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Top Things To Do When You’re In The East Bay (Berkeley / Oakland)

7 months ago by Kimia

So you’re headed over the Bay Bridge? If you’ve got a day planned in the East Bay — the easternmost part of the SF Bay Area — rest assured there’s plenty to do and see. Ahead, we’ve curated a list of the activities most worth your time in Berkeley and Oakland. Keep reading to check them out!

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University of California, Berkeley

When visiting the wonderfully weird city of Berkeley, you’d be remiss not to visit the UC Berkeley campus. Free 90-minute walking tours are offered at 10am every day of the week, so if you make it there early, go on and get your history buff on.

Berkeley Marina

Located on the western part of the city, the Berkeley Marina offers a serene place to walk along the waterfront and enjoy views of the entire bay, including San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Richmond Bridge, and Alcatraz Island.  

Lawrence Hall of Science

Get your science geek on by visiting UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science while you’re in Berkeley. Located in the hills above the college campus, this public science center boasts a variety of exhibits, plentiful student resources, and even a view of the SF Bay.

Things to do in Oakland

Jack London Square

The vibrant Jack London Square is located along the waterfront in Oakland. The iconic square brings together an eclectic mix of great dining establishments, as well as plenty to see and do, all set against serene views of the SF Bay.

Lake Merritt

One cannot simply visit Oakland without a stop by Lake Merritt. But did you know that the lake is actually a lagoon? #KnowBeforeYouGo

We’d like to recommend bringing along a picnic, so that you can thoroughly live your best life while sitting on the grass along the waterfront. You can go ahead and thank us later.

Tilden Regional Park

Tilden Regional Park is located between the Berkeley Hills and San Pablo Ridge. With a variety of recreational activities, from a carousel to a beautiful botanical garden and even a swimming area (see: Lake Anza), there’s something for everyone at Tilden.