Activities in Oakland

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

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Located on historic North Field, the museum features an array of aircraft, flight simulators, and the flying boat from Indiana Jones

50% Off at Film Event at Sistah Sinema

Sistah Sinema

San Francisco

$12 $6

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

Up to 45% Off Bowling for Two

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

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36 gleaming lanes invite duos to bowl strikes then strike poses in rented shoes

The Museum of Children's Arts – Up to 36% Off Studio or Party

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

The Museum of Children's Arts (MOCHA)

$14 $9

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Children experiment with mixed media during open studio or create a themed project during parties; 1,000-sq.-ft. space for memorable events

51% Off Weekend Party Cruises

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

$79 $39

Weekend party cruises with cash bar, supplemented by live DJs or sightseeing on Sunday afternoons

Up to 39% Off a Wine Tasting at Dashe Cellars

Dashe Cellars

Jack London Square District

$90 $59

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At the winery and tasting room founded by an enologist couple, taste the specialty zinfandel, grenache, and other fine wines

Victorian Home Walk – 30% Off Tour

Victorian Home Walk

Union Square

$50 $35

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Learn about Victorian architecture while walking down quiet residential streets & past filming locations, such as the Mrs. Doubtfire home

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

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Explore the history, culture, and ideas of the Jewish community through constantly rotating exhibitions of art and design

$2 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off a Family Winemakers Wine Tasting

Family Winemakers of California

Fort Mason

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for 10% off a ticket to the Family Winemakers of California 2014 San Mateo Wine Tasting on August 17

Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF

Urban Hiker SF

Multiple Locations

$45 $45

Learn about the city and get in a workout by exploring San Francisco's many trails, hills, and public stairways

$10 for Standup at Punch Line Comedy Club

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

$25 $10

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

Up to 88% Off Yoga Classes at YogaLove Oakland

YogaLove Oakland

South Kennedy Tract

$140 $20

Gain flexibility and greater strength in these small group yoga classes in West Oakland

Up to 50% Off Halau Makana

Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

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Up to 55% Off Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball

Sol Rouge Winery

San Francisco

$100 $45

Sample French-inspired wines and play leisurely games of bocce ball at Sol Rouge's winery tasting room on Treasure Island

VIP or General Admission Tickets to Eat Drink SF Food Fest

Eat Drink SF

Fort Mason Center

$125 $95

Afternoon and evening events present food tastings, cocktail pairings, and demos from dozens of top Bay Area chefs; VIP wine area

Up to 64% Off Food Tour

San Francisco Food Safari

San Francisco

$40 $19

Tour takes guests through North Beach to learn about its rich heritage and Italian cuisine

Up to 76% Off Fitness Classes at Flying Yoga

Flying Yoga

Multiple Locations

$130 $35

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Instructors at this award-winning studio lead dynamic classes with supportive modifications to accommodate students of all levels

Up to 48% Off at Lake Chabot Golf Course

Lake Chabot Golf Course

Chabot Park

$110 $59

(87)

Challenging 18-hole course gives golfers all they can handle—including gorgeous views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge

Up to 60% Off Classes at RicaSalsa Dance Company

RicaSalsa Dance Company

Potrero

$48 $19

Instructors focus on the connection between leading and following as they teach beginning dancers basic steps during one-hour classes

Up to 74% Off at Bridges Rock Gym

Bridges Rock Gym

El Cerrito

$93 $26

(154)

Scale rocks, kickbox, or flex muscles during yoga classes at this comprehensive climbing gym

51% Off Tour from Segway of Healdsburg

Segway of Healdsburg

On Location

$99 $49

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Expert tour guides lead groups of Segway-riding guests to wineries for vista views and optional tastings

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

83% Off Yoga Classes

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

Up to 43% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

The Dinner Detective

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

Guests attempt to solve a mystery while dining on a four-course meal

Up to 70% Off Ballroom or Latin Dance Classes

Dance With Melissa

Ingleside Heights

$65 $25

Beginner-friendly ballroom- and Latin-dance lessons teach simplified techniques based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars

