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Parks & nature in Oakland

Park
“Lake Merritt is a great place to take a walk around the lake and get a feel for the local community. The weekends with nice weather are especially good!”
421 locals recommend
Park
“A million hiking trails, many options for various ability levels. Wonderful views of the Bay Area.”
177 locals recommend
Plaza
“Yeah it is designed to be touristy, but it has some really cool places like Heinolds First and Last Chance Saloon where the floor is still crooked from the 1906 earthquake. Do yourself a favor and go down and explore. Have a beer, watch the ferries come in.”
113 locals recommend
Garden
“A great spot to watch the sunset - free and fun to walk into to look at the flowers as well ”
60 locals recommend
Park
“The redwoods are amazing and your don't have to deal with the crowds at Muir woods”
52 locals recommend
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.”
35 locals recommend
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.”
36 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
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.”
26 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
Park
“Visit secret labyrinths in the heart of a volcanic preserve in the Oakland hills. Really beautiful spot for an easy hike. ”
34 locals recommend
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.”
35 locals recommend
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. ”
25 locals recommend
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.”
22 locals recommend
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.”
31 locals recommend
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.”
22 locals recommend