Top 10 Things to do in Emeryville, United States

October 11, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Emeryville is a small city located in northwest Alameda County, California, in the United States. It is located in a corridor between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, extending to the shore of San Francisco Bay. Its proximity to San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, the University of California, Berkeley, and Silicon Valley has been a catalyst for recent economic growth.
Restaurants in Emeryville

1. Emeryville Marina

3310 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608-4924 +1 510-654-3716
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Emeryville Marina

A popular boating launch point on the Emeryville peninsula.

Reviewed By WriterArtist - Charlotte, NC

Great views of the Bay Bridge as well as distant views of the Golden Gate bridge on the south/west side of the marina. Pedestrian friendly. Safe (police station there). Lots of beautiful flora and fauna, with a generous naturalized area. Benches to sit on when you wanted to catch a little rest. Some shops and a Chinese restaurant, but we did not go in. The Emery-go-round free bus makes its path there, so you can ride that if you'd rather not walk. Lovely place. Serene.

2. Tilden Regional Park

entrances at Wildcat Canyon Rd & Grizzly Peak Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94701 +1 510-562-7275
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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4.5 based on 478 reviews

Tilden Regional Park

Tilden is one of Berkeley's oldest and most popular parks that offers a variety of family-fun activities like pony rides and carousels.

Reviewed By Ninaad D - Dublin, California

We have visited Tilden Park several times in the past year. Our toddler loves riding the trains and we enjoy the nature walks. The train rides are fun for the entire family. The train models are very well designed and lot of fun to explore. Pack a picnic and enjoy the entire day here.

3. St. George Spirits

2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501-7541 +1 510-769-1601
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

St. George Spirits

Reviewed By Dennis C

An interesting and entertaining tour. Our guide Rose was extremely knowledgeable and had a winning personality. The company appears to take a lot of pride in their being a small local enterprise, not only in their history but also in their sourcing of ingredients. Their Terroir Gin, meant to conjure Mt. Tamalpais, is the most explicit expression of this. The tasting bar has been remodeled since my last visit, and it is now spacious and comfortable.
Getting there demands a bit of forethought. A fun way to travel from San Francisco is by ferry. Once docked, you can wait for a city bus, but I'd recommend arranging a ride--with a taxi or Lyft, for instance. Same thing if you take BART to Lake Merritt (not West Oakland.) I once walked from the dock to the distillery, but I don't recommend it. It takes only 20 minutes, but you're in the middle of nowhere, walking on the shoulder of roads and through the rubble of the abandoned naval base.

4. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 +1 510-643-2755
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 421 reviews

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about 13,000 species of plants. The species are organized according to regions of the world, and the garden has a great collection of native Californian plants. Bring a picnic basket and some money for the bookstore and admission (closed the first Tuesday of each month and free on the first Thursday of each month). Be sure to check out the conservatory (for tropical plants) and the Chinese medicinal herb garden.The garden is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day of the year except the first Tuesday of each month, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25, December 31, January 1, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tours are also available on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Reviewed By DaleRachmeler - Oakland, California

A beautiful garden set in the hills above Berkeley and the university. Dating back almost 100 years this is a beautifully designed garden wandering up and down the hills. The collection is large, the folks are very friendly and it is a lovely place to spend some time just feeling good. Of course from this spot you have magnificent views of the Bay and on a clear day you can see forever. The signage is well done and just about everything is labeled. The store is very nice and they sell plants that are left over from trials, new planting and multiplication. The Docents give an excellent tour and are very very knowledgeable so give it a go you will really like it.

5. Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607-4820 +1 510-318-8400
Excellent
73%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 611 reviews

Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum of California provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of and interest in California's environment, history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to the public, including school children, teachers, scholars, the immediate Oakland community, and an increasingly diverse California population.

Reviewed By KitaTravels - Atlanta, Georgia

I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Oakland Museum on 10/30 during a birthday trip to the Bay area. We checked out the Black Panther exhibit, which was informative and insightful. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the exhibit was curated in a way that was inclusive and demonstrated a bit of Oakland pride.

The exhibit was interactive and thought provoking -- featuring multi-media pieces that gave you a in-depth, behind-the-scenes view into the Black Panther movement. There were several opportunities throughout the exhibit for the view to express their feelings and interact with the artwork and environment.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. I would visit this museum again for other exhibits whenever I'm in the area.

6. Bay Street

5616 Bay St, Emeryville, CA 94608-2408 +1 510-655-4002
Excellent
25%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Bay Street

Reviewed By Thomas V - Oakland, California

Just another shopping mall with the same chain stores you find all over the uSA. Only difference is that the walking is done outside. So not very interesting, but if you need something from one of these stores, OK. Parking is not free.

7. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720 +1 510-642-6000
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 796 reviews

University of California, Berkeley

California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.

Reviewed By Nando T - Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

As a university professor elsewhere I can really appreciate the environment at this academic campus. The educational quality of this institution is worldwide recognize and its location is definitely ideal: relatively small community (Berkeley) near a rather cosmopolitan city at large like the bay area.

8. Doyle Street Cafe

5515 Doyle St Ste 10, Emeryville, CA 94608-2547
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Doyle Street Cafe

Reviewed By fam4ny - new york

Went on a weekday morning and there was no wait for a table. Breakfast foods were awesome. They seem to have a spanish influence on the dishes- nice and spicy! Service was great! Coffee and water were always re-filled! Nice casual atmosphere. Also they have their own parking lot across the street!

9. San Francisco Bay Ferry

Near 10 Clay St, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607 +1 415-705-8291
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

San Francisco Bay Ferry

Reviewed By Jerry O - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tickets are about 7. Of the 5 times using it it was never on time, once almost!
Takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on where youre going.
Snacks and drinks available on board.
Wifi can be slow but free.
Discounts available when commuting.
Offers some good views of the city.

10. Mountain View Cemetery

5000 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611-4294 +1 510-658-2588
Excellent
69%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Mountain View Cemetery

Reviewed By Shamiracle D

Generally well kept. It was nice to drive and walk through this 200+ acre cemetery to see the creativity in the structures, the inscriptions, historical relevance (like the plots with babies that died from polio). This was a first where I consciously toured a cemetery, but clearly lots of folks do it or they do here. A couple instances I felt were a little disrespectful to the dead or their living family. For instance, I saw a family w/ a 10-12yr old that climbed on top of a mausoleum to take a selfie. WTH!!! Another were young men that were up there smoking and playing cards on the steps of another mausoleum. Lots of Bay Area contributors. Who knew the guy (Frederick Olmsted) that designed this cemetery was the one that designed NYC's Central Park, among other park systems!!!! Breathtaking views just outside Oakland's city limits. Go see it.

P.S. They have porto-pots too if a bathroom emergency comes upon you :)

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