Jack London Square is an entertainment and business destination on the U.S. coast of Oakland , California. Named after the author Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is home to shops , restaurants, hotels, the Amtrak station, the San Francisco Bay Ferry dock, the historic Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, the (re-located) cabin where Jack London lived in the Klondike, and a movie theater. The farmers' market is hosted in the grocery stores on Sunday mornings. The former USS Potomac presidential yacht is moored by an adjacent slip.
Jack London Square is situated on the south end of Broadway, across the Oakland Estuary from Alameda. The name also refers to the former industrial area surrounding Jack London Square, now known as the Jack London District, which has undergone substantial rehabilitation over the last decade, including loft conversions and new construction. Former governor of California (and former mayor of Oakland) Jerry Brown made his home here before heading north to the Uptown area.
KTVU (Channel 2), a subsidiary of the Bay Area of Fox, has had studios in the Square since it started broadcasting on 3 March 1958, and the offices of the Port of Oakland are located there as well. The Square was also the temporary home of the Oakland Tribune from 1989 to 1996 after the newspaper had been forced to abandon the iconic downtown Tribune Tower due to damage caused by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Other Jack London Square companies range from Oakland Athletics team headquarters and Navis LLC software company to restaurants such as Kincaid 's Bay House and Yoshi's Restaurant and Jazz Club. The California Canoe & Kayak retail and kayak rental shop has been located on Jack London Square since 1993.
The most recent updates to Jack London Square are introducing more businesses, restaurants and entertainment. Under the lead developer Ellis Partners, Jack London Square 's modern architecture and public spaces add value and usage to the daytime and nighttime community. Recent new components include the 55 Harrison house, a 178,000-square-foot (16,500 m2) mid-rise by RMW Architects in collaboration with Steve Worthington. The public spaces of the SWA Community have expanded the city to the waterfront by adding open waterfront spaces that support a range of programs and activities from farmers ' markets to the popular Eat Real local organic food festival. Athletics is preparing to construct a new Oakland Ballpark near Howard Terminal.
Conveniently located at 245 Second Street, The Amtrak Train Station makes traveling to the Square quick and easy from many locations in the Bay.
Plan your next trip on the Bay Area Rapid Transportation Train and get off on 12th Street Oakland to check out Jack London Square.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides year-round service between Alameda Main Street or Oakland Jack London Square terminals in the East Bay and San Francisco Ferry Building or Pier 41 terminals.
- FREE BROADWAY SHUTTLE "B"
Offering fast, free connections from BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry and Amtrak Capitol Corridor to downtown Oakland offices, restaurant and nightlife.
Jack London Square is accessed by several bike routes including the Bay Trail and local bikeways.
This amazing landmark is located in California’s Alameda County and is only a short distance away from:
- Oakland Zoo
- Lake Merritt
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- USS Hornet - Sea, Air and Space Museum
- Mission Peak
- Coyote Hills Regional Park
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Del Valle Regional Park
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!