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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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A lovely place for a leisurely stroll.

Our romantic Oakland/San Francisco getaway weekend started with a lovely stroll through the Lake... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ripon, California
Under construction

Nothing around lake and it was under construction when we were visiting. No place to eat or grab a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
alma h
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile walk” (23 reviews)
“paddle boats” (10 reviews)
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our romantic Oakland/San Francisco getaway weekend started with a lovely stroll through the Lake Merritt gardens. Definitely something to plan if you enjoy flowers, succulents, and bonsai! Plan to get there by 2 p.m. though as the gates close at 4.

Thank AnnetteSteele
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing around lake and it was under construction when we were visiting. No place to eat or grab a drink and enjoy lake view. Very disappointed.

Thank alma h
Reviewed 1 week ago

This park has some very nice gardens. There are lots of people picnickig. There are boats for rent at the lake Marina. THe view of the Oakland skyyline with the upscale neighborhood is attractive.

Thank manders2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our friends and family treasure this lake, right in the center of the city. Parking on the street is almost always available, if you have patience in looking for a space. If not, there is paid parking lot under the 580 freeway, off of Lakeshore....More

Thank Dawnana
Reviewed 1 week ago

So you're in Oakland, and it's not The City. Forget the murmurings about this very fine community and enjoy some great surprises. First on the list should be Lake Merritt. It's an easy walk from your hotel, most likely. It's big, but it's not too...More

Thank SurfStrider
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to do in & around Lake Merritt. The walk itself is just a little over 3 miles. Flat paved walking with great views. Farmers market on weekend and a ton of restaurants very close within walking distance. 3 hour free parking around the lake!

Thank travelwithpam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a good place to walk or jog. Its nice seeing all the birds, and people running. Lots of places to stop and sit.

Thank Mike4mula
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the lake for a company picnic... The weather was great, found parking pretty quickly. Many people walk or run around the lake. It is pretty clean...there are some shady characters in the area. Overall it is kid friendly... We might go back in...More

Thank Will G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting the area and walked completely around the lake before going to the Oakland Museum. It's a very pretty walk for being in a big city, although we may not have done the whole thing if we had realized that it is 3.5...More

1  Thank laborman1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was so happy to find this lake right in the middle of the city. It is simply beautiful. The trail around the lake is about 3.2 miles and very good. The birds' diversity is good. I stumbled upon a canoe/rowing race, and enjoyed watching...More

Thank deboraflowers
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1 April 2016|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
No, unfortunately there isn't any parking lots dedicated to Lake Merritt. However, there is street parking if you get there early enough. {Paid parking on Saturdays and free on Sundays and holidays} Additionally, there are... More
15 August 2015|
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Response from margaretpat | Reviewed this property |
Nor sure, maybe 10 to 20 minutes on the freeway on a good day
15 August 2015|
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Response from Don04221958 | Reviewed this property |
If you fall in by accident, go directly to a shower with serious soap. The water is in no way clean or safe.