Kids Activities in Oakland

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

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

Half Off Admission to Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland Aviation Museum

Oakland

$20 $10

(19)

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

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

Up to 45% Off Bowling for Two

Albany Bowl

Albany

$30 $16.50

(194)

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

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

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 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

Aquarium of the Bay – Up to 47% Off Membership

Aquarium of the Bay

Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach/Telegraph Hill

$110 $59

(600)

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum – Up to 42% Off

Contemporary Jewish Museum

SoMa

$24 $14

(172)

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

Madame Tussauds – Up to 40% Off

Madame Tussauds

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Interact with lifelike wax figures including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg & President Obama at a brand new waterfront wax attraction

Up to Half Off a Historic Angel Island Tram Tour

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$90 $45

(200)

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

The Beat Museum – Up to 61% Off Admission

The Beat Museum

North Beach

$31 $12

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Artifacts and stories from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other Beat Generation figures populate museum

40% Off Membership at Cartoon Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Yerba Buena

$45 $27

A year of admission and other perks at a museum that celebrates all cartoons, from anime and video games to TV shows and Sunday funnies

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship – Up to 60% Off

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

San Francisco

$24 $12

Historically accurate and still operational, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a National Historic Landmark that is open to the public year round

45% Off Music Lessons

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Cities

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

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

7D Experience

Fisherman's Wharf

$30 $15

Experience the illusion of a roller coaster ride while zapping on-screen opponents on the DarkRide; Dodge laser beams during LaZer Challenge

Up to 40% Off Armory Tour for Two

SF Armory

Mission

$50 $30

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Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets

Up to 46% Off Museum Memberships

Museum of the African Diaspora

Yerba Buena

$65 $35

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Museum with permanent and rotating interactive exhibits on the history of the African diaspora and the artistic reactions it has inspired

Up to 66% Off Batting-Cage Sessions

The ClubHouse Training Schools

San Francisco

$80 $29

Indoor batting cages at a 17,000-square-foot facility staffed by professional coaches and professional baseball scouts

44% Off Pottery Painting

Diy Ceramics

Redeem from Home

$36 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

51% Off In-Home Private Guitar Lessons

University of Rock

Redeem from Home

$120 $59

Trained instructors tailor in-home guitar lessons so students build knowledge and improve their skills; RockStarter kit with music book

Up to 52% Off Visits to The GLBT History

The GLBT History Museum

Castro

$10 $5

(19)

Encompassing 100 years of the city's GLBT history, the museum includes sections on drag culture, radical activists, and the AIDS epidemic

51% Off Animal Education Show

Animals Galore & More

On Location

$295 $145

Wildlife experts help foster feelings of goodwill towards nature in kids with up-close lessons with piglets, parrots, turtles, and rabbits

"I Hate Children Children's Show" – Up to 50% Off

I Hate Children Children's Show

Hotel Rex

$22 $11

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Unscripted magic show featured at the Edinburgh Festival astonishes and cracks up families while inviting kids ages 8+ onstage

"Champions of Magic Live!"– Up to 50% Off Show

"Champions of Magic Live!"

Victoria Theater

$80 $40

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Five internationally acclaimed magicians combine their talents for a show featuring comedy, illusion, and escape artistry

Up to 55% Off Private Violin Lessons

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

Golden State Model Railroad Museum – Up to 51% Off

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Richmond

$45 $22

Passes grant free admission to shows in 10,000 sq. ft. museum of operational model trains & recreated Northern California terrain.

