Aquariums around Oakland, CA

Oakland. This presence of music, manufacturing, education, and the arts on the East Bay extends its reach to the wonders of aquatic life, due to the number of institutions and professionals dedicated to serving the undersea and land-dwelling inhabitants of the Oakland area. Whether as a tourist, a returnee coming to visit friends and family, or a local Oaklander looking for something to do, all will enjoy the wealth of aquatic life and aquarium experiences. 

Oakland Zoo

While not specifically an aquarium, the scope of the Oakland Zoo’s inclusion of aquatic animals sets it apart as the premier attraction on this side of the bay for aquatic life and the surrounding education and entertainment. The joint efforts of the Oakland Zoo and the Conservation Society of California of a century have brought more than 850 animals to the Oakland area, including the North American river otter, Aldabra tortoise, American alligator, lesser flamingo, and Egyptian goose, just to name a few. Exhibits at the Oakland Zoo showcase these animals and more in a trek that takes visitors through the diverse ecosystems of the world, including the African Savannah, the forests of Northern California, and the Rainforests of the lower latitudes. 

A number of more interactive experiences are available by appointment, reflecting the Oakland Zoo’s commitment to involving the public with the world of conservation. Individuals and groups of all ages and interests can participate in annual and limited-time experiences, such as an African-style safari, a tour of the Outback, special tours with keepers and zoo guides, sundown and nighttime stays to see the after-hours activities of the staff and residents of the Oakland Zoo. Detailed Q&A sessions for visitors interested in specific species and coordinated community clean-up efforts also occur regularly. Aside from these experiences, the wealth of land animals to visit, rides, and dining options also complement the aquatic presence, making the Oakland Zoo a good option for any group of travelers looking for a full day’s worth of activities exploring and learning about nature.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Hidden inside of the Six Flags location here at Vallejo is a formidable and visitor-friendly community of aquatic animals, a cast featuring the sandbar shark, blacktip reef shark, zebra shark, nurse shark, southern stingray, walrus, California sea lion, Pacific harbor seal, Asian small-clawed otter, and African penguins, among others. Visitors can view these animals in immersive habitats in a series of intricate tanks and tunnels, all on the vibrant grounds of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The bottlenose dolphins are of great note here, with their own Drench! show at Toyota Stadium where crowds can witness the athleticism and cheerful spirit of these animals. Aside from this, there are also Q&A sessions with keepers, and the location provides plenty of dining, shopping, and thrills. Six Flags Discovery is a great way to knock out as many birds with one stone as possible, with something for the animal lover, foodie, and adrenaline junkie alike. 

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5 Quirky Date Night Destinations in Oakland

Date night doesn’t have to be the same each time. While we all love cuddling up at the movies or trying new restaurants or embracing a bit of high culture at museums, every once in a while, date night needs to be shaken up. Each city has a hidden world of strange, quirky, and delightful things to do. Try any one of these on your next date night and embrace the weird, whimsical part of life.

The New Parish

The New Parish is an intimate, live music venue with an outdoor patio. Many concerts and performances are held here year-round, but one of the most intriguing is the “Mortified Storytelling Series”, held monthly in Oakland. In this series, adults share hilarious, embarrassing moments from their lives by also sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (home movies, poems, diaries, etc). It is a performance that will have you experiencing second-hand embarrassment just as often as it will send you into riotous laughter, but it makes for a wonderfully different night out as a couple.

SkyHigh Odditorium

The Odditorium is a Bay Area based aerial circus company and school. You and your date can stop by for one of their uninhibited, death-defying performances or take a chance and “run away to the circus” by signing up for a class. SkyHigh Odditorium offers group and private classes to learn aerial stunts. Or you can sign up to become a Fire Eater. SkyHigh Odditorium is home to a variety of classes and performances that will shake up any date night.

Mazzariello Labyrinth

A strange, beautiful place that is, all at once, many different things. The Labyrinth is a piece of history, an art installation, and a stunning nature walk. Among the hills of the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve lies an old quarry, at the bottom of which is the Mazzariello Labyrinth. It is not a labyrinth that can be compared to a maze with every path ahead obscured by high walls. Instead, Mazzariello Labyrinth offers a peaceful hike, and a strange, meditative walk winding through the volcanic rocks and small plants that outline the Labyrinth. You may even find special trinkets that other visitors have left behind.

Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon

When looking for a date night outside the norm, the opportunity to travel back in time is always welcome. In Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon, you and your date will step into the Old West. What began, in 1884, as a watering hole for locals and sailors is now a local landmark and time capsule. The exterior of the saloon is the same as it was in 1884, while the interior will surround you with memorabilia from Prohibition, the Old West, WWI, and more. 

Monster Truck Rally

Looking for something to get your adrenaline going? Maybe go someplace you’ve never been? Head to the RingCentral Coliseum of the Oakland Arena for “Monster Jam” – a heart-stopping, larger-than-life monster truck show. Drivers perform stunts in cars named “Gravedigger”, “Medusa”, and “Wolverine”. After the opening stunts, stick around as they all battle it out. You both will have a blast cheering as loudly as you can and embracing the mayhem in the atmosphere.

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Our favourite ways to spend summer in Oakland, CA

The home of Marshawn Lynch, Mahershala Ali, Kehlani, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, Daniel Wu and the Hyphy movement, Oakland’s presence on the East Bay is felt through its contributions to Sport, Music and Cinema. This ability to inspire and create is imbued in the city and its people, and is apparent in all it has to offer to visitors. Read on for some of our favourite ways to spend the summertime in Oakland. 

Oakland Zoo

The Oakland Zoo is a fun day’s trip to visit some of the most interesting locals of Oakland, among the Emu, Gila Monster, African Elephant, Bison, Black Bear, Chimpanzee, Hamadryas Baboon and Wallaroos. The Oakland Zoo’s value on learning also provides for unique experiences by appointment, including early-morning visits, a separate Education Animal Room, helping feed the animals, and a look into the workings of the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital. The animals are grouped by biomes, and provide a range of experiences for adult travellers and families alike, with transportation around the Zoo including a Gondola and Train, a separate rides area and a sightseeing trail providing views over the Bay Area. 

Chabot Space and Science Center

The Chabot Space & Science Center is a great visit to learn about the workings of our Space Program and the wonders of Outer Space. At The Chabot Space and Science Center, you can enter an interactive replica of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mission Control, observe a Soyuz Descent module up close, see a Moon rock from Apollo 15, and learn about our Sun and the constellations. Overnight opportunities are also available by appointment, allowing for a guided tour of the stars with Telescopes, and a more intensive experience. 

Laurel StreetFair

Filling the streets of Oakland with colour, music and celebration is the Laurel StreetFair, a local tradition of twenty-one years. At the Laurel StreetFair visitors enjoy Oaklands love of the arts with World Music Talent, from Aztec music and Dance, Brazilian Samba, Cumbia and Afro-Brazilian inspired fusions. Yoga and Spoken Word poetry also take the stage, for those wanting a more interactive or introspective experience. Art, clothing and food vendors also come to the Laurel StreetFair, offering a delicious selection of Hawaiian Shave Ice, Giant Sausages, Soul Food, African Food, Mexican Fare and Chinese restaurants.

Art & Soul

Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival is another great opportunity for visitors to experience the city’s love of the arts and creativity. Each summer, locals express themselves through dance, (and dance battles!) contortion, acrobatics, mural painting and live music including Blues, Funk, Rock, R&B and Gospel. The display of conviviality and talent is inclusive, with many ways for visitors to participate in the electricity. Ever present is Oakland’s wealth of delicious cuisine, reflecting the diversity of the city, as well as a Fun zone set up with rides and carnival games. Some of the performers at Art & Soul Oakland include Estelle, the Alphabet Rockers, Bobby Young, Tiffany Austin and Jonathan Johnson. 

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5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Oakland, CA

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Oakland.

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

There is no experience like walking through this sprawling forest of towering redwood trees. They seem to bring you into another world entirely, and the trails at Redwood Regional Park are fantastic and well-maintained. If you’re feeling adventurous, then hike to the top of Redwood Peak and picnic on the bench overlooking the forest and mountains. Or you can stop at Bay Vista Picnic Area for lunch in a grove of redwood trees. 

The Gardens at Lake Merritt

The ideal place for a tranquil, picturesque picnic. There are 7 themed gardens right beside Lake Merritt, including a Japanese Garden, Succulent Garden, a Palmetum, and more. This is the perfect place for a walk and a picnic. It is also not so large that you won’t be able to see everything or will feel overwhelmed by it. After enjoying the wide variety of plant life in the gardens, be sure to walk along Lake Merritt as well.

