Summer has arrived to Oakland! The weather is always on point in Oakland and chances are you are never going to overheat here. But in the spirit of summer and summer fun, we want to help keep you stay cool.

Dive In

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

We're going to start by saying that the pools at the Claremont Hotel & Spa are absolutely gorgeous. Now that we've covered that, jump in! Plan a stay and swim in their 25-meter rec pool, the 25-yard lap pool, take the kids to the children's pool, or hit up the jet-stream whirlpool. We think that should be enough options for one spot. You will need to be a hotel or spa guest or a member for access.

Lake Temescal

Lake Temescal is the perfect spot for some freshwater swimming with plenty of other outdoor activities to fill your day. You can have a party at the beach house, go for a hike, do some fishing or chill out and have a picnic. This is definitely one of our favorite summer spots.

On Ice and Water

Oakland Ice Skating Center

The Oakland Ice Skating Rink is operated by San Jose Sharks, so if you're looking to get into hockey or have your kid learn how to play hockey, this is the place to do it! If that isn't your thing you can always stop by for public skating. Check their website for various times and pricing that work for you.

Dolce Vita Gondola

Experience an unforgettable experience with a loved one with a Dolce Vita Gondola cruise. Your own private gondola cruise will take you around beautiful Lake Merritt. This is ideal for anyone looking for a cool breeze on a sunny day.


Stay Cool and Entertained

Paramount Theatre

Plan a visit to Paramount Theatre, an Oakland favorite that offers air conditioning to sooth your summer sweats! The Art Deco designed theater offers a great selection of concerts, comedy shows, and is home of the Oakland Symphony and Oakland Ballet Company.



Jazz, sushi, and air conditioning? Say less. Yoshi’s is the joint you want to visit if you’re looking for a place to hide from the sun! They have tons of great acts that come to perform, and not to mention great Japanese food!


I Scream, You Scream, You Know Where This is Going

Ice cream, duh! Here are the Top Ice Cream Spots to hit up in Oakland, perfect for a warm sunny day date, outing with the kids, or to satisfy a craving.

Eat and Drink

Kona Club

Cool island vibes await you in this authentic tiki lounge. The icy rum-flavored drinks at The Kona Club, are sure to cool you down and turn you up at the same time. Our faves? Definitely the Mai Tai since it was invented in Oakland!

Yokee Milk Tea

What’s a hot summer day without a refreshing boba drink?! Quench your thirst with Yokee Milk Tea. Located in Downtown Oakland, this milk tea parlor offers an array of delicious cold drinks made with the highest quality of ingredients. Order the Jasmine Green Milk Tea and tell them Visit Oakland sent you!

Jack London Square

On the hunt for a delicious bite, check out Seabreeze On The Dock. Located on the waterfront in Jack London Square, this joint will satisfy anyone’s craving for seafood. Their garlic noodles with Hawaiian style shrimp is a must try. Make sure to come hungry!


And of course, we're putting the entire waterfront neighborhood on this list. What better place to stay cool while eating and drinking than the whole Jack London Square! 

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