68% Off Motor-Skills Classes for Kids

Pediatric Motor Playground

Multiple Locations

$157 $50

Educational-fitness instructors develop motor skills, social skills, and handwriting with activities designed by occupational therapists

Bay Area Discovery Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Sausalito

$22 $10

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Kids create art and explore interactive exhibits while learning about scientific concepts and local landmarks

Up to 97% Off Adventures Passes

Adventures Pass

Multiple Locations

$1,500 $59

Passes give holders discounts on activities such as fly fishing, clay shooting, paragliding, horseback riding, wakeboarding, and paintball

GoKart Racer – 20% Off

GoKart Racer

Multiple Locations

$50 $40

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Sodi RX 7 go-karts burn rubber during 10-minute races around indoor road courses

Up to 51% Off Private Piano Lessons at Aria Music Studio

Aria Music Studio

Burlingame

$70 $35

Lifelong pianist Wendy Liu teaches students of various skill levels to play everything from basic scales to solo sonatas

$10 for Batting-Cage Practice at San Ramon Sports

San Ramon Sports

San Ramon

$20 $10

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Batting cages lob softballs or hurl baseballs at 35–80 mph

Half Off Group Surf Lesson

Tamalpais Surf Club

Bolinas

$70 $35

Slip into a sleek wetsuit and grab a surfboard for lessons with CPR- and First Aid-certified instructors

38% Off Jungle-Gym Open Play at Safari Run

Safari Run

Shoreview

$40 $25

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Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 3–10 on Monday–Friday

Up to 53% Off Drum Lessons

Tom Metropoulos at San Mateo Piano

San Mateo

$80 $39

Seasoned drum instructor teaches fundamentals in styles including pop, rock, jazz and fusion

Up to 64% Off Guitar or Voice Lessons

Jones Guitar and Vocal Instruction

Concord

$130 $50

Seasoned instructor Ranjani Jones teaches basic theory, sight-reading, and technique for guitar, beginner piano, and voice

Up to 80% Off Adult or Teen Parkour Classes

APEX Movement NorCal

Concord

$145 $29

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Parkour and free-running gym houses a modular set of obstacles including jungle gyms, moveable bars, walls of many heights, and a foam pit

51% Off Standup-Paddleboard Lesson in San Rafael

Demo Sport

San Rafael

$100 $49

After 2-hour lesson covering paddleboarding basics, students hang on to their board, paddle, and leash for a morning of exploring the bay.

Up to 57% Off at Marinwood Pool

Marinwood Pool

Lucas Valley-Marinwood

$30 $15

A double-flume waterslide sends kids cascading into the 25-yard-long pool located near a scenic green park and playground

Up to 66% Off Bowling

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl

Dublin

$70 $24

Bowlers compete on one of 40 championship lanes equipped with automatic scoring

Up to 39% Admission to Filoli

Filoli

Woodside

$36 $22

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654-acre estate encompasses manicured gardens, nature preserve, and stately house filled with antiques and paintings

San Mateo County History Museum – Up to 60% Off Visits

San Mateo County History Museum

San Mateo County History Museum

$20 $11

Underneath the stately dome of Old County Courthouse, visitors and scholars pore over archives and engage with hands-on exhibits

Up to 44% Off Water Park Outing with Lunch

Aqua Adventure

Irvington

$55.54 $31

This family-friendly water park features all-ages water slides, pools for tots and adults, and other watery attractions

Up to 53% Off Musical-Instrument Lessons

New World Music Academy

Pleasanton

$170 $85

Professional performers teach students to play guitar, flute, or string instruments; piano classes take place in a group setting

26% Off Whale-Watching Tour

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat

El Granada

$200 $149

From the deck of the Huli Cat, whale-watchers keep their lids peeled for the towering plumes of spray erupting from majestic humpbacks

49% Off Design Camp from Young Outliers

Young Outliers

Palo Alto

$400 $205

Kids attend one of four design-centered summer camps that explore everything from archaeology to music to molecular science

Up to 47% Off Go-Karting and Games at Boomers!

Boomers!

