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This region of Bay Area is called home by about 390,000 residents.
The state capital, Sacramento, lies 70 miles northeast of this destination, while Berkeley is situated 4 miles north.
If you're travelling with the whole family, outings to the Paramount Theatre and Children's Fairyland are sure to put huge smiles on everyone's faces! If that isn't enough to tyre the young ones out, why not visit the Museum of Children's Art and the Habitot Children's Museum as well?
Admire some amazing animals and learn about the need to protect our environment during an excursion to the Oakland Zoo.
Those with a penchant for good wine can spend days exploring this fertile area's beautiful vineyards. A good range of tasty drops are available at the Westover Winery and the Chouinard Vineyards. For an even greater insight into winemaking, also consider touring the St. George Spirits and the Rock Wall Wine Company.
If you're curious to learn about the local plant specimens, set your sights on the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Alternatively, spend an afternoon wandering through the winding pathways and taking in the variety of local plant and flowers at the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden.
From kicking a ball around to simply sprawling out on the grass, there's always a reason to head to a green space like Tilden Regional Park or Lake Merritt. You can also get outdoors and get active at Joaquin Miller Park or Kennedy Park.
Want to know about local hotspots, upcoming events or walking tours? Crab Cove Visitor Centre and Rotary Nature Centre and Waterfowl Refuge are the places to head to for any questions you have about your visit.
Keep an eye out for interesting native birdlife as you sit by the edge of the water at Lake Anza.
If you're looking to recharge your batteries, you'll find a range of nature reserves to explore. Start off with a breath of clean air in the energising atmosphere at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve or Hayward Regional Shoreline Park. Two additional areas to take a look at are Tilden Nature Area and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
If you're looking to learn something new or even just find shelter from a wet-weather day, the Chabot Space and Science Centre and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive should be on your list. Enquire about group tours or study the eye-opening exhibits at your own pace. Want more? Also go to the Oakland Museum of California and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Build on your knowledge of the natural world with a trip to the Robert Lowie Museum of Anthropology and the Essig Museum of Entomology. With so many weird and wonderful specimens jammed into the display cabinets, you might not know where to begin! To uncover more of our planet's many creations, continue onwards to the University of California Museum of Palaeontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
Whether you like to read the accompanying label or simply let the artworks speak for themselves, you'll have an excellent time checking out the canvases on display at the Frank Bette Centre for the Arts.
If you want to understand the now, the best way is to look to the past! For a glimpse into the main characters and events that have made this region what it is today, don't miss the African American Museum.
To totally understand the background of Oakland, take a day to explore the University of California - Berkeley and Mountain View Cemetery. Why not also check out USS Potomac and Pardee Home Museum?
Searching for some deeper meaning on your holiday? Make a pilgrimage to some of the city's most significant sacred sites, such as Cathedral of Christ the Light and the Temple Sinai. Another suggestion is to check for guided tours at the Chabad of the East Bay.
They might not be at the very top of your list, but Jack London Square and Berkeley Marina are still worth a stop. The Doe Library and Hayward City Hall also promise a great day out.
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