For both the kids, and for the kids at heart, The Town is filled with things to do, places to see, and bites big and small to enjoy. Oakland may be a playground for adults, but there is plenty of ground to cover for the kiddos too! Here are the top reasons to bring the whole family to Oakland.  

1. Bring the Dog 

Family doesn't just mean kids and the parents, it's also your 4-legged fur kids as well. There are plenty of pet-friendly things to do, such as taking a walk along Lake Merritt, exploring the many parks and trails, and grabbing a bite or brew. Check out pet-friendly hotels to enjoy with your pup and the rest of the family!  

Family with dog in the Claremont Hotel Lobby

PC: Claremont Hotel 

2. Let the Kids Run Loose  

Oakland is full of wide-open spaces, parks, trails, and home to some amazing redwoods. Let the kids roam free and get some fresh air.  

3. Glowfari 

Glowfari, the brand-new, family-friendly experience at the Oakland Zoo features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Zoo's commitment to conservation. Plan your visit.  

Children at Glowfari in front of a lit animal lantern at night at the Oakland Zoo

PC: Oakland Zoo

4. Oakland Aviation Museum 

The Oakland Aviation Museum, located in a vintage hangar at Oakland International Airport, this museum houses aircraft displays, artifacts, a giant flying boat, and an Electra similar to the one flown by Amelia Earhart, who took off from this airfield and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. 

5. 14 Oakland Hotels with Free Parking 

Whether you decide to bring the pup or not, rest assured that if you’re driving to Oakland (or renting a car when you arrive), there are plenty of hotels that offer free parking

6. Kid-friendly Outdoor Dining Spots 

Get Mac N Cheesy at Homeroom, enjoy lakeside views at Lake Chalet, take advantage of kid-friendly menus and while beer tasting at Degrees Plato, savor some burgers at Clove & Hoof, and top it all off with ice cream at Fentons

7. Fly Kites at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park 

A perfect, windy spot with a gorgeous view, visit Middle Harbor Shoreline Park for a fun afternoon of kite flying. Consider packing a picnic basket with takeout from one of our local eateries!  

8. Hotel Discounts & Deals 

Our hotels want to welcome you back safely and offer discounts and other savings so that you can stay in Oakland and enjoy the full experience.