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Best things to do in Alameda

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“Arts + History + Natural Sciences = 1 kick-ass museum. The OMCA is deeply rooted in the Oakland community offering a number of educational and outreach programs. On top of that, they throw a helluva party every Friday with drinks, food, dancing and half off entrance fees. Tip: Check out the notorious Black Panther leader Huey P. Newtons wicker chair in their gallery, originally proposed for the Alameda Courthouse. You can sit in it, too; contemplate the movement and its complicated founder.”
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Park
“Lake Merritt is known as the jewel of Oakland. Want to feel the vibe of Oakland? Hit up the Grand Lake Farmers market and hang by the lake on a Sunday afternoon. You'll see a real mix of Oaklanders, from joggers, bikers, picnickers, paddle boaters and the brunch crowd soaking up the sun. Tip: Gondola Servicio offers romantic rides on Lake Merritt aboard authentic gondolas from Venice, complete with Italian serenade. So, skip the cheesy Vegas stuff!”
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Plaza
“Situated in Oakland along the Oakland/Alameda estuary, Jack London Square is Oakland’s only publicly accessible mixed-use waterfront area and a well-known landmark since the mid-1800s. With its rich history as the heart of Oakland’s Port operations, Jack London Square is a historic working waterfront and is one of the Bay Area’s premier recreational, dining and commercial districts. Jack London Square offers a vibrant hub for outdoor recreation, events and the latest dining and entertainment options.”
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Night Club
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“Popular, small and intimate jazz venue -- great viewing in most seats. Also wonderful Japanese food -- if you have a dinner reservation, you get an advantage for better seats. ”
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Gastropub
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“This is a good place to grab food or beer. They don't have a hard liquor license - so not the best black to grab cocktails. Great brunch as well! ”
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Beer Bar
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“Excellent beer brewed by Trappists from all over the world (monks). I love this place!”
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Transit Station
“San Francisco Bay Ferry is a public transit passenger ferry service in the San Francisco Bay. Easy departures from Jack London Square that take you to several destinations in San Francisco and through the bay.”
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History Museum
“The USS Hornet Museum is a museum ship in Alameda, California, US. It is composed of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, exhibits from the NASA Apollo Moon exploration missions, and several retired aircraft from the Second World War and the transonic and early supersonic jet propulsion period.”
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Point of Interest
“This beach is a great place to cycle to. You can cycle quite a long way along the shore in either direction. ”
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Burmese Restaurant
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“I recommend the Garlic Noodles. But seriously, everything here is delicious!”
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Tiki Bar
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“Tikki Hut, kitchy style, Vintage, Hawaiian themed decor and drinks. Great music! Good drinks!”
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Chinese Restaurant
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“the restaurant in Oakland Chinatown and next to downtown. It's a Chinese Restaurant. I like the sesame noodles and chow mein, We also like the the Shandong shrimp and the moo shu beef. ”
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Coffee Shop
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“One of the best coffee shops in the Bay Area! Consistently amazing cups o'joe!”
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Bowling Alley
“Great for groups. Bowling, good food, arcade, bocce ball and a huge patio with views and people watching.”
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Dive Bar
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“Sailor's bar made from the bones of a whaling ship. Try not to spill your drink on the crooked floor. It’s in Jack London Square, which in itself has lots of restaurants and shops and is a fun place to stroll around right on the water.”
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Thai Restaurant
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“Best Laotian food we've ever ate. Little family owned spot you'd never find on your own. Get the Champa Sampler. It is everything.”
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