Activities in Oakland

Two or Four Adult Tickets or One-Year Family Membership to Oakland Aviation Museum (Half Off)

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

Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

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

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$40 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Open-Studio Admission, Art Party, or Facility Rental at The Museum of Children's Arts (Up to 36% Off)

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

$55 for a Two-Hour 1960s-Themed Tour for Two from Magic Bus Tour ($110 Value)

Magic Bus Tour

Union Square

$110 $55

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Magic Bus tour rewinds to 1960s-era San Francisco, passing iconic areas such as Haight-Ashbury as video screens flicker with historic images

$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

$1,008 $599

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

$16.50 for Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two at Albany Bowl (Up to $30 Value)

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

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

General-Admission or VIP Sunday Funday or Saturday Midnight Party Cruises from Fume Blanc Commedore (51% Off)

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

$79 $39

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

Wine Tasting and Bocce Ball for 4, 8, or 12 at Sol Rouge (Up to 55% Off)

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

$45 for an Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF ($45 Value)

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

One Visit for 1 Adult and 2 Kids or Unlimited Visits for 3 People at Habitot Children's Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Habitot Children's Museum

Downtown Berkeley

$28 $14

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Habitot builds infants’ and young kids' creative-thinking and problem-solving skills through exhibits, art studio, and educational programs

$10 for Two to See SF Comedy Showcase at Punch Line San Francisco(Up to $25 Value)

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

Admission to the Oakland Zoo for One Child or Adult (Up to 32% Off)

Oakland Zoo

Oakland

$11.75 $8

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Historic zoo houses more than 660 animals such as giraffes, lions, elephants, baboons, alligators, and Malayan sun bears

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at YogaLove Oakland (Up to 88% Off)

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 Dance Lesson — Halau Makana; Valid Monday - Thursday 5 PM - 8 PM

Halau Makana

Alameda

$20 $10

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Culinary Gems of North Beach Tour for 2, 4, or 6 from San Francisco Food Safari (Up to 64% Off)

San Francisco Food Safari

San Francisco

$40 $19

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

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

One, Three, or Five Semi-Private Ballroom or Latin Dance Classes at Dance With Melissa (Up to 70% Off)

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

Three or Five Indoor Rock-Climbing and Fitness Visits at Bridges Rock Gym (Up to 74% Off)

Bridges Rock Gym

El Cerrito

$93 $26

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

$49 for a Russian River Vineyards Deluxe Segway Tour from Segway of Healdsburg ($99 Value)

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

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

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

$26 for 10 Drop-In Classes at Monkey Yoga Shala ($150 Value)

Monkey Yoga Shala

Lakeshore

$150 $26

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Yoga classes offered morning and evening

The Dinner Detective at Waterfront Hotel (Up to 43% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Waterfront Hotel

$203.20 $116

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

$59 for a One-Month Gym Membership and Two Personal-Training Sessions at Body Mechanix ($340 Value)

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

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Luke Training Conditioning (Up to 60% Off)

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

Historic Angel Island Tram Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Angel Island Company (Up to Half Off)

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

6 or 12 Boot-Camp Classes at 30 Day-Bootcamp (Up to 87% Off)

30 Day-Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$130 $19

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

$15 for One-Month Gym Membership with Unlimited Classes at Curves ($153 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

$153 $15

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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

Vegan Cooking Class for Two, or Raw Chocolate or Vegan Protein Class for One at Collard Gal (Up to 50% Off)

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

Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

$15 for Admission for Two to a Bay Area Wedding Fair ($30 Value)

Bay Area Wedding Fairs

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Bridal shows bring together couples and wedding professionals for networking and big-day planning and shopping

$60 for $120 Worth of Boot Camp at Focused Fitness Solutions

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

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

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

Learn to Make Kimchi with the Owner of Ellen’s Kimchi

Kimchi-Making Class

Mission Bay

$50 $50

Learn the centuries-old tradition of homemade kimchi from an expert as you make a jar, leave with at-home steps, and enjoy your creation

$25 for 10 Classes at Bikram Yoga College of India (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga College of India

Grand Lake

$100 $25

Bikram Choudhury protégé leads 90-minute yoga classes that explore 26 postures in heated room

Sightseeing Tour or Sunset Flight with Refreshments for Up to Two from Golden Gate Accessible Aviation (50% Off)

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

5 or 10 Classes at The Park Gym (Up to 80% Off)

The Park Gym

Mission

$160 $39

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CrossFit and boxing classes help participants get into shape

$20 for Entry for One to CitySolve Urban Race (Up to $50 Value)

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

Group Training Classes with Option of Private Training at The Perfect Sidekick (Up to 74% Off)

The Perfect Sidekick

Oakland

$149 $39

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

Devour Food & Beer Fest for Two or Four on Saturday, September 27 (50% Off)

Devour Food & Beer Fest

Oakport Lot

$200 $100

Sample cuisine from more than 30 food booths alongside sips of wine and craft beer on Saturday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

$26 for $50 Worth of Snowsports — Destination 1440

Destination 1440

Destination 1440

$50 $26

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$49 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Any Piece Of Art. at White Walls & Shooting Gallery

White Walls & Shooting Gallery

Civic Center

$49 $49

For $49, receive a coupon for 10% off any piece of art.

