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Best Parks in Oakland

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Splash Pad Park

Splash Pad Park is located in the Grand Lake area and is a popular space for enjoying Oakland's beautiful weather and community. The park is the home of the Grand Lake Farmer's Market every Saturday throughout the year, will dozens of stalls full of farm fresh produce, flowers, artisanal food products and food trucks. When this highly popular event isn't happening, the park is a popular place for people to gather or people watch on the grassy knoll across the street from the historic Grand Lake Theater. The clean, pet-friendly park also has a fountain that is popular for a little splashing on hot days.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Frog Park

Built in the year 2001, Frog Park is often visited by people looking forward to escape and relax themselves from the busy city life. It is a popular spot among the kids as they have so much to indulge with here. The park contains a playground, climbing wall, few slides and a sandbox with a large turtle in the middle. Other amenities that are sure to delight children include a drawbridge, hidden animals carved into the wood, and winding stairs. Feel free to carry your pets along as they are welcomes here. The park is often crowded with the locals on a Sunday. If you are looking to spend some quality time with your children, a day at Frog Park is a good idea.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Located close to the Port of Oakland, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is an ideal haven away from the city noise and pollution. The stretch of green land and the scenic backdrop make for eye-pleasing sight. It also has BBQ pits, shaded picnic areas, and amphitheater and play areas for kids, so its a perfect place to visit on a dull Sunday afternoon.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Montclair Park

Montclair Park is the green center of Montclair Village. The large park is a family favorite, being attached to Montclair Elementary School. The park features a baseball diamond, large pond complete with crawfish, an amphitheater, a unique Old West playground and a recreation center. Any time of year you can find people enjoying the fresh air.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Lake Temescal

This little East Bay lake in the Oakland Hills is still recovering from a fire that occurred in 1991, but is nonetheless in splendid condition for recreational purposes. The swimming area, open spring through fall, offers a lifeguard on duty in the summer, plus a snack bar and changing facility. Fishing is permitted year-round and the lake is stocked with catfish, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and more. Picnicking tables are found throughout the grassy areas of the park and a playground structure helps to keep children occupied.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Joaquin Miller Park

Joaquin Miller Park is a 500 acre park located in the Oakland Hills. The park is full of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and is a popular green oasis within the city. Visitors to the park love how they forget they're in the city. The park also has city provided barbeque pits for picnics, and dogs are permitted on-leash.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

The Bay Area tourist may be surprised to learn that volcanoes once roared in the Oakland hills. This preserve, maintained by the East Bay Parks and Recreation Department, features Round Top, a peak made of ten million-year-old lava and volcanic debris that is one of the highest points in the Oakland hills. The park was one of the first three in the East Bay Regional Parks District, established in 1936. A visitor center at the park has self-guided tour brochures so guests can stroll the park and learn of its historic significance at their own leisure.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Redwood Regional Park

Redwood Regional Park is located in the hills of Oakland. It boasts the largest remaining natural strand of coastal redwood in the East Bay. Early mariners used to use these tall redwood trees to help them navigate the San Francisco Bay. Many locals enjoy hiking and biking around the available trails, which offers gorgeous scenery. In addition to the deer, rabbits and squirrels that roam the park, it is also home to rare wildlife species such as the golden eagle and the striped racer snake. The Roberts Regional Recreation Area, a park within the park, features a swimming pool and playgrounds. Throughout the park, you will find access to a well-maintained system of restrooms, water fountains and picnic tables. The Chabot Observatory and Science Center is one of the park's most prominent attractions.

Oakland, CA, United States
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