Best Parks in Oakland

Best Parks in Oakland

Oakland, California is known for its sunshine, beauty and diversity. It is a paradise for park lovers. This gorgeous city is home to some great parks that are good for hiking, lighthearted moments with the loved ones and family picnics.

Let’s look at some of the best parks in Oakland, California.

Mountain View Cemetery

The word cemetery might make many people apprehensive about visiting the place, but Mountain View Cemetery is one-of-a-kind in Oakland as it covers a wide area. It’s a great historic and non-profit cemetery/park with many beautiful gardens, trees and rolling hills that are great for a romantic outing. If you are looking for a nice family outing or looking to go for a romantic evening, then this park should be on your list.  

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is unique because of the presence of a volcano and it has one of the highest peaks in the area. It isn’t a typical picnic spot, but it’s still beautiful as you will find various hills and rock formations which make it a great spot for hiking. The sights and sceneries are positively mesmerizing. If you are looking for a good change when it comes to parks, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is a must-visit.

Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is one park that really lights up the whole city of Oakland. This park is the prime spot for bird watching as you get to see a majestic sight of the most beautiful birds flying around. The park has some great restaurants in the surrounding area.  If you are looking for a quick bite to grab or a cup of tea or coffee while you go for a stroll in the park you have numerous options. You are bound to fall in love with the gorgeous views of the lake. The icing on the cake for this park is that every food truck offers drop off, making it a good picnic option. If you are looking for great food with views, then this park is your pit stop. 

Joaquin Miller Park

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Joaquin Miller Park is the place to go relax in some of the most breathtaking lively meadows, majestic redwood copses, signature Californian golden poppies and a man-made waterfall. The park is home to some rare species of plants as well, like the pallid Manzanita and the Oakland star tulip. Watch out for the turkeys, deer, foxes and even skunks hiding around amongst the bushes or frolicking around. There are musicals to enjoy while you stargaze with your loved ones and devour delicious picnics. So, pack your picnic baskets and get to Joaquin Miller Park for a perfect blissful summer retreat!

Redwood Regional Park

The real magical parks worth visiting are the ones that are hidden in the depths of forests. The Redwood Regional Park is one such gem. For those who want to mix-up their love for picnics with their adventure craze for going on hikes to explore the remarkable world of nature, this park is the perfect place to visit. The creation of protection laws has made it possible for furry creatures to romp around freely.

Next time you are in Oakland do check out these parks. As a nature lover you won’t be disappointed.

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