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“So many pleasant surprises”

Lakeside Park and Garden Center
Ranked #28 of 127 things to do in Oakland
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Owner description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
Reviewed 18 February 2016

I take breaks here during the work day, and occasionally on the week-ends. And truth be known, I have stooped and stretched to do a little volunteer work in the gardens. And this is a multitude of gardens - from the Master Gardeners test beds and community veggie beds, to the Bonsai garden; California natives and habitat for pollinators (see the bee house!!!), it's always interesting and exciting. Birds butterflies, ladybugs, and exuberant nature in the center of the city. Free if you walk in; a couple of bucks to drive in and park. Access to the Lake edge and the aquatic life - from the pesky geese to the strikingly beautiful and loud night herons.
And if you have others in your party who aren't enamored of gardens, Children's Fairyland is adjacent and fun for the wee ones.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Much thought was put into making this Asian influenced garden retreat a beautiful place in which to take a break.

Thank NYY07
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Reviewed 9 December 2015

October 2015 was the fourth annual Festival of the Lights, and the turnout had built so that thousands attended. I waited in line for 45 minutes to get in, and I had purchased a ticket in advance. The crowd was mostly very attractive young people in their 20's and 30's attending with friends and dates... many came over from San Francisco. It was great fun seeing all the trees and gardens lit up at night. The ingenuity of Oakland was on display, as well as a range of artwork. It was definitely the happening place to be that weekend.

Thank nomadstar
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Reviewed 17 November 2015

I visited late summer. Gardens were in full bloom. Seating spaces were conducive to meditation, reading, resting. Very well laid out and even though there were several summer childrens groups visiting, their was not interference for a quiet walking visit.

Thank Survivor65
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

I love this garden area in the middle of Lake Merritt. They have some beautiful displays and great classes on certain weekends.

Thank GluttonChops
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