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Top park recommendations from locals

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“Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile heart-shaped shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate and mingle daily. This tidal lagoon is also home to the oldest designated wildlife refuge (1870) in the United States.”
  • 430 locals recommend
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“An amazing trail system in the Oakland Hills. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found in the East Bay. The park is part of a historical belt of coast redwood extending south to Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve and east to Moraga.”
  • 182 locals recommend
Garden
“If you love roses, like I do, you simply MUST go here. Amazing experience! Also, go through the tunnel or across the road to the park on the other side, as it has great trails and a slide for children of all ages (even grown ones—take a piece of cardboard or find someone to share).”
  • 62 locals recommend
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“The redwoods are amazing and your don't have to deal with the crowds at Muir woods”
  • 53 locals recommend
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“A nice, easy but gently hilly walk along the water. Enjoy views of San Francisco and all sorts of native wildlife.”
  • 50 locals recommend
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“Curious and stunning landscapes of labyrinth, rolling hills, and foot paths. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Music Venue
“It's a huge & beautiful campus that one must visit! Wear the most comfortable shoes that you have.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Train
“Tilden Park has something for everyone. Miles of hiking trails among the east bay hills, a merry-go-round and steam trains and little-farm for the youngsters, botanical gardens, a golf course, a lake....just a fantastic regional park.”
  • 27 locals recommend
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“Great for kids, having a picnic, taking a walk, or just people watching on a nice day. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
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“gem of a place. gorgeous in-n-out tree-lined shore of Berkeley's hidden lake. good for bird watching, or watching kayakers and skulling, and enjoying the sunset among grass, fresh ocean air, and plethora of trees. wonderful wooden playground for the kiddos.”
  • 22 locals recommend
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“Huge playstructure for kids, public pool open in the summer, lovely grove of redwoods across from the playground. $5 fee to park, or park on the street and walk in. There are a few hikes that start out from Roberts and take you along the edge of a gorgeous canyon through redwoods and oaks.”
  • 14 locals recommend
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“Beautiful park. From here you can hike all the way up to Joaquin Miller Park. Sausal Creek runs through the park and filled with big redwoods and oak trees.”
  • 17 locals recommend
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“The next closest regional park from the cottage (approximately .5 mile). It is located on the left hand side of the road about .25 miles past the entrance to Sibley. There's a great 45-60 minute self guided loop trail just inside the park.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Playground
“A super awesome place to bring kids for a rare playground in the US: a playground with tools and paint. Bring clothes you can get messy in. Also this place is right in the Marina with beautiful views of the Bay.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Trail
“Normally goes by the name "Frog Park". This is a small park with a fenced-in dog area as well as a great kids' area with lots of structures to climb and slide on. Swings as well.”
  • 15 locals recommend
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“Beautiful sight seeing. Amazingly 360 view of the San Francisco Bay, including both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Must see for sunset. ”
  • 5 locals recommend