Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center
371 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 279-1700
Fax: (510) 279-1701
Looking out over the sparkling waters of Lake Merritt, chances are you'll catch a glimpse of an authentic Venetian gondola gliding around. This is the vessel of Gondola Servizio, which operates off the dock at the popular Lake Chalet restaurant and bar. Whether you're out for a special romantic outing (they even let you bring your own wine or champagne and provide glasses) or a daytime cruise with the family around the lake, a gondola ride is always a unique experience. Gondola rides are especially popular during sunset and at night when the lake's famous "necklace of lights" is illuminated and reflecting on the water.
This water sports shop, conveniently located on the Oakland waterfront at Jack London Square, specializes in paddle sports such with a wide selection of canoes and whitewater, sea and recreational kayaks. In addition to selling used and new equipment, it offers rentals, lessons and repairs. For more than 20 years this company has been a reputable outlet for Bay Area water sports enthusiasts. Sign up for individual lessons and a knowledgeable and friendly instructor will train you at your own pace. Group classes are also available.
This shallow, 195-acre lake in is considered by many to be the heart of Oakland. Originally 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.
Now you can row, sail, and pedal in the middle of downtown Oakland thanks to this place. The city-run entity on Lake Merritt rents sail boats, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats to the public by the hour at low prices with only one catch, but it is a good one. Everyone must wear a life preserver. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Explore the 195-acre, eight-foot deep lake and then afterwards, enjoy a picnic at Lakeside 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.
Mosswood Park is a favorite location for hipsters, families, kids and everyone in between on sunny Oakland days. The large park features a range of facilities, including a recreation center, baseball diamond, basketball courts, an amphitheater, picnic tables, BBQs and plenty of green grass to play around on. Any given day you can find the park packed with people playing sports and enjoying the fresh air.
The Morcom Rose Garden is a beautiful space of over seven acres located near Grand Avenue. Amongst the roses are interesting features like the amphitheater, which is frequently used for weddings, and sparkling fountains. Kids will love running through the rows amongst the colors and fragrances of the garden. Sunday mornings are popular with families at the rose garden who often bring breakfast or brunch picnics with them to enjoy in the garden.
Located close to the Oakland Pier, the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is an ideal haven away from the city noise and pollution. The endless 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.
Your dream of touring the globe, treading along unknown paths, swaying along the windswept valleys and splurging into crystal waters can finally come true! From the Swiss Alps to the marshy landscapes of Vietnam, Mountain Travel Sobek offers you an opportunity to rediscover nature. Activities include hiking, trekking, river-rafting, safaris, as well as attending cultural events in different countries. The itineraries feature all of these thrilling adventures, while making sure that you come back to something comfortable and homely at the end of the day. Accommodations could be anything from regional inns to the company's private camps. Prices depend upon the place and the activity chosen. Even if you don't have anyone to go with, you need not worry - groups are intentionally kept small and include people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds...so you might end up with a seventy year old friend, who loves head-banging and bungee-jumping just as much as you do!
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.
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.
Located on the rooftop terrace of the Hearst Gym, this marble-trimmed swimming pool has a gorgeous view of the green lawns of the UC Berkeley campus, Sather Tower, majestic architectural columns, and several elegant marble statues. Additionally, the lanes are wide and the water is heated. Both the pool and gym were designed by Julia Morgan, the architect who also designed the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon. You'll need either a day pass or a membership, both of which can be purchased at the University's Recreational Sports Facility approximately three blocks down the street at 2301 Bancroft Way. Check online or call for hours.