7D Experience - Up to 56% Off Interactive Laser-Shooting Experience

7D Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

$30 $15

(50)

Choose one of two interactive rides that combine roller-coaster movement with interactive laser shooting, surround sound, and 3-D visuals

Up to 83% Off Membership to Body Mechanix

Body Mechanix

Multiple Locations

$340 $59

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Unlimited one-month membership grants access to gym equipment and group classes; expert personal trainers offer one-one-one motivation

Up to 60% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Luke Training Conditioning

Oakland

$120 $49

Intense boot-camp classes keep exercisers engaged by mixing it up with team games and a sense of humor

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 47% Off Membership

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

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Membership to 20,000-animal aquarium includes one year of free admission and discounted gift-shop purchases

Up to Half Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$90 $45

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One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

Up to 87% Off at 30 Day-Bootcamp

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$130 $19

(2)

Instructors lead women-only and coed boot camps focused on fitness and self-defense

87% Off Curves Gym Membership & Classes

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $19.97

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Curves workouts from Jillian Michaels are designed for women of all ages and help kick start weight loss in 30 minutes a day

Up to 50% Off Vegan Cooking Class

Collard Gal

Uptown

$140 $79.25

Learn to cook baked falafel and sun dried tomato pesto filled mushroom for dinner, or vegan brownie bites and chocolate mouse for dessert

Up to 59% Off at Leela Yoga

Leela Yoga

Alameda

$70 $29

Yoga classes in styles such as hatha align, vinyasa flow, and ashtanga, plus special sessions for seniors and expectant mothers

Half Off Boot Camp

Focused Fitness Solutions

Oakland

$120 $60

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Sip Wine and Sail the Bay with a USCG-Licensed Captain

Wine and Cheese Sailboat Tours

The Embarcadero

$75 $75

US Coast Guard–certified Captain Josh Waldman welcomes you aboard his sailboat for a scenic tour of the Bay, complete with wine and cheese

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Master the Art of Pickling with the Founder of McVicker Pickles

Master the Art of Pickling with the Founder of McVicker Pickles

Panhandle

$60 $60

Meet the owner of McVicker Pickles, Kelly McVicker, as you learn the ins and outs of pickling before getting hands-on to create your own jar

50% Off Sightseeing Tour or Flight

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $175

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

Up to 80% Off Fitness Classes

The Park Gym

Mission

$160 $39

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CrossFit and boxing classes help participants get into shape

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Eastside West Restaurance

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 74% Off Group and Private Training

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

$149 $39

Small groups of eight to ten people build muscle and burn off fat in a safe space

48% Off Snowsports

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

$50 $26

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Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

CitySolve Urban Race

San Francisco

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

57% Off Flight Lesson from Oakland Flyers

Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

Flight lesson includes ground and flight instruction from a professional pilot and a 35-minute flying session

Yanni — Up to 43% Off Concert

Yanni

Oracle Arena

$61.85 $35

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Globally famous composer and pianist performs classic favorites and new album tracks backed by a full orchestra

72% Off Boxing Classes at Polk Street Gym

Polk Street Gym

Civic Center

$175 $49

Classes help beginning boxers tone their cores, arms, and legs while practicing jabs, hooks, footwork, and head movement

Up to 80% Off Boxing Fitness Classes

Boxing for Health

Oakland

$125 $29

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Boxing coaches teach footwork, combinations, and punches in a gym with a regulation sized ring and 14 heavy bags

Up to 88% Off REACTT Boot Camp

REACTT Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$315 $39

Instructors blend high-energy athletic training to create an intense workout

San Francisco Dungeon – Up to 40% Off Dark-History Attraction

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

The New Stage – Up to 44% Off Performance Art

The New Stage presents "Patterns"

Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion

$32.04 $18

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Theater meets film, music, and performance art in Amy Munz's lyrical seven-character exploration of the elegance and pain of love

