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clockwise from top left: Nancy Filippi; Courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center; Courtesy of Shawn Roberts and Toni Gauthier; steve tann er the greats » Sure, the area is known for its hipster cred, but it also boasts these premier destinations. World-Class Fun Oakland Zoo This sprawling zoo, tucked into the Oakland hills, offers the feeling of a far-away safari that’s just minutes from downtown. Big cats, birds, giraffes, primates—you name it, they’re here, along with expert guides and interactive exhibits. Don’t miss: Family Sundown Safaris, overnight campouts for ages four and up during the summer months, are unforgettable experiences for youngsters. Oakland, 632-9525, oaklandzoo.org. Chabot Space and Science Center Founded as an observatory in 1883, Chabot has the largest public telescopes in the country, allowing stargazers to see other planets and galaxies. Don’t miss: One Giant Leap: a Moon Odyssey, one of the science center’s many interactive exhibits. This one simulates a moon walk and lets you land a lunar module. Oakland, 336-7300, chabotspace.org. Berkeley Repertory Theatre This theater company puts on a range of entertaining, thrilling, 44 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com and provocative performances, with a remarkable streak of shows going on to smash runs on Broadway. Don’t miss: 2013’s season finale, Dear Elizabeth, opening May 24. The epic romance has been arranged by frequent Rep collaborator and MacArthur genius Sarah Ruhl. Berkeley, 647-2972, berkeleyrep.org. Oakland Museum of California This museum offers an always-fascinating series of exhibitions focused on art, history, and natural sciences—all connected to the stories of Californians. Don’t miss: The grand reopening of the museum’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences on June 1, featuring new multimedia and interactive elements, and a fresh focus on California’s phenomenal natural offerings. Oakland, 318-8400, museumca.org. »


The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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