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Best Local Scene in Oakland

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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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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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Temescal

Temescal is an old neighborhood in Oakland, California which is rich in history. There is also a creek which runs through here and the name of the neighborhood has been derived from it. There are plenty of historical landmarks in Temescal which depict the history of the town. The first telegraph wires from Oakland to Sacramento had gone through Temescal. It is also known for The Temescal Tool Lending library. This is a beautiful neighborhood with many historical landmarks and locations to visit and learn more about.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Rockridge/College Avenue Shopping District

With its own BART station, Rockridge's main artery is College Avenue. Half in Oakland and half in Berkeley, Rockridge nevertheless feels like its own little town. Locals, as well as those in-the-know throughout the Bay Area, know this is the perfect place to wile away a sunny weekend afternoon shopping for antiques, gourmet groceries, and the best in locally made clothing and crafts, or to just enjoy a leisurely brunch at one of the many fine restaurants. Whether you are visiting for a short while or are new to the area, a day in Rockridge is not to be missed.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Montclair Village

Listen to the whoosh of the winds as they caress the pine trees that overlook Montclair Village. An ideal tourist haunt, Montclair radiates a village-like charm with its small town, mountainous atmosphere. Breathe in the fresh air, take a long walk through the village streets or sample the fare at one of the eateries. Quaint stores dot the streets and tempt you into splurging on delightful trinkets. Rich in cultural heritage, you will be witness to a plethora of art events and festivities lined up on the local itinerary. The Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival held every year in Montclair Village is a extravaganza to behold. Stroll along and take in the lovely paintings, hand-blown glass work, sculptures, photography, jewelry, ceramics and collages.

Montclair, CA, United States
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