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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

Lakeside Park and Garden Center is great place for seniors,toddlers,and babies.For everyone to enjoy

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Oakland, California
Walkers Delight in Finding a Whiff of Japan

We are a senior couple who do a lot of walking. When we are seeing family in Oakland, we like... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2018
Liars N F
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One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
+1 510-238-3208
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Oakland
from US$108.00
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Lakeside Park and Garden Center is great place for seniors,toddlers,and babies.For everyone to enjoy

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

We are a senior couple who do a lot of walking. When we are seeing family in Oakland, we like walking to Lake Merritt, and this portion is very nice with a Japanese touch. We very much appreciate it, having lived in Japan for four...More

Thank Liars N F
Reviewed 15 March 2018

If you walk around the lake it is 3 flat miles. There are tons of birds. It is just gorgeous, especially now that it is tidal lake.

Thank Ann W
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Pleasant park along the splendid Lake Merritt. Not one of the lake best spots, but it's OK. Sometimes not is such great condition.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Lake Merritt, Children's Fairy Land, the Garden Center and The Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Once again attended the July 4th concert performed by The Oakland Municipal Band. The band has performed at the bandstand for 106 years. The bandstand is perfect, the surrounding lawns and trees...More

Thank Marwalker2
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I came here for the 70th Annual Spring Rose Show on 5/7/17, located on the Lakeside Park Garden Center. There were plenty of beautiful roses displayed on vases and picture frames. A couple of the roses were in bowls of water. Outside the garden center...More

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The bonsais are very impressive. They are very detailed in terms of replicating the image of larger trees. It will take you some time to go through all of them.

Thank Sam T
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have been to the lake for years, but only discovered the garden few month ago. It's a nice garden with one area for bonsai exhibition. I believe it's heavily relies on volunteers to maintain it, thus, still has room to improve...

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Garden is not well kept but it is like a forgotten hide away. Around the paths there are benches to rest and watch the birds. Not a fancy garden but a nice quiet walk. Forget you are in the city. Bring your friends and relax.

Thank Rosa B
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Small oasis from walk around Lake Merritt. Enjoyed the collections of Vireya Rhododendron in blooms. Beautiful paths through sections of succulent, palms, roses, Japanese garden, and a community garden. Wonderful place to sit and relax awhile.

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18 December 2015|
Response from RubyDuo |
Oops. Nope, that is 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 You can see pictures at the Fairyland web site. I still have a key to the talking boxes which is what got me looking.