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Lake Merritt

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Address: Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number:
+1 510-238-7275

Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Never knew there was a lake in the center of Oakland very nice for a last minute picnic. Ride a bike, or just to park & enjoy the view. So glad I found it.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Simi Valley, California
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Simi Valley, California
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Never knew there was a lake in the center of Oakland very nice for a last minute picnic. Ride a bike, or just to park & enjoy the view. So glad I found it.

Thank pdocter
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I lived in Oakland for 4 years and loved coming down to the lake. We enjoyed walking our dog around, and would drop into lots of the local dog friendly bars- any one with a patio and many of the others as long as they don't have a kitchen attached. Dogs have to be on leash on... More 

Thank Justin R
Sao Paulo, SP
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely a must see part of Oakland. Enjoy a walk by the lake anytime. It was very safe with many families enjoying themselves.

Thank Gerald H
Lake Tahoe, United States
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A winding 3 or so mile walk around a lake and oldest estuary restoration! Perfect to walk around and burn off dinner or lay out on a Saturday afternoon and people watch. Big open sky with city and nature views. Great little bonsai garden within.

Thank Adam H
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to walk or stroll. Beautiful sunrise to sunset. Fun for all ages. Fairyland and playgrounds for children. Lake Chalet restaurant and the gondola for adults.

Thank Karlya S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is a fabulous destination for a stroll any day of the week. It's easily accessible from downtown, Bart, and all freeways that go through Oakland. Lakeside Park, Children's Fairyland, and the Bonsai Garden are all located around the lake and are great places for family & friends, couple time, or just by yourself. Conveniently located near the Grand... More 

Thank Nancy B
Oakland, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is a great place to take a walk around and enjoy seeing people from all walks of life. You might see people sitting enjoying a picnic or you might see a band playing and singing. I was skating around the lake one day with my brother and saw a duck on a leach and wearing a diaper I... More 

Thank Sheree G
Oakland, California
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great 4 mile walk around, Oakland auditorium and museum, Scottish rite temple, great food, ducks, snake charmers

Thank Spreck R
Oakland, California
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273 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt is great for people watching and jogging, walking, biking or outdoor exercise of any type. Great way to enjoy Oakland.

Thank Travelingbear1000
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love to sit at the lake for lunch midweek and watch the birds. This beloved park is loved by the local residents for a morning or afternoon run or walk, evening it has the string of pearls lights around the lake. Great restaurants surrounding the lake at intervals, it even has Japanese gardens. I love going here for a... More 

Thank Sharon L

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