Jack London Square
xperience the natural beauty of Oakland’s waterfront jewel, Jack London Square. Discover innovative dining opportunities or return to well-loved favorites. Enjoy expansive lawns, picturesque piers and sun-drenched walking paths. Shop in some of Oakland’s unique local boutiques. Steps from downtown, but a world away.
Rich in local history, the East Bay’s premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination attracts more than 6 million visitors annually. Jack London Square is home to 30 restaurants, a host of national and local retailers, cinemas, and the Port of Oakland headquarters. Shops range from Barnes & Nobles and Beverages & More to Karibu Ethnic Gifts and California Canoe & Kayak. Nearby 2nd Street has additional shopping opportunities including Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Jack London Square Ferry: Leave the car, and the problems of finding a parking space and paying the high parking fees behind. Take the Jack London Ferry to your West Bay destination. Known as the Alameda/Oakland Ferry, ferry service between Alameda Main Street – Jack London Square, Oakland – San Francisco Ferry Bldg. – San Francisco Pier 39.
Steeped in maritime lore, Jack London Square is one of Oakland’s most identifiable landmarks and a symbol of the city’s history as a seaport. Fronting a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, the site was the heart of Oakland’s port operations, linking the industries of shipping and agriculture. It remains a vibrant working waterfront.
Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf along with many other popular books. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career exclusively from writing.
Jack London History Walk – A path celebrating Jack London’s past: Distinctive wolf tracks can be found throughout Jack London Square. Diamond-shaped historic markers highlight facts about Jack London, the Port of Oakland, the waterfront, and the City of Oakland. The stroll begins in front of Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon and ends at the Presidential Yacht Potomac.
Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon – Historic Bar and Historic Site: Originally built in 1880 from the timbers of an old whaling ship, this structure once served as a bunk house for those who worked in local oyster beds. Later, Johnny Heinold transformed this building into a saloon that Jack London often frequented.
LOCATION: Embarcadero at Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 521-1515
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