Livermore

$29.99 $16.99

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Family-entertainment center amuses visitors with access to miniature golf, go-karts, and more

Up to 60% Off Kids' Indoor Play Sessions

PartiPalooza

Livermore

$50 $25

(22)

Indoor play arena feeds all appetites for activity with a climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, bowling alley, and karaoke stage

Up to 52% Off Computer History Museum Visit

Computer History Museum

Mountain View

$30 $15

History museum showcases the evolution of computing from ancient artifacts to contemporary mobile devices with interactive exhibits

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 40% Off the First Month of Kids Music Lessons

Early Music Minds

Mountain View

$50 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 40% off the first month of music lessons for babies, toddlers, and kids up ages 2–5

38% Off Jungle-Gym Play Sessions at Safari Run

Safari Run Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale

$40 $25

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Animal-themed jungle gym packed with slides, bridges, tunnels, and ladders combines fitness and play for kids aged 3–10 on Monday–Friday

56% Off Kids' Martial-Arts Summer Camp

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

$179 $79

Kids learn discipline and martial-arts skills as they exercise bodies and minds through interactive activities such as obstacle courses

Up to 48% Off Trampoline Birthday Party

Great Jump Sports

Milpitas

$250 $129

(55)

Party package invites up to 10 youngsters to work up an appetite during trampoline time, and then slay it with pizza and pop

Jump Highway – Up to 49% Off Trampoline Pass or Birthday Party

Jump Highway

Fairfield

$48 $26

10,000 sq. ft. of trampolines and foam pits welcome jumpers of all ages; party package with pizza

$5 for Amusements at Scandia Family Center

Scandia Family Center

Fairfield

$10 $5

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Nine-acre park with two mini-golf courses, bumper boats, and arcade with more than 200 games

54% Off Standup Paddleboard Tour for Two with Wine

Napa Valley Paddle

River East

$238 $109

After an on-shore lesson, paddleboarders explore the Napa River with their guides on tours that include a bottle of wine

50% Off Quarryhill Botanical Garden Visit

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Sonoma

$20 $10

(27)

Glen Ellen hillside gardens stretch for 25 acres, blossoming with a vast collection of Asian flowers, trees, and rare plants

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Up to 53% Off

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Downtown San Jose

$40 $19

(369)

Ride in a jet-pack chair, design and dress robots, and marvel at other inventions in a museum devoted to problem-solving

57% Off Arcade Visits and Prizes in San Jose

Nickel City

Branham - Kirk

$28 $12

More than 100 video and redemption games cost a nickel; more than 30 free arcade classics

Up to 56% Off Laser Tag

Laser Tag Tickets

Multiple Locations

$48 $24

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Tromp through a two-level 6,200-sq.-ft. arena, or zap opponents with long-range lasers on an outdoor field

Up to 50% Off Kid's Summer Camp

KidSportzUSA

Campbell

$198 $99

Kids spend the summer building balance & agility through sports & wellness activities with a focus on fun; can choose from many activities

50% Off Music Lessons

Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

$140 $70

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

57% Off Bowling for Six

Stars Recreation Center

Vacaville

$70 $30

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This 24/7 entertainment complex boasts a bowling center with 40 modern equipped lanes

81% Off Splat Master Paintball Party

Midway Paintball

Hartley

$189 $35

Kids aged 8–12 dodge paintballs across six outdoor fields with buildings, inflatable cover, and natural terrain during Splat Master parties

Up to 62% Kids' Active Play Sessions

Fuze Fit For a Kid

Los Gatos

$76 $29

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Under the guidance of coaches, kids engage in old-school games of rock-wall climbing and obstacle courses while interacting with technology

55% Off Musical Instrument Course

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

$40 $18

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

58% Off Private Guitar Lessons

Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$225 $95

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

Up to 63% Off Pilates at Los Gatos JCC

Los Gatos JCC

Los Gatos

$160 $69

Students build strength using a Reformer apparatus in group and private Reformer classes; mat classes help sculpt bodies

Up to 58% Off Kids’ Indoor Play or Party

Pump It Up

Cotati

$42 $19

(11)

Kids jump, play, and socialize aboard colorful inflatable slides and bounce houses or amid obstacle courses during play sessions or parties

