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  • 1

    University of California, Berkeley

    University Avenue & Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
    4.5
    44 reviews

    UC Berkeley is a world-class university with more than 36,000 students from all over the world. The university is home to 22 Nobel Peace Prize winners. It is the center of cultural and intellectual activity with art exhibits, film, lectures, dance, a widely-acclaimed repertory theater and concerts. It is full of trees, creeks, and quiet walks that lead to beautiful ...

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  • 2

    Greek Theater

    Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA 94704
    4.5
    32 reviews

    My favorite music venue in the Bay Area. Great acoustics. It can be a little tricky to find but on the other hand you get great exercise!

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  • 3

    Oracle Arena & Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

    7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California
    4
    34 reviews

    When I was well into my boy band phase, I watched a concert for both the Backstreet Boys and 2 for Nsync here. The venue can be accessed either by car or BART. Depending on the time of year, the performances are either held in the coliseum or outdoors. Either way, you're sure to have a memorable time.

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  • 4

    Lake Merritt

    4.5
    22 reviews

    Lake Merritt is in the heart of Oakland with playgrounds, picnic areas, wildlife, botanical garden, and summer festivals. It is walking distance to the Grand Lake neighborhood that has thriving and diverse restaurants, shops, farmer's markets and a restored cinema that first opened its' doors to the public back in the silent film era. If it is just a walk ...

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  • 5

    Fox Theater

    1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
    4.5
    21 reviews

    The Fox Theater in Oakland is simply one of the best (the BEST) music venues in the Bay Area. It's historic, beautiful and wonderfully staffed. I've seen Keane here (yes, Keane -- imagine everyone chanting my name and seeing it written across the illuminated stage!) near the front of the stage and it was very comfortable. Last night, I saw ...

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  • 6

    Berkeley Marina

    201 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
    4.5
    21 reviews

    Check out Adventure playground for children. Take a walk on the Berkeley pier. Eat At Skates or take a picnic.

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  • 7

    Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese

    510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA
    4.5
    19 reviews

    If it is jazz you want to hear Yoshi's Jazz Club is the place to go! You will hear the best of jazz in a dining club surrounding. And on Sunday's you can stroll along Jack London Square, visit the thriving farmer's market and go to a Sunday jazz matinee all within walking distance. A must go for all jazz ...

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  • 8

    Mission Peak Regional Preserve

    Fremont, CA
    4.5
    18 reviews

    It's a gorgeous view once you reach the top. Couple of pointers...make sure you get there early (6-7 AM, especially on the weekends) for a couple of reasons. Parking will be hard to find, and the hike will be much easier in the mid 60's rather than the mid 80's and sometimes even the mid 90's during the summer. Make ...

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  • 9

    Oakland Zoo

    9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605-4925
    4
    18 reviews

    Although it's not the biggest zoo, it's quite a well designed one. There's lots of green open space for the kids to run about /picnic. And they put considerable effort in the landscaping. It's nice and green for the tigers...and savannah like for the elephants and giraffes. Besides walking around to view the animals, you can also get onto a ...

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  • 10

    Tilden Regional Park

    600 Canon Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708-1159
    4.5
    15 reviews

    Big park with lots of trails. Can be over crowded and parking lots can get full. Wide spread of activities for families, hikers, bikers - even golf! Interesting park, and nice to get away from the city with just a short drive to the hills.

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  • 11

    Jack London Square

    466 Water Street, Oakland, CA, United States
    4
    17 reviews

    Great restaurants, a fabulous farmers market and beautiful location. You can get there by ferry from Alameda Main Street terminal.

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  • 12

    Oakland Museum of California

    1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA, United States
    4.5
    17 reviews

    If it is local and international art you want to see then go to the Oakland Museum of California. A must see!

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  • 13

    Children's Fairyland

    699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States
    4.5
    12 reviews

    In downtown Oakland there is a place called Fairyland. It is a very old and unique place. My mother would frequent it as a young child. I took my daughter there a number of times as well. It is the most unique theme park I know of. You can find them all hereā€¦ The Queen of Hearts, The Cheshire Cat, ...

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  • 14

    Mount Diablo State Park

    Oak Grove and Northgate Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    4.5
    12 reviews

    You can see a huge swath of Northern California from the top of this peak including San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada mountain range weather and clear air permitting. This park features miles of hiking trails, camping, and has been a cycling challenge for decades. Great bird watching too!

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  • 15

    Golden Gate Fields

    1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710
    4
    12 reviews

    Holden Gate Fields is a great place to see some ponies and have some beers! Especially recommended for Dollar Days on Sundays - there are dollar hotdogs, dollar beers, dollar bets, and dollar crackerjacks! And dollar admission! It's also really fun for the wiener dog races (which aren't on dollar days but are still fun.) one caveat is that the ...

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  • 16

    USS Hornet Museum

    USS Hornet, Alameda, CA
    5
    11 reviews

    Great attraction featuring WWII, Vietnam, Korea and NASA Apollo history. You get to explore a good portion of the ship plus they have docents who actually served on the ship. Allow a minimum of 2 hours for a very basic visit. They also offer memberships and special events. Oh, the views of SF are lovely too!!

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  • 17

    Grand Lake Theatre

    3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States
    4.5
    13 reviews

    A historical monument, the Grand Lake Theatre is the place to go if you want to see films. It is surrounded by restaurants ranging from Thai to Cuban food. A wonderful way to spend an evening!

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  • 18

    Ardenwood Historic Farm

    34600 Ardenwood Boulevard, Fremont, CA
    4.5
    9 reviews

    Great place to spend time with the family. Lot's of attractions for kids, from petting farm animals to riding the train, old fashion games for the kids and more. Not many dinning options (hot dogs or burgers) so if you or your kids are picky eater make sure to bring food with you. There are many picnic areas you can ...

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  • 19

    Lake Elizabeth

    4
    11 reviews

    The best place to go if you happen to be in Fremont. Very scenic. Lots of families, friendly environment. Free parking. Just wish there wasn't so much geese poop on the walkway.

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  • 20

    Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA
    4
    9 reviews

    The Lawrence Hall of Science is a great science museum located on the University of California-just 10 minutes away.

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