83% Off Beginner Jiu Jitsu Classes

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

SoMa

$150 $25

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Developed and taught by award-winning martial artists, beginner jiu jitsu classes follow the facility's martial-arts philosophy

Up to 56% Off Boxing Boot Camp Classes

Phight Club

Oakland

$40 $19

Get in shape while learning how to box under expert coaches at gym renowned for producing professional fighters

Up to 65% Off Spin and Mat Classes at Star Pilates

Star Pilates

Moraga

$162.50 $59

Get fit in Pilates classes that teach mat techniques or cycling sessions infused with group motivation

Up to 62% Off Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

Up to 64% Off Drag Queen Historical Tour

Drag Me Along Tours

San Francisco

$40 $19

Rick Shelton, a.k.a Countess Lola Montez leads walking tours full of flair, opening an imaginary porthole to old San Francisco

55% Off Services

Bay Jiu-Jitsu

Lower Pacific Heights

$100 $45

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"Foodies! The Musical" – Up to 53% Off

"Foodies! The Musical"

The Shelton Theater

$36.18 $17

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Musical revue’s cast skewers eating habits, kitchen gadgets, and over-attentive waiters

Up to 53% Off Children's Swim Lessons

AquaTech Swim School

Multiple Locations

$85 $40

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Group children's lessons teach stroke techniques and water safety in a self-paced instruction

Up to 84% Off Semi-Private Training Sessions

Jamz Trainings

Jack London Square

$300 $55

Certified trainer James Robinson uses positive reinforcement to motivate clients through fun, challenging workouts

Up to 51% Off Family Pool Passes

El Cerrito Swim Center

El Cerrito

$20 $10

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Single-day or summer pass to heated, outdoor pools with lap lanes, play areas, and a water slide; grounds offer picnic tables and bbq area

50% Off Classes at YogaKula

YogaKula

North Berkeley

$90 $45

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Studio that incorporates a spa offers Pilates Reformer classes with poses for beginners and those in need of a challenge

Up to 40% Off at Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Downtown

$20 $13

(25)

Each hitting bay has a GC2 Smart Camera launch monitor, which provides statistical feedback to help goflers make corrective adjustments

50% Off Personal Training

Every Body Fitness

Produce and Waterfront

$450 $225

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Up to 54% Off AT&T Park Spartan Sprint

Spartan Races

San Francisco

$150 $69

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to carrying sandbags

50% Off Personal Training

Play Fitness

Oakland

$750 $375

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Up to 50% Off Sailing Lessons at Nautic Sailing School

Nautic Sailing School

Alameda

$198 $99

3.5-hour sailing lessons for two or four people on top-of-the-line sailboats, including instructions on safety and operations

45% Off Movie and Beer at The New Parkway Theater

The New Parkway Theater

Uptown Oakland

$29 $16

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Viewers recline on cozy couches and love seats while enjoying popcorn, craft beer, and local wine while watching movies on the big screen

Up to 57% Off Tennis Lessons

D2 Tennis

Mills College

$70 $35

USPTA-certified instructor and former D1 college player teaches tennis fundamentals during lessons at Mills College

65% Off Personal Training

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

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Belmont Stakes Wine Festival—42% Off Admission

2014 Belmont Stakes Wine Festival

Berkeley Marina

$86.51 $50

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Light food and wines from a host of vintners accompany full slate of live horse racing held on the same day as the Belmont Stakes

Oakland A's – Up to 50% Off Baseball Game 

Oakland A's

O.co Coliseum

$26 $13

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The A's continue to defend their AL West crown and current division lead during matchups against the Royals, Mets, and division-rival Angels

Up to 46% Off Open-Play Times at Pump It Up of Oakland

Pump It Up of Oakland

Oakland Waterfront

$45 $29

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bounce houses, slides, and inflatables

Up to 58% Off Badminton Session

Eastbay Badminton Association

Emeryville

$46 $22

Players serve and volley shuttlecocks on professional Robbins Flooring Systems courts with 11 millimeters of padding

