoy0/local-attractions.mi


Want to know just what Oakland holds in store for you?

Here are some of our favorite fun facts:


  • Oakland is the eighth largest city in California.


  • The New York Times ranked Oakland #5 among the top 45 places to visit in 2012.


  • Oakland is the only city in California with the “big three” professional sports teams: the Oakland Raiders (football); Oakland Athletics (baseball); Golden State Warriors (basketball).


  • Oakland averages 260 sunny a days a year and is ranked No. 1 in climate among U.S. cities.


  • Oakland is continually listed among the top cities in the United States for sustainability practices, including a Number 1 ranking for usage of electricity from renewable resources.


  • “The Wave” originated at the Oakland Coliseum during an Oakland A’s game on October 15, 1981.


  • The Port of Oakland is the fourth largest container port in the U.S. and among the top 25 in the world.


  • The Rocky Road ice cream was created in Oakland in 1929.


  • On Jan. 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii. Guess where she flew? To Oakland, of course.


  • Kaiser erected its headquarters in Oakland in 1960.


  • Fox Theater reopened in 2009 after being closed for more than 42 years.


  • Oakland has more than 50 distinct neighborhoods.


  • ArtPlace America named Oakland as one of the top 12 art destinations in the country in 2013.


  • Movoto ranked Oakland #5 as most exciting city in America.


  • Fukuoka, Japan, is Oakland’s sister city.