When you’re planning a vacation, it can be hard to decide what you want to do and what you don’t want to do in a city full of possibilities. That’s certainly true of Oakland, California. You could spend a week here and still not do everything you hoped to do, so it’s important to prioritize. One place that almost everyone will recommend is Jack London Square. This commercial district named for the famous adventure writer is the heart of Oakland, full of thriving entertainment venues and exciting things to do.

The History
This district isnt named for Jack London for nothing. Famous for its seaport, the author of classic adventure stories spent much of his boyhood here. Many of his experiences in the Square inspired his stories, especially his experiences at the port. Because of that, the port was lovingly named Jack London Square from then on, and it became a thrilling center for entertainment.

Outdoor Fun
This might be the beating heart of the city, but that doesn’t just mean nightclubs, restaurants, and theatres. Here you can also embark on a guided kayak tour or take canoeing lessons and get out on the water. You can embark on FDR’s presidential yacht, the Floating White House and get a new perspective of the Bay. You can visit a thriving farmer’s market or check out the local art display, the Jack London Square Wolf.

Urban Wineries
An urban winery is a winery that operates out of an urban setting, rather than out in the rural hills. These are popping up throughout Oakland, and nowhere in Oakland are they more popular than in Jack London Square. Today there are half a dozen urban wineries in Jack London Square. If you’re a wine enthusiast, check out Dashe Cellars, Urban Legend, or the small but powerful Minimo. You can even take a walking tour of Jack London Square’s urban wineries to get a full picture.

A Night of Entertainment
This is the entertainment district for a reason, and you can find a wide variety of entertainment here. There’s the Regal Jack London movie theatre, music venues like Yoshi’s, and a number of nightclubs and dance clubs. This is a great place if you’re looking for a chance to live your vacation to its fullest, with no shortage of things to do.

When you stay at Z Hotel, you can stay right in the center of it all — within walking distance of everything in Jack London Square. Enjoy our gorgeous rooms and our friendly staff during your Oakland vacation. Contact us today for more information about Jack London Square or to book your stay with Z Hotel Jack London Square.