If you like to be outdoors then Oakland, California is the place for you. With the average temperature in January being almost 50 degrees, and July temperatures in the low 60s you just can’t go wrong. No snow and plenty of sunshine makes this city a great place to stop by on your Bay Area vacation and even better to live within!
Since it is the third largest city in the area, you know there are plenty of things to do and see. The city boasts beautiful countryside and amazing sunsets over the San Francisco Bay, and natural wonders like Lake Merritt, which is a 155-acre lagoon that Oakland is known for. Lake Merritt has plenty of trails, a robust social scene, and some phenomenal views for you and Fido. You can find hundreds of things to do outdoors in Oakland, but there are some great indoor activities too.
If you like culture, you can check out the Oakland Museum of California on Oak Street or the renown, absolutely splendid, Chabot Space and Science Center on Skyline Blvd., or maybe the history ridden African American Museum and Library on 14th Street. If that isn't enough to quench your 'busy calendar' desire, there are the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on 9th Street and Oakland Aviation Museum on Boeing Street. Plenty of culture for everyone. If you need to let Fido run around a bit, there are some great dog parks around, like Redwood Regional Park on Redwood Road, Oakland Dog Park on 6th Avenue, or Mosswood Park Dog Run on Webster Street.
As the name suggests, the Downtown neighborhood in Oakland, California is the shopping and entertainment hub of this popular Bay Area city. There’s enough people-watching and socialization opportunities to make sure both humans and canines have a barking good time. Centrally located, the Oakland Dog Park is right in the heart of the Downtown district. Just in back of Grove Shafter Park, this fully-fenced, off-leash dog park features over 20,000 square feet of mixed grass and cedar shavings. Local pooches can get their sniff on and stretch their paws while owners congregate for a friendly chat. This dog centric locale is just another reason Downtown Oakland is the perfect spot for two and four-legged family members to call home.