Up to 43% Off Dinner and Variety Show

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

Up to 87% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

$220 $29

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

55% Off Martial Arts / Karate / MMA

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

$120 $54

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Up to 73% Off Shaolin Kung Fu Lessons

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

$100 $30

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

67% off Small-Group Fitness Training

Next Level Personal Fitness Systems

Grand Lake

$299 $99

KeepFitTogether doesn't exceed 5 exercisers, so each gets attention while honing speed, strength, & other aspects of fitness

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From the spectacular and grandiose—such as far-reaching telescopes that penetrate the cosmos and bring back crystal-clear views of the stars—to the most curious minutiae—think "space toilets" like those used by astronauts on the International Space Station—Chabot Space & Science Center captures the science, mystery, and grandeur of outer space in an interactive and educational setting.

The big picture comes courtesy of the observatory's three high-powered telescopes, which grant Chabot with its domed silhouette and provide visitors a privileged view of the stars during daytime and evening viewings. Things narrow in scope once you enter the museum, where interactive exhibits zero in on the smaller curiosities of space and Earth's relationship to it. The aforementioned space toilet is a part of the Beyond Blastoff exhibit, where spacesuits, space gear, and space food paint a picture of an astronaut's day-to-day life. One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey gives visitors another taste of space exploration, this time by putting them behind the controls of the original Mercury space capsule, then puts them face to face with a 3.3-billion-year-old moon rock collected during the Apollo 15 mission. Weather becomes more than something to curse at for canceling the ball game or flooding a meteorologist's basement once visitors enter Bill Nye's Climate Lab. There, kids tasked with saving the Earth from storms and melting ice sheets are too busy developing top-secret energy-saving devices to realize they might be learning something.

Chabot Space & Science Center also features shows such as LaserMania, a classic-rock-fueled spectacle where light and sound—a 360-degree cocoon of cutting-edge laser lights set to music by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and U2, specifically—team up for an explosive sensory experience.

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland,
CA
US

In the 74 years between the Paramount Theatre's opening night, when people used to line up to see “talkies” for 50 cents, and 2002, when it was voted Best Mainstage Theatre in a Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll, the palatial venue faded and decayed alongside its Roaring Twenties brethren throughout America. Luckily, former Microsoft Vice President Ida Cole saved it from the rubble heap in the mid-‘90s when she established the Seattle Landmark Association and vowed to render the Paramount "kissable" once again.

Over the course of seven months, the renovation crew expanded the size of the stage wings to accommodate more ambitious live productions. They also cleared decades of grime from the french baroque plaster reliefs, uncovering long-forgotten designs and causing only one long-dormant horror to snap open its eyes dramatically. They also replaced the gold leaf in the floral designs of the wall medallions, repainted all the surfaces in their original 16 colors, and scrubbed each of the 1.6 million crystal beads in the chandelier by hand with a toothbrush. The original Knabe Ampico player piano was returned to its spot on the four-tiered lobby's lush carpeting, and a 21st-century sound system now shares sonic space with the thundering, luminous sonority of the Paramount's fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Though the Paramount's calendar runs the gamut from rock concerts to standup comedy to Broadway musicals on the scale of Wicked, its decadent Beaux Arts trappings transport audiences to the days when reality was still black and white.

2025 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

The next time you're on the roof of a five-story building, look down at the ground, and you'll get a rough idea of just how high people climb at Touchstone Climbing. The gym's seven locations feature lead walls that rise as high as 50 feet off the ground, though height isn't the only dimension that makes the space feel immense. Each spot has at least 11,000 square feet of climbing terrain, not to mention as much as 3,000 square feet of bouldering.

To prevent newcomers from feeling intimidated by the magnitude of the environment, the gym holds introductory classes. During these sessions, participants learn the basic techniques they'll need if they want to conquer the gym's crack systems and boulder problems. The classes are also an opportunity for students to scope out the terrain features at each location, such as Diablo Rock Gym's steep prow, which juts out crookedly like a thumbs up from a dizzy ballerina. While they're at it, the visitors might notice something else: the social nature of the gym. As the San Francisco Chronicle recounts, the fact that lead climbs require two people means that climbers are constantly asking around for new partners and chatting back and forth as they ascend.

