Alameda, CA Things to Do

Whether visiting or living in this California destination, there are many things to see and do. Here are attractions, activities and events of interest:

Attractions - Alameda has several museums worth visiting.

Alameda California Parks Facilities provide outdoor recreational activities worth checking out.

Altarena Playhouse
1409 High Street
Alameda, CA 94501
altarena.org

Dining

Events - Alameda Legacy Home Tour - held usually in September, this event includes a lecture series and tours of some of Alameda's outstanding Victorian houses. alameda-home-tour.org

Alameda, California Earth Day Celebration

USS Hornet Living Ship Day Alameda, CA Museum

Alameda, California Sand Castle Contest Annual Event

Alameda Easter Egg Scramble and Bunny Breakfast

Annual events you may want to check out includ  Oktoberfest each autumn, The Nutcracker Ballet in the winter, Halloween Events & Parties and  the Tree Lighting Ceremony before Christmas.

Festivals

Shopping

Sports

Vacations - Crab Cove Visitor Center
1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501-7805.

Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda features all new exhibits opened in April 2004. You can see bay creatures in the 800-gallon aquarium system, use interactive stations for varying age groups to view microscopic animals, build a crab from the inside out, or get a lug worm's view of the mudflats. You'll see amazing depictions of the underwater world of San Francisco Bay. At the Visitor Center you can also plunge into San Francisco Bay without getting wet, or travel back in time to Alameda's colorful past.

Whether visiting or living in this California destination, there are many things to see and do. The options are limitless, but here are few you might find of interest:

Attractions

USS HORNET Museum

Alameda Historic Buildings, Monuments and Points of Interest

Dining

Events

Festivals

Shopping

Sports

Vacations


Museums

USS Hornet Museum. One of the recent attractions is the aircraft carrier that took the USS HORNET (CV-12). The eighth Hornet commissioned in 1943 just 16 months after her keel was laid saw action for 16 continuous months during World War II in the Pacific combat zone, sometimes within 40 miles of the Japanese home islands. She was never hit, though she was under air attack 59 times, and she supported nearly every Pacific amphibious landing after March 1944.

Alameda native Jimmy Doolittle was known for the launching of a squadron of B-25s in the Tokyo raid of World War II. After the Doolittle raid sunk the Hornet, CV-8 on October 27, 1942 at the battle of Santa Cruz islands, the Hornet, CV-12 went on to destroy 1410 Japanese aircraft, scored the first critical hits in sinking the super battleship YAMATO, and launched the first 1945 strikes against Tokyo since the 1942 Doolittle Raid.

USS Hornet Museum, Pier 3, Alameda Point
Alameda, CA 94501
uss-hornet.org

Alameda Museum is located at 2324 Alameda Avenue near Park Street. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are encouraged. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday 11a.m. - 4p.m. Phone 510.521.1233. alamedamuseum.org

Permanent displays of Alameda history, the only rotating gallery showcasing local Alameda artists and student artwork, as well as souvenirs, books and videos about the rich history of the Island City. The Alameda Historical Society was founded in 1948, and the Museum was established in 1951. In 1983 the Alameda Museum was designated as the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the City of Alameda.

Meyers House Museum was erected in 1897. It is an example of Colonial Revival, an architectural style popular around the turn of the century. Designed by Henry H. Meyers, the house was built by his father, Jacob Meyers, at a cost of $4000.00. Mr. Meyers was a prominent East Bay architect who received many Alameda County commissions. His work includes the portal entrance of the Posey Tube in Alameda, ten veterans buildings throughout Alameda County, plus numerous public buildings and churches. 2021 Alameda Avenue, Alameda, California.

In 1894 he married Bertha May, whose father was a prominent rancher in Alvarado, California. The couple had three daughters. Edith (1900-1971) was a physician, Mildred (1898-1982) practiced as an architect, and Jeanette (1905-93) ran their Dry Creek Ranch near Union City. Mr Meyers died in 1943, followed by his wife in 1947.

The home is situated on a three-parcel lot, that includes the original fencing and pergola, three-car garage, carriage house, green house, and an architectural studio built in 1935. The Meyers House has received numerous additions, designed by Mildred Meyers, a practicing architect.

The three Meyers sisters bequeathed the house and grounds to the City of Alameda for use as a house museum and a passive park. www.alamedamuseum.org/

Things to See & Do:

Alameda Legacy Home Tour - held usually in September, this event includes a lecture series and tours of some of Alameda's outstanding Victorian houses. alameda-home-tour.org

Altarena Playhouse
1409 High Street
Alameda, CA 94501
altarena.org

Crab Cove Visitor Center
1252 McKay Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501-7805.

Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda features all new exhibits opened in April 2004. You can see bay creatures in the 800-gallon aquarium system, use interactive stations for varying age groups to view microscopic animals, build a crab from the inside out, or get a lug worm's view of the mudflats. You'll see amazing depictions of the underwater world of San Francisco Bay. At the Visitor Center you can also plunge into San Francisco Bay without getting wet, or travel back in time to Alameda's colorful past.

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