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Must Visit Attractions in Oakland

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GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

In this concrete jungle, Kathy Shaner and her team brings to us her research about the most conventional bonsai trees. These hidden gems across the world are few and Kathy encourages their preservation, care and understanding through her educational workshops and programs. This Japanese styled garden and museum also showcases a huge variety of age old trees and stones and their origins. A definite must visit spot! To know more about their events and programs, check out their website or call ahead.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Jack London Square

This is a Port of Oakland attraction named after the famous author and Oakland native. The charming waterfront property is filled with numerous entertainment options and quality dining and shopping establishments. Some of the highlights include awesome views, strolls on the boardwalk, amazing restaurants, and the famous Yoshi's Jazz House. You may enjoy the selection of numerous great boutiques plus a movie theater, ferry cruises, and special events like a Farmer's Market every Sunday and an antiques and collectibles show the first Saturday of every month.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Lake Merritt

This shallow, 195-acre (7,89,137 meter) lake is considered by many to be the heart of Oakland. Once an arm of the San Francisco Bay, it actually served as a sewer for a time before Samuel Merritt proposed a dam in order to clean up the lake and have it become the focal point for civic pride and recreation that it is today. As the lake was also a common place to see many migratory birds and ducks, the lake was turned into the first wildlife refuge in North America in 1870. In 1925, the lake's "necklace of lights" was installed, and still stands today making the lake beautiful during day or night. The lake provides many recreational opportunities, including boating, playgrounds, picnic areas and the legendary Children's Fairyland storybook park.

Oakland, CA, United States
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