Three Alternative Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Oakland
Trying to figure out what to do with all of your family and friends visiting from out of town? Sick of the usual holiday activities and looking for something new to do? Weve got you covered! Check out these fantastic tour options in Oakland that will make everyone smile.
Did you know that you can Segway your way through Oakland? Yes, you too can cruise through the streets of The Town on these spectacular two-wheelers. Segway of Oakland has been headquartered near Lake Merritt for more than 10 years, spreading the Segway love to visitors from near and far. The one and only U-S-H-E-R R-A-Y-M-O-N-D even purchased his own Segway right here in Oakland. Better believe it! How to get started: Book your reservation online or call 510-832-2429 two daily tours are available every day between 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A personal trainer will glide you around Oakland for just $75/person. Where youll go: The two hour tour takes visitors around Lake Merritt, down through Chinatown, across Jack London Square, up through Old Oakland and downtown, across Uptown and back through Lake Merritt. Youll see some iconic Oakland landmarks and even learn about the secret spot at City Hall. What to bring: Lucky for you, Segway of Oakland has you covered! Just be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfy shoes. Helmets, backpacks and a nifty neon vest are provided.
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A little bit bar crawl, a little bit history tour, Localites Retro Cocktails tour equals a whole lot of fun! Your trusty guide will lead you to four of the areas best bars, including educational tidbits about the architecture, history of the neighborhood and the current state of this booming area of Oakland. Of course, tasty drinks are one of the highlights, too :). How to join: Sign up online to book your reservation. Plan to carve out about 2 hours for the touryou may even find that youll want to keep the party going after! Be sure to check out one of the other tour options if the Retro Cocktails doesn't fit your timing needs, including The Pork Tour, The Maker Tour, and the Key to the City Tour. Cost to participate: All drinks, tips and tour costs are included in the $65 fee.
Sure, it doesn't necessarily scream Happy Holidays, but Oaklands Mountain View Cemetery is a must-visit historical hub for architecture, breathtaking views and notable gravestones. Take a walk or drive and enjoy the panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay Area as you admire the landscapes from Frederick Law Olmstead, the very same architect who designed New Yorks Central Park. How to sign up for a tour: Docent-led tours are available at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Expect to spend about two hours on the tour. Check out the calendar for holiday-themed events and upcoming tours before you go. Who youll visit: Many admirable individuals have been laid to rest at the Cemetery, including Charles Crocker (designer of San Franciscos iconic Ferry Building), Julia Morgan (architect responsible for U.C. Berkeleys Greek Theater), and Samuel Merritt (one of the first mayors of OaklandLake Merritt, anyone?). If youre looking for more traditional ways to celebrate the holidays, be sure to read up on Your Go-To Guide for Holiday Happenings, Oakland-Style.