49% Off Mini-Golf and Arcade Outing for Two

Scandia Family Fun Center

Rohnert Park

$33.55 $17

(44)

Visitors test their coordination with 18-hole courses of mini-golf, decorated with ponds, fountains, and fun obstacles

Up to 48% Off at Q-ZAR Laser Tag for Two, Four, or Six People

Q-ZAR Laser Tag

Rohnert Park

$42 $25

Players battle each other in 15-minute space-themed laser-tag games

Up to 74% Off Bowling

West Valley Bowl

Tracy

$29 $9

(7)

Bowling center outfits feet with lane-approved kicks before challenging groups of two or four to trio of pin-punishing bouts

50% Off at Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club

Wikiup Tennis & Swim Club

Santa Rosa

$50 $25

Pass includes access to all of the club's facilities, including three pools, six tennis courts, a picnic area, and the clubhouse

Pump It Up – Up to 50% Off

Pump it Up

Santa Rosa

$42 $22

(13)

Kids can bounce, slide, and play on four different inflatable playgrounds

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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 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

The Museum of Children's Arts was originally founded in 1989 around the idea that creative, curious children build stronger communities. MOCHA continues to serve East Bay schools and neighborhoods today, teaching children as young as 18 months to channel creative energy while developing self-confidence and critical-thinking skills.

MOCHA's mission is most apparent during open-studio times, which allow parents and children to work together and experiment with painting or creating traditional folk art. A teaching artist is on hand to provide guidance, assistance, and lectures on the differences between Rococo and Impressionistic landscapes. Although these hands-on experiences are an integral part of the museum, MOCHA also invites visitors to peruse its community-inspired exhibitions, such as its displays of original pieces created by students of the Oakland Unified School District.

538 9th St
Oakland,
CA
US

Sacred Cross Horse Services founder Ashley Mason has transformed her extensive background in horseback riding and show jumping into a unique training program. At stables tucked away in redwood forests, students attend English-style riding lessons that focus on basic fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and learning how to bond with horses. The lessons cater to students' individual needs and skill levels while simultaneously prioritizing their education and enjoyment. Sacred Cross also leads horse camps for children, as well as lessons designed to impart a sense of responsibility, teach empathy, and stop them from trying to lead the dog into a canter. Students are required to wear long pants and heeled shoes while riding.

6525 Redwood Road
Oakland,
CA
US

Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.

519 18th St
Oakland,
CA
US

Most presidents don't have yachts these days. Perhaps they're content with schooners, Air Force Ones, and secret teleporters. But Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a yacht that he treasured to his dying day. The USS Potomac isn't the type of seacraft that ferries playboys sipping mimosas and listening to Hall and Oates. It's a former Coast Guard cutter Electra boasting 416 tons of inertia designed for up to 30 knots of cruising speed; it's intended for authoritarian command. When the Squire of Hyde Park held the reins, the 165-foot vessel played host to political meetings, the very first visit of the British monarchy, and fishing trips, and it even served as a decoy while FDR and Churchill crafted the Atlantic Charter between games of Marco Polo. But when he passed, his sweet ship suffered decades of neglect. But when he passed, his sweet ship suffered decades of neglect. Thanks to Elvis Presley, and his mother's fondness of FDR, the ship was rescued and given to Danny Thomas as a fund raiser for St. Jude's Hospital.

From good works to bad...the Potomac wound up busted by the DEA for running drugs between Mexico and San Francisco Bay, and it was impounded at Treasure Island where she sank. Later the Potomac, in gnarly condition, sat on the Oakland Estuary mud flats for 12 more years. Rotting and rusted the once "Queen of the Potomac" was finally rescued and restored between 1983 and 1995.

Now docked at Jack London Square where landlubbers savor dockside tours, the floating testament to the New Deal maker also departs on chartered cruises and history tours. The expert docents give the full dossier on the FDR, his buoyant baby, and the history of San Francisco Bay as tour-goers soak in the sights and high seas.

540 Water St
Oakland,
CA
US