Attractions in Oakland

Chabot Space and Science Center
Chabot Space and Science Center began in 1883 in downtown Oakland. It was funded and named for Anthony Chabot. Chabot was called the father of hydraulic mining. For many years, the Chabot Observatory was the official timekeeping station for the Bay Area. It also offered public viewing with the telescope to the residents of the community. The Chabot Science was relocated in 1915. It was staffed by Oakland School District personnel and many volunteers. Due to the seismic activity in the area, the Science Center was moved, and the new facility opened as the Chabot Space and Science Center.

The Chabot Science Center has four unique telescopes, a Planetarium with daily shows and the Tien MegaDome Theater, which shows IMAX-like shows. The Center has remained focused on young children and teens. Many of the volunteers are teens, and the Challenger Learning Center is a simulated space mission environment. They complete a Challenger mission with eight teams working together. Daily shows are available for both the young children who come in but also for the general adult audience.

Children's Fairyland
Children's Fairyland was created especially for young children. It is located on the shore of Lake Merritt and is 10 acres filled with children's rides, play sets and animals. It is also the home to the oldest operating puppet theater in the U.S. Fairyland was built in 1950 by the Oakland Lake Merritt Breakfast Club. Each year Fairyland hosts Children's theater Programs for local kids 8-10 years of age. Fairyland also has some marvelous talking books that are activated by a plastic key by the child.

Oakland Zoo
The Oakland Zoo is a 100-acre zoo located in the southeastern part of Oakland. The zoo was established in 1922. It was originally located in downtown Oakland but has been relocated several times. The Oakland Zoo is well known for its modern exhibits and natural habitats. The zoo features an education center and a beautiful Children's Zoo.

Fox Oakland Theatre
The Fox Oakland Theatre is an architectural delight. It is located at 1807 Telegraph Avenue and was first opened in 1928. It is a 2,800-seat movie theater and helped the Bay area move from silent films to the "talkies." It has a distinctive architecture style and was originally planned to be named "The Baghdad." It has vivid colors, gold accents and a distinctive dome. The interior was described as mystical. It closed due to a decline in attendance but was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Efforts are ongoing to restore the Fox Oakland Theatre. It now is considered a premier location to watch a live concert.

Jack London Square
Jack London Square is a favorite tourist location. It was named after the famous author Jack London. He spent most of his childhood roaming this waterfront district. You will find fine dining, an Amtrak station, the Bay Ferry dock and the relocated cabin of Jack London's from the Klondike. A farmers market is featured on Sunday mornings intermingling with some lovely shops for great shopping.