Our most recommended things to do in Oakland

San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

1. San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

See both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on a single boat tour with personal headphone audio included. Explore San Francisco's famous landmarks, history, natural history, architecture, and Native American culture on board this unique bay cruise. During the 90-minute round trip cruise you'll depart from Fisherman's Wharf, one of the city's busiest tourist attractions. From there, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate is one of the world's most famous and beautiful bridges, and was at one point the largest suspension bridge in the world. Cruise past Alcatraz Island, once home of one of the world's most infamous prisons, and take the chance to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. The boat will pass along the harbor before heading under the colossal San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Then it's time to head back to the charming city of San Francisco by the sea.

Full-Day Wine Tour to Napa & Sonoma 3 Tastings Included

2. Full-Day Wine Tour to Napa & Sonoma 3 Tastings Included

Spend the unforgettable day in Napa & Sonoma County on this guided group tour from San Francisco. Taste the best wines of the region, enjoy the scenery, and learn the local history. Starting with pickup in San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge where the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean and stop at the Marin County Vista Point for magnificent views. From the vista point, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley (home of the first UC campus), and the Bay Bridge which connects them to San Francisco. Continue the journey by passing above the hillside houses and yacht marinas of Sausalito and traveling north through the rolling hills of Marin County. Just 35 minutes from the bridge begins beautiful Sonoma Valley, the site of the first winery of California. Today, Sonoma Valley is a world-famous producer of fine wines, cheeses, and olive oils. Visit 3 wineries, typically two in Sonoma, one small, one large, and one more in Napa chosen by your knowledgeable guides with your enjoyment and the diversity of wines in mind. Three tastings at three different wineries are included. Lunch is available for purchase at a winery or during a visit to downtown Sonoma Plaza, a park surrounded by historic buildings, including the last Franciscan Mission, restaurants, cafes, shops, and wine-tasting rooms, or in downtown Napa. This experience concludes with drop-off back to your hotel.

California Self-driving Audio Guide in German Language

3. California Self-driving Audio Guide in German Language

Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions.   Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

Oakland: Private Transfer from Oakland International Airport

4. Oakland: Private Transfer from Oakland International Airport

Enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the Oakland International Airport (OAK) to your accommodation in downtown Oakland. Receive your driver's contact details 6 hours before your meeting time, to make sure the driver is easy to find upon arrival. 2 hours before your arrival time, you will receive precise meeting point information at Oakland International Airport. Upon arrival, receive assistance with your baggage. Sit back and relax as you travel from the airport to your accommodation in Oakland. Avoid the hassle of navigating public transport and arrive at your destination promptly and securely.

San Francisco Bay Area: All-Inclusive 3-Breweries Tour

5. San Francisco Bay Area: All-Inclusive 3-Breweries Tour

Enjoy an all-inclusive brewery tour of a select region in the San Francisco Bay area and taste premium beer at three different breweries. Choose to explore the Tri-Valley, Oakland/Berkeley, Napa, Sonoma, or San Francisco regions and love the round trip service to your hotel and a picnic lunch. Get picked up in style with a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter and experience three amazing breweries in your region of choice. Learn about how each location makes their own brew and taste the results with a flight of beer. Sip on cool water in the car, and at the final destination, get driven safely to your hotel after a day of fun and beer.

San Francisco Bay: Private Charter Heron & Osprey

6. San Francisco Bay: Private Charter Heron & Osprey

Our professional crew and luxurious vessels are available year round to serve a wide range of needs throughout the San Francisco Bay. We offer direct transportation between destinations or we can be the destination with custom routes and experiences. We happily host a range of events including weddings, corporate retreats, team building, custom tours and nature tours. Our two sister-ships Osprey and Heron hold 40 passengers each. Our vessels are outfitted with restrooms, indoor / outdoor seating, WiFi, flat screen TVs, full liquor licenses, safety equipment, and highly trained captains and deck hands. We are available all throughout the year to create memorable special events. All events can be customized to meet your specific requirements.

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based on 551 reviews

We had a blast on this cruise! Luckily we thought to bring very warm coats, because it was FREEZING and the wind wanted to blow up over. Unfortunately the Golden Gate Bridge was so fogged in that we could barely see it (it didn't even look red!), but it was sunny and nice with a blue sky over at the Bay Bridge - typical SF weather in the fall. We were thrilled to find a bar inside with warm drinks - Irish coffee and adult (spiked) hot cocoa hit the spot!

This cruise was fantastic. Being able to see Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco waterfront so close was an awesome experience. The commentary throughout the cruise provided interesting facts about the locations and their history which added to the experience.

Family ranging from teenagers to elderly all enjoyed comfortable indoor seating as well as open-air seating on top deck. Beautiful, up-close views of the bridges, Alcatraz and the entire port of San Francisco to the back of Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio make for lovely photo op.

Informative, fun and friendly crew. They made our first day in SF so much better. I loved the presentation and smooth ride. Makes all the difference.

Enjoyed it so much, and I am a local! Will do it again soon :)