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Sibley Preserve is a unique place to visit, because (as its name suggests), it is on the site of an ancient volcano. Though it is a bit of a drive from Oakland, this park is included because of its dramatic beauty, excellent trails, and unique history. Although a picnic on one of the many hilltops may require a bit more of a hike than some people want, the views cannot be missed and the adventure to the top is absolutely worth it. You’ll see the San Francisco Bay in the distance as well as rolling valleys and hills. The Grizzly Peak Route has several lookout points that are great for stopping for a picnic.

Joaquin Miller Park

This park is located very close to Redwood Regional Park. There are large meadows, rustic trails for some adventuring, playgrounds for the kids, dog parks for the other kids, and phenomenal picnic sites. I highly recommend Woodminster Cascade as a place to stop for a picnic and Lookout Point as the place to hike to for phenomenal views and pictures.

Snow Park

A small park in a perfect location – only two blocks from downtown Oakland and adjacent to Lake Merritt. There are plenty of delicious restaurants to order food from on the way to Snow Park and when you arrive, you’ll be able to enjoy both city views and lake views. The park has many tables and benches available. From several locations you can even see gorgeous murals on the buildings of downtown. Snow Park is a true city park, with the feeling of escaping into nature without losing the ease of access to all the city’s amenities. 

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Fun Summer Things To Do In Oakland, CA

Summer is finally here!  The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation.  After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.

With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away.  We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.

Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!

Angel Island

San Francisco Bay, California

Located in San Francisco Bay and originally the home of a military installation, the island now offers picturesque public views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands, and Mount Tamalpais. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park, administered by California State Parks. The island, a California Historic Landmark, has been used for a variety of purposes, including military forts, a US Public Health Service quarantine station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. The Angel Island Immigration Station, on the northeast corner of the island, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark, was where officials detained, inspected, and examined approximately one million immigrants, who primarily came from Asia.

Tilden Regional Park

2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

Tilden Regional Park, also known as Tilden Park or Tilden, is a 2,079-acre regional park in the East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The park is contiguous with Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful parklands and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to the east of San Francisco. The system comprises nearly 125,000 acres in 73 parks, including over 1,250 miles of trails and 55 miles of shoreline. We acquire, manage, and preserve natural and cultural resources for all to enjoy now and into the future. Our parks are ideal for healthful recreation and environmental education. We invite you to enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, golfing, and nature study in our parks. 

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood found in the East Bay. The park is part of a historical belt of coast redwood extending south to Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve and east to Moraga. Redwood forests are more commonly found closer to the coast, where the air is cool and humid year-round. In the Bay Area, such forests are found in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Marin Hills. The unique geographical circumstances of the redwood forest in Redwood Regional Park create coastal conditions. Winds funneled through the Golden Gate flow directly across the Bay and are channeled into the linear valley in which the Montclair District of Oakland is situated. This valley is also well-watered all year round and is protected from extremes of temperature and high winds.

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Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Oakland

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Oakland this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And the Oakland Athletics just happen to be playing the Boston Red Sox this year at home on July 4th. The afternoon game starts at 1:07 pm and you can get seats starting around $38. Oakland Coliseum is operating at limited capacity and following other COVID precautions. Concession stands will still be open so you can get that classic Independence Day hot dog, just know that they’re currently cashless.

Chevere Music Festival

Spend your Fourth celebrating Caribbean culture! The Chevere Music Festival, from 3 to 10:30 pm, will be “a Caribbean festival like you’ve never experienced before.” There will be food, merchandise, and of course, great music. Don’t know how to salsa or merengue? Don’t worry, because there will be dance lessons at the event!

Pine Knoll Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Pine Knoll Park, which has lovely views of Lake Merritt and grassy areas where you can spread out a picnic blanket. Grilling is allowed in designated areas which you can find here.

Jack London Square Farmer’s Market

Heading out to a farmer’s market to peruse fresh, local produce and crafts is always a fun way to spend a weekend. And as a Sunday event, the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market coincides with Independence Day this year (check their Facebook page closer to the date for updates). The market is run by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association and runs from 9 am to 2 pm. Maybe you’ll find some fresh corn and berries to use for your Fourth of July dinner!

