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Lake Merritt

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

Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.

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Pretty Lake

This pretty lake is an oasis in busy Oakland. It has a very nice walking path around it. Inviting green grass on the shore soften the gritty look of Oakland. It is so popular that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laura H
El Dorado Hills, California
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El Dorado Hills, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This pretty lake is an oasis in busy Oakland. It has a very nice walking path around it. Inviting green grass on the shore soften the gritty look of Oakland. It is so popular that finding a parking place is difficult.

Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A place to spend a whole day, walking around, enjoying the Botanical Garden and Bonzai Japanese Garden, taking a gondola trip or rowing class, observing the aviary, bringing a picnic or enjoying cafes and restaurants on Grand Avenue, and much more.

Thank Francisco M
Alameda, California, United States
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lake Merritt use to be a nice place to walk around. Now it is not safe to walk around day or night!.

Thank Lily L
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Next time you are in Oakland, give yourself an exercise treat: walk (or drive) the few blocks from the downtown hotels to Lake Merritt, then run (or walk) the path around the lake. Beautiful views. Lots of happy people. "Necklace of Lights" is beautiful. About 3.1 miles around. Don't miss this. I prefer mornings, but evenings nice too. No safety... More 

Thank KayakDC
Livermore, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the trip. Spent mothers day there with my wife and our daughter and family friend. Wife is a Horticulturist and loved the gardens. Amazing display of Bonsai. Hte gardens are a hidden gem.

Thank wineman1981
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Relative to its urban surroundings, this respite of nature is a welcome mystery. I've been here in many different seasons, and it always seems welcoming and alive. Part of the draw is simply that it is not-city (no offense to Oakland, I just don't like cities). But there's many more layers here, including a stunning Japanese Garden, a Bonzai Tree... More 

Thank TheGrinchesDogMaxx
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is a nice place for an afternoon stroll. I only walked half the lake. On the north side is the The Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Thank BILLinDC2015
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is a 3-31/2 mile lake in the downtown portion of Oakland. Every day you will see people walking themselves or their dogs, or running, or just exploring the lake and it's grounds. There is plenty of sidewalk space and even a walking, running path in certain areas. On the Grand Avenue side you'll find plenty of restaurants and... More 

Thank kylebap
Simi Valley, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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

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