$59 for Scavenger Dash for a Team of 2 from Sierra Adventure Sports on Saturday, September 20 ($127.59 Value)

Sierra Adventure Sports

Red's Java House

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of San Francisco as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

$99 for Flight Lesson with Ground Training and 35-Minute Flight from Oakland Flyers ($230 Value)

Oakland Flyers

Oakland

$230 $99

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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for $30 Off Membership For New Members at Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Rocha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Multiple Locations

$30 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for $30 off membership for new members

10 or 20 Boxing Fitness Classes at Boxing for Health (Up to 80% Off)

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

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 25% Off Your First Week Of JDLT2Go Workout and Lunch at JDLT Personal Fitness

JDLT Personal Fitness

San Francisco

$0 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 25% off your first week of JDLT2Go workout and lunch

The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

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

$17 to See "Foodies! The Musical" at The Shelton Theater (Up to $36.18 Value)

"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

$25 for Five Beginner Jiu Jitsu Classes at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu ($150 Value)

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

One or Two Months of Saturday Boxing Boot Camp Classes at Phight Club (Up to 56% Off)

Phight Club

Oakland

$40 $19

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

5 or 10 Turbo Boxing Classes at Emi TKB (Up to 54% Off)

Emi TKB

Laurel

$60 $29

Learn non-combative kickboxing techniques from seasoned instructors while growing stronger and more flexible

Four or Eight Barrelates™, Xbarre, or Torch Classes at PHYSIQA (Up to 56% Off)

PHYSIQA

Piedmont Avenue

$88 $39

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Barrelates™ sessions blend cardio, barre, and Pilates; Torch burns calories with interval training; and Xbarre is a combination of both

Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

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

Drag Queen-Led Historical Tour for Two or Four from Drag Me Along Tours (Up to 64% Off)

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

10 or 20 Cycle or Pilates Mat Classes at Star Pilates (Up to 65% Off)

Star Pilates

Moraga

$162.50 $59

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

$49 for 10 Boxing Classes at Polk Street Gym ($175 Value)

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

4 Children's 30-Minute Swim Lesson with 1 Drop-In Family Swim Pass or 1-Month Family Swim Pass (Up to 53% Off)

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

Kurtis Blow at Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theater on Saturday, September 13 (Up to 41% Off)

Kurtis Blow

Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theater

$100 $59

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Rap pioneer behind "The Breaks" delivers hits with support from Suga-T and General X; VIPs enjoy red carpet entry and a meet and greet

One Month of SemiPrivate Training Sessions with One, Two or Three Visits a Week at Jamz Trainings (Up to 84% Off)

Jamz Trainings

Jack London Square

$300 $55

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

Single-Day or Full-Season Family Pool Passes to El Cerrito Swim Center (Up to 51% Off)

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

$45 for Three Pilates Classes at YogaKula ($90 Value)

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

One- or Two-Hour Practice Session for Up to Four People at Eagle Club Indoor Golf (Up to 40% Off)

Eagle Club Indoor Golf

Downtown

$20 $13

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

10 Personal-Training Sessions from PLAY Fitness (50% Off)

Play Fitness

Oakland

$750 $375

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 30% Off A Package Of 5 Pilates Reformer Group Classes at Body Chemistry Studio

Body Chemistry Studio

Mission Dolores

$51 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 30% off a package of 5 pilates reformer group classes

$95 for Entry to Men's Health Urbanathlon 11-Mile Obstacle Race ($125 Value)

Publicis Hawkeye (Urbanathlon)

AT&T Park, Lot A

$125 $95

Competitors tackle 11-mile run and course with 14 obstacles including monkey bars, tires, barricades, marine hurdles, walls, and stairs

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from Jameson Cassidy Personal Training (65% Off)

Jameson Cassidy Personal Training

Emeryville

$240 $84

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Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra at Zellerbach Hall on October 2 at 7 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Opening Night of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Zellerbach Hall

$15 $7

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Elgar's Enigma Variations, a world premiere Oscar Bettison, and a performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto by soloist Jennifer Koh

The Truth Behind His Success: "The Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort on September 30 at 6 p.m. (Up to 55% Off)

The Truth Behind His Success: "The Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort

Davies Symphony Hall

$199 $89

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The entrepreneur whose life story inspired The Wolf of Wall Street shares secrets on sales, money management, and building a business

One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

$30 $15

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

3.5-Hour Sailing Lesson for Two or Four at Nautic Sailing School (Up to 50% Off)

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

$16 for Movie for Two with Popcorn and Beer or Wine at The New Parkway Theater ($29 Value)

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

One Private Tennis Lesson, or One or Three Group Tennis Lessons (All Levels) from Denton Desquitado (Up to 57% Off)

D2 Tennis

Mills College

$70 $35

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

Three Personal-Training Sessions and a Dietary Consultation from famous physique (65% Off)

Famous Physique

Emeryville

$300 $105

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5 or 10 Open-Play Times at Pump It Up of Oakland (Up to 46% Off)

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

Badminton Session for Two or Four with Racket Rentals at Eastbay Badminton Association (Up to 58% Off)

Eastbay Badminton Association

Emeryville

$46 $22

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

Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

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

10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

$220 $29

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

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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
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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
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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

Oakland Scene