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Parks and nature in Oakland

Top parks

Park
“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
Park
“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
Park
“The redwoods are amazing and your don't have to deal with the crowds at Muir woods”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“A nice, easy but gently hilly walk along the water. Enjoy views of San Francisco and all sorts of native wildlife.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Park
“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

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. ”
  • 8 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
“On a sunny day, this is really one of the best spots on the island. Weekends can be a little too busy for my taste, but it always reminds me of how awesome it is to live on Alameda. ”
  • 27 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
“Walk to the lookout point to see great views of the city. Check out a Pyramid to Moses along the way. Take the trail down from the lookout point to see some redwoods. Dogs welcome on leash. There is also a dog park inside the park. ”
  • 52 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.”
  • 30 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