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 cool.

Dive In

Lake Temescal

6500 Broadway

Lake Temescal is the perfect spot for some fresh water 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.

Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

41 Tunnel Rd

We're going to start by saying these pools are absolutely gorgeous. Now that we've covered, jump in! You can get to swimming in the 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.

Public Pools

The Oakland Parks and Recreation department operates a number of public pools across the city. Adults can enjoy a dip for as little as $3 and kids under 18 as low as $1! Take your pick and get out there.

Defremery Pool 1269 18th Street Fremont Pool 4550 Foothill Blvd Live Oak Pool 1055 MacArthur Blvd Temescal Pool 371 - 45th Street Lions Pool 3860 Hanly Road East Oakland Sports Center 9161 Edes Avenue

On Ice

Oakland Ice Skating Rink

519 18th St

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

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

Fentons Creamery

4226 Piedmont

We cant say enough about the historic ice cream parlor. They've been keeping Oakland cool since 1894 and the handcrafted ice cream is something dreams are made of. Try the rocky road. They are kinda famous for it.

Taras Organic Ice Cream

4731 Telegraph Ave

You're coming here because:

1. You like organic food

2. To get flavors you won't find anywhere else like Apple Pie and Caramelized Pear

Curbside Creamery

482 49th St

Curbside is where nostalgia meets artisan gourmet scoops. Although not just scoops, you should definitely try one of their ice cream sandwiches. Vegan options available!

Smitten Ice Cream

5800 College Ave

Nitrogen-infused ice cream, yup, an ice cream science experiment gone incredibly right. You'll have as much fun watching it get made, as you will woofing it down.

Eat and Drink

Kona Club

4401 Piedmont Ave

Cool island vibes await you in this authentic tiki lounge. The icy rum flavored drinks are sure to cool you down and turn you up at the same time. Our faves? Definitely the mai tai it was invented in Oakland.


347 14th St

Feeling adventurous? The only appropriate response is yes, which will help you fit right in at this popular Oakland tiki lounge.

Jack London Square

Of course, were putting the entire waterfront neighborhood on this list. What better place to stay cool while eating and drinking than the whole square! Our friends at California Canoe & Kayak are happy to help if you need to get in the water.