Muir Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and luckily, Oakland’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean means there are plenty of beaches around. If you want to escape the crowds, take a little trip across the bay to Muir Beach in Marin County. This low-key, quiet spot is popular with locals and a wonderful place to have a bonfire. The beach is dog friendly and there are no lifeguards. If you have a National Parks Passport, you can get a stamp for visiting since it’s a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Other cool aspects of this beach are that you need to access it via a 450 ft pedestrian bridge and nearby is Muir Overlook which presents a stunning view of the Pacific from the coastal cliffs.

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Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Oakland, CA

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcomes all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Travel the World in 55 Acres.  Escape to a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, showcasing more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery

1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

A world-renowned 3.5-acre garden housing a collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world.  The garden’s found, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening.  Open to the public year-round, the garden showcases fabulous bloom during every season and highlights plant structure and texture in robust plantings.

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants, including many rare and endangered species.  Organized geographically, the Garden features nine regions of naturalistic plantings from Australasia to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants.  The Garden was established in 1890, and its living collections are invaluable resources for international research and conservation.

Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

650 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is the home to some of the finest bonsai on the west coast. The Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt, located at Oakland’s Lakeside Park, is the only major all-volunteer bonsai garden in the country and houses some of the most important bonsai in the US.

Regional Parks Botanic Garden at Tilden

Shasta Rd, Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA 94708

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94620

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve is an ecological jewel. The native plant community here is found nowhere else in the East Bay. It represents a relic plant association found only in certain areas along California’s coast where ideal soil and climatic conditions exist.  The vegetation association of Huckleberry Preserve finds its roots in past climates and geologic history. The plants originated in the distant past along the southern coast of California when the climate was moister and tempered by the cool coastal fog. Today, similar vegetation is found on the islands off the Santa Barbara coast and in isolated pockets on the mainland coast from Point Conception to Montara Mountain, south of San Francisco.

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Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Oakland

Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

The Montclair Egg Shop

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Oakland, there’s no better place for brunch than The Montclair Egg Shop, which has been a neighborhood staple since 1974. Their extensive menu includes brunch classics like Belgian waffles, corned beef hash, and huevos rancheros, as well as more unique options like Challah French toast and ham & cheese potato pancakes. You and mom can chase it all down with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, too!

Lake Merritt

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Lake Merritt. This unique urban space is right next to downtown and boasts a 3.4-mile-long shoreline along the East Bay. After you eat, you can take a stroll through the park and look for birds, after all, it’s in the United States’ oldest designated wildlife refuge.

Paint & Sip

If you want something unique to do with your mom, Wine & Design is a perfect place for a girls’ night. They’ll provide the instruction and all of the creative materials; you just bring the wine and get ready to have fun! For Mother’s Day, you can choose from one of eight floral paintings to create during the two-hour class. You can also opt-in to bottomless mimosas for an additional $15. They’re limiting class size to fifteen people due to COVID-19, so be sure to reserve your spot early!

The University of California Botanical Garden

A lot of people get their moms flowers for Mother’s Day – but how about taking her to see thousands of blooming flowers? The UC Botanical Garden in neighboring Berkeley is a lovely place to spend Mother’s Day with your special someone. You’ll enjoy lots of beautiful blooms on this 34-acre property in Strawberry Canyon. Make a day of it by paying a visit to The Garden Shop for prints, books, and gifts and The Plant Deck for plants that mom can take home.

Millennium Restaurant

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Millennium Restaurant, one of the most accoladed restaurants in Oakland. This upscale vegan eatery showcases globally inspired and locally sourced cuisine. It won the 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand award and has been featured on “best of” lists by Huffington Post, Food & Wine Magazine, and The Daily Meal.

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Best Car Washes in Oakland, California

If you’re looking for a place to wash your car and get the best service for your money, we have a few great suggestions for you in the city of Oakland, California. It doesn’t matter if it’s your own car or a rental car, clean or dirty, old or new, whether you’re on vacation or close to home, these car washes and detailers are guaranteed to make your vehicle look like a million bucks. These guys have seen it all. Don’t be afraid to show up with your cookie crumbs, your beach sand, or your toddler’s fast-food mess into the shop. You’ll be amazed at your car’s transformation! Let’s take a closer look at what car washes Oakland has to offer.

First, we recommend Peoples Car Wash. This shop offers several packages for both car washes and also detailing for various sizes of vehicles, priced accordingly. They service sedans, SUV’s, large SUV’s, trucks, minivans, and full-sized vans. Add-on services include clay and wax, paint sealant, leather cleaning, tree sap removal, or engine detailing. Egift cards are also available online if you’ve been looking for that perfect gift. Call or go online today to book your appointment.

