SENIORS EXPLORE OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA



Seniors Enjoy The Bay Area

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Oakland, lies on the other side of the Bay Bridge, it is a port city and rated by Rand McNally as having the best weather in the country while remaining one of the busiest industrial ports on the West Coast. The New York Times ranked Oakland among the top 45 places to visit in 2012. The city earned the #5 spot just after London, and before Tokyo. Senior visitors enjoy the Bay area.

“If Brooklyn is the arts hub of the East Coast, Oakland, pop. 409,000+, is most definitely the arts mecca of the West. This entertainment capital comes alive at night with new restaurants, hip bars and an arts scene that’s one of the best in the country. Oakland is fast becoming the arts capital of the west and its unique museums reflect it.”

One of the largest museums in town is the Oakland Museum of California. Divided into three sections: art, history and natural science, the museum provides a dynamic, fun-filled multigenerational experience for senior visitors who wish to learn the extraordinary story of California.

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Seniors Discover the Hipster City of the Bay Area

Wikitravel notes that Oakland is often overshadowed by San Francisco lying directly to the west, however in recent years it has began to step out from under the shadows, playing upon the beautiful highlights of its own and its rise as the multicultural “hipster” city of the Bay Area.

Fodor’s Travel notes that seniors can find a Nigerian clothing store, a beautifully renovated Victorian home, a Buddhist meditation center, and a lively salsa club, all within the same block. Trip Advisorhas the 30 top things to see and do in Oakland.

Jack London Square features some of the best dining, shopping, live music and nightlife in the Bay Area, including the famous Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, survivor of the 1906 earthquake. It’s leaning tremendously, but still open today with a bar on the slanted floor.

Seniors Find ‘The Square’

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The Jack London Square is Oakland’s revamped waterfront arts and entertainment district. Situated along the scenic Oakland/Alameda estuary. This vibrant destination in Oakland brings together dining, retail, recreation, lively summer night markets and outdoor movies to kayaking and bicycling along the waterfront.

Senior sports fans line up in Oakland for the Raiders football, the Golden State Warriors basketball, and the Athletics baseball. My wife and I would enjoy strolling through Chinatown, Oakland’s thriving Asian cultural enclave.

Oakland is just one fun place for a visit, so plan to spend a few days in town and experience all that it offers. -jeb

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