Seniors Find Historic Spanish Peninsula


Senior travelers will find Alameda, a city located on Alameda Island, as it is called, in eastern San Francisco Bay across from San Francisco. Adjacent to Oakland, which was once home to one of the largest coastal oak forests in the world, the area was originally called Encinal, Spanish for “oak grove”.

Alameda is Spanish for “grove of poplar trees” or “tree-lined avenue”, and was chosen in 1853 by popular vote. The inhabitants at the time of the arrival of the Spanish in the late 18th Century were a local band of the Ohlone tribe.

Masonic Temple & Lodge, 1329 Park St, Alameda, CA

The peninsula became part of the vast Rancho San Antonio granted to Luis Peralta by the Spanish king who claimed California. The grant was later confirmed by the new Republic of Mexico upon its independence from Spain.

The city of Alameda is known in part for its many Victorian style homes. Three of the most well known that you will want to see include Anthony House (1876), Brehaut House (1983), and Jacoby House (1892). Central Avenue and Everett Street are lined with several of these old beauties that remain in great shape.

Seniors Also Find A Coast Guard City

Ever do any antique shopping? The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest antiques show in Northern California. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month, the Faire boasts over 800 dealer booths.


Due to its proximity to the Bay and the breeze, wind and kite surfers enjoy the beach scene with great views of the San Francisco skyline and the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. A museum ship, the USS Hornet, is moored at the former Naval Air Station.

Alameda is one of 12 cities throughout the nation designated as a Coast Guard City. The designation is made to recognize the outstanding support these communities provide to Coast Guard personnel and their families.

The Coast Guard shares a rich history with the City of Alameda and has been operating in the estuary since 1926. In 1982, the Pacific Area Command was relocated to Alameda from San Francisco.

Trees, Beaches And Museums

St. Joseph's Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St, Alameda, CA

I wonder who counted all those trees in Alemada, but they claim that there are 19,500 street trees. Crown Beach, a 2.5-mile beach, with sand dunes borders a bicycle trail. Senior visitors will find the beach to be a excellent achievement of landscaping and engineering.

In Alameda senior visitors can visit the Pacific Pinball Museum that hosts the world’s largest pinball show, the Pacific Pinball Expo, and displays a beautiful selection of playable, historic pinball machines.

In 1957 Alameda Little Theater converted an abandoned grocery store into Altarena Playhouse where over a half-million have seen shows at Altarena. I wonder who counted all of them. TripAdvisor offers the Top-Rated Things to Do in town plus some recommended restaurants. Seniors, bring along a healthy appetite, your curiosity for historic homes and enjoy the theaters and more in Alameda during your visit. -jeb

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