Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Oakland CA 94601
- Wed: 2:30pm-5:30pm
- Thu: 2:30pm-5:30pm
- Fri: 2:30pm-5:30pm
- Sat: 2:30pm-5:30pm
The six-acre Peralta Hacienda Historic Park marks the site of the first European settlement after the establishment of Mission San Jose. It is considered the birthplace of Oakland.
Located within the Peralta Hacienda Historic Park, the Peralta House contains nearly 150 years of history. Antonio Peralta built the Italianate frame house in 1870 to replace his adobe home.
Now, the park offers performances, educational workshops, and historical and community programs. The park features footprints of the original adobe structures, a native plants garden, and a kids' play area.
Must see and must do at Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
A visit to the Peralta House is a must. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house maintains its original appearance outside, and inside houses permanent and temporary exhibits.
Best and worst time to go to Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
Any time during daylight hours is a great time to visit the park. The Peralta House has limited hours, so plan accordingly if you want to visit this site.
Admission to Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
Admission is $5, free for Fruitvale community members and children 10 and under. The Peralta House Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with 45-minute guided tours at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Wildlife at Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
Peralta Park is an urban park, so it's not the best area for birding or wildlife viewing.
Insider tip for Peralta Hacienda Historic Park
The Fruitvale district is the heart of the city's Latino population. You'll find a number of amazing Mexican restaurants, taco trucks, and food stands in the area.
Author's bio: Heather Johnson is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California.