Directions

Here’s how to find us

Our 10-acre outdoor park is located on the shore of Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue, inside Lakeside Park. If you live nearby, it’s easy to visit us via public transportation. If you’re driving, there is ample paid parking nearby.

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610

Please note: Construction on the new entryway to Lakeside Park has begun. Please allow extra time to find parking and to enter Fairyland. The main path from Grand Avenue is closed; please enter through any of the paths shown below in white. See below for additional information on the project.

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Construction around Fairyland

Lake Merritt Improvement Project – Bellevue Avenue, Fairyland, and Garden Center entrances (Lakeside Park entrance)
This project – which affects Lakeside Park, Children’s Fairyland, and the Garden Center – will improve pedestrian safety, accessibility, and pathways at Grand and Bellevue avenues.

Project elements include:
• Safer and more pedestrian friendly entrance to Lakeside Park
• New and improved drop-off zone at Children’s Fairyland
• New and improved landscaping
• New and improved pathways
• New entrance to the Gardens at Lake Merritt
Construction is scheduled from Summer 2017 through Winter 2017/18. Lakeside Park, Fairyland, and the Garden Center will remain open during construction.
Please be on the lookout for pedestrian and vehicular detours, and leave extra time to find parking and enter the park.

View the project concept plans.

For more information about the project, please contact Project Coordinator Ali Schwarz at (510) 238-7310 or aschwarz@oaklandnet.com.

You may enter Fairyland by following any of the paths shown in white. The main path from Grand Avenue is now closed.

Detour Map

Driving Directions

From Marin, Richmond: Take 80 West to 580 East (toward Hayward).

From San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge to 580 East (toward Hayward).

From Walnut Creek: Take 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel to 580 East (toward Hayward).

From Berkeley: Take 580 East (toward Hayward).

From 580 East:

Take the Harrison Street exit in Oakland and turn right onto Harrison.

Turn left at Grand Avenue.

Children’s Fairyland is one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue.

Turn to the right and park.

From Hayward, San Leandro, or Pleasanton:

Take 580 West to the MacArthur/Harrison exit in Oakland.

Turn left on Harrison and left on Grand Avenue.

Fairyland is one block away on the right, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue.

From San Jose, Hayward, or Fremont:

Take 880 North to the Oak Street exit in Oakland.

Turn right on Oak, which becomes Lakeside Drive.

Turn right on Grand Avenue.

Fairyland is located one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue (right side).

Parking

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. until dusk: $2.00 for the first two hours, $10.00 for the day. Field trip buses may drop off guests. Unfortunately, there is no bus parking available on Bellevue.

Saturday and Sunday: $5.00 for the day.

Public Transportation

It’s easy to take public transportation to the park, too.

On BART

Get off at the 19th Street station.

Take the 20th Street stairway to street level.

Walk on 20th Street to Harrison Street. Turn left on Harrison.

Turn right on Grand Avenue.

Fairyland is one block away, at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue (right side).

On AC Transit:

Take the #12 bus from the 19th Street BART station to Children’s Fairyland.