Animals, Storybooks and Nature, oh my! It is easy to see why Oakland, California is quickly gaining recognition as a fierce contender to San Francisco when planning a kid-friendly vacation in California. Beautiful weather and scenery combined with a wide range of both educational and fun Oakland attractions for kids give it two thumbs up.
Comfortably located just across the bay from San Francisco, there are many things to do in Oakland starting with a visit to Frog Park. Children can release their energy in a kid-friendly outdoor setting, while parents take in the beautiful scenery and serene environment. This terrific place contains two playgrounds with activities for every age group.
Just a short distance from downtown, the Joaquin Miller Park is a great Oakland tourist attraction that allows you to escape from the hustle of city life. Slip on a comfortable pair of walking shoes and your trusty backpack and prepare for a fun adventure the entire family will enjoy. Creeks, trails and meadows provide an abundance of the best of what nature has to offer. Woodland trails give you plenty of time for long conversations while taking in the sights.
Another Oakland attraction for kids is the Oakland Zoo. Located in Knowland Park, it provides refuge to many exotic animals, enabling children and parents alike to see them in a natural setting. Themed areas such as a rain forest and African village lend a hand in this inviting atmosphere where children of all ages will enjoy learning about the various animals and watching performances. For an awesome view of this Oakland tourist attraction, hop on the sky ride for an aerial tour. For a kid-friendly hotel in Oakland close to the zoo, consider the Homewood Suites Waterfront. They offer in-room kitchens and an outdoor pool.
If you're looking for a way for the kids to get their hands dirty, the Museum of Children's Art is an exciting Oakland tourist attraction. Here, kids are the center of attention. Designed with youngsters in mind, every child creates their own personal piece of art and making a mess is just part of the experience. For a few hours, they can express themselves through artwork. And the good part? You don't have to clean it up! If they finish before their siblings, a play kitchen and play dough station will keep them occupied. After the day's adventures, rest your head at the Executive Inn and Suites Oakland.
If you're researching where to go in Oakland and want a great way to see the bay area up close and personal is to take a ride on the Oakland and Alameda Ferry where you escape traffic and hop aboard. Whether you use it as way of taking in the scenery and getting a well-deserved rest off your feet or as a means to get to another location in the area you will definitely have fun with drinks and snacks available for all. Just down the road from the ferry is the Red Lion Hotel Oakland. They are set up for large families and have cribs and roll-aways available.
With so many Oakland attractions for kids, plan each day ahead of time so you do not miss a thing. Use the Minitime planner to stay organized while creating your Oakland family vacation.