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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“Tilden Park is a gorgeous (and huge) park with incredible views of San Francisco. Within the park there are plenty of things to do, including riding a steam train, the “little farm,” etc. It’s a wonderful place to sit and take in the sights of the East Bay and beautiful San Francisco. ”
  • 266 locals recommend
Park
“Visit secret labyrinths in the heart of a volcanic preserve in the Oakland hills. Really beautiful spot for an easy hike. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Music Venue
“beautiful collections of plants from around the world. Great for the intimate stroll with a friend, or as a family outing!”
  • 40 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
Park
“The next closest regional park from the cottage (approximately .5 mile). It is located on the left hand side of the road about .25 miles past the entrance to Sibley. There's a great 45-60 minute self guided loop trail just inside the park.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Garden
“Our family loves this place no matter the time of year. Paths take you through all kind of California native plant gardens (from desert plants to the redwoods). ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful sight seeing. Amazingly 360 view of the San Francisco Bay, including both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Must see for sunset. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Premise
“There are lots of access points to the Oakland Hills; this one offers a network of hiking trails that make you feel like you're in another world when in fact you are only minutes away (by car) from College Ave, the UC Berkeley campus, and downtown Berkeley. Getting out "into nature" can be daunting in the Bay Area because of often mind boggling freeway traffic. This trip into the hills will save you a car ride headache and get you straight into a dreamy forest bathing situation.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“The Park has great kid-frindly equipment, with a large "tot-lot" and a separate area with larger equipment for older children. There are also tennis Courts, a grassy field, too much to list!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“The walk is around a peaceful reservoir. The water is clean and a fun place to be. There are usually people with their dogs making the walk around the trail. There are paddleboat rentals and picnic areas.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“The best view of the bay area. Come here to enjoy a nice sunset or sunrise. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Trails around the whole park, benches around the lake to fish and/or take in the scenery, and picnic tables and gathering lawns throughout. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“ quick, steep hike with incredible views of the Bay Area (and a great place to watch the sunset!) ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“This is an awesome running trail, but it can get pretty steep! Run up the upper fire trails for about 2 miles to get a stunning view of the whole bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“A huge open space park, great for hiking, picnics, and more. Home to a botanical garden, the Brazilian Room, a golf course, plus Steam Trains, the Little Farm, and a Merry-Go-Round for the kids.”
  • 2 locals recommend