Many new visitors arrive in Oakland daily, and many long term Oakland homeowners have never toured their city, nor discovered it's history.  If you are new to Oakland, or are considering purchasing a home here, the Oakland Walking Tours are a perfect opportunity to get to know the city's past and present downtown area. 

From May to October, these tours offer a free 90 minute walking tour through some of the historic and scenic areas of the Oakland downtown district from Jack London Square out to Lake Merritt.  History is everywhere, as are new and vital businesses awaiting your attention.

An example of the variety of the experience is the "Uptown to the Lake" tour. With the stress on classic Art Deco designs, it encompasses area information about the Paramount Theater, the Fox Theater, the Historic Sweets Ballroom, and the Kaiser Center Roof Garden. The Grand Lake neighborhoods nearby offer an outstanding post tour opportunity for visits to great restaurants and shops.

Other tour opportunities are trips to the Oakland Waterfront, Old Oakland, Oakland City Center, Oakland Chinatown, and many more.  These free tours are scheduled from May to October, and start at 10:00 a.m. at various designated locations, depending on the subject being covered.  Reservations are not required, but encouraged. 

To join in this discovery opportunity, and to make a reservation, call (510)238-3234, or e-mail The actual website with detailed schedules is found here:

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