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Bay and Delta Places To Visit By Water: Jack London Square

There is a surprise to be found on the Oakland side of the Oakland Estuary that we wanted to make sure you discover.

Quick Tips:
  1. To visit by water, you will need to get a reservation by calling Oakland Marinas at (510) 834-4591. Make sure you tell them you would like to stay at Jack London Square.

  2. The marina’s location is close to a lot of fun things, but it is also near the heart of the city and the freeways, so it is not very quiet.

  3. Go there for the restaurants, farmer’s markets, nightlife, and museums, not for nature hikes.

Jack London Square in Oakland offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors. Here are some things you can do at Jack London Square

Dining and Waterfront Restaurants Jack London Square is home to numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars that offer a range of dining options. Enjoy waterfront dining with scenic views of the Oakland Estuary while savoring diverse cuisines, including seafood, American, Asian, and more. Shopping and Boutiques Explore the retail shops and boutiques in Jack London Square. You can find unique gifts, local products, artisan crafts, clothing, and specialty items. The square also hosts farmers' markets and artisan markets, providing opportunities to discover local produce and handmade goods. Outdoor Activities and Events Jack London Square features a waterfront promenade that is perfect for strolling, jogging, or biking along the estuary. The square also hosts various outdoor events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and art shows. Check the calendar for upcoming events during your visit. Maritime Activities Discover Oakland's maritime history by visiting the USS Potomac, Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Floating White House." Take a tour to learn about the history and significance of this historic vessel. Additionally, you can rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or electric boats to explore the estuary and its surroundings. Jack London Square Farmers' Market If you're visiting on a Sunday, be sure to check out the Jack London Square Farmers' Market. This vibrant market offers a wide selection of fresh produce, artisanal food products, flowers, and handmade crafts from local vendors. It's a great opportunity to support local farmers and artisans. Historic Landmarks Jack London Square is named after the famous American author, Jack London, who lived in Oakland. Visit the Jack London Cabin, a replica of the writer's Klondike cabin, and learn about his life and works. You can also find sculptures and artwork throughout the square that pay homage to Jack London's legacy. Entertainment and Nightlife Jack London Square offers a lively nightlife scene. Enjoy live music performances at venues like Yoshi's Jazz Club or catch a movie at the New Parkway Theater. The square also hosts occasional outdoor concerts and movie nights. Ferry Rides Take a ferry ride from Jack London Square to destinations such as San Francisco, Alameda, or Vallejo. Enjoy scenic views of the bay while traveling by boat, offering a unique and relaxing way to explore the surrounding areas.

Whether you're looking for dining experiences, shopping, outdoor activities, or cultural attractions, Jack London Square has something to offer for visitors of all interests. Don’t forget, send us your photos of having fun and this beautiful spot so we can share them with the rest of the Simpson Yachts family. chris@simpsonyachts.com

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