The Best Bay Area Outdoor Activities

Take Time to Discover Northern California

Some of the most popular outdoor destinations in Northern California can be found near Red Lion Oakland International Airport. These Bay Area outdoor activities are perfect for families or anyone who enjoys scenic landscapes, along with a bit of sunshine and fresh air.

East Bay Regional Park District

This expansive regional network consists of 65 parks and over 1,200 miles of trails that cover a total of 120,000 acres. Found within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, these urban parks include vast wilderness preserves and recreational areas. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and more.

An interactive Park Finder map can be found on the East Bay Regional Park District website.

Lake Merritt

Situated in the Center of Oakland, this unique fresh and salt-water lake features the oldest wildlife refuge in the United States. Lake Merritt has several artificial islands that are home to native birds and a Rotary Nature Center. Head to this body of water for boating or explore the gardens and activity centers at Lakeside Park. In the evening, the perimeter of the lake is lit by a string of over 3,000 bulbs, known as a “necklace of lights.”

Redwood Regional Park

The Redwood Regional Park is one of the most popular parks within the East Bay Regional Park District. It contains the highest remaining natural stand of coast redwood trees in the East Bay. Visitors can marvel at these magnificent trees, which are typically found closer to the California coastline. The forest also contains numerous wildlife species, including golden eagles, deer, and rabbits. There are four large picnic sites and activities along the trails include hiking and horseback riding.

7867 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA 94619

Phone: (888) 327-2757