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Parks & nature in Oakland

Park
“Redwood Regional Park is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is located in the hills east of Oakland. 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.”
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Park
“Visit The Town (Oakland) with a walk around Lake Merritt (5k). Amazing views, stop by the Oakland Museum, Fairyland or Botanical Garden (free). Lots of local shops and restaurants all around. Take Bart and exit at Lake Merritt Station.”
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Plaza
“An interesting destination on the waterfront in Oakland. Kayak rentals, bowling, Bocci ball, dining and more.”
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Garden
“Check out the roses and enjoy a picnic lunch at this beautiful park nestled in the Berkeley hills. ”
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Reservoir
“The Lafayette Reservoir is an open-cut man-made terminal water storage reservoir owned and operated by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). Completed in 1933, it was intended solely as a standby water supply for EBMUD customers.[a] EBMUD opened the reservoir for public recreation in 1966.[3] It is located off of California State Route 24 and a mile from the Lafayette BART station, in Contra Costa County, California, United States. This all-year, day-use area is ideal for hiking, jogging, fishing, boating and picnicking. The reservoir is on the Lafayette-Orinda border.”
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Park
“The redwoods are amazing and your don't have to deal with the crowds at Muir woods”
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Park
“A nice, easy but gently hilly walk along the water. Enjoy views of San Francisco and all sorts of native wildlife.”
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Lake
“Swimming Beach, hiking, picnics, bike riding - all within walking distance.”
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Park
“Visit secret labyrinths in the heart of a volcanic preserve in the Oakland hills. Really beautiful spot for an easy hike. ”
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Music Venue
“One of the truly great botanical gardens on the West Coast. Don't miss the redwood grove across the street from the garden itself. Access is given by the ticket office. Concerts played in the grove during summer months. Also the site of many weddings.”
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Park
“Family- friendly with an EPIC playground. PLUS grills, picnic tables, volleyball court, trails, public pool, and stunning views of the Bay. This spot is one of our family's all time favorites.”
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Garden
“If it's the season, you can follow your nose to the garden and stay for the vibrant colors. Easy walk and good, quite spot to do some reading or art work.”
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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. ”
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Park
“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.”
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Harbor / Marina
“Just a few minutes away by car and you can walk along the bay or ogle all the boats in the harbor. This is our favorite place to go when we want to watch the sunset.”
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Boat or Ferry
“The absolute "best" way, though it's neither fast nor cheap, to get into San Francisco is by ferry. It is a commuter ferry and during rush hour you'll see plenty of regulars and have a hard time finding parking, but during the weekends and off-peak hours it's the most pleasant and stress free way to get into SF. You pay once you're onboard, inside towards the front of the boat. You'll see the line. It's ran by the US Coast Guard so if you don't pay they'll throw you in the brig. It'll make a quick stop in Oakland and, depending on the day, it'll either go to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal or Fisherman's Wharf first, but it'll make both stops either way.”
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