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Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. It is historically significant as the United States' first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870, and has been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1963, and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1966. The lake features grassy shores; several artificial islands intended as bird refuges; an interpretive center called the Rotary Nature Center at Lakeside Park; a boating center where sailboats, canoes and rowboats can be rented and classes are held; and a fairy tale themed amusement park called Children's Fairyland. Wikipedia


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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto

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Lake Merritt, Oakland

Experience the excitement and beauty of Niagara Falls on a Toronto to Niagara Falls Tour! Feel the Thunder of the Falls, enjoy a leisurely drive along the scenic Niagara River, take in the charming sights at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and top off your day with complimentary wine tasting.

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Small Group Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Tasting Tour

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Lake Merritt, Oakland

Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake’s amazing wine region and sample the area's variety of world-class wines on this morning or afternoon small-group tour! Visit both small and large production wineries, sample delicious varietals, including Ontario's famous ice wine. Please ensure you have breakfast or lunch prior to the tour as NO FOOD is included. Departures in both the morning 9.45am (ending around 1pm) and afternoon 1-1.30pm (ending around 5-5.30pm).  Hotel Pick up from any Niagara on the Lake Old Town Hotel is available for the Morning Tour, and any Niagara on the Lake or Niagara Falls Hotel for the Afternoon Departure. ** IMPORTANT NOTE -  Niagara Falls Hotel pick ups are NOT available for the Morning Tour (you can meet at our office at 1627 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara on the Lake). Small group tour provides an intimate experience with a professional guide.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Small Group Wine Tour with Lunch

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Lake Merritt, Oakland

Explore the wonderful wines of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada on this small group, intimate, 5.5-hour tour to five separate wineries. Enjoy tastings of three or four wines at each stop and a delicious Picnic style lunch at your third stop. Learn about the winemaking process and the wines themselves, while trying to discover each wine’s unique tasting notes. Tastings will include Red, White and Niagara's famous Ice Wine. Pick up and drop off from your Niagara On The Lake or Niagara Falls Accommodations is included. This fully guided, comprehensive wine tour will not disappoint! Please note wineries are subject to change without notice, and is based on winery availability. Due to Covid we cannot guarantee any particular winery will be included on the tour. This means the itinerary listed is a sample only. Due to COVID winery restrictions we may not know which wineries you will be visiting until the morning of the tours. We hope this inconvenience will be lifted soon.

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Luxury Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto with Hornblower Cruise

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Lake Merritt, Oakland

With a limit of just 12 guests, our small group tours of Niagara Falls allow more time for sightseeing. No long queues! We’re unique in offering both a dedicated driver and a licenced guide. Our award-winning tours are packed full of photo stops. Canada’s captivating Falls are a world wonder! Be dazzled by the thundering Falls on the Hornblower boat cruise. Enjoy an optional lunch with stunning views of the Falls. Be wowed by the riverside vistas, Whirlpool Rapids, and Floral Clock along the scenic Niagara Parkway enroute to enchanting Niagara-on-the-Lake. Truly memorable!

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Cycle and Wine-Tasting Tour with Optional Lunch

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Lake Merritt, Oakland

Enjoy beautiful scenery, great bike trails and Niagara-on-the-Lake's finest wines on this biking and wine-tasting tour. Niagara-on-the-Lake is an incredibly scenic town, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, and is ideal for exploring and wine tasting by bicycle! With relatively flat, easy biking routes connecting the wineries, this tour is suitable for all fitness levels, and any wine you purchase will be delivered to your hotel. Choose either the 6.5-hour tour that includes a delicious lunch or the 4.5-hour tour that DOES NOT include any food

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10 Best Tourist Attractions in Oakland, California

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