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San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito
"You’ll be picked up from your downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco and taken on a 4- to 5-hour city tour aboard a comfortable minivan. Your guide will show you must-see attractions such as Union Square Chinatown Haight-Ashbury Twin Peaks and North Beach and will also take you to off the beaten path places offering you a unique experience of the city from a local’s perspective. Your tour is semi-customizable so you can request places you’d like to see. Simply let your guide know which attractions you'd like to stop at to enjoy photo opportunities. If option selected
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San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
"Take advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views in every direction aboard a 60-minute bay cruise. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. This comfortable San Francisco Bay Cruise tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. You haven’t experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a Ba Spanish Mandarin Italian French Japanese
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Coastal Redwoods Visit with San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Join us on our exciting full day trip as we venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace through the cool moist air as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fee into Muir Woods included in the tour.Then enjoy a drive through the quaint seaside town of Sausalito – a Mediterranean-like famous for its sweeping views
From $113.00

Lake Merritt Tips (10)

Oaklands exaggerated bad reputation.

A lot of people give Oakland a bad rap. Yes there are turf/drug gangs. However, as far as personal safety is concerned for a tourist, San Francisco is far more dangerous. San Francisco money makes...
pabtnt
Oct 20, 2014

People watching at the Lake

This is a great place to watch the beautiful people who workout. They walk or run at all times of the day. There is a staircase on Lakeshore that people run up and down. On Saturdays they have a nice...
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rholland63
Feb 24, 2008

Ride a gondola

Genuine Venetian gondolas were transported to Lake Merritt a few years ago.You will be serenaded by faux gondoliers as they navigate around the Lake to romantic couples, business partners and...
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GenuinelyCurious
Dec 09, 2007

Lake Merritt

This is the largest natural saltwater lake in America, and it's in downtown Oakland. It's a great place to walk or jog. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to walk around. There is a gondola service, lots of...
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cvilla007
Feb 18, 2004

Lake Merritt

This is a wonderful park in Oakland with a decent sized lake. It take me a while to get all the way around it and I still do go and walk it. I like it here. Its beautiful. Refreshing. And makes me...
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cjg1
Aug 19, 2003

A Lake In Oakland?

Located near the center of Oakland's business district lies Lake Merritt, a scenic area that brings serenity to the surrounding areas. Take the time to walk around the area--it's well-lit at night...
HouFelix
Nov 03, 2002

Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is a man made lake located in the heart of Oakland near downtown. On a beautiful sunny day a walk along the banks of the lake can be quite enjoyable. Children's Fairyland (a place for 2-5...
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softballteam
Sep 08, 2002

Sailing on Lake Merritt near...

Sailing on Lake Merritt near downtown -- rent a little Toro sailboat and scoot around on the water and enjoy the views of the surrounding park, hills, and downtown!Not many tourist would think of...
burque
Aug 26, 2002

Lake Merritt/Lakeside Park

Oakland's crown jewel is also America's largest urban saltwater lake. Its surrounding park boasts the nation's first wildlife refuge (1870) and one of its original theme parks (1950). Also featured...
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zwack
Aug 24, 2002

Walk around Lake Merritt

Walk around Lake MerrittBeautiful neighborhoods on one side, the downtown skyline on the other, lots of birds and water in between. One of the most beautiful places in the East Bay.
nrg510
Aug 25, 2002
 
 
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"Oakland: the other side of the Bay"
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"Rough and Tumble... Oakland"
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Things to Do Near Lake Merritt

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Oakland Museum of California

This is one of the best museums of its kind. It has two sections: One dealing with California's natural history, the other with its social/cultural history. It's an excellent introduction to the...
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Chinatown

Oaklands Chinatown seems to be smaller and a little less conspicuous than SFs, but it is a good place to walk, visit, eat and shop. They have really good dim sum in some of the restaurants (e.g....
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USS Potomac

This former Coast Guard cutter became the presidential yacht of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was specially fitted out for his special needs (due to having had polio). Guided dockside tours are offered on...
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University of California at Berkeley

The beautiful campus has a number of sites to see including the Bell Tower, a fantastic children's science museum, and often holds concerts and the like. There are plenty of places to relax and read a...
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Chabot Planetarium

This is the finest planetarium in the Bay Area. It's located in the hills overlooking Oakland. Check out the shows. If you get tired of being inside, then hike one of the trails...
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Lawrence Hall of Science

Perched on the mountains to the east of town, on the UC Berkeley Campus, is the Lawrence Hall Science Museum. This museum is a great place to take kids and has a number of kid friendly displays. The...
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