Second, we suggest Best Detail Inc. This shop prides itself in making your car look as good as it did when you drove it off the showroom floor. You may choose various packages from simply washing your car to detailing the interior, the exterior, or doing it all at once. They offer clay bar service, as well as vacuuming, cleaning interior glass, and a light polish to protect your paint. Best Detail Inc. strives to bring you a relaxing and welcoming environment as well as passionate and caring employees. They truly do care about your car and are determined to bring you the highest quality car wash you can get in the area.

Finally, XLNC Auto Beauty might just be what you’re looking for. This shop has over 25 years of experience in the Bay Area. Their motto is, “Excellence is Attention to Detail”, and it shows. Whatever you need, they are here for you, from just a quick wash to a full deluxe detail package. This shop is by appointment only, so be sure to call or go online to book your car wash and detail. Their services include odor elimination, engine detail, and a ceramic coating. They also do paint correction and a clay wash and hand wax. If you’re looking for the best of the best, look no further than XLNC Auto Beauty.

If you’re on a time crunch and looking for a quick drive through car wash in Atlanta, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Broadway Carwash on Broadway, Gold Coin Car Wash on Foothill Blvd., or Suds Machine on Piedmont Ave. In a pinch, these drive through car washes will help keep you looking good until you can get that detailing done.

Wherever you decide to go, your car will be well taken care of. In the great city of Oakland, California, you’ll find detailers who truly care about their work and, most importantly, your car. With our recommendations, you’ll be in excellent hands.

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Pet-Friendly Hotels Around Oakland

Those of us with pets know it can be hard to travel. You have to arrange for a pet sitter, spend extra money paying them, stock up on food and supplies before you leave, and deal with guilt for leaving your furry friend behind.

One solution that works well for easy-going or adventurous is bringing them along with you! So, if you’re planning a trip to Oakland and want to (or have to) bring your fur baby along for the ride, you’ll need accommodations that are pet-friendly. To give you a jumpstart, we’ve analyzed a few of the very best hotels and B&Bs in Oakland that accept pets. All are highly rated and we’ve included a variety of options from budget-friendly to luxurious. Read on and choose the one that best serves your needs!

Airbnb Guesthouse

If you like doing your own thing, you should rent this guesthouse, where you and your pet will have private access to the whole place! This includes free parking, Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and coffee. The studio-style Airbnb is stylishly decorated, with cozy nooks for reading and nice artwork to enjoy. There’s also a fenced-in outdoor space for pets! The host, Izzy, is an experienced Airbnb Superhost and has earned fantastic reviews for her hospitality, excellent communication, and friendly dogs.

Waterfront Hotel

Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, chances are you’ll be cramming a lot into your days. If you want a quiet and relaxing place to stay, book a room at the Waterfront Hotel. This comfortable oasis from the city is located on Jack London Square right on the bay. You’ll find it easy to unwind with balcony views of the water, fireplaces, a heated outdoor pool, and concierge service. And should you have some extra energy, it’s also a really fun place to stay! The bright nautical décor and atmosphere of joie de vivre inside plus the proximity to nightlife and fine dining outside ensure that you’ll have a great time during your trip. The hotel is pet-friendly – you just need to sign a pet agreement at check-in.

Airbnb Tiny Home

When you’re traveling, it can be nice to stay somewhere that’s a bit of an adventure so that the stay itself feels just as exciting as your excursions. That’s where this tiny house comes in. Despite its small size, this space is airy and filled with light, with stylish and modern décor of natural wood and white fabrics. And don’t think you’ll be sacrificing comfort for the experience: the Airbnb comes with a basic kitchen, a queen bed (and additional pull-out couch), a TV, and Wi-Fi. Breakfast and other essentials are provided. Finally, you and your pet will have access to a huge shared yard with a fire pit, garden, and hammock.

Hilton Oakland Airport

If you’re taking a quick trip through the city and want to be close to the airport, book a stay at the Hilton Oakland Airport, which is just 1.5 miles from the airport. You can’t get more convenient to the airport than a free, quick shuttle service to take you to the terminal! And in addition to the prime location, you’ll be enjoying a comfortable stay, with access to an outdoor pool, a gym, a business center, and an aviation-inspired restaurant. Pets who weigh up to 75 pounds are allowed for a $75 fee.

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