Each location also boasts a weight room, cardio machines, and a studio space for everything from yoga to spinning to core classes.

520 20th Street
Oakland,
California
US

In the 1940’s, the Boeing School of Aeronautics hangar at Oakland International Airport’s North Field housed some of the company’s brightest aeronautical engineers. Their work produced several early Boeing planes, including the Thorp T-3 and T-5, both of which are now on display thanks to the hangar’s current resident, the Oakland Aviation Museum.

Most of the museum’s exhibits focus on celebrating local aviation history, such as The American Legion’s involvement in the Bay Area and the history of native Californian and Medal of Honor awardee General James “Jimmy” Doolittle. However, the museum’s collection of aircraft features a broader mix, including a replica of the Wright Brothers’ EX Vin Fiz, a TAV-8A Herrier that can take off and land vertically, and the Short Solent III flying boat that was used in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

More interactive sites include flight simulators, a kid’s area, a research library, and occasional Open Cockpit Days that let visitors climb into the cockpit of a real Korean fighter jet and turn the radio up really loud. The knowledgeable staff operates the museum with the goal of both educating visitors about aviation’s proud history on the West Coast and throughout the U.S., as well as to inspire visitors by linking aviation’s past to the future of aeronautical invention.

8252 Earhart Rd
Oakland,
CA
US

Measuring in at an imposing 673 yards, the 18th hole at Lake Chabot Golf Course seems, at first glance, like an act of course-design cruelty. There's a catch, though: it's a par 6. The extra stroke, combined with the hole's all-downhill orientation, turns the titanic track into a surprising birdie opportunity.

This final hole caps a breathtaking four-hole finishing sequence that rides the high ground, offering gorgeous vistas without sacrificing course play. At 259 yards, the 15th hole dazzles with tee-box views of San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Bridge, but its greatest gift to golfers is a high-risk chance to drive the green (pro tip: keep your driver in the bag; there's less room than you think).

Alongside the championship course, Lake Chabot unfurls a 9-hole, par-3 layout for golfers seeking a shorter round. Shaded by towering trees, the course arcs over the same elevation changes that shape its 18-hole counterpart. Before rounds at either layout, it's not a bad idea to warm up at the driving range and putting green. The Spanish-style clubhouse is also home to the Chabot Cafe, where guests can replenish and enjoy sandwiches artfully skewered with golf tees.

Championship Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course
  • Length of 6,006 yards from the tips
  • Course rating of 69.5 from the tips
  • Slope rating of 124 from the tips
  • Three tee options available
11400 Golf Links Rd.
Oakland,
CA
US

After meeting and falling in love on a Venetian gondola ride, April Quinn and Angelino Sandri decided to bring that romantic experience to others with Gondola Servizio. Drawing from a mutual love for Venetian boating culture and history, they’ve assembled a staff of skilled gondoliers to lead intimate nautical cruises. On these excursions, personal gondoliers in traditional dress serenade passengers with lilting Italian melodies and half-remembered TV-sitcom themes. When not leading standard tours, gondoliers work with professional photographers to orchestrate on-water photo shoots.

Each gondola carries up to six passengers, and sandolos offer a smaller, though still traditional, boat alternative. Gondolas with felzes boast an on-deck cabin where guests sit sheltered from the elements on a love seat behind etched glass windows. A flexible schedule allows significant others to arrange lunchtime jaunts around Lake Merritt or romantic evening cruises beneath the moon’s jealous gaze. While on land, visitors can enter the Bottega Veneziana gift shop inside the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, which abounds with locally handcrafted jewelry as well as imported shawls, Venetian chandeliers, and the fossilized remains of the first known cannoli.

1520 Lakeside Dr
Oakland,
CA
US

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