Explore: Jack London Square

Planes, trains, automobiles, and big, big boats: this patch of Oakland’s waterfront is heaven for transportation buffs. Kids can get their kicks on a ferry boat, or get an eyeful of smaller ships skipping up the canal between Jack London Square and Alameda, but they’re likely be drawn to the big ships docked along the shore: the Lurline, for example. The Amtrak choo-choos go by every so often, and there are always planes visible taking off from SFO and Oakland International.

Skip on down to the plaza on a Sunday for the farmers’ market, grab an empanada from one of the vendors and watch the birds pecking around. Or, if the weather’s gloomy, duck into the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) for one of their hands-on family extravaganzas (this weekend is I Heart Art) or to check out their monthly exhibit of children’s art. Keep an eye out this spring for the opening of Wren bakery-from the Miette team-followed by the Jack London Market this summer.

More sweet stops will only make us fonder of this historic ‘hood.