(Oakland, CA) Just in time for summer, Visit Oakland is excited to announce a slew of brand new attractions to the Oakland waterfront, making it the one-stop shop for boaters and land-dwellers alike! In addition to kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding from California Canoe & Kayak, plentiful waterfront dining options, and the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, Oakland now has even more to offer.
WATERIf youre looking to learn to sail or operate a powerboat, book a private yacht charter, or simply go for a short fun cruise, Passage Nautical , a Platinum Beneteau dealer, recently opened at Jack London Square and features new Beneteau sail and powerboats and Lagoon Catamarans. Boats range from 22 to 48. Most activities and skippered charters accommodate 6 passengers, but special arrangements can be made for larger groups. Nautical Passage offers a personal, intimate experience to the Bay. For those wanting to learn some nautical history, the Port of Oakland has introduced free Harbor Tours due to popular demand. Through the month of October, guests will get up close to some of the worlds largest cranes while cruising the USS Potomac, the legendary floating White House of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During the 90-minute narrated cruise, guests will learn about the Port, the Oakland estuary, and all five marine terminals. Registration for Harbor Tours is open the first Monday of every month for reservations approximately three weeks from the registration date. Cruises aboard the USS Potomac are also available to the public as well as dockside docent-led tours every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Visitors can catch a boat ride on the Bay Areas only cross bay water taxi service from Tideline Water Taxi. Its the first on-demand, all-weather transportation service. Smaller vessels carry 6 passengers while larger boats can accommodate 42. Tideline Water Taxi stops at the most sought after destinations in San Francisco and the Bay area. Schedule your on-demand reservation online. In addition to the waterfronts accessibility to public transportation, including the Jack London Square Ferry Terminal, Amtrak and the free, B Shuttle bus which connects Downtown Oakland to the waterfront, the estuary is also one of the most convenient locations for boaters. There is plentiful guest berthing (up to 3 hours) at the guest dock at the base of Broadway and alongside the iconic Scotts Seafood Restaurant. For boaters who wish to stay over, check in with the Oakland Marinas fuel dock for overnight guest slips and spend the night at one of the hotels conveniently located in Jack London Square or along the Embarcadero.
LANDVisitors are encouraged to make a whole day out of their Oakland waterfront experience! Ride along the shore with a bicycle rental from Bay Area Bikes located right in Jack London Square. Experience Oakland wine tasting with Rosenblum Cellars, Cerruti Cellars and Jeff Cohn Cellars, all steps away from boat berth moorage. Or bowl a few frames with family and friends at plank, Oaklands hottest entertainment hub that also boasts an indoor arcade, outdoor bocce ball courts and a beer garden! Spend the night in Oakland and relax! There are several waterfront properties in the area. The Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, is located right in Jack London Square. Located just two blocks away is The Inn at Jack London Square, with easy access to Downtown as well as all the waterfront activities. Further down the Oakland estuary with picturesque views of the water at sunrise and sunset, are the Executive Inn & Suites, The Best Western Plus Bayside Hotel and the Homewood Suites by Hilton.
DINEDont forget the plethora of dining choices in the Jack London Square area. For a taste of the south, kick up your heels and engage in line dancing and drinks at Overland, the newest country bar and restaurant in town. Try Italian-inspired Lungomare, or Michelin-star rated chef Daniel Pattersons Haven. Share some Pan-American tapas at Bocanova, oysters at Jacks Oyster Bar & Fish House, or a slice of pizza at Forge. Share a drink at the historic Heinolds First and Last Chance or bond over beers at Brozeit Lokal. Or berth your boat and stock up on fresh CA produce during the Jack London Square Farmers Market every Sunday from 9am 2pm or full your fridge on board at BevMo, also located in the square. Whatever you want to do, the Oakland Waterfront has what youre looking for this summer. For more things to do in Oakland, go to visitoakland.org/coolsummer.