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Parks and nature in Oakland

Top parks

Park
“Beautiful scenery full of wild life, fitness areas, and coffee shops. Walking around the lake transports you throughout Oakland!”
  • 423 locals recommend
Park
“For miles of hiking, biking, running and even horseback riding trails in the California redwoods right in our back yard, Redwood Regional and the other connected parks is the place. ”
  • 186 locals recommend
Garden
“Who wouldn't love a beautifully located rose garden, adjacent to exquisite tennis courts? Across the road is Codornices Park, another local fave, with long meandering walks that go up into the hills...”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“The redwoods are amazing and your don't have to deal with the crowds at Muir woods”
  • 52 locals recommend
Park
“Unforgettable views of the Bay. Best place to fly kites, drones, kite skate, bird watch, picnic! Nice quick outdoor run with ocean fresh air.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Park
“Get a good workout at this popular hiking destination-great views and interesting history as well ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Music Venue
“It's a huge & beautiful campus that one must visit! Wear the most comfortable shoes that you have. It's gonna be a long walk. <3”
  • 37 locals recommend
Train
“Enjoy the steam engine train ride that takes you through the redwood trees. Great sightseeing for kid and adult. ”
  • 27 locals recommend

Playgrounds

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
Park
“The Park has great kid-frindly equipment, with a large "tot-lot" and a separate area with larger equipment for older children. There are also tennis Courts, a grassy field, too much to list!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Trails for hiking, biking, tennis courts, dog park, views and don't miss the bay front parks or sailing from Berk Marina”
  • 6 locals recommend
Playground
“Lovely little park really close by with a play area for kids. A good place for a picnic. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“Great little local park with a community garden, sustainable features, and some welcome green space. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Playground
“Great park/playground for kiddos, in a quarry, in a very upscale neighborhood.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Lincoln Park is one of the older parks in Alameda. The entrance on High Street has these beautiful old metal fences that enclose the park. There are numerous big old shade trees that keep everything cool. It also is one of the parks in Alameda with lots of amenities. Lincoln Park has two play structures, a rose garden, lots of manicured grounds, basketball court, tennis court, bocce ball court, handball court, very small skateboard area, ball fields, private swimming pool, and a recreation center.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Playground
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“5 minute walk to this beautiful beach. Great for kids as you can wade out pretty far before it gets deep and no current to speak of. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Oaklanders flock to Temescal Regional Park for swimming, fishing, picnicking and to simply take in the great outdoors.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“Awesome for views of the Bay Area, including bridges and San Francisco. Lots of hiking trails too. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Lake
“Lake Temescal is a small reservoir in the Oakland Hills, in northeastern Oakland, California. It is the centerpiece of Temescal Regional Recreation Area, also known as Temescal Regional Park. It is a part of the East Bay Regional Park District. The park is very popular with people from all over Oakland for picnics, hiking, and swimming.”
  • 29 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
Trail
“Great short trail in the woods whenever you want to take a break from the noise of the city streets. It's quiet and serene! Bring your hiking shoes/boots for a good hour long hike. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Trail
“This is an awesome running trail, but it can get pretty steep! Run up the upper fire trails for about 2 miles to get a stunning view of the whole bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“Bike along the San Francisco Bay with beautiful views of the city. You can even ride onto the new Bay Bridge!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“This unexpected park has beautiful views of the Bay, and both Oakland and SF skylines. It is wonderful place to walk, to birdwatch and get some fresh air. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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