Things to Do in Oakland
The USS Hornet (USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum) may now be docked in the San Francisco Bay as a National Historic Landmark, but the massive air carrier once fought the Pacific battles of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, in addition to taking part in the Apollo program that recovered astronauts returning from the moon. The vessel served many functions, from combat training to leading heavy bombing attacks, and finally as the primary recovery ship for Apollo 11. The carrier underwent air attacks 59 times without damage, earning nine battle stars in the process.
Today visitors can tour the flight deck and ship compartments, as well as the USS Hornet museum. Everything from a NASA exhibit with moon exploration mission items to retired naval aircraft and information about contemporary carriers is on display here. Visitors can get up close and personal with historic helicopters, jets, and propeller aircraft and the flight and hangar decks. There is even a flight simulator for those who want a fully immersive experience.
One of three main airports in the San Francisco Bay Area (the others being San Francisco International Airport and San Jose International Airport), Oakland International Airport (OAK) welcomes visitors on most major airlines in the US, as well as a few international airlines.
Head into the Oakland Hills to visit the Chabot Space & Science Center, dedicated to educating the public about Earth and the universe. Visitors get access to several telescopes and an observation deck in a natural setting full of redwood trees. Don’t miss the chance for a night viewing or a laser light show in the planetarium.